LAN Airlines, is a Chilean airline that operates a group of airlines with societies in Chile, Argentina, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru. Offers destinations in North America, Latin America, the Caribbean, Oceania and Europe. It has its headquarters in Santiago de Chile, Metropolitan Region. Its base of operations is the International Airport in Comodoro Arturo Merino Benitez. Since 2000, is an active member of the one world alliance and has several agreements with other airlines, which allows you to cover a large number of destinations in the world. Their hubs or connection centers are Santiago de Chile, Lima, Buenos Aires-Ezeiza, Buenos Aires-Aeropark, Quito, Guayaquil, Miami, Madrid and Bogota.
Founded on 5 March 1929 by the Chilean government as the national airline, it quickly morphed into its current name. After the opening up to different markets (which would result in the creation of other airlines with the same name in Peru, Ecuador, and Argentina), changed their name and renamed as LAN Airlines in 2005.
It divides the passenger’s routes in three major segments: long-range operations, routes within South America, also called regional operations, and domestic flights in Chile, Peru, Argentina, Ecuador and Colombia. In the first two countries, this is the company with greater participation in the national market. The airline controls the market of domestic flights in Chile, it has 66 percent market share in Peru, 35 percent in Argentina and 25 percent in Colombia. As for the international market, the airline has a stake of 49% in Chile, 62.86 % in Peru, 21% in Ecuador and 11% in Argentina.
It is one of the airlines with greater flow of passengers in South America and is among the 40 airlines with higher income in the world. In 2011, the airline had revenues of USD 5718.2 million, of which corresponded to the 4008.9 transport of 22 591 200 passengers, and 1576.5 million USD, to load equivalent to 875 000 tones. That year, the company had more than USD 320.6 million in utilities.
On 14 March 2007 the airline finally launched the laser model for all its domestic flights and short-haul, extending the model used in the flights to Puerto Montt and Punta Arenas to all national and regional destinations, drastically reducing the prices.
In November 2007 it begins to operate the new class of service called “Premium Economy” for its regional flights, for which this new class will have a catering service different from the Economy Class.
On August 17 2009 the airline begins to arrive in the city of Santiago de Cali, covering the route of Cali – Lima.
On August 13 2010, the airline announced before the SVS their intentions to merge with the Brazilian airline TAM airlines, creating LATAM Airlines Group. Both companies, however, maintain their operations separately.
On October 27 2010 the airline announces the holding of a promise of sale with respect to the Colombian airline Aires S.A.
On November 26 2010 the airlines announced that it completed the purchase of 98,942 % of the shares of Aires and including it as another subsidiary of the group.