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June 02, 2005 09:20 ET

OAG 2005 Awards: LAN Airlines Again Named Best Airline Central/South America and Caribbean

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For the fifth time, LAN Airlines was chosen as the Best Airline Central/South America and Caribbean by the Official Airline Guide (OAG), the foremost world guide on information regarding airline schedules and itineraries. OAG awards have been given for more than two decades based on voting by business passengers worldwide that select the best international companies. The most important representatives from the worldwide airline industry attended the 2005 awards ceremony, which took place recently in London. During the occasion, 42 airlines and airports in 16 regional and global categories were named. Luis Ernesto Videla, LAN Airlines Chief Operating Officer, said "we are honored and grateful to once again receive this important distinction that reflects the opinion of experienced frequent and business travelers worldwide. Without a doubt, it is an award for our continuous efforts to be recognized for always offering the best service with the highest security standards worldwide." Eddie Bell, President of OAG, congratulated all of the winners in the different categories "that have been recognized by clients for delivering excellent service for their passengers." OAG, specialists in travel and transportation, annually distinguishes those airlines and airports that have maintained the best standards in the industry according to the opinion of business travelers throughout the world.

Summary of 2005 Awards:

-- Airline of the Year 2005: Continental Airlines

-- Best Airline Based in Asia: Singapore Airlines

-- Best Airline Based in Australasia/Pacific: Qantas Airways

-- Best Airline Based in Central/Eastern Europe: CSA Czech Airlines

-- Best Airline Based in North America: Continental Airlines

-- Best Airline Based in Western Europe: British Airways

-- Best Airline Based in Africa: South African Airways

-- Best Airline Based in Middle East/Indian Sub-Continent: Emirates

For more information on the 2005 OAG Awards, visit http://www.oag.com/Airline+of+the+Year/current_winners_2005.

The LAN Airline Alliance participating airlines LAN Airlines (NYSE: LFL), LAN PERU and LAN ECUADOR 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 Airline 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 www.lan.com.

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