The DAP group, Chile’s oldest private airline, got its start in 1980. The late entrepreneur Domingo Andrés Pivcevic, from whom the company gets its initials, recognised the need for better air connections between the isolated towns and cities along the southern tip of Chile and the rest of the country. Pivcevic’s sons, the late Andrés Pivcevic Rajcevic, and Alex Pivcevic Rajcevic, the company’s current CEO, helped expand the business, which now extends to a third generation. From its home base in Punta Arenas–where the company has concentrated and maintained its senior management staff–DAP began scheduled flights across the area to outposts like Porvenir and Puerto Williams, among the country’s southernmost towns.
A fleet comprised of a single aircraft eventually grew into 15 airplanes and 15 helicopters, as well as a cargo ship and barges. Vessels including its “Betanzos” ship, with a reinforced hull for ice, and its BAe/RJ, four-engine planes designed for landings on short runways, as well as its fleet of helicopters, have allowed the company to offer highly specialised services, such as helicopter flights to offshore oil rigs, Antarctic logistics, and high altitude operations.