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|Founded||March 5, 1929|
|Hubs||Comodoro Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport (for LAN Airlines and LAN Express)|
|Airport lounge||VIP Lounge Neruda / Mistral|
|Fleet size||151 (137 orders)|
17 Domestic, 5 Seasonal (53-2 suspended), (100 + subsidiaries)
|Company slogan||El encanto de volar (The charm of flying)|
|Parent company||LATAM Airlines Group|
|Key people||Enrique Cueto, (CEO)|
|Revenue||US$ 5.6 billion (2011)|
|Net income||US$ 320.2 million (2011)|
LAN is the flag carrier of Chile and it is based in Santiago, Chile. LAN is currently positioned amongst the largest airlines in Latin America, serving Latin America, United States, the Caribbean, Oceania, and Europe. It is a member of the Oneworld airline alliance. LAN Airlines is the 49th oldest air carrier in the world from its foundation date, and the 10th oldest airline in operation today.
The airline was founded by Chilean Air Services Commander Arturo Merino Benitez (for whom the Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport was named some years later), and began operations on March 5, 1929 as Línea Aeropostal Santiago-Arica. It took the name Línea Aérea Nacional de Chile (LAN Chile – In English: National Airline of Chile) in 1932.
In September 1989, the Chilean government privatized the carrier, selling a majority stake in the company to Icarosan and Scandinavian Airlines, which subsequently sold its stake a few years later to local investors. Since 1994, major shareholders have been the Cueto Family and businessman Sebastián Piñera (Until 2010), who sold his shares when taking office as President of the Republic of Chile.
The approval from the Chilean Anti-monopolies Board resulted in the acquisition of control of the country's second airline Ladeco on August 11, 1995. In October 1998, LanChile merged Fast Air with Ladeco. In March 2004 Lan Chile and its subsidiaries LAN Perú, LAN Ecuador, LAN Dominicana and LANExpress became unified under the single LAN brand, instead of prior Linea Aerea Nacional. On June 17, 2004 LAN Chile changed its formal name to LAN Airlines (which was said to mean Latin American Network Airlines, even though the airline says LAN is no longer an abbreviation now) as part of this re-branding process. In mid-2005 LAN opened its subsidiary LAN Argentina in Argentina and operates national and international flights from Buenos Aires, and is the third largest local operator behind Aerolíneas Argentinas and Austral. This subsidiary is also under the single LAN brand.
LAN Airlines has the following subsidiaries and shareholdings: LAN Cargo (99.4%), LAN Express (99.4%), ABSA - Aerolinhas Brasileiras (73.3%), LAN Perú (70%), LAN Dominicana (49%), LAN Ecuador (45%), LAN Argentina (49%), MasAir (39.5%) and Florida West International Airways (25%). It also has 15,456 employees.
LAN codeshares with American Airlines and Alaska Airlines to U.S. destinations, British Airways and Iberia to European destinations, to Brazilian internal destinations with TAM Linhas Aéreas, to Asian destinations with Cathay Pacific and Korean Air, and some destinations in Australia and New Zealand with Qantas.
As of August 1, 2006, LAN Airlines merged first and business classes of service into a single class, named Premium Business.
LAN Airlines operates in 31 international, 17 domestic, 5 seasonal and 4 marketed destinations in 21 countries. When the airline takes delivery of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner it will start flights to Washington D.C. and London-Heathrow. It is also considering starting flights to Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston and Atlanta in the USA; in Europe to Barcelona, Rome and Zurich; and to start operations in Asia to Shanghai, Tokyo and Hong Kong. With the delivery of more Airbus A319s, Airbus A320s and new deliveries of the Airbus A321, it will start new destinations in South America; it has considered Panama, San Jose de Costa Rica, Curitiba, Asunción, Manaos, Rosario, Cuzco and others.
Lan Airlines has codeshare agreements with the following airlines as of April 2011, * indicates members of the Oneworld alliance:
On March 3, 2011 LAN Airlines and JetBlue announced the launch of interline agreements that bring new connecting options for travelers flying between major destinations throughout the Americas via New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport. Under the interline agreement, Customers will be able to purchase a single electronic ticket that combines travel on JetBlue and any of the LAN carriers, bringing new options and new destinations to customers of both airlines.
LAN became the launch customer for the Pratt & Whitney PW6000 engine on the Airbus A318. Its Airbus A319s and Airbus A320s are equipped with International Aero Engines V2500s. Lan Airlines has recently renovated its Boeing 767s, adding amenities like flat bed seats in Premium Business class, which offers 180 degrees of recline, and new industry leading personal TVs.
In late 2007, LAN Airlines announced that it was planning to acquire some Boeing 777 freighters for its LAN Cargo fleet.
As of May 2008, LAN Airlines retired its last 737-200 from service; the 737-200 was replaced by the Airbus A318. In addition to its A320's family aircraft and Boeing 767 family, LAN will buy the new Boeing 787 for its long haul routes such as Auckland, Sydney and European routes, replacing its Airbus A340-300s. With this new aircraft it plans to open new routes like London-Heathrow and Rome-Fiumicino. In February 2011, LAN announced plans to order 10 A318 fleet in 2011, to purchase another 128 airliners from the A320 family and 1 more order of A340-300. LAN Airlines is the American launch customer for the Sharklets for its A320 fleet
The Boeing customer codes for LAN Airline is 7x7-x16 (I.e. 767-316). The average LAN Airlines fleet age is 5.8 years old as of April 2011. LAN Airlines has also shown interest in the Airbus A380, but the airline has yet to confirm an order
||0||0||37||37||Domestic||LAN Colombia (ex Aires).|
||3||0||74||74||Domestic||LAN Colombia (ex Aires).|
||0||0||149||149||Domestic||LAN Colombia (ex Aires).|
||0||0||126||126||Domestic, Regional||Launch customer for the Pratt & Whitney PW6000.
Exit of service from 2013, Replacement: Airbus A320, all to be delivered to Avianca Brazil
|Airbus A319-100||26||33||0||144||144||Domestic, Regional||As of 2011, A319's and A320's have CFM56 instead of IAE V2500 upon deliveries.|
|Airbus A320-200||31||24||0||168||168||Domestic, Regional, South America|
|Airbus A320 neo||0||20||TBA||Regional, South America||Delivery 2013–2017|
|Airbus A321-200||0||10||TBA||Regional High Density||Delivery 2012–2016|
|Airbus A340-300||5||0||42||218||260||Europe, Oceania||To be replaced by Boeing 787–9 Dreamliner.
To be out of service in 2016.
|Boeing 767-300ER||31||13||18||220||238||Europe, The America and The Caribbean.||Older aircraft to be replaced with newer aircraft, and the Boeing 787–8 Dreamliner.|
||2||Cargo||Operated by LAN Cargo and ABSA|
|Boeing 787–8||0||22||30||217||247||Europe, North and South America||Delivery 2012–2018|
|Boeing 787–9||0||10||45||260||305||Europe, Oceania||Delivery 2013–2018|
LAN Airlines had also operated these following aircraft since it started services on the Santiago-Ovalle, Copiapó-Antofagasta-Iquique-Arica Route with the Havilland Gipsy Moth carrying mail and 2 passengers, 1929.
LAN Airlines created the LANPASS frequent flyer program to reward customer loyalty. There are currently over two million members in Chile, Argentina, Peru, Ecuador, Canada and the United States. Every year, over 110,000 LANPASS members fly for free. LANPASS members earn kilometres every time they fly with LAN, a Oneworld alliance member, a LANPASS-affiliated airline or by using the services of any LANPASS-associated business around the world.
The LANPASS Program has four membership categories:
The "South America AirPass" describes an airfare that allows passengers residing outside of South America to purchase individual, one-way coupon for flights between any of the South American destinations that make up LAN's at a price determined by two factors:
The purchase of the AirPass coupons must be made at the time intercontinental travel is purchased and outside South America.
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