Based in Santiago Chile, LAN is one of the most successful airlines in the Americas. Known for its quality inflight service and vast South American network, LAN provides links to the southern continent from Sydney and Auckland.
LAN currently flies from Sydney to Santiago via Auckland on the new Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner. With the introduction of the larger 787-9 to its fleet, the airline is considering bypassing Auckland for a direct Sydney - Santiago link sometime in 2016. Once in Santiago, passengers can make connections to over 135 LAN destinations across Central, South and North America as well as to European destinations such as Frankfurt, Milan and Madrid.
In 2012, LAN merged with Brazilian airline TAM to form one of the world's largest airlines. While currently operating as separate entities, it was announced in 2015 that the combined airline's new name will be LATAM. Along with a uniform cabin interior, the LATAM name and branding is expected to be fully implemented at all airports and on all aircraft by 2018, at which time the individual LAN and TAM names will disappear.
With the integration of the LAN and TAM fleet into one airline, the combined fleet will be made up of the following aircraft:
- Airbus A319 / A320 / A321
- Airbus A330-200
- Airbus A350-900 (TAM is the launch customer for the A350 in the Americas. Deliveries begin 2016)
- Boeing 767-300ER
- Boeing 787-8 / -9 Dreamliner
- Boeing 777-300ER
For routes where online check-in is available, the service is open 2 to 48 hours before departure. Airport check-in is available and guests are urged to complete the check-in process at least one hour before departure.
With an all new interior unveiled in 2015 on LAN's 787 Dreamliner, passengers flying in Premium Business will enjoy a new level of comfort previously not seen on the South American airline. Extra wide seats that recline to a fully flat-bed that's 6 feet, 1 inch (185cm) long, will provide ample space to stretch out and sleep.
On international flights of 7 hours or more, Business Class passengers can typically expect a lunch or dinner service and a breakfast service. Meals are served on porcelain dishes and are accompanied by flatware and glassware. For those that care to sleep, an express meal service is available.
On the Boeing 787, the 15.4 inch wide screens provide an endless selection of movies and other programming in both English and Spanish. On domestic and regional A320s, LAN passengers can enjoy wireless entertainment which is streamed to personal tablets and smart phones.
The checked baggage allowance will vary depending on the destination, however for most destinations, including for flights between Australia, New Zealand and Chile, the free allowance is 3 pieces, with a weight limit of 23kg per piece. Cabin baggage is limited to one small bag of 15kg or less, plus one small personal item such as a purse, small laptop bag or diaper bag.
Club Lounges & Alliances
In 2015, LAN and TAM unveiled the newly branded LATAM lounge at Santiago International Airport. Premium Business and top tier frequent flyers (Oneworld Emerald and Sapphire tiers) can access the lounge provided the guest is travelling on a LAN or Oneworld operated flight. Features and services include buffet dining and full bar, an ironing and shoe shine service, shower rooms and business facilities. In addition to Oneworld lounges found globally, LAN and TAM offer lounges throughout South America.
LAN Airlines is one of 15 Oneworld alliance members. Oneworld airlines include:
- American Airlines
- British Airways
- Cathay Pacific
- Japan Airlines
LAN also maintains individual alliance agreements with Aero Mexico and Alaska Airlines.