LAN Airlines To Start A321 Operations by December20th Aug 2014
The flag carrier is scheduled to inaugurate its upcoming A321 jetliner by December 29 from its hub at Comodoro Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport in Santiago de Chile to an undisclosed domestic route.
The new aircraft is the first of the 10 planes of the A320 family that the airline is scheduled to take delivery between 2014 and 2016.
The carrier is planning to deploy all its upcoming A321 aircraft on new domestic routes, four of which will operate from Santiago de Chile's Comodoro Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport. These routes include Arica, Copiapó Desierto de Atacama, Punta Arenas, and Iquique.
The other four routes will operate from Puerto Montt's El Tepual International Airport. These include Calama, Antofagasta, Concepcion, and Temuco de Araucania.
LAN Airlines currently has 98 aircraft under the A320 family, the bulk of which is composed of seventy-two A320-200 jetliners and twenty-six A319-100s. Additionally, it has three four-engine wide-body A340-300 aircraft—the biggest aircraft so far in its possession. It has also a fleet of 31 Boeing 767-300ER, a member of wide-body twin-engine family, and seven B787-8 aircraft, more popularly known as the Dreamliner.
LAN Airlines currently serve 31 international and 17 domestic destinations across 21 countries in North and South America, Europe and Oceania, including Australia and New Zealand. It operates, on average, 430 overseas and 450 local flights each week.