LAN Airlines (Santiago) announced an agreement with Colombian airline Aeroasis S.A. (Bogota) to provide the paper airline with technical support and service consultancy in the process of obtaining an operating permit from the Colombian civil aviation authority (Unidad Administrativa Especial de Aeronáutica Civil), within the established deadlines. This process includes the hiring of personnel and elaboration of technical materials, as well as the selection and acquisition of equipment, all according to the applicable legal and regulatory frameworks. Aeroasis was previously proposing in 2007 to start operations in November 2007 with five Boeing 737-300s. This is now likely to change to Airbus equipment once an AOC is obtained and sufficient capital raised.
LAN’s firm interest is that once Aeroasis obtains its AOC, the Colombian airline may become part of the LAN group of airline operators, through association and integration agreements, which shall, as applicable, be submitted for review to the corresponding authorities.
Aeroasis was incorporated in 2006 in the Republic of Colombia for the purpose of providing air transport for passengers, cargo and mail. Aeroasis is part of the CORSO y Cia. S.C. group.