LAN Airlines launches a new affiliate in Colombia adding 23 destinations to the LAN network
- LAN Colombia offers service to 22 domestic destinations including Cartagena, Cali and Medellin from Bogota D.C., as well as the international destination of Fort Lauderdale in the United States.
- LAN Colombia is the second largest airline in Colombia, based on the number of transported passengers.
Santiago, Chile, December 5.- LAN Airlines launched its fourth affiliate carrier, LAN Colombia. This is an important step in the Colombian market, after LAN acquired AIRES in November 2010, a Colombia-based airline. LAN Colombia will add 23 destinations to the LAN network, including 22 domestic destinations in Colombia and the international destination of Fort Lauderdale, Florida from Bogota D.C.
“We’re proud that the network of LAN Airlines and its affiliates is increasing by 22 new destinations in Colombia, and expanding its connections in South America and the rest of the world”, said Ignacio Cueto, COO, LAN Airlines. “Our goal by launching this new affiliate airline is to make it possible for our passengers in all the countries where LAN Airlines and its affiliates operate, to discover Colombia with LAN’s signature world class quality of service.”
LAN Colombia represents a great opportunity and challenge for the airline. Colombia is the second biggest passenger market in South America after Brazil, and it is also the fourth largest economy in Latin America. It is also the second most populated country in the region, which makes it very attractive for the airline industry.
“This is excellent news not only for Colombia, but for all of our passengers because they will gain immediate access to important benefits right away and can enjoy the great variety of tourism destinations that Colombia has to offer while enjoying LAN’s world class in-flight experience,” said Ignacio Cueto.
LAN Colombia by the numbers:
A year ago, LAN announced the final purchase of 98.942% of the shares in the Colombian airline AIRES. The airline has since implemented operational changes, such as modifications to flight schedules, improving efficiency and ensuring that safety standards, and on-time performance, consistent with LAN’s standards. LAN Colombia has a workforce of 1,750, 23% of domestic market share, and offers the best network of domestic flights within the country with a fleet of 26 aircraft.
Since the acquisition of AIRES, LAN has invested US$405 million in the implementation of LAN operational standards, rebranding, as well as fleet updates and expansion, including the incorporation of three new Airbus A320 aircraft.
LAN Airlines is one of the leading passenger and cargo airlines in Latin America. The Company serves over 70 destinations around the world through an extensive network that offers a complete choice of connections to and from Latin America, while also linking the region to North America, Europe and the South Pacific. Through several code-share arrangements, LAN Airlines and its affiliates also serve 70 additional international destinations. LAN Airlines and its affiliates are leaders in the Chilean and Peruvian domestic markets, and they also have an important presence in the domestic routes of Argentina and Ecuador.
Currently, LAN Airlines and its affiliates operate 130 passenger aircraft. Meanwhile, its cargo subsidiary, LAN CARGO and its affiliates have 14 cargo aircraft. LAN has one of the most modern fleets in the world, which translates into greater efficiency and a significant reduction in CO2 emissions, as proof of its strong commitment to protecting 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™, the global airline alliance which LAN has been a member of for 10 years, and which encompasses the best airlines in the world. For more information please visit www.lan.com or www.oneworldalliance.com.
* LAN Colombia is not a member of oneworld™.