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LAN´s history begins in 1929, when it first began as a state-owned corporation to provide air transportation services to passengers, cargo and mail.
After operating for 60 years as a state-owned company, in 1989 the Chilean government sold 51% of its share to national investors and to the Scandinavian Airlines System (SAS), the onset of the privatization process.
This process ended in 1994, when the current partners and company controllers jointly with other main shareholders acquired 98,7% of the company´s assets, including the state-owned portion. Since then, LAN began a definitive expansion and internalization process.
The year 2000, LAN became member of oneworld (TM), an alliance amongst leading Airlines worldwide establishing commercial bilateral agreements with American Airlines, British Airways, Iberia, Qantas, Alaska Airlines, AeroMexico, Mexicana, TAM and Korean Air; allowing our customers to attain real global reach.
During the same year, LAN began its Airbus passenger fleet renovation program with 27 new airplanes.
In 2004, a corporate image change took place and the company became LAN Airlines S.A. Brand uniformity allows our customer to better identify high service and safety standards provided by LAN Airlines, LAN Express, LAN Peru, LAN Ecuador and LAN Argentina, including LAN Cargo and its affiliates. In november 2010, LAN also acquired the Colombian airline, AIRES.
LAN AIRLINES and its subsidiaries currently operate 118 passenger airplanes and LAN CARGO and its subsidiaries have 13 freight planes. These make up one of the most modern fleets in the world, are highly efficient and contribute to a significant reduction in CO2 emissions, thus reflecting the company’s commitment to protecting the environment.

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