Buenas tardes from Madrid!
We’ve landed in Madrid following the relatively short flight on LAN’s Airbus A340 wide-body flight from Frankfurt, with continuing service to Santiago. We caught LAN on a bit of an off day, as they were having technology issues which made check-in slow (the ground staff were struggling). Security, too, seemed to be going at a snail’s pace, which is not the norm for FRA. The flight was packed in economy, with many alighting in MAD. On board service comprised a sandwich and a small drink. AVOD helped pass the time.
LAN Airlines LA705 Frankfurt – Madrid
Aircraft: Airbus A340 Miles: 884 Duration: 2hrs50mins
LAN is the Chilean flag carrier, and since June 22nd of this year, following its merger with TAM Airlines of Brazil, constitutes one of the largest airlines in South America. It serves 21 countries in The Americas, Europe and Oceania (including Easter Island), Australia and New Zealand with a fleet of 152 aircraft. It has a staggering 137 aircraft on order, including 30 Airbus A320neos, and 32 Boeing 787s (the first of which is to be delivered shortly and is due to enter service this autumn). LAN has quite a few subsidiary carriers including LAN Argentina, LAN Peru, LAN Colombia and LAN Ecuador. LAN is one of the top ten oldest airlines in the world, having started service in 1929.
We flew on LAN’s Airbus A340-300 aircraft, fitted with business class plus 222 Economy Class seats (at a 31-inch pitch) in a 2x4x2 configuration. The A340 is used on LAN’s ultra-long routes, with the Boeing 767-300 being utilised for medium to long-haul routes.
We were met off the flight by Iberia, who snapped some photos of this travelling duo for their in-house newspaper. We depart for Moscow in 45 minutes…just our third flight of the day and a short overnight sector. More from Russia!