LAN Chile announced today that they’ll be restarting nonstop flights between Los Angeles and Santiago. The flight will operate 3x per week between October 16, 2016, and March 25, 2017. As of now the flight just seems to be operating in the Southern summer, but I imagine it has the potential to be extended beyond that if demand warrants it.
This complements LAN’s existing flight between Los Angeles and Lima, which offers connecting service to Santiago. This will shave 2hr20min off the travel time between Los Angeles and Santiago compared to the airline’s existing one stop service, which takes 13hr southbound and 13hr30min northbound.
LAN’s 787s feature a total of 30 fully flat business class seats, spread across five rows in a 2-2-2 configuration. So while not cutting edge, it’s a perfectly nice product. The plane also has 217 economy class seats.
LAN’s 787 business class
The flight should become bookable as of later today. Hopefully LAN releases a decent amount of award availability on the route. If booking through American AAdvantage, this route would cost just 50,000 miles each way in business class. Meanwhile after American’s March 22 devaluation, the flight would cost 57,500 miles each way, which isn’t too bad compared to some of the other price increases.
American recently announced a joint venture with LATAM, where the airlines’ flights between the US and six countries in South America will operate as a joint venture (meaning there will be revenue sharing). I’m not surprised to see this route, given what a big market Los Angeles is. Furthermore, American operates flights between Los Angeles and Sao Paulo, so with this route being restarted, there will be nonstop service between Los Angeles and three markets in South America as part of the joint venture.
American 787 flying between Los Angeles and Sao Paulo
The other great thing about LAN flights out of LAX is that they depart from Tom Bradley International Terminal, which has some great lounges. Business class passengers can access the oneworld Business Class Lounge, while oneworld Emerald members can access the Qantas First Class Lounge.
I’m excited to see LAN’s route between Los Angeles and Santiago relaunched, and will be watching carefully for award space. If LAN makes a good amount of award space available I’ll be sure to post about it again.
Would you consider taking LAN’s flight between Los Angeles and Santiago?