|Quoting MXA318 (Thread starter):|
I was told by an acquaintance that LAN was purchasing A318s to replace their fleet of 732s. Has anyone else heard anything definitive about this or is it just "scuttlebutt"? I'd really appreciate any input you all may have. Thanks!
LAN is due to receive their first of 20 A318's in the next few months. This particular order is also rather interesting, as was LAN was the first airline to opt for the PW6000 powered A318.
LAN Airlines orders up to 40 A320 Family aircraft
11 October 2005
LAN Airlines ("LAN") with headquarters in Santiago (Chile) has signed a contract with Airbus for the acquisition of 25 A320 Family aircraft plus 15 options. This order confirms LAN's previous announcement of June 2005 and brings their total orders for Airbus aircraft to 59. Deliveries of the newly ordered aircraft are scheduled to begin in 2006. A part of the additional new A318s and A319s will gradually replace LAN's 737-200 fleet.
With this contract LAN becomes the first customer for the A318 powered by the new Pratt & Whitney's PW6000 engine. The PW 6000 engine is due for certification by the end of this year.
I hope that this helps answer your question.
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