LAN Chile Airlines has signed a firm contract with Airbus for the acquisition of 15 additional A320 Family aircraft. This is a confirmation of the options that were announced in October 2005.
To date, LAN and its affiliates operate 34 Airbus aircraft including 15 A319s, 15 A320s and four A340s. "We are proud to take part in the tremendous growth of LAN in the Latin American region" said Airbus Chief Operating Officer Customers, John Leahy. "The A320 Family is clearly the winner in its category, and this repeat order from a prestigious airline like LAN really endorses the superiority of our product." No figures regarding the overall operation were available, but the list price for a standard A320 is 72.9 million US dollars. The A320 Family's optimised cabin cross-section, the widest single-aisle fuselage on the market, sets standards for passenger cabin flexibility in this segment. It allows for top-of-the-range comfort with wider seats and aisles, or an extra-wide aisle for the fast turnarounds that are essential in the low-cost markets. According to Airbus the A320 family is an environmentally responsible neighbour, offering the lowest fuel burn, emissions and noise footprints in its class.