Chile is Hip All Over

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my name is LAN Remember the name of the airline we once knew as Lan Chile? Well, that company is all grown up and now branded simply as LAN, covering an extensive network that offers full connectivity within Latin America and is also linked to North America, Europe and the South Pacific. All together, the company and its affiliates serve 65 destinations worldwide.

Those South America affiliates include LAN Peru and LAN Argentina, which along with LAN in Chile, have leading positions in their respective domestic markets, and recently LAN Ecuador began operations in its own local market. LAN Peru was particularly strong in 2009, strengthening the Lima hub and adding new regional routes to Cali, Cordoba, Punta Cana and Cancun.

As LAN expands its route network reach, it also continues to update its fleet, now numbering 86 aircraft. At the end of last year, the company took delivery of two new B-767-300 aircraft, with another coming on line this year, along with six A320s; on order are 30 additional A320s, slated for delivery over the next five years. All new aircraft have been upgraded to improve fuel efficiency, decrease noise levels and significantly reduce C02 emissions.

Considering recent and current trends in the travel marketplace, it may be surprising that LAN recorded a 10 percent increase in passenger traffic during 2009, and expects the same for 2010.