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LAN Airlines Appoints GSA in Beijing and Shanghai

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LAN Airlines, one of the largest airlines in South America, has expanded its sales presence in China, appointing new general sales agents (GSA) in the key cities of Beijing and Shanghai.

The airline, a member of the oneworld global airline alliance, will be represented in Beijing by BEALL GSA Business Consulting Service Ltd, while in Shanghai the airline has appointed Mandarin Travel as its GSA.

The two new appointments take to three the number of GSA companies engaged by LAN in China, with Pro Air International Group already representing the airline in Hong Kong and southern China.

The LAN group of passenger airlines is comprised the long haul international carrier LAN Airlines (formerly LAN Chile), LAN Argentina, LAN Peru, LAN Ecuador and LAN Express. The company operates over 80 Airbus and Boeing aircraft to more than 70 destinations, including over 50 in South America.

LANs Senior Sales Manager Asia, Juan Carlos Selman, said China was of enormous importance to LAN, with both commerce and leisure travel increasing to South America.

The Asia Pacific region is forecast soon to become the worlds biggest and fastest growing air transport market, and China is at the forefront of that growth, said Mr Selman. Both China and the nations of South America are experiencing strong economic growth, and trade between these markets is steady and very encouraging ... Chinas middle class is also growing strongly, with the result that leisure travel from China to destinations including South America is also showing encouraging growth.

LAN also has comprehensive GSA representation in Japan, Korea, Singapore and Taiwan. LAN does not fly its own aircraft to these markets, but works with partner airlines to offer convenient onward connections to South America via the USA, Australia and New Zealand.

In 2011, LAN will introduce the new Boeing 787 Dreamliner into service, with the first 10 aircraft of an order for up to 32 due to be delivered some three years ahead of schedule.

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