LAN Peru announces new fleet, expects sales increase

(LIP-wb) — The Peruvian branch of Chilean LAN airline announced on Monday that projections indicate a 10 percent increase in sales this year in Peru and announced the renovation of its fleet with an investment of more than US$ 260 million.

LAN Peru officials said the company anticipates 2006 sales in Peru of about US$ 300 million and that airplane upgrade for domestic routes will allow reducing operational costs by 20 percent.

The company is expected to swap its seven Airbus planes with eight new ones of the type A 319 from the same European supplier.

“The Airbus 319 has the latest technology, which will allow us to elevate our standard on board and to make our operation more efficient for passengers traveling on national routes”, LAN Peru’s CEO Vlamir Domic said.

The airline also anticipates to transport about 1.8 million passengers this year within Peru, 200,000 more than in 2005, according to Juan Luis Kruger, LAN Peru’s commercial manager.

“For next year we expect this number will grow to 2.2 milion”, he added.

LAN Peru operates between 11 Peruvian destinations and has a 57 percent share of the domestic market. The company also maintaines 12 international destinations.