LanChile launches other S. American lines

MIAMI -- LanChile has an unusual way of "growing" its airline presence in South America: It launches other airlines.

Recently, the Chilean carrier welcomed LanEcuador (airline code XL) to its airline family, with daily service between Miami and New York to Quito and Guayaquil, Ecuador.

Although LanEcuador is an Ecuadorian company, LanChile has a 49% ownership and operates LanEcuador flights using 767-300 aircraft.

LanChile was also the moving force in launching LanPeru, whose domestic operations began July 1999 with service first to Cuzco and now covering major tourist centers such as Arequipa, Trujillo, Chiclayo and Puerto Maldonado.

International service with LanChile crews and aircraft was added the following year, and LanPeru now links Lima directly with Los Angeles, Miami and New York.

LanChile also owns 49% of LanPeru, with 51% owned by the Peruvian company, Invaer; personnel training and aircraft maintenance are handled by LanChile in Santiago.

Keeping it all in the family, as an associate of LanChile, LanPeru and LanEcuador passengers receive the benefits of the carrier's LanPass frequent traveler program and may also accumulate mileage in American Airlines' AAdvantage and Oneworld programs.

LanChile itself continues to expand services on the South American continent.

This summer, the airline introduced twice-weekly flights between Santiago and San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina, as well as daily flights between Santiago and Rosario, Argentina, which are an extension of its Miami-Santiago-Cordoba service.

Los Angeles, Miami and New York are the carrier's major U.S. gateways, extended to 27 cities through code-share agreements. Within Chile, the carrier serves 15 destinations, including Easter Island offshore.

LanChile markets leisure travel to all its South American countries through LanChile Vacations, offering customized programs for clients exploring Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador and Peru.

To contact the LanChile family, call Lan Chile at (866) LANCHILE; LanChile Vacations at (877) 219-0345; LanEcuador at (866) 526-3279; or LanPeru at (800) 735-5590.

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