On September 10, 2005, LAN Airlines and Korean Air began joint operation of the Seoul-Los Angeles-Santiago route based on codesharing. This marks the beginning of the implementation of the commercial agreement signed between Korean Air and LAN Airlines to develop the market between Latin America and Korea.
The new partnership is aimed at developing air connections between these destinations. Korean Air passengers will enjoy greater options for flying to various points in Latin America, while LAN Airlines passengers will have use of all facilities for traveling to Korea with multiple choices on schedules and frequencies to ensure the connections they need. These benefits are made possible by the establishment of codesharing arrangements, with the first stage slated to take effect on the Seoul-Los Angeles-Santiago route on September 10, 2005. The advantages for passengers will include the ability of flying an entire trip on one set of travel documents.
Ignacio Cueto, Chief Executive Officer of LAN Airlines’ passenger division, noted that: “Thanks to this agreement our passengers will have access to an excellent partnership that will make traveling easier. It will also stimulate already existing agreements between our countries, as well as promote tourism, and the development of business relations and bilateral cooperation between Chile, Latin America and Korea.”