Category Archives: AIRES

LAN Colombia (and “Juan Valdez”) arrive in Miami

LAN Colombia (Bogota) today (February 1) launched service between Miami International Airport and Bogota, Colombia. The airline will operate four flights per week onboard Airbus A320 aircraft.

LAN Colombia is currently the second largest airline in Colombia with 23% market share and an unparalleled network of domestic destinations in the country.

LAN Airlines and its affiliates recently signed an agreement with Juan Valdez® Cafe, the iconic premium coffee brand owned by Colombian growers, to serve their signature coffee onboard all international and some domestic flights operated by LAN Airlines and its affiliates beginning today.  LAN and its affiliates currently transport over 22 million passengers each year.  Given that number, they estimate that about 13 million cups of Juan Valdez® coffee will be served on board these flights each year.

LAN Colombia, formerly AIRES (Aerovías de Integración Regional S.A.) began operations under the new name on December 5, 2011. The launch of the LAN Colombia was marked by the declaration of a partnership between LAN Colombia and ProExport, a government entity in charge of promoting exports, foreign investment and tourism to and within Colombia.

Copyright Photo: PRNewsFoto/Lan Airlines. Juan Valdez prepares to board a LAN Colombia Airbus A320 for the inaugural flight from Miami to Bogota. The airline will operate four flights per week between Miami and the Colombian capital.

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AIRES Colombia becomes LAN Airlines Colombia

AIRES Colombia (Aerovías de Integración Regional S.A.) (Bogota) today (December 5, 2011 became LAN Airlines Colombia.

LAN Colombia becomes the fourth affiliate carrier of LAN Airlines (Santiago). This is an important step for LAN in the Colombian market, after LAN acquired AIRES in November 2010, a Colombia-based airline. LAN Colombia adds 23 destinations to the LAN network, including 22 domestic destinations in Colombia and the international destination of Fort Lauderdale, Florida from Bogota.

A year ago, LAN announced the final purchase of 98.942% of the shares in the Colombian airline AIRES. The airline has since implemented operational changes, such as modifications to flight schedules, improving efficiency and ensuring that safety standards, and on-time performance, consistent with LAN’s standards. LAN Colombia has a workforce of 1,750, 23% of domestic market share, and offers the best network of domestic flights within the country with a fleet of 26 aircraft.

Since the acquisition of AIRES, LAN has invested $405 million in the implementation of LAN operational standards, rebranding, as well as fleet updates and expansion, including the incorporation of three new Airbus A320 aircraft.

Copyright Photo: Arnd Wolf. The AIRES brand is now gone.

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LAN Airlines South America Route Map: LAN now has the west coast of South America covered. LAN Colombia routes are in purple (click map to make it larger).

AIRES paints its first Boeing 737-700 in LAN’s brand

AIRES Colombia (Bogota) has now painted its first Boeing 737-700 in LAN Airlines colors as it rebrands as LAN Colombia.

Copyright Photo: AIRES. Boeing 737-7Q8 HK-4694 (msn 30687) is the first 737 to be repainted.

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AIRES Colombia starts repainting its fleet into the LAN brand

AIRES Colombia (Bogota) has now started repainting its fleet into the LAN brand following the acquisition by LAN Airlines.

The first to be repainted is Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) HK-4726 (msn 4119) with a Boeing 737-700 coming next.

AIRES Slide Show: CLICK HERE

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Copyright Photo: Arnd Wolf. Please click on the photo for more information.

LAN Airlines produces a $97.2 million 1Q net profit

LAN Airlines (Chile) (Santiago) reported net income of $97.2 (US) million for first quarter 2011, an increase of 10.1% compared to the $88.3 (US) million reported in first quarter 2010.

This result is despite the consolidation of $11 (US) million losses generated in the Colombian operations of AIRES, and also reflects LAN’s successful management under the current scenario of increased fuel prices.

LAN Airlines paid $12.0 million for a 98.9% indirect stake in AIRES, Colombia’s second largest airline, in 2010.

LAN is also moving ahead with a merger with TAM. On April 20, 2011, the TDLC announced that a public hearing will take place on May 26, 2011 in which the interested parties, including LAN and TAM, may provide their opinion regarding the business combination.

Copyright Photo: Ken Petersen. Please click on the photo for additional information.

AIRES Colombia Slide Show: CLICK HERE

AIRES Colombia is still operating HK-4694 in Flyglobespan’s colors

AIRES Colombia (Aerovías de Integración Regional) (Bogota) is still operating this Boeing 737-7Q8 registered HK-4694 (msn 30687) in the colors of defunct Flyglobespan.

On October 28, 2010 LAN Airlines (Chile) acquired 98% of the stock.

Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough. HK-4694 taxies to runway 27R at Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood.

LAN Airlines acquires AIRES Colombia for $12 million, assumes its debt

LAN Airlines (Santiago) has acquired AIRES Colombia (Bogota) for $12 million while assuming the debts of the company.

Copyright Photo: Keith Burton. Please click on the photo for additional details of the transaction.