LAN Airlines has announced that it will bring forward its delivery of Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft, the original schedule would have seen LAN flying the aircraft in 2014 but the revised agreement will see a LAN 787 Dreamliner in operation in the first half of 2011. The full media release from LAN Airlines can be read below: LAN WILL BE ONE OF THE FIRST AIRLINES IN THE WORLD TO RECEIVE THE BOEING 787 DREAMLINER LAN Airlines S.A. and its subsidiaries, (“LAN” or “the Company”), one of the leading airlines in Latin America, today announced that the Company signed an agreement with Boeing to adjust the delivery of ten Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners to be incorporated into the Company’s long haul fleet. This new delivery schedule anticipates by three years the arrival of this aircraft, previously scheduled for 2014 and now expected starting in the first semester of 2011. In this way, LAN becomes the first airline in the western hemisphere to receive the Dreamliner, which is expected to revolutionize the airline industry, incorporating the most advanced technology. These ten aircraft are part of the original order for 32 Boeing 787s placed by LAN in 2007, 26 of which will be owned and 6 leased. The Boeing 787-8 undertook its first test flight in December 2009 and is expected to begin commercial operations in 2010. It has the capacity to seat approximately 250 passengers, providing a unique in-flight experience due to innovative technological advances featured inside the aircraft cabin. In addition, this is the world‘s most efficient aircraft reducing the effects of global warming, so the 787 is considered as the new Green Aircraft. Mr. Enrique Cueto, LAN’s Chief Executive Officer, stated, “The incorporation of the Boeing 787 ensures the Company’s sustainable growth while preserving the environment and incorporating state-of-the-art technology to deliver the best travel experience for LAN’s passengers. LAN looks forward to incorporating this new generation of aircraft in the first half of 2011“. “Partnering with LAN Airlines, one of the world’s great air carriers is an exciting way to introduce the 787 to the flying public. We look forward to seeing the Dreamliner fly with LAN’s livery. The 787 Dreamliner represents one of those rare generational advancements in powered flight that will provide superior operating economics, compelling environmental performance and unique passenger comforts. LAN and its passengers will be among the early beneficiaries of these enhancements,” said Marlin Dailey, Vice President Sales Boeing Commercial Airplanes.
LAN Airlines have announced that flights from Chile to Sydney Australia following the devastating earthquake will resume on Saturday 6 March 2010. The full media release from LAN Airlines can be read below: LAN AIRLINES – AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND CHILE EARTHQUAKE – MEDIA UPDATE FRIDAY 05 MARCH – 10.00am SYDNEY / 12.00pm AUCKLAND LAN AIRLINES RESTORES FLIGHTS FROM CHILE TO AUSTRALIA The first flight from Santiago, Chile, to Sydney, Australia since last weekend’s devastating earthquake in Chile will arrive tomorrow morning, Saturday 06 March. Flight LA 801 is due to arrive at approximately 7:30am. Friends and relatives of passengers and interested media should check the international arrivals link on the Sydney Airport website www.sydneyairport.com.au or www.lan.com on Friday night or Saturday morning for updated arrival information. Subject to final confirmation, the return flight, LA 800, is scheduled to depart Sydney at 9:55am on Saturday, flying to Santiago, via Auckland. LAN has not operated flights to Sydney since Sunday, 28 February, because of earthquake damage to the international terminal at Santiago Airport, Chile. The airline has now erected a large marquee at the airport as a temporary check in facility for passengers, and is using buses to ferry passengers to and from aircraft. With operations now increasing through Santiago Airport, LAN’s main priority is to move the backlog of its passengers awaiting departure from Santiago, or stranded in other airports awaiting flights to Santiago. The airline is confident of restoring the full schedule of six flights per week on the Sydney – Auckland – Santiago route by the end of next week. The first flight to Auckland following the earthquake arrived yesterday NZ time at 6:10am, and departed for Santiago late yesterday afternoon. Passengers ticketed to fly on LAN flights LA 800 (Sydney – Auckland – Santiago) or LA 801 (Santiago – Auckland – Sydney) are asked to call the airline in Australia on 1800 558 129 or in New Zealand on 09 308 3352 LAN management and staff would like to take this opportunity to thank passengers and their families and friends for their patience and understanding during this very challenging week.
LAN Airlines has release the following media release following the Chile Earthquake LAN Airlines flight LA 800, from Sydney to Auckland and Santiago, Chile, departed Sydney on time this morning. The aircraft arrived in Auckland this afternoon, but the onward flight to Santiago will be delayed until further information is available from our head office about the current situation in Chile. Passengers due to board today’s flight in Auckland are being advised of this delay and will be updated as soon as possible. Santiago International Airport is currently closed. Our Saturday 27 February flight from Sydney and Auckland to Santiago arrived safely in Chile, but was diverted to an alternate airport. We are currently awaiting advice re the operation of today’s scheduled LA 801 service from Santiago, which is scheduled to arrive in Auckland and Sydney early tomorrow, Monday 01 March. We will provide updated information as soon as possible. The Emergency Enquires Numbers for LAN Airlines is as follows: In Australia: 1800 558 129 In New Zealand 0800 451 373. In the US 1-866-I-FLY-LAN (24 Hrs a Day)
LAN now offers the option to fly from Australia to Europe via South America, European destinations include Madrid Frankfurt & London. The full media release from LAN can be read below: Travellers from Australia to Europe and the UK now have an exciting new way to get there, flying via South America with LAN. The airline has just announced a range of new Economy and Business Class fares and itineraries from Australia to Madrid, Frankfurt and London, either on its own flights or in conjunction with partner airlines. Economy Class low season prices, including taxes, start at $2425 per person from Sydney to Madrid; from $2559 Sydney to Frankfurt and from $2657 Sydney to London. Business Class fares start at $12,425 per person, including taxes, from Sydney to Madrid, from $12,460 Sydney to Frankfurt and from $12,478 Sydney to London. Fares also are available for travel in either high or peak seasons, and from other cities with connecting domestic flights by Qantas. “Europe has always been one of the most popular destinations visited by Australians, while South America is one of the fastest growing and most exciting locations,” said Rodrigo Contreras, LAN’s General Manager Australia, New Zealand and Asia. “Our new fares enable travellers to fly from Australia to Europe via countries including Chile, Argentina, Peru and Ecuador,” said Mr Contreras. “In addition to our own award-winning services, we also work with oneworld alliance partners including Qantas and the Spanish airline Iberia, and with Air Tahiti Nui via Tahiti and the Chilean territory of Easter Island.” Suggested itineraries include: Sydney to Santiago and Madrid with LAN, then Madrid to London with Iberia Sydney to Frankfurt via Buenos Aires, Santiago and Madrid, all with LAN Sydney to Papeete, Tahiti, with Qantas and Air Tahiti Nui, then Papeete to Easter Island, Santiago and Madrid with LAN Sydney to Madrid via Santiago, then Quito and Guayaquil in Ecuador, with LAN Sydney to Santiago, then to Lima, Peru, and on to Madrid with LAN Low season: 02 February – 30 November. High season: 01-12 December, 25-31 December and 16 January – 01 February. Peak season: 13-24 December and 01-15 January. Fares above are subject to availability. Taxes are correct are 05 November but can change without notice. Some conditions apply. For more information, or to book, contact travel agents, call the LAN consumer reservations line 1800 558 129 or visit www.lan.com.