June 09, 2005 16:59 ET

First LAN ARGENTINA Flight Departed from Buenos Aires to Mendoza

MIAMI--(CCNMatthews - Jun 9, 2005) -

LAN ARGENTINA announced the departure of its first flight. LAN ARGENTINA flight 4240 departed yesterday from Aeroparque Metropolitano in Buenos Aires with 68 passengers aboard and arrived in Mendoza.

LAN ARGENTINA's coverage of the Buenos Aires-Mendoza-Buenos Aires route includes two daily services at 6:40 a.m. and 5:10 p.m., with return flights leaving Mendoza's El Plumerillo airport at 9:00 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.

The airline's service to Cordoba also began with departures at 7:15 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Return trips from Cordoba to Aeroparque in Buenos Aires are scheduled for 9:30 a.m. and 7:45 p.m.

"Today is an important day for our company, and we would like to thank the passengers who chose to fly with us," stated Paul Petrelli, General Manager of LAN ARGENTINA, adding that "our commitment to the country is to offer a world-class service with the highest standards of quality and service."

The LAN service alliance participating airlines, LAN Airlines (NYSE:LFL), LAN PERU, LAN ECUADOR and LAN ARGENTINA, offer a united spirit of reliability and charm that provides passengers the highest level of service and safety with the complete travel experience throughout the skies of the Americas.

The LAN alliance's vast route network reaches a large number of destinations throughout the world, including the Americas, Europe, Asia and the South Pacific. The alliance offers non-stop and direct flights from North America to Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela with service from 29 North American cities, including daily flights from its Miami, New York and Los Angeles gateways. Passengers traveling with any of the LAN Airline Alliance participating airlines may accumulate frequent flier kilometers in LANPASS. Additionally, passengers traveling with LAN Airlines or LAN PERU may also accumulate frequent flier miles in American Airlines' AAdvantage or any of the oneworld™ member frequent flier programs.

For additional information, contact LAN toll-free at 866-I-FLY-LAN (866-435-9526). Visit LAN's website at

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