Friday, August 13, 2010


The South American carrier LAN originated in Chile but has expanded with sub companies in Argentina, Peru & Ecuador. Select Collection decided to test LAN’s business class called Premium Business.

The seat in Business Class on all Boeing 767 flights is fully flat (not at an angle). To have a fully flat bed is much preferable over the quite common and many times uncomfortable lie flat at an angle seats.

A picture of the LAN seat

The entertainment system is extensive and on demand. The 15" screen and noise reducing headsets gives the passenger a high quality movie experience.

As preboarding drinks LAN is offering Chile's national drink Pisco Sour. We love airlines that offer something authentic outside the norm as a pre departure beverage.

Soon after takeoff dinner followed. It consisted of a salad, Chicken with asparagus and yellow rice and was rounded off with a Créme Catalan and coffee/tea.

A nice Argentinean Chardonnay

Before landing breakfast was served. It was quite nice with the option of either a hot dish or a plate with cold cuts and cheese. It came with bread, croissants, butter, jam and a bowl of cut fruits. A varied selection of teas was available.

All in all LAN offers a very consistent service from friendly flight attendants. Their hardware is excellent and the fully flat bed is a deal braker. In an ideal world we would want the seat to be a bit wider but the cross section of the B767 does not really allow it unless converting to a 2 - 1 - 2 configuration. LAN is debately currently South Americas no.1 carrier when it comes to hardware, service standards and aircraft fleet. TAM Brazil is the up and coming competitor and having recently joined Star Alliance TAM is upping its product in all aspects and is determined to become no. 1 in South America. Let's see...

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