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LAN to Increase Flights between Santiago and Rio de Janeiro

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LAN is to add a third daily direct flight between Santiago, Chile, and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to meet peak season travel demand in the new year. The new seasonal flight will operate from 1 January until 1 May 2011.

Demand continues to grow for travel within South America, and were moving quickly to meet that demand by adding more flights when and where they are needed, said Rodrigo Contreras, General Manager Australia, New Zealand and Asia for LAN Airlines.

LAN flight LA 772 will depart Santiago at 12:55, arriving in Rio at 18:05, providing just under one-hour connecting time for passengers arriving from Australia and New Zealand on flight LA 800.

The return flight, LA 773, departs Rio at 18:55 and arrives in Santiago at 22:35.

From 5 May 2011, the seasonal Rio service, LA 772, will continue to operate three times per week, on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays until further notice.

The new direct Rio services follow the recent commencement of LAN flights to the fascinating Galapagos Islands from Quito and Guayaquil in Ecuador.

From January, LAN will start services from Lima, Peru, to both Iguazu and the Chilean territory of Easter Island.

As part of its intra-South America expansion, the LAN group has up to 90 new Airbus A320 family aircraft on order. And in 2011, the airline plans to introduce the first 11 of up to 32 Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft for international operations.

From Australia, LAN offers daily Airbus A340-300 flights to Santiago, Chile, via Auckland, New Zealand, with onward connections to destinations throughout South America.

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