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LAN to begin flights to Galapagos

logo_lan-es-ecThe first anniversary of domestic flight operations in Ecuador
Monday, April 12, 2010

During the first year of operations within the domestic marketplace, more than 500,000 passengers have chosen LAN Ecuador as the air carrier for their domestic travel needs between the cities of Quito, Guayaquil and Cuenca. In September of this year, the airline will expand its portfolio of domestic destinations by adding service to the Galapagos Islands.

This announcement also marks LAN Ecuador ’s 7th anniversary of flight operations in the country and connecting the country internationally to the United States, Europe, Chile and Argentina. Between domestic and international travel, LAN Ecuador has transported more than 1,000,000 passengers over the past last twelve months.

The company provides service to domestic destinations aboard a modern fleet of Airbus A320s that are engineered with the most advanced technology in the industry to help decrease the effects of global warming.

Recently released statistics from Ecuador’s Civil Aviation Authority reveal that the company has received the highest marks for punctuality and reliability at the local level. At the same time, the domestic airline industry has grown an average of about 15% year on year, driven significantly by LAN Ecuador on domestic routes. This is an example that air travel has become more accessible in this market and is being widely used by passengers in the country.

During this same period of time, customers have recognized and awarded LAN Ecuador for its high quality of service. Recently, the Charles Darwin Foundation recognized the company as one of the 100 Partners of the Galapagos.

The company has a team of approximately 1,000 employees dedicated to providing world-class service and product offering to its passengers and domestic customers.  LAN Airlines and its affiliates, including LAN Ecuador, are members of the oneworld global airline alliance which brings together the best global companies. oneworld allows LAN Ecuador to offer its passengers the full range of benefits and connectivity of this alliance. Passengers can earn frequent flyer miles and redeem mileage awards on all oneworld airlines, as well facilitating access to over 550 airport lounges around the world.

“We are very proud of the preference our passengers and clients have shown us. It serves to reaffirm our commitment to offering an excellent product that provides connectivity and opportunities for economic and social development for Ecuador. We will continue to promote the attractive tourist destinations and help to grow exports with a special concern for the preservation of the environment. It is of great satisfaction to be able to deliver world-class service that is valued by the people of Ecuador. We want to be an airline that is a source of pride for the country,” said Maximilian Naranjo, General Manager of LAN Ecuador.

Source: Travel Daily News http://bit.ly/9EXA6b

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