Category Archives: LAN Cargo

LAN is facing a possible mechanics strike on June 26 in Lima, LAN Cargo breaks ground on a new hangar at Miami

LAN Airlines (Santiago) may be somewhat impacted by a possible strike by 70 percent of its LAN Peru (Lima) mechanics maintaining  LAN and TAM aircraft. The mechanics are based in Lima, Peru.

The International Transport Workers’ Federation-ITF has issued this statement:

The ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) LATAM network reports that it is hearing of concerns from passengers due to fly on LAN and TAM planes during a strike expected to begin in Peru on June 26. Unions report that more than 200 mechanics – over 70 percent of all LAN Peru mechanics – will not be certifying airplane flights during the strike, which is expected to affect operations across Latin America, including during the World Cup.

LAN Peru aviation mechanics are responsible for the security of the flights of LAN and TAM Airlines (the LATAM Airline Group), and their function is fundamental to the maintenance of the aircraft and the safety of flights.

On June 26-27 a strike is likely to take place, called by the SITALANPE trade union, which represents 70 per cent of all those mechanics. This is expected to result in cancellations and delays across the region. The mechanics are unequivocal: their labor is not replaceable because they are certified to work on the aircraft. “We are the ones that review the planes each time that they land and if we do not sign the logbook of the aircraft, they do not leave. Without our approval, no plane will be able to fly and therefore the whole company will stop,” explained Juan Carlos Talavera, a LAN Peru aviation mechanic and press secretary of SITALANPE.

Lima, Peru, is the central hub for maintenance work in the holding company that includes both the LAN and TAM Airlines. The Peruvian mechanics maintain the cargo and passenger aircraft for LAN Argentina, LAN Chile, LAN Ecuador, LAN Peru, and TAM and LAN Cargo.

Dario Castillo Alfaro, the leader of the LAN Chile mechanics’ union, commented: “Our mechanics’ union is supporting the Peruvian workers and is ready to express its solidarity and support. As Chileans, we are depending on our Peruvian co-workers to protect the aviation sector in Latin America from the kind of cost cutting in operations that threatens the security of our passengers. As LAN and TAM workers we know that on behalf of passengers and aviation workers, it is our obligation to inform customers of potential problems and risks. The future of aviation in South America is being threatened by the company’s refusal to negotiate in Peru and Argentina.”

In other news, LAN Cargo (Santiago), an affiliate of LATAM Airlines Group, S.A. and part of South America’s largest airline group comprised of LAN Airlines and its affiliates and TAM Airlines, officially broke ground on a new 98,242-square-foot state of the art maintenance hangar facility at Miami International Airport. The hangar will be LATAM Airlines Group’s first maintenance hangar in the United States. The project represents an investment of more than $15 million dollars and is estimated to create more than 300 new direct and indirect jobs in the first five years, further increasing LATAM Airline Group’s participation and commitment to economic growth in Miami-Dade County and the State of Florida.

The new facility includes state of the art design, technology, and meets the highest standards of environmental compliance. The innovative roof design with the tail cupola will accommodate Boeing 777-300 and Airbus A350 size aircraft, and still meet the applicable structure height requirements.

On June 23 ITF issued this subsequent announcement:

This week, the aviation unions of the ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) Network of LATAM Unions in Chile, Argentina, Ecuador, Peru and Colombia will be taking action to support the mechanics of LAN Peru and the flight attendants of LAN Argentina. The workers will inform passengers in the airport about the actions.

The passengers need to know that the demands of the LAN and TAM Airline workers are fair and that the company has the resources to resolve the conflicts. Aviation labour conditions impact the quality of life of workers and potentially the high standards of service on flights.

LAN Peru Mechanics

On June 26th and 27th, a planned strike of the mechanics union (SITALANPE), who represent 70 percent of the workforce, would affect flights in the country and the region. Licensed aviation mechanics are required to certify all aircraft.

LAN Argentina Flight Attendants

In Argentina, the flight attendants have suffered time and again delays in their collective rights. Since 2005, when the company began operations in Argentina, LAN has refused to sign a collective agreement to regulate the flight attendants’ working conditions.

LAN Peru union leader reports detention and threats in the Lima Airport

Juan Carlos Talavera Flores, the press secretary of the SITALANPE union of Peru, has reported that he was detained on Friday, June 20th. He reports that during his detention he was threatened by a security staff from the airport. The security staff introduced himself as being sent by LAN Peru. Mr. Talavera explained that this security staff member told him that LAN Peru was going to bring a legal notary to verify his assumed illegal actions.

Mr. Talvera explains that it was a confusing, frightening and strange action by LAN Peru to intervene with his detention. The leader of the mechanics union states that the police, and the security personnel of the airport sent by LAN Peru, detained him while he was distributing information to the passengers about delays and cancellations which would occur during the upcoming LAN Peru strike of June 26 and 27.

At the police station, the union leader reports that he was searched unfairly for drugs and incriminatory evidence. At the jail, he was threatened. Hours later he was released without charges.

Juan Carlos Talavera Flores, is a leader in the international solidarity campaign to protect aviation standards in South America. His detention was made while he was distributing information in the Jorge Chavez Airport in Lima and answering questions from passengers about the upcoming industrial actions and strikes in LAN and TAM airlines.

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum/AirlinersGallery.com. LAN Cargo’s Boeing 767-316F ER CC-CZZ (msn 25756) approaches the runway at Miami International Airport (MIA).

LAN Cargo: AG Slide Show

LAN Airlines (Chile): AG Slide Show

 

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LATAM Airlines Group loses $330 million in the 2Q

LATAM Airlines Group (LAN Airlines and TAM Linhas Aereas) (Santago and Sao Paulo) reported it lost $330 million in the second quarter. The group was created last year with the merger of the two airlines. The group is struggling in Brazil with TAM due to a weakening Brazilian economy. TAM is cutting costs and reducing flights.

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LATAM Airlines Group Fleet Plans (excerpt from the report):

LATAM Airlines Group 8:2013 Fleet

Top Copyright Photo: Rodrigo Cozzato/AirlinersGallery.com. Sporting new Sharklets, Airbus A320-214 PR-MYY (msn 5591) taxies at the Sao Paulo (Guarulhos) hub.

LAN Airlines (Chile): AG Slide Show

TAM Linhas Aereas: AG Slide Show

Bottom Copyright Photo: Alvaro Romero/ModoCharlie.com. Boeing 777-F6N N772LA (msn 37708) arrives at the Santiago hub.

LAN Cargo is fined $11.5 million by the European Commission

LAN Airlines (Chile) (Santiago) has issued the following statement:

“LAN Cargo, the cargo subsidiary of LAN Airlines S.A., reports that the European Commission announced yesterday (November 9) its decision relative to the global investigation that began in 2006, and was carried out jointly with U.S. authorities, in relation to the infringement of antitrust regulations of the European Union. The European Commission reported the imposition of fines to a total of 11 air carriers for a total amount of €800 million (equivalent to approximately US$1.1 billion).

In the case of LAN Cargo and its parent company LAN Airlines, the amount of the fine imposed is €8.2 million (equivalent to approximately US$11.5 million), amount which has been provisioned by the Company. This was the lowest fine applied by the European Commission, which includes a significant reduction due to the Company’s cooperation with the Commission during the course of the investigation.

In December of 2007, LAN Cargo reported to the Chilean regulators the beginning of the global investigation in Europe, which covers the period between February 25, 2003 and February 14, 2006. It should be noted that the investigation only affected air cargo activity and did not involve in any way the passenger business.

In accordance with European Union law, this administrative decision is appealable to the General Court in Luxembourg. Any judgment by the General Court may also be appealed to the Court of Justice of the European Union. LAN is evaluating its legal options, including the right to appeal this decision within the established deadlines.

The Company has continuously cooperated with the authorities in charge of the global investigation. In its ongoing commitment to good corporate governance and transparency in business practices, LAN further strengthened its monitoring mechanisms through the implementation of a strict compliance program of all applicable rules and regulations where it operates. The Company also launched a new code of conduct applicable to employees worldwide.”

Copyright Photo: Arnd Wolf. Please click on the photo for additional details.

LAN Airlines posts a first quarter net profit of $88.3 million

LAN Airlines (Santiago) reported net income of $88.3 million (US) for the first quarter 2010, an increase of 35.8% compared to the first quarter 2009, reflecting a strong recovery in both the cargo and passenger businesses.

Copyright Photo: Jay Selman. Boeing 767-316 ER CC-CXK of LAN Airlines (Chile) arrives at New York (JFK).

LAN Cargo’s first new 777F to go into service

 

LAN Cargo's (Chile) brand new Boeing 777-F6N freighter (N772LA, msn 37708) lands at Everett after a test flight at Boeing.  Copyright Photo: Royal S. King.

LAN Cargo's (Chile) brand new Boeing 777-F6N freighter (N772LA, msn 37708) lands at Everett after a test flight at Boeing. Copyright Photo: Royal S. King.

LAN Cargo’s (LAN Airlines) (Santiago) will take delivery of its first (of four) brand new Boeing 777-F6N registered N772LA (msn 37708) in a ceremony on April 16 at Everett. It is due to then ferry to Miami where it will enter revenue cargo service between MIA and SCL on April 17.

LAN Cargo (Brazil) starts domestic operations

 

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LAN Cargo (Brazil) (subsidiary of LAN Airlines S.A.) started a domestic route in Brazil between Sao Paulo and Manuas with a Boeing 767-300F freighter on March 23, 2009.