LAN AirlinesLAN Airlines, formerly LANChile is an airline holding whose home base is in Santiago, Chile. It is Chile’s principal airline and the largest one in South America after TAM Linhas Aereas, offering flights to Latin America, North America, Mexico, the Caribbean, Oceania, and Europe. LAN Chile Airlines is a member of the Oneworld airline alliance and the recipient of numerous awards in the aviation world.
The main airport for LAN Chili Airlines is Comodoro Arturo Merino Benitez International Airport in Santiago with hubs at Ministro Pistarini International Airport in Buenos Aires, Jorge Chavez International Airport in Lima, Mariscal Sucre International Airport in Quito, and Miami International Airport in Miami. LAN Airlines is only one of two Latin American Airlines that fly to Oceania.
LAN Airways began operations in March 1929 as Linea Aeropostal Santiago-Arica and took the name LAN Chile in 1932. LAN Chile merged Fast Air with Ladeco in 1998, and in 2004, LAN Chile and LAN Peru, Airline, LAN Ecuador Airline, LAN Dominicana, and LANExpress became unified under LAN Airlines. LAN Chile Airline officially changed its name to LAN Airlines. In 2005, LAN opened its subsidiary, LAN Argentina Airlines in Argentina and operates several national and international flights from Buenos Aires. This subsidiary is also under the single brand of LAN Airlines.
LAN Airline has a codeshare agreement with American Airlines for U.S. destinations, British Airways and Iberia for European destinations, Korean Air for Asian destinations, and Qantas for some Australian and New Zealand destinations.
LAN Airlines stopped offering First Class service in August 2006 as it went through a remodeling process in which First and Business classes were merged into a Premium Class that offers a full 180-degree decline that is available from only five countries in the world. The full recline allows greater comfort when sleeping, and down comforters and soft pillows create a true bed experience while dividing panels between seats offer maximum privacy during the flight. With these plans is the inclusion of a larger 15.4-inch individual video monitor with an audio and video on demand system that allows passengers to choose from eight films and 20 short programs. LAN Airlines currently has this feature on four aircraft, but it will be available on all 767s and Airbus A340 in early 2007.