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|Founded||March 5, 1929|
|Hubs||Comodoro Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport (Santiago)|
|Airport lounge||VIP Lounge Neruda / Mistral|
|Company slogan||El encanto de volar (The charm of flying)|
|Parent company||LATAM Airlines Group|
|Headquarters||Las Condes, Santiago Province, Chile|
|Revenue||US$ 5.7 billion (2011)|
|Net income||US$ 320.2 million (2011)|
LAN Airlines S.A. (NYSE: LFL) - (Bolsa de Comercio de Santiago: LAN) is a group of South American Airlines based in Santiago, Chile and part of LATAM Airlines Group, Latin America's largest Airline holding company. LATAM was formed by the takeover by LAN of Brazilian TAM Airlines which was completed on June 22, 2012, although both companies operate with different certificates and liveries. Its headquarters is located in Las Condes, Santiago Province.
LAN is the flag carrier of Chile, the predominant airline in Chile, Perú and Ecuador, and the second largest carrier in Argentina and Colombia through its local subsidiaries. LAN is currently positioned amongst the largest airlines in Latin America, serving Latin America, North America, the Caribbean, Oceania, and Europe. Since 2000, 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. Its main hub is Santiago International Airport.
As of December 2011, LAN Airlines had 21,800 employees and a fleet of 149 aircraft (137 orders) serving 22.6 million passengers per year to 97 destinations (including subsidiaries).
- 1 History
- 2 Corporate affairs
- 3 Destinations
- 4 Fleet
- 5 LANPASS
- 6 Lounges
- 7 South America AirPass
- 8 Incidents and accidents
- 9 References
- 10 External links
The airline was founded by Chilean Air Force Commodore Arturo Merino Benitez (After whom Santiago International Airport is named), and began operations on March 5, 1929 as Línea Aeropostal Santiago-Arica (English: Postal Air Line Santiago-Arica), under the government of President Carlos Ibáñez del Campo. In 1932 It was rebranded as Línea Aérea Nacional de Chile (In English: National Air Line of Chile), using the acronym LAN-Chile as commercial name. LAN-Chile's first fleet consisted of de Havilland Moth planes.
Merino Benitez was a strong defender of Chilean carriers exclusivity on domestic routes, diferring from most Latin American countries which easily granted authorization on domestic flights to US based Panagra, influenced by the propaganda made by Charles Lindbergh's Atlantic crossing. Also because of this reason, US built airplanes became more difficult to incorporate to LAN's fleet until the beginning of WWII. In 1936, 2 French Potez 56 airplanes were purchased while In 1938, 4 German Junkers Ju 86 were incorporated to the fleet. During that same year, a joint cooperation agreement was established with Lloyd Aéreo Boliviano and the Peruvian carrier Faucett. Another agreement with Lufthansa was signed for flights to & from Europe and the America's Atlantic coast. 
In 1940, given the restrictions imposed during WWII on access to spare parts for the Junker's BMW engines, LAN-Chile had to replace them for Lockheed Electra A-10 planes, adding in 1941 further Lockheed Lodestar C-60 and Douglas DC-3 in 1945.
Post War and International Service Expansion
On August 23, 1945 LAN-Chile became a member of the newly formed IATA. In October 1946, It started international service to Buenos Aires at Morón Airport and in 1947 to Punta Arenas, Chile's most distant continental destination.
In December 1954, LAN-Chile made its first commercial flight to Lima, Perú. On December 22, 1956 a LAN-Chile Douglas DC-6 made the world's first commercial flight over Antarctica. Since then, all LAN's DC-6 fleet had painted on their fuselage "Primeros sobre la Antártica (First over Antarctica)", using this same aircraft type for its first commercial service to Miami International Airport in 1958.
LAN-Chile entered the jet era in 1963, purchasing 3 French Sud Aviation Caravelle VI-R, which initially flew to Miami, Guayaquil, Lima, Panama City and within Chile to Punta Arenas, Puerto Montt and Antofagasta.
With this aircraft model, the company developed new long haul routes to the USA, Oceania and Europe. LAN-Chile started on April 15, 1967, the route Santiago-John F. Kennedy International Airport and Santiago-Easter Island on April 8. In October 1967 a LAN-Chile Sud Aviation Caravelle made the first ILS landing in South America at Lima's Jorge Chávez International Airport. On January 16, 1968, the flight Santiago-Easter Island is extended to Papeete-Faa'a International Airport, in Tahiti, French Polynesia. On September 4, 1974 this route is further enlarged to Fiji.
In 1969, LAN-Chile expanded its destinations to Rio de Janeiro, Asunción and Cali with new Boeing 727 planes. In 1970, with further Boeings 707 LAN-Chile opened its first transatlantic routes to Madrid–Barajas Airport, Frankfurt Airport and Paris-Orly.
Since its inception and until 1970 the airline had its headquarters, main hub and maintenance center at Los Cerrillos Airport (ICAO: SCTI; IATA: ULC), in South-West Santiago. The restrictions imposed by the growing metropolitan area of Santiago and the need for modern, jet-era airport facilities, which could safely accommodate both domestic and intercontinental flights, drove the need to relocate the Chilean capital's principal airport from Los Cerrillos in the denser southwest metropolitan region of Santiago to the more rural northwest metropolitan area. For this reason, Santiago International Airport in Pudahuel was built between 1961 and 1967, fully moving LAN-Chile's flights to this new airport in 1970.
In 1980, the company replaced its Boeing 727's for 737-200 Advanced in its domestic routes. In addition, Lan Chile's first wide body jets are incorporated: the McDonnell Douglas DC-10-30 to be used in its routes to Los Angeles, Miami and New York. That same year, the maintenance facilitites were relocated from Los Cerrillos to Arturo Merino Benitez Airport.
In 1985 LAN-Chile implemented a program of flights around the world called "Cruceros del Aire" (Air Cruises), pioneers and unique in Latin America. The initial version included two flights per year (April 26 and September 26) on a Boeing 707 named "Three Oceans" by the fact that It crossed the Atlantic, Indian and South Pacific Oceans, visiting 18 different places. The aircraft was specially prepared for these flights. It had 80 seats in first class, thus providing passengers with ample room for their confort. 80 Tourists were selected for a 31-day tour that included visits to the main cities of Africa, Asia and Oceania. Such flights were made until 1989, marketed according to their route under various names such as "Around the World", "Three Oceans", "Three Continents," Mediterranean "," East-West China "etc.
In June 1986, LAN enters into service Boeing 767-200ER's as a replacement of its DC-10 fleet, with a new route to Montréal–Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport. In 1988, LAN Chile starts the construction of its Maintenance Center at Santiago Airport and adds to its fleet a Boeing 747-100 on lease from Aer Lingus during the summer season on its US flights.
Privatization and Internationalization
In September 1989, the Chilean government privatized the carrier, selling a majority stake in the company to Icarosan and Scandinavian Airlines (49%), 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-Trust Authority resulted in the acquisition of the country's second largest airline Ladeco on August 11, 1995. In October 1998, Lan Chile merged its cargo subsidiary Fast Air with Ladeco, forming LAN Express.
In 1998 LAN Airlines established a joint venture with Lufthansa called LLTT (Lufthansa-LAN Technical Training S.A.) with the aim to satisfy the needs for aircraft maintenance training in Latin America. LLTT is based at LAN's hangars in Comodoro Arturo Merino Benitez Airport. LLTT is the only A320 Maintenance Simulator (CMOS) training provider in Latin America.
In March 2004 Lan Chile and its subsidiaries LAN Perú, LAN Ecuador, LAN Dominicana and LAN Express became unified under the unique LAN brand and livery, eliminating each airline country name on the brands. 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 acronym) as part of this re-branding and internationalization 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.
As of August 1, 2006, LAN Airlines merged first and business classes of service into a single class, named Premium Business.
LATAM Airlines Group
On August 13, 2010, LAN signed a non-binding agreement with Brazilian airline TAM Airlines to merge, and form the LATAM Airlines Group. The merger was completed on June 22, 2012. The Administrative Council of Economic Defense of Brazil (“CADE”) and the Tribunal de Defensa de la Libre Competencia (Chilean Court at Law for Antitrust) (“TDLC”) approved the merger subject to mitigation measures. The airlines have to surrender four daily São Paulo-Guarulhos International Airport slot pairs to other airlines willing to fly the Santiago-Sao Paulo route, to give up membership in either Star Alliance (In which TAM Airlines is member) or Oneworld, and to interline deals with other airlines that operate selected routes, among other provisions. 
The airline has its headquarters on the 20th floor of the 5711 Avenida Presidente Riesco Building in Las Condes, Santiago Province. Previously its headquarters were in Estado 10 in downtown Santiago de Chile.
Oneworld Affiliate member (*)
LAN Airlines operates in 31 international, 17 domestic (Chile), 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 January 2013:
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 touch screen personal TVs with on-demand content.
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 but has since sold these to Avianca Brasil, 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.
In 2012, Lan Airlines became the launch customer in the Americas of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.
|Airbus A320neo||0||20||TBA||Deliveries 2015-2020|
|Airbus A321-200||0||10||—||212||212||Deliveries 2013-2016|
|Boeing 787-8||5||17||30||217||247||Deliveries until 2018|
|Boeing 787-9||0||4||36||256||292||Deliveries 2015|
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.
- Airbus A318 - Domestic Route, 2008
- BAE 146–200 – Domestic route expansion, 1990
- Boeing 707-320 – First scheduled flight to Frankfurt (Via Paris, Madrid and Sao Paulo), 1968
- Boeing 727-100 – Replaced the Sud Aviation Carravelle and Douglas DC-4
- Boeing 737–200 – Last aircraft retired May 2008, Replacement Airbus A320 family
- Boeing 747–100 – First scheduled flight to Los Angeles, 1979
- Boeing 767-200ER – Replaced the McDonnell Douglas DC-10, 1989
- Convair 440 – Douglas DC-3 replacement, 1952
- De Havilland DHC-6
- de Havilland Gipsy Moth
- De Havilland Dove DH-104
- Douglas DC-3 – Opened the flights to Buenos Aires, La Paz and Lima, 1945
- Douglas DC-6 – First long-haul flight to Miami (Via Lima and Panamá), 1954
- Ford 5 AT-C – Santiago – Mendoza Route, 1934
- Lockheed Electra L-10A
- Lockheed C-60
- Martin 2-0-2
- McDonnell Douglas DC-10 – Boeing 707 replacement, 1979
- Sud Aviation Caravelle – First long-haul flight to New York (Via Lima, Bogotá and Montego Bay), 1961
LAN Airlines created the LANPASS frequent flyer program to reward customer loyalty. There are currently over four million members. Every year, over 250,000 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 Elite membership categories:
- Premium (Oneworld Ruby)
- Premium Silver (Oneworld Sapphire)
- Comodoro (Oneworld Emerald)
- Comodoro Black
LAN Airlines operates VIP passenger lounges, in cooperation with TAM Airlines, at the following airports:
- Mistral Lounge at Comodoro Arturo Merino Benitez Airport, in Santiago de Chile
- Neruda Lounge at Comodoro Arturo Merino Benitez Airport, in Santiago de Chile
- Ezeiza International Airport, in Buenos Aires, Argentina
- El Dorado International Airport, in Bogotá, Colombia
- Miami International Airport (To be opened in 2014)
- São Paulo–Guarulhos International Airport (To be opened in 2014)
These lounges are accessible by passengers traveling onboard LAN and TAM First Class, Premium Business, Business and Premium Economy, as well as senior members of the LANPASS program (Comodoro, Premium Silver levels), TAM Fidelidade program (Black, Vermelho Plus, Vermelho) and oneworld respective categories (Emerald, Sapphire).
South America AirPass
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:
- Whether the passenger reaches South America with LAN or with another Oneworld alliance member.
- The distance between the point of departure and the destination.
The purchase of the AirPass coupons must be made at the time intercontinental travel is purchased and outside South America.
Incidents and accidents
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- On April 3, 1961, Douglas C-47A CC-CLD crashed into a hillside due to inclement weather. On board were many members of the Chilean association football club C.D. Green Cross. 4 crewmembers and 20 passengers died in the crash.
- On February 6, 1965 a Douglas DC-6, operating as LAN Chile Flight 107 from Santiago to Ezeiza, Argentina at an altitude of about 12,000 ft (3,658 m), flew into a mountain near the San José Volcano in the Las Melosas area of the Andes. All of the 87 passengers and crew on board died in what is as of 2012 the worst aircraft accident in Chile.
- April 28, 1969 LAN Chile Flight 160 crashed short of runway at Colina, Chile. None of the 60 passengers and crew were injured in the accident.
- December 5, 1969, Douglas C-47A CC-CBY crashed on take-off from El Tepual Airport, Puerto Montt. The aircraft was operating a cargo flight, all three people on board survived.
- May 25, 1972, one hour and 18 minutes after take-off from Panama City, a homemade pipe bomb exploded in the ice water fountain service compartment of a Boeing 727. A rapid decompression followed. A successful emergency landing was carried out at Montego Bay, Jamaica.
- August 3, 1978, Buenos Aires/Ezeiza-Ministro Pistarini Airport: a Boeing 707 was approaching runway 11 in fog when it struck trees in a gentle descent, some 2500m short of the runway threshold and 300m out of line with the runway centreline.
- On August 4, 1987, a Boeing 737–200, while on the approach at Calama/El Loa airport, landed short of the displaced threshold of runway 27. The nosegear collapsed and the aircraft broke in two. A fire broke out 30 minutes later and destroyed the aircraft. The threshold was displaced by 880m due to construction work. There was one fatality.
- On February 19, 1991, a chartered LAN Chile BAe 146–200 overran the runway on landing at Puerto Williams in southern Chile and sank in the nearby waters. Twenty of the 66 passengers died.
- On March 28, 2007, LAN Airlines Flight 801 traveling between Santiago and Auckland was involved in a near-miss incident with a meteor while over the Pacific Ocean. It is estimated that the flaming object passed within five nautical miles of the aircraft, while the crew could hear the objects breaking the sound barrier. While it was initially thought the object was an old Russian satellite re-entering the atmosphere, that explanation was subsequently ruled out by NASA.
- On July 5, 2008, LAN Airlines Flight 533 was involved in a near-miss incident at New York's JFK airport. The aircraft, bound for Santiago, Chile, was nearly struck after take off by Cayman Airways Flight 792. The Cayman aircraft, arriving at JFK from the Cayman Islands, performed a go-around after a missed approach on a perpendicular runway. Both aircraft performed steep banks to avoid one another, under the control tower's direction.
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