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March 14, 2005 13:12 ET

LANVACATIONS Spreads Its Wings, Continues to Grow; LAN Airlines Appoints Europe Express to Represent LANVACATIONS




MARCH 14, 2005 - 13:12 ET

LANVACATIONS Spreads Its Wings, Continues to Grow; LAN
Airlines Appoints Europe Express to Represent

MIAMI--(CCNMatthews - Mar 14, 2005) -

LAN Airlines' tour product is once again spreading its wings as it
evolves into the next stage of its growth as LANVACATIONS. In order to
facilitate this growth process, LAN Airlines has appointed Europe
Express, Inc. (EEI) to represent the new LANVACATIONS as it continues to
surpass travelers' expectations by providing complete travel experiences
to a variety of unique destinations and yet untouched regions throughout
the southern hemisphere.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics, there has
been a notable growth in tourism to South America over the past decade.
In fact, the number of travelers from the U.S. to South America
experienced one of the highest percentage growth rates worldwide.
Perceived as a safe travel alternative to other parts of the world,
South America offers an endless array of vacation options for travelers.
From culture and adventure, to culinary splendors and untouched
territories, there are opportunities for all ages and interests. This
growth trend is expected to continue into the next decade as well.
According to the World Tourism Organization, travel to South America
experienced double-digit growth in 2004, and growth prospects continue
on the positive side with South America sited among the most optimistic.

The new LANVACATIONS is targeting this growing tourism market as it
continues to offer the tailor-made vacation experiences for which the
company is known, and is also introducing a variety of additional
products and services. From unique tour packages to group itineraries
and independent travel programs, LANVACATIONS offers complete travel
experiences to Chile, Peru, Argentina, Ecuador, Brazil and Bolivia that
cater to a full range of ages, interests and budgets.

"We're looking forward to working with EEI as we continue to expand our
presence throughout South America," said Pablo Montesinos, LAN Airlines'
Vice President North/Central America and Asia. "LANVACATIONS not only
helps travelers fulfill their dreams by transporting them to exciting
destinations, but we do it safely and we do it best." Montesinos goes on
to say that LAN's expertise and extensive route network throughout South
America, combined with EEI's industry knowledge and technological
capabilities, are an ideal combination to successfully propel
LANVACATIONS' continued growth throughout the region.

"We have seen significant interest over the past year to South America
as a re-emerging destination, and welcome this opportunity to partner
with LAN Airlines in offering LANVACATIONS," stated Paul Barry, CEO of
Europe Express, Inc. "With our combined experience, we are confident
that this partnership will prove highly successful for LANVACATIONS. Our
goal with this partnership is to make unique vacation options for South
America easily available through competitive pricing and great customer

Founded in 1990, EEI is one of the most respected international leisure
wholesale tour operators in the United States. The rapidly growing
company has over 100 employees in offices around the world. A member of
USTOA, EEI is a leader in providing representation services for a
variety of private labels, including Virgin Vacations, and Air France Holidays, among others.

The LAN service alliance participating airlines, LAN Airlines
(NYSE:LFL), LAN PERU and LAN ECUADOR, offer a vast route network
reaching 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 28 North American cities, including daily flights from its Miami,
New York and Los Angeles gateways. Passengers traveling with any of the
LAN service 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
flyer programs.

For additional information on exploring South America, contact
LANVACATIONS toll-free at 800-435-3593. Visit LANVACATION's website at


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