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story by: Tom Ricketts

LAN Airlines is a South American based airline, and one of the largest in the region. The airline was previously known as LAN Chile and was the flag carrier of that nation. However in recent years the company was privatised and then merged with TAM, a large Brazilian airline. Both airlines will be rebranded as LATAM in the next few years. They also operate airlines in Peru, Argentina, Colombia and Ecuador, and once they’re also merged, LATAM will be one of the largest airlines in the world.

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THE ESSENTIALS
Name: LAN Airlines.
Founded: 1925.
Hub: Santiago International Airport.
Rewards Program: LANPass.
NZ Routes: Auckland to Santiago and Sydney.
Partners: A Oneworld member.
Classes of Travel: Business and Economy.
Meals: All meals and drinks (including alcohol) are included. Special meals available.
Entertainment: Movies, TV shows, music and games included with personal seatback screens.
Luggage Allowance: Two pieces of checked luggage up to 23 kilograms each allowed for flights to Santiago. Two pieces weighing a total of 23 kilograms allowed for flights to Sydney. One piece of carry on up to 8 kilograms on all flights. Increased allowances apply for higher classes (see below).
Seat Selection: Your House of Travel consultant can assign seats on most flights for no extra charge.
Connectivity: USB port and a power point in each seat.
*Please note all the above info is for flights to and from New Zealand.

THE DIFFERENCE
- LAN fly the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, one of the world’s most advanced aircraft, on their New Zealand flights.

THE DESTINATIONS
New Zealand: Auckland to Santiago and Sydney.
Santiago: To most major cities in South America, as well as some destinations in Central/North America and Europe.

THE CLASSES
Business Class: In Business Class you’ll receive larger seats, guaranteed aisle access, lie flat beds, bedding such as a light duvet, pillows and linen, larger screen for your entertainment system and an amenities kit. Checked luggage allowance is three pieces at 23 kilograms each.

THE HUB
Comodoro Arturo Merino Benitez International Airport, Santiago: Santiago International Airport is the by far the largest and busiest in Chile. The airport was renovated recently, and will be expanded over the coming years. The airport is reasonably good, but can get busy on weekday mornings so you might want to allow an extra 30 minutes if checking in for a flight then. Kiwis do not need to pay an arrival tax, but Australian, US, Mexican and Canadian passport holders do need to pay a one off fee. This needs to be done before you go through immigration. Many people mistakenly queue for immigration, only to be sent back to the tax payment queue, so ensure you’re in the right queue to save wasting time.

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