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LAN Business Class Mexico City to Lima - Finally on board

If you haven’t been following from the beginning, here is a link, it all started out so easy, and then I made mistakes (with impressive consistency).  Don’t make the same mistakes I made, read the posts!
LAN Business Class
We had finally boarded and as we got ...

The True Value of Elite Status - A Chance at Redemption

Being Stuck in a Bad Situation
If you have followed the previous posts (start at the beginning) about the mishaps and mistakes I made during a recent trip to Peru, you will know that I was stuck in a bad position.  My wife was very upset, I had friends that would be waiting for us at the ...

Mistakes and Mishaps of a Travel Pro - Continued

To catch up on this story please first read this post. 
Still Stuck at Terminal 1 in Mexico City
I had a fleeting thought that perhaps we should just get into a taxi, but taxi drivers sometimes queue for an hour or more to get a fare at the airport which tend to be business people ...

Mistakes and Mishaps of a Travel Pro

When discussing my travel planning faults it only seems appropriate to wax biblical like my friend Matthew:
“We have all fallen short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23)
And to quote from the one of the finer films of all time, Raising Arizona, who at the time was biblically ...

LATAM VIP Lounge Sao Paulo T3 (GRU)

LATAM opened their first co-branded LAN-TAM VIP Lounge at Sao Paulo’s Guarulhos International airport in Terminal 3 on October 27, 2014. My recent trip around the world coincided with the opening, just four days prior to my arrival. I had the opportunity to visit the lounge both in the morning ...
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LAN 787 Business Class MAD-FRA

The 787 is by far one of the newest and most elegant birds that are currently flying the skies. The plane with its sleek look, sloped wings, and distinguish looks is a plane I honestly look forward to flying every time. I will not lie, being only my second time to fly the 787, after I booked my ...

The "12 best budget airlines"

Last week, Fox News compiled a list of the 12 best budget airlines, which is worth checking out if you have some free time to spare. Some of them you may have never heard (such as FastJet). Others you've probably never tried (such as LAN Airlines or IcelandAir) and a few may seem obvious (Southwest ...

787 update: all operators to resume services by June

Last week, I published a post detailing the resumption time lines of the 787 Dream liner which has been grounded since January 16 (my birthday) due to battery overheating. Since the time of the grounding, Boeing has began the process of installing modified batteries housed in a stainless steel box ...
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Will the 787 'nightmare' be over soon? Part I

Above: All Nippon Airways JA813A, a 787 I flew from Seattle to Tokyo on October 25, 2012, prior to the aircraft's grounding. Photo taken by me @SeaTac airport
No-going for Boeing
It's been nearly a decade since Boeing Co. unveiled cutting-edge plans to launch the Boeing 787 Dream ...

TAM Airlines to join OneWorld alliance

The playing field continues to level out between the major global alliances as TAM Airlines of Brasil will be joining OneWorld in early 2014.
While not unexpected, the decision has been widely discussed since TAM agreed to merge with Santiago, Chile-based LAN Airlines in 2010 to form LATAM ...

LAN and TAM Airlines officially launch LATAM Airlines Group S.A.

LATAM board of directors chair Mauricio Rolim Amaro, LAN CEO Ignacio Cueto, TAM board chair Maria Claudia Amaro, LATAM CEO Enrique Cueto. Courtesy, LAN Airlines. Image courtesy of Air Transport World.
It's official: LAN and TAM Airlines have finally completed their merger transaction to create ...
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Big, beautiful dolls

Even despite the cruel times plaguing global airlines, one thing can guarantee some hope and joy: the delivery of shiny new planes.
Boeing delivers two 787 "Dreamliner" aircraft to Japan Airlines
Japan's second major airline, Japan Airlines (JAL), was the second customer in the world ...

Next Stop: Easter Island on LAN

Last fall, when British Airways massively devalued its Executive Club program, I went on a booking frenzy in the final hours of old award chart and booked a number of trips, including an 80K business class trip on LAN to the Easter Islands. Now the travel date has arrived.
I’ve flown LAN ...

Sad times for Star Alliance!

Could 2012 be a sad year for the Star Alliance? Well looks like it, Star has lost some of it’s shine and could be more on the way?
The hard times for star started when Lufthansa sold off British Midland International (bmi) to their european rival IAG, the parent company of British ...

BA Chief Confident LAN Will Stay in OneWorld

British Airway's Chief Executive, Willie Walsh, said this week that the LAN/TAM merger is not a threat to OneWorld.
He argued that "LAN are very much core members of Oneworld," and that the new Latam Airlines company already sees the advantages of remaining in OneWorld. Of ...

Star Alliance or Oneworld? LAN and TAM to Merge

LAN and TAM have announced their intention to merge into a new South American mega-airline group, LATAM. If the merger goes forward, the new company would boast 40,000 employees and transport more than 45 million customers a year to 115 destinations in 23 countries. With little current overlap ...