is a airline
based at Arturo Merino Benitez International Airport
in Santiago, Chile
, with flights to Latin America
, North America
, and Europe
. It is a member of the Oneworld
airline alliance. The "Lan" in its name is an acronym for Linea Aerea Nacional
, or "national airline."
The airline was founded by Chilean Army Air Services Commander Arturo Merino Benitez, and began operations on March 5, 1929 as Linea Aeropostal Santiago-Arica. In 1989, the Chilean government privatized the carrier, selling a majority stake in the company to Icarosan and Scandinavian Airlines System.