LAN Airlines’ Board of Directors authorized the acquisition of 25 short-range Airbus A318 and A319 aircraft. In addition, the company will also subscribe 15 options for the purchase of similar aircraft. The new aircraft will operate flights within Latin America, including routes in Argentina, Peru and Chile.
The estimated amount of the investment for the 25 aircraft is approximately US$750 million. The aircraft will gradually be added to the fleet starting in the second half of next year.
Depending on the model, they will seat between 126 and 144 passengers. LAN currently operates 19 Airbus A319s and A320s. A portion of the new Airbus A318s and A319s will be used to gradually replace the company’s current Boeing 737-200 fleet. This new order - which allows for ample flexibility in regards to aircraft types and delivery dates - complements the nine A319 aircraft that will be delivered to LAN between 2005 and 2008 in accordance with LAN’s previous order with Airbus.
These modern aircraft incorporate the most advanced technology in the airline industry and offer the widest and most comfortable cabins for passengers, as well as a quieter and more pleasant atmosphere. In addition, they are very efficient aircraft and adapt extremely well to the combination of regional routes and short-haul flights operated by the company.
Ignacio Cueto, Chief Executive Officer of LAN Airlines’ passenger division, said: “These aircraft are operated by the best airlines in the world and feature the latest generation of technology. Through them, we have been able to improve substantially our quality, comfort, and service standards, allowing us to offer the best travel experience for our passengers.”