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LATAM Airlines Colombia
Latam-logo -v (Indigo).svg
IATA ICAO Callsign
4C ARE LATAM COLOMBIA
Founded20 February 1981[1] (as AIRES)
Commenced operations1981 (as AIRES)
December 3, 2011 (as LAN Colombia)
HubsEl Dorado International Airport
Frequent-flyer programLATAM Pass
AllianceOneworld (affiliate)[2]
Fleet size17
Destinations31
Parent companyLATAM Airlines Group
HeadquartersBogotá, Colombia
Key peopleFernando García Poitevin (CEO)
Websitewww.latam.com
Airbus A320 in LAN Colombia livery

Aerovías de Integración Regional S.A. (Acronym: AIRES, lit. airs), d/b/a LATAM Airlines Colombia, and formerly known as LAN Colombia, is a Colombian airline. It is the second-largest air carrier in Colombia.

The airline operates scheduled regional domestic passenger services, as well as a domestic cargo service. Its main base is El Dorado International Airport in Bogotá.[3]

On 28 October 2010, it was announced that 98% of the shares in the previous airline AIRES had been acquired by Chilean carrier LATAM Airlines. On 3 December 2011, it started operations as LAN Colombia. It became an affiliate member of the Oneworld alliance on 1 October 2013.[2]

Destinations[edit]

Fleet[edit]

Current Fleet[edit]

Boeing 737-700 in LAN Colombia livery (2011)

As of October 2019, LATAM Colombia's fleet consists of the following aircraft:[4][5]

LATAM Colombia Fleet
Aircraft In Service Orders Passengers Notes
Airbus A319-100 7 144
Airbus A320-200 10 174
Total 17

Former Fleet[edit]

The airline previously operated the following aircraft:

Incidents and accidents[edit]

  • On 28 January 2008, AIRES Flight 053 overran the runway at Bogota's El Dorado airport, en route from Maracaibo, Venezuela after the left hand main gear collapsed. The aircraft was a Dash 8-202, registration HK-3997. Probable cause for the crash was that the aircraft was carrying out a landing with an unresolved fault in the left engine, which prevented the aircraft from being able to stop within the length of runway available, causing a runway excursion. A contributing factor was the failure to correct the maintenance reports in a satisfactory manner and failure to properly follow-up on repetitive entries.[8]
  • On 23 August 2008, AIRES Flight 051 sustained substantial damage following the collapse of the right hand main landing gear on landing at Barranquilla-Ernesto Cortissoz Airport (BAQ), Colombia. None of the 31 occupants were injured. The Bombardier Dash 8-301, registered HK-3952, operated on an international flight from Curaçao-Hato International Airport (CUR). The approach and landing were normal, touching down about 770 metres past the threshold of runway 23. The crew noticed a vibration of the right hand main gear. The undercarriage leg collapsed. There was no fire.[9]
  • On 16 August 2010, AIRES Flight 8250 crashed on landing at Gustavo Rojas Pinilla International Airport, in San Andrés, Colombia, after reportedly being struck by lightning during a thunderstorm. The death of one person was reported as a result of a heart attack on the way to the hospital and another 114 were injured.[10] One of the injured occupants later died.[11] The cause was later determined to be pilot error.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Aires History" (in Spanish). Aires.aero. Archived from the original on April 7, 2012.
  2. ^ a b "LAN Colombia to join oneworld Oct. 1". Air Transport World. September 4, 2013. Retrieved September 4, 2013.
  3. ^ "Directory: World Airlines". Flight International. March 27, 2007. pp. 69–70.
  4. ^ "Global Airline Guide 2019 (Part One)". Airliner World (October 2019): 12.
  5. ^ https://www.flightradar24.com/data/airlines/4c-are/fleet
  6. ^ a b "Global Airline Guide 2018 (Part One)". Airliner World (October 2018): 12.
  7. ^ "Global Airline Guide 2016 (Part One)". Airliner World (October 2016): 12.
  8. ^ AIRES Flight 053
  9. ^ AIRES Flight 051
  10. ^ "Colombia plane crashes after lightning strike". BBC News. August 16, 2010. Retrieved August 16, 2010.
  11. ^ "Comunicado de Prensa 06 Archived September 9, 2010, at the Wayback Machine." AIRES. Retrieved on September 15, 2010.

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