LAN expands its network in South East Asia and Oceania
Santiago, December 29th, 2010
LAN Airlines SA (LAN) (NYSE: LFL / IPSA: LAN) has signed a bilateral interline agreement with a subsidiary of Qantas in Australia, Jetstar Airways (Jetstar). Through this agreement, users of the LAN network of destinations may qualify for increased connectivity offered by the Australian airline, both within Australia and New Zealand, and on international routes between the countries of Oceania and Southeast Asia.
Armando Valdivieso, CEO Passenger LAN Airlines said: "This agreement expands our network of destinations in Oceania, Asia and Southeast Asia and connects passengers with attractive points, adding more value to the tourist experience. A young man who travels in Asia may take off with LAN Airlines from Santiago to Auckland and / or Sydney and then from those cities, he can visit Indonesia, Thailand and Japan, among others", said Armando Valdivieso, CEO Passenger LAN.
The new routes
This agreement is growing international connectivity between Oceania and Southeast Asia. In this way, passengers can access routes from airports in Oceania in which it operates LAN (Auckland and Sydney), to attractive spots in Asia, like Bali in Indonesia, Phuket and Bangkok in Thailand, Honolulu in Hawaii, Osaka in Japan and Singapore.
In addition, routes like Bali (Indonesia)-Brisbane (Australia), Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam)-Darwin (Australia), Jakarta (Indonesia)-Perth (Australia), Singapore - Melbourne (Australia) are some of the new options available to LAN users.
The agreement further enhances domestic connectivity within Oceania. In New Zealand, it considers routes between Auckland or Wellington, Christchurch and Queenstown. Meanwhile in Australia, this agreement will connect cities such as Sydney and Melbourne with points as Perth, Brisbane, Adelaide, Gold Coast, Townsville, and Hervey Bay.
Jetstar's fleet consists of Airbus A330 family for long range international travel from Australia to Thailand, Honolulu and Japan (all destinations to which passengers have access LAN) and also in the case of domestic routes in New Zealand and shorter-range international routes, and to Fiji. For short-haul international travel to Singapore to Indonesia, Jetstar uses the model A321.
Jetstar has interline agreement holds the following airlines: Air Calin, Air Canada, Air France, Air Niugini, Air Pacific, Air Tahiti Nui, American Airlines, Continental, Etihad, KLM, Qantas, Qatar and Royal Jordanian. It is also in the process of implementing a treaty interlining with JAL (who already have a codeshare with Jetstar) and Finnair.