Chilean operator LAN Airlines has placed a firm order with Airbus for 30 new A320 family aircraft as part of the carrier's fleet renewal.

LAN plans to take delivery of the aircraft between 2011 and 2016 for operation on routes within Latin America and domestic routes in Argentina, Peru, Ecuador and Chile.

The order is valued at roughly $1.97 billion according to list prices.

In announcing the order LAN says it also plans to sell five A318s in 2011.


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The latest agreement brings the total number of Airbus aircraft LAN has on order to more than 100.

Lan currently operates 53 aircraft that includes Boeing 767-300ERs, A318-100s, A319-100s, A320-200s, and A340-300s, according to Flightglobal's ACAS database.

Source: Air Transport Intelligence news