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OAG Again Names LAN Airlines Best Airline Central/South America and Caribbean.

MIAMI -- For the sixth time, LAN Airlines has been chosen as the Best Airline Based in Central/South America & Caribbean by OAG (Official Airline Guide), the foremost world guide on information regarding airline schedules and itineraries.

LAN Airlines also ranked among the eight finalists in the Airline of the Year 2006 category, alongside such important international airlines as British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Continental Airlines, Emirates, Qantas, CSA Czech Airlines and South African Airways.

OAG awards have been presented for more than two decades based on voting by frequent travelers worldwide that select the best companies at an international level, resulting in the recognition of excellence in the products and services that LAN offers its clients. The most important representatives from the worldwide airline industry attended the 2006 awards ceremony, which took place recently in London.

Armando Valdivieso, LAN Airlines' CEO passenger: "We are honored to once again receive this important recognition that reflects the opinion of experienced frequent travelers worldwide. We will continue to always offer a service of excellence with the highest standards of security and efficiency that have distinguished LAN internationally."

OAG - specialists in travel and transportation - annually distinguishes those airlines and airports that have maintained the best standards in the industry according to the opinion of business travelers throughout the world.

Summary of 2006 Awards:

--Airline of the Year 2006: Cathay Pacific

--Best Airline Based in Australasia/Pacific: Qantas

--Best Airline Based in Asia: Cathay Pacific

--Best Airline Based in Central/Eastern Europe: CSA Czech Airlines

--Best Airline Based in Central/South America & Caribbean: LAN Airlines

--Best Airline Based in North America: Continental Airlines

--Best Airline Based in Western Europe: British Airways

--Best Airline Based in Africa: South African Airways

--Best Airline Based in Middle East/Indian Sub-Continent: Emirates

For more information on the 2006 OAG Awards, visit

The LAN service alliance participating airlines, LAN Airlines (NYSE:LFL), LAN Argentina, LAN Ecuador and LAN Peru, offer a united spirit of reliability and charm that provides passengers the highest level of service and safety with the complete travel experience throughout the skies of the Americas.

The LAN service alliance's vast route network reaches a large number of destinations throughout the world, including the Americas, Europe and the South Pacific. The alliance offers flights from North America to Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela with service from 29 North American cities, including daily flights from its Miami, New York and Los Angeles gateways. Passengers traveling with any of the LAN service alliance participating airlines may accumulate frequent flier kilometers/miles in LANPASS or American Airlines' AAdvantage. Additionally, passengers traveling with LAN Airlines or LAN Peru may also accumulate frequent flier miles in any of the oneworld(TM) member frequent flier programs. LAN Airlines is a member of oneworld(TM) and LAN Peru is an affiliate of oneworld(TM), the world's leading quality alliance.

For additional information, contact LAN toll-free at 866-I-FLY-LAN (866-435-9526). Visit LAN's website at
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Date:May 26, 2006
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