LAN Airlines Restores Daily Services between Santiago - Auckland / Sydney

Travel News Asia Latest Travel News Podcasts Thursday, 9 July 2009

LAN Airlines is to resume daily one-stop flights between Sydney and South America from Friday 10 July after cutting back to six frequencies per week to enable refurbishment of its Airbus A340-300 aircraft.

The A340s, which are used on the Sydney-Santiago route, have been progressively converted over the past year from a three-class cabin to an all-new two class layout, featuring a spacious Premium Business Class and a redesigned Economy Class.

The aircraft also have been fitted with a next-generation entertainment system, in which all passengers can now access on demand up to 44 movies, 95 TV programmes, 14 video games and 550 music CDs.

The refurbishment of our A340 fleet over the past year has meant that one aircraft has always been out of service, said Rodrigo Contreras, General Manager Australia, New Zealand and Asia for LAN Airlines.

Now all of the A340s have been upgraded, and tomorrow we move back to our full schedule of daily one-stop flights to South America, Mr Contreras added. It has been worth the wait.

LANs new Premium Business Class features 42 fully flat beds, a significant increase in legroom and the new Video On Demand system in every seat.

The refurbished Economy Cabin, which seats 218 passengers, also features the new entertainment system, a large viewing screen for every passenger, new ergonomically-designed seats and convenient additions such as a seatback cupholder, which enables passengers to enjoy a drink without having to fold down the full tray table.

The resumption of daily services provides the frequency demanded by business travellers and additional seats to accommodate the ongoing strong demand for travel to South America.

LAN flight LA800 departs Sydney mid morning, flying to Auckland then on to Santiago, Chile, Australias main and closest gateway to South America.

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