Aerovías DAP BAe 146 starts mining flights


Aerovías DAP BAe 146 CC-ACO

Aerovías DAP’s BAe 146 CC-ACO taking off from Santiago (Álvaro Romero/Skyliner)

Aerovías DAP has begun flights in support of the Chilean mining industry. The airline has been contracted by the Sindicato Interempresa de Trabajadores de Montaje Industrial (Sinami) to fly weekly from Santiago to Calama, in northern Chile. The first flight was operated from by BAe 146-200 CC-ACO (msn E2094) on 26 June. CC-ACO had been positioned to Santiago on 12 June. To mark the operation, she has received additional Sinami and ‘Mineral Airways’ titles. The flights are intended to provide faster connections to mine workers traveling home on leave. Eventually, the flights are intended to operate directly to the unimproved strips serving the mines in Iquique, Antofagasta, and Copiapó, thus further reducing travel time by several hours. DAP contracted BAE Systems at Prestwick to conduct a study of the strips and develop appropriate operating procedures. Mexican airline Global Air is also operating for Simani, but its Boeing 737-200 cannot serve all the strips that the 146 can operate into.

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