LATAM Airlines Colombia
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IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded2 October 1980[1] (as AIRES)
3 December 2011 (as LAN Colombia)
5 May 2016 (as LATAM Colombia)
Frequent-flyer programLATAM Pass
AllianceOneworld (2013-2020; affiliate)
Fleet size13
Parent companyLATAM Airlines Group
HeadquartersBogotá, Colombia
Key peopleSantiago Alvarez (CEO)

Aerovías de Integración Regional S.A. (Acronym: AIRES, lit. airs), d/b/a LATAM Airlines Colombia (formerly known as LAN Colombia) is a Colombian airline. It is the second-largest air carrier in Colombia after Avianca. It operates scheduled regional domestic passenger services, as well as a domestic cargo service. Its main hub is El Dorado International Airport in Bogotá.[2]


A former AIRES Bombardier Dash 8 Q200 taxiing at El Dorado International Airport in 2012
A former AIRES Bombardier Dash 8 Q200 taxiing at El Dorado International Airport in 2012

The airline was founded on 2 October 1980, starting operations on 23 February 1981, with a few small planes, until they acquired some Embraer 110 Bandeirante and Fairchild F27. In 1990, the airline registered a 9% decrease in passenger transport.

With the rise of competition with AeroRepública in November 1992, AIRES made small expansions, mostly adding service to the neighboring countries of Venezuela and Ecuador.

In November 1998, the airline began its coverage in the Caribbean Region, opening a base of operations in Barranquilla, from where flights began to: Cartagena, Santa Marta, Valledupar, Corozal among other cities in the north of the country.

On 13 December 2000, the airline began its internationalization with the opening of the Barranquilla-Oranjestad, Aruba route, flying twice a week, later it began operations to Willemstad, Curaçao.

In 2004, the company made a corporate image change, as well as the change in the stationery, said investment had a cost of close to 1,000 million pesos.

In 2009, with the beginning of the trunk routes, a new era began and thus rubbed shoulders with Avianca and Copa Airlines Colombia, and this was done by incorporating Jet aircraft and breaking the tariff scheme by becoming a low-cost airline.

On 28 October 2010, it was announced that 98% of the shares in the previous airline AIRES had been acquired by Chilean carrier LAN Airlines. On 26 November 2010, LAN Airlines announced that it completed the purchase of 98.9% of AIRES' shares, assuming its total debt and including it in the LAN holding company as a subsidiary of the group. On 3 December 2011, AIRES was renamed and started operations as LAN Colombia, becoming a member of the aeronautical holding LATAM Airlines Group.

It became an affiliate member of the Oneworld alliance on 1 October 2013, but left on 1 May 2020.[3][4]


Main article: List of LATAM Colombia destinations


Current fleet

A former LAN Colombia Boeing 737-700 at El Dorado International Airport in 2012
A former LAN Colombia Boeing 737-700 at El Dorado International Airport in 2012
A LAN Colombia Airbus A320-200 at Miami International Airport in 2013
A LAN Colombia Airbus A320-200 at Miami International Airport in 2013

As of March 2022, LATAM Colombia's fleet consists of the following aircraft:[5][6][7]

LATAM Colombia fleet
Aircraft In
Orders Passengers Notes
J Y Total
Airbus A319-100 5 144 144 Operated by LATAM Chile
Airbus A320-200 8 174 174
Total 13

Former fleet

The airline previously operated the following aircraft:

LATAM Colombia former fleet
Aircraft Total Introduced Retired Notes
Boeing 737-700 10 2009 2014 One written off as Flight 8250
Boeing 767-300ER 3 2012 2016 Operated by LAN Airlines[8]
Bombardier Dash 8 Q100 4 1994 2009
Bombardier Dash 8 Q200 12 2003 2015
Bombardier Dash 8 Q300 4 1994 2011
Bombardier Dash 8 Q400 4 2010 2014 Purchased from Jeju Air[9]
Embraer EMB 110 Bandeirante 6 1981 2001
Fairchild F-27 4 1987 1997

Accidents and incidents

See also


  1. ^ "Aires History" (in Spanish). Archived from the original on 7 April 2012.
  2. ^ "Directory: World Airlines". Flight International. 27 March 2007. pp. 69–70.
  3. ^ "LAN Colombia to join oneworld Oct. 1". Air Transport World. 4 September 2013. Retrieved 4 September 2013.
  4. ^ "Details | oneworld". Retrieved 14 February 2020.
  5. ^ "Global Airline Guide 2019 (Part One)". Airliner World (October 2019): 12.
  6. ^ "Live Flight Tracker - Real-Time Flight Tracker Map".
  7. ^ LATAM Colombia fleet details , retrieved 16 September 2020.
  8. ^ "First B767-300ER transferred to LAN Colombia". Retrieved 28 November 2012.
  9. ^ "Global Airline Guide 2016 (Part One)". Airliner World (October 2016): 12.
  10. ^ "Accident description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 23 July 2021.
  11. ^ "Hijacking description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 23 April 2017.
  12. ^ "Accident description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 5 September 2008.
  13. ^ "Accident description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 5 September 2008.
  14. ^ "Colombia plane crashes after lightning strike". BBC News. 16 August 2010. Retrieved 16 August 2010.
  15. ^ "Comunicado de Prensa 06 Archived 9 September 2010 at the Wayback Machine." AIRES. Retrieved on 15 September 2010.
  16. ^ Simon Hradecky. "Incident: LATAM Colombia A320 at Medellin on Mar 29th 2022, nose gear rotated by 90 degrees on landing". Retrieved 30 March 2022.
  17. ^ Jake Hardiman. "LATAM Airbus A320 Lands With Landing Gear Pointing The Wrong Way". Retrieved 30 March 2022.

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