LATAM Argentina

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LATAM Airlines Argentina
Latam-logo -v (Indigo).svg
IATA ICAO Callsign
4M DSM LANAR
Founded2005
Ceased operationsJune 17, 2020 (2020-06-17Tmdy)
HubsAeroparque Jorge Newbery
Secondary hubsMinistro Pistarini International Airport
Frequent-flyer programLATAM Pass
AllianceOneworld (2007-2020; affiliate)
Fleet size15
Destinations17
Parent companyLATAM Airlines Group
HeadquartersBuenos Aires, Argentina
Key peopleRosario Altgelt, CEO
Websitewww.latam.com

LATAM Airlines Argentina, formerly LAN Argentina, was an airline based in Buenos Aires, Argentina and a member of the LATAM Airlines Group.

History[edit]

Prior to its acquisition by LAN Chile, the airline was known by its legal name, Aero 2000. LAN Argentina became an affiliate member of the Oneworld airline alliance on April 1, 2007, but left on May 1, 2020.[1] The airline was owned by LATAM Airlines Group (49%) and Argentine investors (51%).[2]

On August 28, 2013, an Argentinean judge blocked the government's plan to break a long term lease of hangar space to LAN in Aeroparque Jorge Newbery, that was seen as vital to the airline's operations.[3]

As its parent company, LAN Chile merged with TAM Airlines and rebranded to form LATAM Airlines, LAN Argentina also rebranded to LATAM Argentina.

LATAM Airlines agreed to pay more than $22 million in civil and criminal fines relating to a decade-old Argentine bribery case. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission said the fine of LATAM related to "improper payments it authorized during a dispute between the airline and its union employees in Argentina". LAN was accused of using an Argentine consultant to negotiate with unions on the company's behalf and paid the consultant via a sham contract that channeled funds to corrupt union officials. The scheme had violated the accounting provisions of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, the U.S. Justice Department said, and the airline agreed to pay a $12.75 million criminal penalty. It will pay a further $9.4 million, including interest, to settle the SEC's charges of inadequate accounting controls.

On June 17, 2020 LATAM Argentina's parent LATAM Airlines Group announced it would cease operations of the subsidiary, with all aircraft returned to lessors and all employees laid off immediately.[4]

Destinations[edit]

LATAM Argentina operated scheduled domestic services from Buenos Aires to Bariloche, Córdoba, Comodoro Rivadavia, El Calafate, Mendoza, Puerto Iguazú, Neuquén, Río Gallegos, Salta, San Juan, Tucumán and Ushuaia, and international services to Lima, Miami, Santiago and Sao Paulo. Its main bases were Jorge Newbery Airport for its short-haul operations and Ministro Pistarini International Airport for its long-haul operations, both located in Buenos Aires.[2]

Fleet[edit]

An Airbus A320 of LAN Argentina at Aeroparque Jorge Newbery (December 2011)

At the time the airline ceased operations in June 2020, LATAM Argentina's fleet consisted of the following aircraft:[5]

LAN Argentina fleet
Aircraft In service Orders Passengers Notes
C Y Total
Airbus A320-200 13 168 168 To be transferred back to LATAM Chile
Boeing 767-300ER 2 30 191 221 Both registered in Chile
Total 15

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Details | oneworld". www.oneworld.com. Retrieved 2020-02-14.
  2. ^ a b "Directory: World Airlines". Flight International. 2007-04-03. p. 104.
  3. ^ " Averted Eviction #AvMRO."
  4. ^ Cabot, Diego (2020-06-17). "Latam Argentina anunció que deja de operar en el país" [Latam Argentina announces that it stopped operating in the country]. La Nacion (in Spanish). SA La Nacion. Retrieved 2020-06-17.
  5. ^ "Global Airline Guide 2019 (Part One)". Airliner World: 4. October 2019.

External links[edit]

Media related to LAN Argentina at Wikimedia Commons