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AIR-CABIN ATTENDANT 2009-02
Formed and started operations in 1981. Full name: AIRES - Aerovias de Integracion Regionales, S A. Domestic, regional, & international, scheduled & cargo, jet airplane services.
Entrada 1 - Hangar Aires A.A
44120, Bogota, Colombia
COLOMBIA (REPUBLIC OF COLOMBIA) COVERS AN AREA OF 1,138,914 SQ KM, ITS POPULATION IS 43 MILLION, ITS CAPITAL CITY IS BOGOTA, AND ITS OFFICIAL LANGUAGE IS SPANISH.
August 2007: Aires (AIR) has confirmed it will use A319-100 for its international services to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA.
December 2008: 737-73S (29080, HK-4608X), ex-(D-AHID) - - SEE ATTACHED PHOTO - - "AIR-737-73S-2008-12."
June 2009: 737-73V (30249, HK-4635), ex-easyJet (EZY), ex-(G-EZJN).
July 2009: 737-73V (30244, HK-4641), ex-easyJet (EZY), ex-(G-EZJ0).
September 2009: Aires (AIR) operates scheduled regional flights from Colombia, extending to Aruba and Curacao in the Caribbean. Also operates a domestic cargo service.
Employees = 581.
(IATA) Code: 4C - 035. (ICAO) Code: ARE (Callsign - AIRES).
Company Slogan: "The Airline That Joins The Best Of Colombia."
Main Base: Bogota Eldorado International airport (BOG).
Hubs: Nelva La Manguita airport (NVA); Barranquilla Ernesto Cortissoz airport (BAQ); Medellin Enrique Olaya Herrera airport (EOH); and Ibague Perales airport (IBE).
Domestic Destinations: Armenia; Apartado; Barranquilla; Bogota; Bucaramanga; Cali; Cartagena; Cucuta; Florencia; Ibague; Manizales; Medellin; Monteria; Neiva; Pereira; Popayan; Puerto Asis; Quibdo; Valledupar; Villavicencio; & Yopal.
International destinations: Kralendijk (Netherlands Antille); Maracaibo (Venezuela); Orangestad (Aruba); Panama City (Panama); Willemstad (Netherlands Antilles).
737-73S (29081, HK-4623), Pembroke (PEM) leased.
October 2009: Aires (AIR) received its government’s approval to serve New York and Fort Lauderdale from a number of cities including
the capital Bogota. And it’s going south too, getting the green light for flights to Sao Paulo.
SEE ATTACHED "AIRLINE BUSINESS" ARTICLE - - "AIR-COLOMBIA NEWS-2009-10-A/B/C/D."
December 2009: Aires (AIR) launched daily, Bogota - Fort Lauderdale (FLL) flights, (AIR)'s first scheduled service to the USA. (AIR) plans to serve (FLL) from Barranquilla, Cartagena, Bucaramanga, Pereira, and Cali as well, according to the airport. (AIR)'s international network includes Aruba, Curacao, Panama City, and Maracaibo. (AWAS) (AWW) announced the delivery of one 737-700 to (AIR). (AIR) already operates two of the type.
March 2010: Aires (AIR) carried 203,405 passengers in January, a nearly fourfold increase year-over-year.
(AIR) took delivery of its eighth 737-73V (32416, HK-4682), ex-(G-EZJU), (AWAS) (AWW) leased. The airplane seats 149Y passengers and will be followed by two more this year. (AIR) also operates 13 DHC-8s.
July 2010: AIRES (AIR) will increase thrice-weekly, Bogota - New York (JFK) service aboard a 737-700 to daily on August 2.
August 2010: ACCDT: An Aires (AIR) 737-73V (CFM56-7B20) (1270-32416, /03 HK-4682), (AWAS) (AWW) leased last March, ex-easyJet (EZY), ex-(G-EZJU) crashed on landing at the airport (ADZ) on San Andres island in the Caribbean and broke up. One fatality of 6 (FC) - (CA)/121 passengers.
According to the Aviation Safety Network (ASN), the airplane landed in the midst of a major storm. Photos of the airplane show it split into three major sections but there does not appear to have been an extensive post-crash fire. San Andres Governor, Pedro Gallardo said 130 of 131 passengers and crew survived with one passenger reportedly dying of a heart attack. While the governor's comments and multiple reports placed the total number of passengers and crew at 131, the airline Aires (AIR) said the airplane was carrying 121 passengers and six crew (FC) & (CA).
Aires (AIR) confirmed the flight took off from Bogota at 12:07 am and crashed at 1:49 am on the runway at (ADZ). Thunderstorm activity was reported close to the airport at the time and Colombian Air Force, Colonel David Barrero said officials were investigating reports the airplane had been hit by lightning.
According to the (ASN), the (CFM56-7B)-powered 737-700 entered service in 2003 with easyJet (EZY). Aires (AIR) took possession in March of this year. Colombian Transportation Minister, German Cardona told reporters that the plane had been inspected eight days earlier and found to be in good mechanical condition, "Reuters" reported.
Jeju Air (JJA) has sold its four Bombardier DHC-8-Q400s to Aires (AIR). The last DHC-8-Q400 left South Korea on the week of August 16.
September 2010: Aires (AIR) aims to launch several new international routes - including to Brazil, Canada, Mexico, Paraguay, and Peru - as part of the next phase of its expansion plan. Fort Lauderdale is currently (AIR)'s only medium-haul international destination. But (AIR) has set a 25 June launch date for launching service to New York (JFK) and has secured traffic rights for several new medium-haul international destinations throughout the Americas.
(AIR) Chairman, Pedro Nino confirms (AIR) has secured approval from Colombian authorities to serve Asuncion, Cancun, Lima, Sao Paulo and Toronto from Bogota. He says (AIR), which also has been looking at launching shorter-haul international services to Guayaquil and Quito in neighboring Ecuador, hopes to eventually launch all these medium-haul routes and start at least one this year.
But Nino adds the launch dates and which route will be launched first will depend on when final approvals are secured from the relevant foreign governments. "It doesn't depend on us," Nino said on the sidelines of the Low Cost Airlines World Americas conference in Miami.
He adds (AIR) is seeking authorities from several countries at once because it is impossible to predict how long it may take to launch the requested services. "We have a lot of options," he says.
(AIR) currently operates a fleet of 10 737-700s and 11 Bombardier DHC-8-Q200s with four DHC-8-Q400s slated to enter service this summer. The 737-700s are being used on domestic trunk routes and to the USA, while the Dash 8s are being used on regional domestic routes and to Panama City in Panama, Maracaibo in Venezuela and Aruba and Curacao in the Caribbean. The Q400s are to initially be used on regional domestic routes during peak hours and on domestic trunk routes during off-peak hours although (AIR) plans to also later use the type on Caribbean routes.
Nino says (AIR) has not committed to further expanding its fleet although more 737-700s are likely over the medium-term. He says (AIR) is able to launch several medium-haul international routes without increasing its 737-700 fleet by increasing utilization and redeploying some of the 737s now used on domestic routes. The New York route, for example, will be operated at night, helping push up average utilization for the 737 fleet.
(AIR), which has its roots as a regional airline, only began operating 737-700s in February 2009. It launched services to Fort Lauderdale last November, initially operating one daily flight from Bogota. It has since expanded its Fort Lauderdale operation to 18 weekly flights and is now serving the south Florida airport from Bogota, Barranquilla and Cali. Nino says its Fort Lauderdale operation will be further expanded to 24 weekly flights later this month after service from Cartagena is launched.
Nino says (AIR) is limited at pursuing further expansion at Fort Lauderdale as it is now fully utilizzing traffic rights available under the Colombia - USA bilateral. The bilateral caps the numbers of flights to Colombia's major destinations including Bogota, Barranquilla and Cali, although smaller cities including Cartagena are "open skies" destinations which Nino says could potentially be expanded.
New York will initially be served with three weekly flights from Bogota. Nino says (AIR) is considering opening a third USA destination in the east coast but for now the focus is on adding routes to Canada and Latin America.
Nino says the west coast of the USA is not an option because such flights would be outside the range of (AIR)'s 737-700s. He says New York is at the airplane's maximum range and (AIR) will have to implement "a small limitation on bags" in order to operate the flight.
October 2010: (LAN) Airlines has unveiled plans to acquire Colombian carrier Aires (AIR), only hours after it informed analysts of its plans to exercise its option to buy Colombian start-up AerOasis.
The (LAN) group says it has forged an agreement to acquire 99% of (AIR) for about $32.5 million. It says the deal is subject to regulatory approvals and due diligence, which it estimates will take 30 to 60 days.
(AIR) is currently the second largest carrier after Avianca (AVI) in Colombia's fast-growing domestic market, operating to 27 Colombian cities with a fleet of nine 737-700s, 11 Bombardier DHC-8-Q200s and four DHC-8-Q400s. (AIR) also has a fledgling international network consisting of three destinations which it has been intending to grow dramatically.
(LAN) says (AIR) will become a new (LAN) affiliate carrier, joining the passenger carrier affiliates it already has in Argentina, Ecuador and Peru. (LAN) says if its pending merger with (TAM) (TPR) is completed, (AIR) will also become part of the proposed LATAM Airlines Group.
(LAN) has been looking at entering the Colombian market for some time and in May unveiled plans to tie up with AerOasis, a proposed start-up which has been planning to launch services in Colombia since 2006. The two companies initially said the partnership only included (LAN) providing consulting services and helping AerOasis with the certification process. But in late July, (LAN) CFO, Alejandro de la Fuente told analysts (LAN) was aiming to bring AerOasis into its airline group once the carrier launched operations. De la Fuente, during an analysts call earlier on 27 October to discuss third quarter earnings, said (LAN) was still intending to have AerOasis become part of (LAN) and explained this would be achieved by exercising an option it has to acquire AerOasis.
Given (LAN) is now planning to acquire an established carrier in Aires (AIR), it would seems unlikely it will go forward and exercise its option to acquire AerOasis. In its statement announcing the (AIR) acquisition, (LAN) does not mention its option to buy AerOasis but says its agreement to buy (AIR) "has no impact on the technical support and service consultancy provided by (LAN) to Colombian airline AerOasis in the process of obtaining its operating permit issued by the Colombian Civil Aviation Authority".
During the 27 October analyst call, de la Fuente said AerOasis was expected to secure all the required regulatory approvals early next year and launch services in February with three A320s subleased from (LAN). He said (LAN)'s planned acquisition of AerOasis would occur just before its planned February launch and just after it is authorised to begin operations. "We have an option to purchase the company. Once the regulatory approvals are received, the idea is to acquire AerOasis" de la Fuente explained.
De la Fuente said while AerOasis was planning to launch operations with three of (LAN)'s A320s, the plan was to increase its fleet to five airplanes "fast". He added that "we have plans to increase the operation to 10 airplanes in a short period".
(LAN) executives said AerOasis would initially operate only domestically following "more or less" a low-cost model but international flights would be added later. (AIR) currently operates its 737s under a low-cost model, while its DHC-8-Q200s are operated under a more traditional regional model.
AerOasis is currently owned by Colombian investment firm Corso. (AIR) is privately owned by a group of Colombian families although it previously said it would look at some point for a public offering to help fund its ambitious expansion. (LAN) says it is acquiring 99% of (AIR) "through the purchase of its parent entities". As there are not any foreign airline ownership restrictions in Colombia, (LAN) should not have any problems securing approval to acquire (AIR) or AerOasis.
(LAN)'s foray into Colombia will increase competition between (LAN) and the recently established Avianca (AVI) - TACA (TAC) group. The two groups already compete head to head in Peru, where they both have affiliates.
Competition will also increase between (LAN) and Panama's Copa (COP), which has a subsidiary in Colombia that was recently rebranded from Aero Republica (REU) to Copa Airlines Colombia (REU). Aero Republica (REU) is the third largest carrier in Colombia, having recently been overtaken by fast-growing Aires (AIR).
Former Avianca (AVI) President, Juan Emilio Posada also is preparing to launch a new low-cost airline in Colombia in the third quarter of next year with backing from a major South American investment bank. EasyFly, a Colombian regional carrier which was launched in 2007 by former Aero Republica (REU) owner, Alfonso Avila, also has been looking at entering domestic trunk routes following its low-cost model.
In speaking to analysts earlier on 27 October, (LAN) executives acknowledged Colombia is a highly competitive market but pointed out it is also "very attractive" because it is growing so fast. In the first half of this year Colombia's domestic market grew +38% to 7.4 million passengers and its carriers expect growth to continue as low fares and fast economic growth generate new demand.
De la Fuente told analysts that while (LAN) has "very strong competitors" in Colombia its operation there will be very cost efficient. "The idea is to grow very fast in that market," he said.
November 2010: (LAN) Airlines said it signed a definitive agreement to purchase 98.94% of Aires (AIR) for $12 million in cash and the assumption of $100 million in net liabilities including $18 million of bank debt. In October, (LAN) announced that it would be taking over Colombia's second largest domestic airline, which has a 22% market share.
"This transaction will provide the opportunity for an affiliate of (LAN) to participate in the Colombian passenger market, one of the largest markets in South America, thus allowing for (LAN) and its affiliates to continue strengthening their regional presence," (LAN) said in a recent statement.
(LAN) already operates affiliates in Argentina, Ecuador and Peru and plans to merge with Brazil's TAM (TPR) under a single holding company next year. It also launched a Colombian cargo affiliate, (LANCO), last year. President & COO, Ignacio Cueto said (LAN) will be "elevating even further [Aires (AIR)'s] safety, quality and service standards" and predicted passengers would "benefit from the changes that will gradually be incorporated to the (AIR) operations."
(LAN) said that in "the medium term," Aires (AIR) "will evaluate the expansion of international passenger operations and the advantages of any synergies it may obtain from (LANCO)." It added that the (LAN)/Aires (AIR) integration process "may involve certain operational changes such as itinerary modifications and efficiency improvements" but "will not interfere with the continuity of current operations of (AIR)."
January 2011: (LAN) expects to resume expansion and place A320 family airplanes at its new Colombian subsidiary, Aires (AIR) by the end of this year or early next year.
(LAN) also expects (AIR), which was highly unprofitable when it was acquired by (LAN) in November, will be break even by early 2012. (LAN) executives told analysts it is now focusing on stabilizing (AIR) and once this phase is complete, fleet and network expansion will resume. (AIR) will also be re-branded "LAN Colombia" within the next year.
(AIR) currently operates a fleet of nine 737-700s and 15 Bombardier DHC-8 turboprops, primarily domestically as all but one of its international services was cut by (LAN) earlier this month. (LAN)'s narrow body fleet consists entirely of A320 family airplanes, with over 60 of the type in service and more than >80 additional airplanes on order.
(LAN) passenger division VP, Luis Eduardo Riquelme told analysts that (LAN) intends to have (AIR) also operate A320s, explaining the "idea" is for the entire group to have a common narrow body fleet. "The timing depends on the commitments the company already has," Riquelme says, referring to the leases (AIR) currently holds on its 737s and DHC-8s.
But he adds regardless of how long it takes to replace (AIR)'s current airplanes, (LAN) will use A320s to start growing (AIR)'s fleet later this year or early next year.
Riquelme says the first A320s to be operated by (AIR) will likely be the three A320s used by AerOasis on certification flights. (LAN) since the middle of last year has been helping AerOasis with the certification process, which is now in the final stages, and has an option to acquire the carrier once it is certified.
Riquelme says of one of AerOasis' A320s is now being operated within the (LAN) network in other South American countries and AerOasis' other two A320s "are in the process of moving to the rest of the group". But he says these three airplanes "will go back to Colombia once the conditions are there to start growing. Basically those planes will be used in other parts of the network until (AIR) is in good condition to receive new airplanes and have the crews and everything that is necessary to add those airplanes to the current fleet."
Riquelme calls (AIR)'s exit from the international market with the exception of the Bogota - Fort Lauderdale route temporary. "The idea with (AIR) is to first stabilize and then grow," he explains. "We expect we will be able to restart international operations - some of them or all of them - during this year and then grow by the end of this year or in 2012."
Riquelme says (LAN) is now working on several items which need to be resolved for (AIR) to have a profitable international operation. One of these issues is distribution and having (AIR) carry the (LAN) code and take on the (LAN) name. "We expect that will happen by the end of the year or 2012," Riquelme says.
(LAN) CFO, Alejandro de la Fuente told analysts the airline group does not expect a positive contribution from (AIR) this year. "We expect to reach break even numbers in 2012," de la Fuente says, adding eventually (AIR) will have similar margins as (LAN)'s other short-haul operations in Argentina, Chile, Ecuador and Peru.
While (AIR) is now unprofitable, de la Fuente says the acquisition was an "important milestone" for (LAN) as it furthers the company's goal of being established in all major South American markets. (AIR) is the second largest domestic carrier in Colombia, which is the second largest market in South America.
"The Colombian market is very relevant in South America with over >12 million domestic passengers and with a traffic growth opportunity," de la Fuente says. "(LAN)'s immediate focus is on restructuring the (AIR) operation with the objective of implementing (LAN)'s safety and service standards." He adds: "Once this process is completed, the Colombian operation will become known as "LAN Colombia" and we'll focus on implementing our low-cost model in the domestic passenger operation. We also see significant potential in the development of long-haul routes from Colombia and an integrated passenger and cargo operation."
(LAN) already has a cargo carrier in Colombia which it launched in 2009.
de la Fuente says (AIR) will be included in (LAN)'s income statements starting with the first quarter of 2011. As of the fourth quarter of 2010, (AIR) was already included in (LAN)'s balance sheet, accounting for $87 million in net liabilities and $94 million in goodwill.
December 2011: (LAN) Airlines and Amadeus have signed a full-content distribution agreement. The multi-year agreement guarantees Amadeus travel agents worldwide access to the entire range of fares, schedules and inventory relating to the more than >18 million seats sold annually by the (LAN) Group Airlines ((LAN) Airlines, LAN Ecuador (LNE), LAN Perú (LPU), LAN Argentina (LNR), Aires (AIR), and LAN Express (LDE)).
Amadeus has content agreements with key airlines in Latin America including AviancaTaca (AVI)/(TAC), Copa Airlines (COP) and (TAM) (TPR).
December 2011: (LAN) Airlines re-launched Aires (AIR) as "LAN Colombia," another sign of (LAN)'s increasingly dominant presence in South America.
(LAN) already operates affiliates in Peru, Argentina and Ecuador and is in the process of merging with Brazil's (TAM) (TPR) under the (LATAM) Airlines Group, a holding company that will control more than >40% of the South American air passenger market. (LAN) last year acquired nearly 99% of Aires (AIR), Colombia's second largest domestic airline, for $32 million.
Bogota-based, LAN Colombia (AIR) operates to 22 domestic destinations and Fort Lauderdale with a fleet of 26 airplanes. It has a workforce of 1,750 and controls 23% of the Colombian air passenger market.
"Colombia is the second biggest passenger market in South America after Brazil, and it is also the fourth largest economy in Latin America," (LAN) said. "It is also the second most populated country in the region, which makes it very attractive for the airline industry."
(LAN) said it has invested $405 million in Aires/LAN Colombia (LAN) since making the acquisition, funding "the implementation of (LAN) operational standards, re-branding, as well as fleet updates and expansion, including the incorporation of three new A320 airplanes."
February 2011: LAN Colombia (AIR) launched non-stop flights between Bogotá (BOG) and Miami (MIA) on 1 February. The route will be served four times weekly with A320 airplanes and will face competition from American Airlines (AAL) (three daily flights) and Avianca (AVI) (two daily flights). (AIR) is the newest affiliate of the growing (LAN) family of passenger airlines serving Miami that also includes (LAN) Chile, (LAN) Ecuador (LNE), (LAN) Argentina (LNR) and (LAN) Peru (LPU). Miami is the only USA airport with service by all five carriers within the (LAN) group.
August 2012: LAN Colombia (AIR) has retired its four DHC-8-400s from its active fleet in July as a next step in its transformation process. It continues to operate 10 DHC-8-200s on domestic routes along with its fleet of six 737-700s and four A320-200s.
April 2013: (LAN) Colombia (AIR) is adding three new Boeing 767-300ERs on key international routes as part of a $360 million upgrade strategy. The 767s will operate the nonstop Bogotá - São Paulo and Bogotá - Miami routes, with a +47% increase in (ASK)s. Schedules were reorganized to provide better domestic and international connections at these city pairs plus Bogotá - Lima, while the Bogotá - Santiago route was rescheduled for night hours to provide full-day business time for travelers.
The added Boeing 767s are considered a breakthrough in (AIR)’s “international service quality and a big step forward in the availability of connections between Colombia and some of the major cities in America,” (CEO), Hernán Pasman said. It also signals the carrier’s “strategic objectives for 2013,” which is “to strengthen our international business” and increase market share in Colombia.
August 2013: (LAN) Colombia (AIR) has entered into a code share agreement with American Airlines (AAL), adding new service to cities in Colombia and strengthening (AAL)’s relationship with the (LATAM) Airlines Group.
(LAN) Colombia (AIR) performed the first second generation biofuel flight in its home country on August 21. An A320 with 174 passengers on a scheduled flight from Bogotá to Cali was fueled with a mixture of 67% Jet A1 and 33% camelina-derived biofuel produced by a Colombian firm.
September 2013: (LAN) Colombia (AIR) will join the Oneworld (ONW) Alliance from October 1, the first of the merged (LATAM) (LAN)/(TPR) airlines to join the alliance.
The (LATAM) Airlines Group, parent of Brazil’s (TAM) (TPR) and Chile’s (LAN) Airlines, announced in March it had chosen membership in the Oneworld (ONW) over the Star (SAL) Alliance for both carriers.
(LAN) Airlines, which has been a full member of the Oneworld (ONW) Alliance since 2000, merged with (TAM) Airlines (TPR) in 2011. (TAM) (TPR) was a member of the Star (SAL) Alliance. Chilean antitrust authorities required (LATAM) to leave one of the alliances when it approved the merger.
All other passenger airline affiliates of (LAN) Airlines have joined the Oneworld (ONW) alliance as affiliate members subsequently (LAN Argentina (LNR), LAN Ecuador (LNE) and LAN Peru (LPU)) apart from (TAM) (TPR), which will transition to the Oneworld (ONW) Alliance from the Star (SAL) Alliance in the second quarter of 2014, as announced in March. (LAN) said that dates for the switch will be announced “in due course.” (TAM)'s Paraguayan affiliate (TAM) Mercosur (LAP) will also become part of the Oneworld (ONW) Alliance.
“With the other airlines lining up to join the Oneworld (ONW) Alliance in the coming months, the (ONW) alliance's network will expand to almost a thousand destinations in more than >150 countries served by a combined fleet of 3,300 airplanes operating 14,000 daily departures, carrying 480 million passengers a year and generating annual revenues of $140 billion,” (AIR) said.
(LAN) Colombia (AIR), launched in 2011, serves 23 airports in three countries with a fleet of 24 airplanes (including 767s and 737s, A320s and Bombardier DHC-8-200s) operating 130 departures a day. It boarded 3.7 million passengers in 2012.
November 2013: (LAN) Colombia (AIR) has commenced domestic operations between Cali (CLO) and San Andres (ADZ). On October 31st (AIR) started twice-weekly (Thursday and Sunday) flights on the 1,160 km link using its A320s. Competition is provided by Copa Airlines Colombia (REU), who operate nine weekly flights on the route. San Andres is one of several Colombian islands in the Caribbean Sea, which has a thriving tourism industry. The island is served by flights from several airports in Colombia, and also welcomes seasonal charter flights from Canada.
April 2014: Europe Airpost ((IATA) Code: 5O, based at Paris CDG) (EUE) will induct two former LAN Colombia (AIR) 737-700s (29081, EI-EEB) and (29080, EI-EEV), into its fleet in the coming weeks in anticipation of its maiden transatlantic flights between France and Canada via Scotland in July. (EUE) will also add two more 737-400Fs later in the year.
At the same time, seven Boeing 737-300s are to leave the fleet - six 737-300QCs and one 737-300F (as part of plans to homogenize and streamline (AIR)'s fleet).
May 2014: (LAN) Airlines will retire its fleet of A340-300s, while sister carrier, (TAM) Linhas Aéreas (TPR) will dispose of its A330-200s as part of (LATAM) Airlines Group's fleet restructuring objectives.
Announcing a consolidated operating income of +USD147million for the First Quarter of 2014, (LATAM) said its post-merger fleet plan and fleet requirements include plans to reduce the variety of airplanes operated by phasing out less efficient models and allocating airplanes best suited to each one of its markets.
Among the types to be retired are the Airbus A330, A340, Boeing 737s and DHC-8-Q400s. With LAN Colombia ((IATA) Code: 4C, based at Bogotá) (AIR) having recently retired its last 737-700 from its fleet and the DHC-8-400 having now left the Group completely, the only jets left for disposal on (LATAM)'s list are sixteen A330-200s, currently with (TAM) (TPR) and three A340-300s currently with (LAN).
(LAN) currently operates the quadjet on flights to Auckland International, Madrid Barajas, Sydney Kingford Smith, and Frankfurt International while (TPR) uses its A330s on regional flights to Buenos Aires Ezeiza, Manaus, and Porto Alegre, as well as long-haul flights to México City, Miami International, Madrid, Milan Malpensa, New York (JFK) and Orlando International.
At present, (LAN) has twenty-five 787s on order from Boeing (TBC), while (TPR) has thirty A350-900s on order from Airbus Industrie (EDS).
July 2014: Iberia (IBE) is adding two flights weekly on Madrid - Bogota, beginning August 9 and then adding three in September for a total of 10x-weekly. (IBE)’s new code share with (LAN) Columbia (AIR) allows connections to Barranquilla, Bucaramanga, Cali, Cartagena de Indias, Medellín, Pereira, and Santa Marta, Colombia.
August 2014: (LAN) Airlines ((IATA) Code: LA, based at Santiago de Chile International) and (TAM) Linhas Aéreas ((iata) Code: JJ, based at São Paulo Congonhas) (TPR) will begin the transition into a singular brand before the end of the year (LAN)'s (CEO), Ignacio Cueto, has said. Speaking to Colombia's "El Tiempo" newspaper, Cueto said (LATAM) Group management is working hard to find a suitable name that will unify the (LATAM) brand, but which "will not necessarily be that of (TAM), (LAN), or even (LATAM)."
The (CEO) went on to add that the creation of a single brand would also better facilitate promotion of the group companies. It will also allow passengers to better identify the group's network of destinations, particularly in places where they are less well known, he said.
(LAN) and (TAM) (TPR) merged in 2012 to create the world's second largest airline by market value.
(LATAM) Airlines Group includes (LAN) Airlines and affiliates LAN Perú ((IATA) LP, based at Lima) (LPU), LAN Argentina ((IATA) Code: 4M, based at Buenos Aires Aeroparque) (LNR), (LAN) Colombia ((IATA) Code: 4C, based at Bogotá) (AIR), (LAN) Ecuador ((IATA) Code: XL, based at Quito International) (LNE), (LAN) Cargo ((IATA) Code: UC, based at Santiago de Chile International) (LCO), Linea Aérea Carguera de Colombia ((IATA) Code: L7, Bogotá), MAS Air ((IATA) Code: M7, based at México City) (MSR) and (ABSA) Cargo ((IATA) Code: M3, based at Campinas Viracopos) (BSB), alongside (TAM) (TPR) and its subsidiaries, Pantanal Linhas Aéreas ((IATA) Code: GP, based at São Paulo Congonhas), (TAM) Airlines ((IATA) Code: PZ, based at Asuncion) (LAP), and (TAM) Cargo - Táxi Aéreo Marília (based at São Paulo Congonhas).
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AIR-767-316ER - 2013-04
2 737-7Q8 (CFM56-7B20) (30687, HK-4694; 30710, HK-4695), (ILF) LSD 2010-03. 149Y.
1 737-73S (CFM56-7B20) (187-29078, /98 HK-4627), AIRCASTLE LSD 2009-05. WITH WINGLETS. 148Y.
5 +2 ORDERS 737-73S (CFM56-7B20) (211-29080, /99 HK-4608 - - SEE ATTACHED PHOTO - - "AIR-737-73S-2008-12;" 215-29081, /99 HK-4623, 2009-09), EX-(D-AHID & (D-AHIE). WITH WINGLETS. (AWW) & (PEM) LSD. 148Y.
3 737-73V (CFM56-7B20) (1128-30249, /02 HK-4635, 2009-06; 1148-30244, /02 HK-4641 2009-07; 1260-32415, /02 HK-4675; 1270-32416, HK-4682, 2010-03 - - CRASHED & DESTROYED - - SEE ACCDT REPORT IN AUGUST 2010), EX-(EZY). WITH WINGLETS. (AWW) LSD. 149Y.
1 737-752 (CFM56-7B22) (1783-34296, /05 HK-4660), EX-(XA-WAM), MCAP LSD 2009-10. 148Y.
3 767-316ER (CF6-80C2B6F), (LAN) WET-LSD 2013-04. WITH WINGLETS. 18F, 28C, 181Y.
0 A319-100, NTU.
2 A320-233 (3280, CC-CQM; 3319, CC-CQN), EX-(F-WWDM & F-WWBC), (LAN) LSD 2011-10.
4 BOMBARDIER DHC-8-Q103 (PW121) (018, /85 HK-4258; 063, /86 HK-4345; 076, /87 HK-3946; 136, /89 HK-3942 "RODRIGO LARA BONILLA"), 37Y.
10 BOMBARDIER DHC-8-Q201 (PW123C) (428, /96 HK-4432; 450, /96 N965HA; 452, /96 N966HA; 465, /97 N968HA; 468, /97 HK-4513X; 478, /97 HK-4495X; 479, /97 HK-4473X; 507, /98 HK-4509; 509, /98 HK-4480X), 37Y.
3 BOMBARDIER DHC-300-Q301 (PW123) (100, /88 HK-4030; 169, /89 HK-3952 "GUSTAVO ARCUNDUAGA;" 184, /89 HK-3951), 50Y.
1 BOMBARDIER DHC-8-Q311 (PW123) (224, /90 HK-4107), (GEF) LSD 1997-04. 50Y.
0 BOMBARDIER DHC-8-Q402 (PW150A) (4119, /96 HK-4726; 4124, /06 HK-4725; 4129, /06 HK-4727; 4137, /06 HK4724; 4141, /06 HL5256), ALL 4 BF JEJU AIR (JJA) 2010-08. ALL 4 RETIREDS IN 2012-08. 78Y.
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AIR-2011-12-HERNAN PASMAN IGNACIO CUETO
AIR-FRANCISCO JOSE MENDEZ 2009-10
PEDRO NINO, CHAIRMAN.
HERNAN PASMAN, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (CEO).
MARIO CIARDELLI, PRESIDENT.
IGNACIO CUETO, CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER (COO).
RICARDO CALDERON, OPERATIONS DIRECTOR.