LAN Airlines (Chile) (Santiago) yesterday (November 6) completed its first flight between Santiago and Mocopulli airfield on Chiloe Island in southern Chile, with a stop at Puerto Montt-El Tepual Airport. Airbus A320-233 CC-BAK operated the first charter flight. The flight from Santiago to Puerto Montt and Mocopulli was flight LA 1357, the return was flight LA 1356.
The Airbus A320 landed at Mocopulli on its second attempt due to weather at 15:15 local time. A water wall salute from the Oshkosh trucks of the airport’s resident fire and emergency service (Servicio de Salvamento y Extincion de Incendios, SSEI) greeted the first arrival.
The first revenue flight is today (November 7). LAN will operate four days a week (Wednesday/Friday/Saturday/Sunday).
According to Wikipedia, Isla Grande de Chiloé is the largest island in the Chiloé Archipelago off the coast of Chile, in the Pacific Ocean.
Report and copyright photo by Alvaro Romero. Airbus A320-233 CC-BAK is pictured on a rain-soaked Chiloe Island after the historic first flight.