Aerovias DAP (Las Aerolineas de la Patagonia) is an airline based in Punta Arenas, Chile. It operates scheduled and charter services in the southern Patagonia area, and also operates flights on behalf of the state-owned oil company, ENAP. Its main base is Carlos Ibanez Del Campo International Airport, Punta Arenas. The airline also has a helicopter operation DAP Helicopteros.
The airline was established in 1979 and is wholly owned by the Pivcevic family. Its name DAP is the acronym of its creator, Domingo Andres Pivcevic, a Punta Arenas businessman. Its first operations were between Punta Arenas, Porvenir, Puerto Natales and Coyhaique, with the first plane being the Twin Otter. The first flight to Antarctica took place on February 12, 1989, and usually these take place on the Southern Hemisphere's summer season, employing the Twin Otter, King Air 100 and (since 2003) the DHC-7 leased from Voyageur Airways of Canada. Nowadays, DAP leased a BAe 146-200 from Tronos, thus replacing the DHC-7s on the Punta Arenas-Teniente Marsh airfield in Antarctica.
As of July 2008, DAP provides daily services from Punta Arenas to Porvenir (3 flights on weekdays) and Punta Arenas to Puerto Williams (2 flights on weekdays) DAP Itinerary (Spanish only).
Aerovias DAP operates charter services to destinations In Chilean and Argentinian Patagonia. See DAP destinations map for the locations.
The Aerovias DAP fleet includes the following aircraft (at January 2008):
1 BAe 146
1 De Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter Series 300
1 CASA 212-100(stored)
2 Cessna 402C
1 Beechcraft King Air 100
DAP Helicopteros fleet comprises
4 Eurocopter AS355F TwinStar
5 Eurocopter Bo105S
1 Eurocopter ec135T1 (incorporated May 2007)
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