LAN Launches Service on Its First Boeing 767-300 Long Range Aircraft Equipped With Modern Technology to Preserve the Environment



    MIAMI, April 7 /CNW/ -- Today LAN initiated the process of incorporating
advanced technology devices, called winglets, in all of its Boeing 767-300
long range aircraft.  An important part of the company's fleet renovation
plan, winglets create efficiencies and underscore the commitment to the
environment. Winglets are placed on the wings of an aircraft facilitating a
more efficient use of fuel. The reduction in usage equals approximately
450,000 tons of fuel per year which means about a 5% decrease in CO2 emissions
for every aircraft.
    

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    The winglets measure over 11 feet in length and are located at the ends
of the wings. They are designed using the latest technology available that
optimizes the aerodynamics of the aircraft and thereby, reduces fuel
consumption.
    

    
    LAN is investing close to US$70 million to incorporate this cutting-edge
technology that is already being used by some of the world's most recognizable
airlines on the myriad of aircraft that comprise their respective fleet. 
These airlines include American Airlines, British Airways, Delta Airlines and
Qantas, among others.
    

    
    Recently, LAN operated its first commercial flight in Latin America on a
Boeing 767-300 equipped with the modern winglets. The route served was
Santiago, Chile to Ezeiza in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The installation of the
winglets on LAN's entire fleet of long range Boeing 767-300, 37 passenger and
cargo aircraft, will be completed at the end of next year. During this process
LAN will have secured all of the certificates and licenses needed from every
aeronautic authority.
    

    
    "We are incorporating the most modern technology available in the
industry to create the most efficient operational systems that significantly
contribute to the preservation of the environment.  This initiative is an
important step in the aircraft renovation process that has allowed LAN to
operate one of the most modern fleet in the world," stated Enrique Elsaca,
Senior Vice President, Operations.
    

    About LAN
    
    LAN Airlines is one of the leading passenger airlines in Latin America.
The company and its affiliates serve over 65 destinations around the world
through an extensive network that offers full connectivity within Latin
America, while also linking the region with North America, Europe and the
South Pacific, as well as 63 additional international destinations through its
various alliances. LAN Airlines and its affiliates have a leading position in
their respective domestic markets of Chile and Peru as well as an important
presence in the Argentinean domestic market.
    

    
    Currently, LAN Airlines and its affiliates operate one of the most modern
fleets in the world, with 84 passenger aircraft, and its cargo subsidiary, LAN
CARGO and its respective cargo affiliates, own 9 dedicated freighters. The
company recently completed its short haul fleet renovation process by
acquiring new aircraft from the Airbus A320 family, enabling LAN to improve
its efficiency and to reduce significantly its CO2 emissions. The fleet
renovation is part of the company's commitment to the protection of the
environment.
    

    
    LAN is one of the few Investment Grade airlines in the world (BBB). The
company's world class quality standards enabled its membership in
oneworld(TM), the global alliance that encompasses the best airlines in the
world. For more information please visit www.lan.com or
www.oneworldalliance.com
    



    




For further information:

For further information: Bertha Merikanskas, Marketing Communications
Manager, +1-786-265-6333, bertha.merikanskas@lan.com Web Site:
http://www.lan.com                 http://www.oneworldalliance.com

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