LAN Chile strikes alliance with Jetstar
LAN Chile strikes alliance with Jetstar

Chile's LAN airline says it has clinched an agreement with Australian budget carrier Jetstar Airlines to service Asia and Oceania destinations.

Under the agreement, the Chilean air carrier would rely on Jetstar's network to service flights to Sydney and Auckland, as well as popular tourist destinations including Bali, Bangkok and Phuket, Honolulu, Singapore and Japan's Osaka.

The airlines will also together provide national connecting flights to seven Australian cities and three cities in New Zealand.

Jetstar, which is owned by Qantas Airways, will allow LAN to operate its large-capacity Airbus A330 planes for long flights and its A321 planes for shorter flights.

"The agreement increases the number of destinations in Oceania, Asia and South-East Asia, and allows passengers to reach attractive tourist destinations," said LAN passenger chief Armando Valdivieso.

The regional partnership comes as LAN prepares to merge with Brazil's TAM airlines in a bid to form the biggest Latin American air carrier, LATAM Airlines. Initial operations are due to get underway in the coming months.

The West Australian

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