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Formed in 2002 and started operations in 2003. Domestic, regional, & international, scheduled, passenger & cargo, jet airplane services.
Empresarial Las Camaras
Avenida Francisco de Orellana
THE REPUBLIC OF ECUADOR WAS ESTABLISHED IN 1809, IT COVERS AN AREA OF 283,561 SQ KM, ITS CAPITAL CITY IS QUITO, ITS POPULATION IS 12 MILLION, AND ITS OFFICIAL LANGUAGE IS SPANISH.
December 2006: LAN Ecuador (LNE) offers passenger services from Quito and Guayaquil. Operates A320s and 767s leased from parent (LAN) Airlines.
(IATA) Code: XL - 462. (ICAO) Code: LNE (Callsign - LAN ECUADOR).
Parent organization/shareholders: Translloyd (55%); & (LAN) Airlines (45%).
Main base: Quito Mariscal Sucre airport (UIO).
Hub: Guayaquil Simon Bolivar airport (GYE).
International, scheduled destinations: Bogota; Buenos Aires; Lima; Madrid; Miami; New York; & Santiago.
February 2007: Oneworld (ONW) confirmed that Royal Jordanian (RJA), Japan Airlines (JAL)/(JAS), and Malev Hungarian Airlines (HGA) will join (ONW) as full members on April 1. Five additional subsidiaries of JAL Group (JAL)/(JAS) will join the same day as affiliates: JALways (JAI), Japan Asia Airways (JAA), JAL Express (JEX), J-AIR and Japan Transocean Air (SWL). At the same time, Aer Lingus (ARL) will withdraw from (ONW). Three other airlines are lining up to join as affiliates in 2007: Dragonair (DRG), LAN Argentina (LNR), and LAN Ecuador (LNE). The membership changes will expand (ONW)'s reach to almost 700 airports, nearly 150 countries and 9,000 daily departures by around 2,500 airplanes.
July 2007: Calling it "the largest investment in the company's history," (LAN) Airlines announced that the board of directors decided to purchase 26 787s and acquire an additional six on lease. The commitment, which also includes 10 options, will require an investment of $3.2 billion and would make the carrier Latin America's largest Dreamliner operator. (LAN) said it will take delivery between 2011 and 2016 and that the options will be available in 2017 and 2018. "These new airplanes are aimed to replace and grow the company's long-haul fleet and will allow (LAN) to operate new international routes that will be added to (LAN) Airlines' current network including LAN Peru (LPU), LAN Argentina (LNR), and LAN Ecuador (LNE)," the carrier said. CEO, Enrique Cueto said the "historic investment assures the future growth of the company."
January 2009: LAN Ecuador (LNE) will begin flying between Quito and Guayaquil and link both cities to Cuenca and Galapagos Islands at the end of March. All flights are aboard A320 family airplanes.
March 2009: LAN Ecuador (LNE) is an affiliate member of the Oneworld (ONW) alliance.
October 2009: (LAN) Ecuador (LNE) starts Quito - Cuenca with A318s.
April 2010: 2 767-316ERs (35698, HC-CJA; 36711, HC-CIZ), (LAN) Airlines leased.
October 2010: A318-121 (3469, HC-CHO), (LAN) Airlines leased, ex-(CC-CVU).
March 2011: (LAN) Airlines and affiliates Lan Peru (LPU), Lan Argentina (LNR) and Lan Ecuador (LNE) signed a bilateral interline agreement with JetBlue Airways (JBL), under which (LAN) passengers gain access to up to 55 cities in the USA, Latin America and the Caribbean through (JBL)'s hub at New York (JFK). (JBL) customers gain access to (LAN) destinations in South America. Under the terms of the deal, customers will be able to purchase a single ticket for travel on both airlines and take advantage of one-stop check-in for boarding passes and baggage.
"This agreement makes it possible to connect passengers with attractive new destinations and offers more convenient connections, including 150 new daily interline flights to and from New York, Boston, Chicago, and Washington DC, as well as others in the Midwest and Western United States," (LAN) Airlines CEO Passenger Division, Armando Valdivieso said.
(JBL) in January disclosed it would seek to add "another six partnerships or so" this year. (JBL) also interlines with American Airlines (AAL), Lufthansa (DLH), South African Airways (SAA), Aer Lingus (ARL), Emirates (EAD), El Al (ELA) and Cape Air.
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).
January 2012: American Airlines (AAL) and LAN Ecuador (LNE) received approval from the USA Department of Transportation and Ecuadorean authorities to begin code sharing on flights from Miami and New York (JFK) to Ecuador and on LAN Ecuador (LNE) domestic services.
April 2012: LAN Ecuador (LNE) will give up its Guayaquil José Joaquín de Olmdeo International (GYE) - Miami International (MIA) route by April 15 and lay off 60 of its employees as a direct result given it will only require two instead of three 767-300s going forward. (LNE) will continue to serve two routes to the USA, serving New York John F Kennedy International (JFK) from Guayaquil José Joaquín de Olmdeo International (GYE), and Miami International (MIA) from Quito Marsical Sucre (UIO).
June 2012: LAN Ecuador (LNE) has returned its last 767-300ERs to parent (LAN) Airlines. It used to operate four 767-300ER dedicated to the long-haul operation from Ecuador but now just uses (LAN) airplanes as and when required. From Guayaquil José Joaquín de Olmdeo International airport (GYE) it offers a daily 767 service to New York John F Kennedy International (JFK), Lima Jorge Chávez International (LIM) and Madrid Barajas (MAD) airports as well as via Caracas Simón Bolívar International (CCS) to Miami International (MIA) on a weekly basis. From Quito Marsical Sucre (UIO), it operates daily to Miami International (MIA) airport.
February 2013: Ecuador’s new $700 million, Quito International Airport opened February 20, replacing the city’s 52-year-old Quito Mariscal Sucre airport, which closed a day earlier.
The new airport is located 24 km east of Quito. Operations began at the new airport with a Tame Airline (TAM) A319 landing from Guayaquil, followed minutes later by flights operated by Aerogal (ERG) and TAN Ecuador.
Construction began in 2006 as a follow-up of the management privatization of old Quito International in 2002.
Management company Quiport expects the upgraded infrastructure (including a better geographical location and a longer runway) will allow airlines to introduce nonstop operations to destinations such as Madrid.
March 2013: LAN Ecuador (LNE) launched flights on the domestic route from Quito (UIO) to Manta (MEC) on 11 March. Located centrally along the Ecuadorian Pacific coast, Manta is the third destination (LNE) offers domestically from Quito. Twice-weekly, A320-operated services are offered on the route in competition with Ecuador’s national carrier, (TAME) (TAM) (19 weekly flights), and the AviancaTaca (AVI)/(TAC) affiliated Aerogal (ERG) (18).
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).
January 2015: A319-132 (3770, HC-CQU), ex-(CC-CYI), (LAN) leased.
1 767-3Q8ER (CF6-80C2B6F) (694-28206, /98 HC-CGZ), (ILF) LSD 2008-12, (LAN) WET-LSD. WITH WINGLETS. 24C, 190Y.
1 767-316ER (CF6-80C2B7F) (652-27613, /97 HC-CHA), (ILF) LSD 2009-03. WITH WINGLETS. 24C, 190Y.
2 767-316ER (CF6-80C2B7F) (35698, HC-CJA; 36711, HC-CIZ), (LAN) LSD 2010-05. 24C, 190Y.
3 A318-121 (PW6122A) (3390, /08 HC-CHM; 3438, /08 HC-CHN; 3469, HC-CHO, 2010-10), (LAN) WET-LSD. 120Y.
1 A319-132 (3770, HC-CQU), EX-(CC-CYI), (LAN) LSD 2015-01.
1 A320-232 (V2527-A5) (4509, /10 HC-CLE), EX-(CC-BAE), (LAN) WET-LSD 2011-05. 12PY, 150Y.
5 A320-233 (V2527E-A5) (4383, /10 HC-CLA; 4400, /10 HC-CLB; 4439, /10 HC-CLC; 4476, /10 HC-CLD; 4543, /10 HC-CNY), 12PY, 150Y.
XAVIER RIVERA, CHAIRMAN.
JOSE AWAD MEHED, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (CEO).
BRUNO ARDITO, GENERAL MANAGER.
CARLOS EUGES, CHIEF OPERATIONS OFFICER (COO).
ALVARO MAURICIO ALMEIDA, DIRECTOR MAINTENANCE.
RICARDO GUERRERO, COMMERCIAL MANAGER.
PABLO CHIOZZA, SALES MANAGER.
MAX NARANJO, LEGAL ADVISOR.