LAN Colombia to add 767s

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LAN Colombia will add three Boeing 767s in April, introducing the first widebody aircraft type into the fleet of the Colombian subsidiary of LATAM Airlines group.

The 767s will be operated on LAN Colombia's international flights from Bogota to Miami and Sao Paulo, says LAN.

LAN Colombia is currently operating Airbus A320s on its daily flights to Miami and Sao Paulo, schedules in Innovata show.

Deployment of the 767s on the flights will increase seat capacity by 47%, says LAN. Its 767s are configured with 238 seats each in two classes, and feature the airline's new cabin interior that it launched last year on the 787 Dreamliner.

LAN Colombia operates Boeing 737-700s, A320s and Bombardier Q200s. The carrier was formerly known as Aires before it was acquired by LAN in November 2010 and subsequently rebranded as LAN Colombia in December 2011. Since then, LAN has been steadily replacing the airline's 737s with A320s.

Besides deploying the 767s, LAN Colombia will also change the departure times of the outbound flights to Miami and Sao Paulo, moving them from early morning slots to later morning departures.

"The added Boeing 767s is a breakthrough in LAN Colombia's international service quality, and a big step forward in the availability of connections between Colombia and some of the major cities in America. In addition to that, one of our strategic objectives for 2013 is to strengthen our international business, with better availability and better connections to leverage and boost domestic routes, thus increasing our Colombian market share," says Hernán Pasman, LAN Colombia's chief executive.

LAN tells Flightglobal that the three 767s, which come out of an existing 767 order held by LAN, will be certified to operate on international flights from Colombia.

Looking further ahead, the airline will certify 13 767s in total for flights in Colombia, it says. These will comprise 767s featuring the new cabin interior as well as existing LAN 767s.

Flightglobal's Ascend Online database shows that LAN has 36 767s in service, with an additional three on order. LAN began taking 767 deliveries with the new cabin interior around mid-2012.