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Father Christmas arrives for Lan Chile with contract for 30 Airbus A 320

Thursday, December 24th 2009 - 09:52 UTC
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Lan has repeatedly proved it is one of the leading passenger and cargo airlines of Latinamerica Lan has repeatedly proved it is one of the leading passenger and cargo airlines of Latinamerica

Chilean flag carrier LAN Airlines and its subsidiaries, one of the leading airlines in Latin America, announced Wednesday that the Company signed a contract for the purchase of 30 Airbus A320 family aircraft to be delivered between 2011 and 2016.

The new aircraft will operate flights within Latin America as well as domestic routes in Argentina, Peru, Ecuador and Chile and will be used for the renewal and growth of the Company's short haul fleet.

The order is valued at approximately two billon US dollars according to list prices. Additionally LAN's strategic fleet renewal plan involves the sale of five Airbus A318 aircraft in 2011.

A company release said that the incorporation of the new Airbus A320s reflects LAN's strong commitment to the environment as these aircraft incorporate the industry's latest technology and are highly efficient in fuel consumption, allowing for a substantial reduction in emissions, while also decreasing noise levels.

“This investment ensures the Company's future growth and reaffirms LAN's commitment to the development of commercial aviation in Latin America, as well as to the economic growth and social development of countries in the region. These aircraft are operated by the world's best airlines and feature the latest technology, creating a substantial change in terms of service, quality and comfort, and allowing LAN to offer the best travel experience to our passengers” said Ignacio Cueto Lan airlines Chief Operating Officer.

Lan airlines is one of the leading passenger and cargo airlines in Latin America. The company and its affiliates serve over 65 destinations around the world through an extensive network that offers full connectivity within Latin America, while also linking the region with North America, Europe and the South Pacific, as well as 63 additional international destinations through its various alliances.

Lan Airlines and its affiliates “have a leading position in their respective domestic markets of Chile and Peru as well as an important presence in the Argentine domestic market and has begun operations in the domestic market of Ecuador”.

Currently, LAN Airlines and its affiliates operate one of the most modern fleets in the world, with 85 passenger aircraft, and its cargo subsidiary, LAN CARGO and its respective cargo affiliates, have a fleet of 11 dedicated freighters.

The company recently completed its short haul fleet renovation process by acquiring new aircraft from the Airbus A320 family, enabling LAN to improve its efficiency and to reduce significantly its CO2 emissions. The fleet renovation is part of the company's commitment to the protection of the environment.

LAN is one of the few Investment Grade airlines in the world (BBB). The company's world class quality standards enabled its membership in oneworld(TM), the global alliance that encompasses the best airlines in the world.

Categories: Investments, Latin America.

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  • Billy Hayes

    in normal world there would be LAN to Malvinas from Pta Arenas, Comodoro and Baires.
    I don´t understand why if kelpers have selfdetermination they don´t solve the conflict. It´s the most peculiar use of seldetermination in the entire world.

    Dec 24th, 2009 - 01:02 pm 0
  • Islander

    Billy, This indeed is the only realistic option to a break in the flights impasse - AA cannot fly here as they would have to recognise our existence by communications with Govt Departments here for landing,insurance etc etc and Arg would not allow that. But Lan are multinational.
    Arg can say it has Arg flagged and registered airline operating to the Islands(Lan Argentina planes are Arg registered and thus have Arg flag on the tail and we already allow private Arg aircraft so flag on tail is not new here) .Falklands can say it has more flights by Lan as all planes just say LAN on them, an airline under ultimate ownership of LanChile Company .
    Result neither side looses face so maybe a win-win? Initially all flights would need to start and end somewhere in Chile and landing in Arg inbetween, later perhaps some starting and ending in BAires - you have to move slowly and slowly build bridges.

    Dec 24th, 2009 - 07:20 pm 0
  • Billy Hayes

    No, my friend, you are stil wrong, there is no flight impasse, there is a conflict impasse. You are expecting something from argentina that we can´t give. We can´t build bridges when in the other side we have a colony with an extraregional military and political power trying to dominate by force not only Malvinas, but Georgias, Sandwich, Antartica and all south atlantic.
    If you want bridges don´t expect for Argentina to build them in current conditions; first you must do some homework, you are the only one who can do it, you have selfdetermination so use it.
    You perfectly know wich is the obstacule we face to solve the situation and to build those bridges; it has name and surname: Great Britain. Your selfdetermination is the only tool we have (in peace way) to remove the obstacule.
    Almost 30 years passed from war and since you have selfdetermination, when will you use it?? You can´t live forever like this. I think you are living in the most alienated situation I know, you have selfdetermination, given in hand by your masters, they gave you the key of your freedom (freedom from conflict), but you don´t use it. You prefer to live in conflict, in fear, in isolation, in underdevelopment; you prefer to see your children to leave instead of trying to build an integrated society that may give them opportunities for modern life.
    Why don´t you start doing something instead of waiting for Argentina and blaming her?? when will you grown up from being a colonial subject to be a modern citizen of the free world?? That´s the questions you must answer, perhaps not here, but inside your community, then we can speak and we can start building bridges. We want to build bridges the same as you want, we want to live in a developed society, the same you want; but bridges and development with YOU, with kelper nation, not with your masters.

    Dec 24th, 2009 - 08:29 pm 0
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