In february of 1989, DAP achieved its first flight to the White Continent on board Aerovías DAP’s DHC-6 Twin Otter. The crew was composed of pilots Luis Utman and Sergio Cortés.
The route was initially covered for emergency medical purposes, in the case of requiring air evacuation from King George Island, in the South Shetland islands, Antarctica. However, with time it was possible to establish more regular flight activity between Punta Arenas and Antarctica in the summer season, first using the Beechcraft King Air 100 aircraft, which was later replaced by the King Air 300 for 6 passenger groups.
Between 2003 and 2007 the company brought DHC-7 (“Dash 7”) units through a lease contract with Canadian company Voyageur Airways for tour activities in this route, before on November 30th of 2007 the first BAe 146-200 plane arrived in Punta Arenas (CC-CZP). This four-engine aircraft, specially capable of landing on short, unprepared ramps, composes the current jet Antarctic fleet for DAP, together with its twin, the CC-ACO.
With the Antarctic Airways badge, the company has built a route that with time has gained more and more relevancy, with transport and logistic support for a number of scientific missions from all over the world, as well as exclusive tour programs in King George Island, Antarctica.
Today, through Antarctic Airways, our company carries out an important part of world air operations to Antarctica, developing this route with the safety and reliability that are characteristic of its other activities.