LAN Argentina and LAN Ecuador to join oneworld

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  1. Dave Noble

    Dave Noble Senior Member

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    From the OneWorld site ( oneworld - News )

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  2. Kiwi Flyer

    Kiwi Flyer Senior Member

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    Yay. Opens up a lot more of South America on a xONEx. Hopefully happens in time for booking my next trip there.
     
  3. JohnK

    JohnK Veteran Member

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    Good news. Gives a few more options for anyone wanting to bypass North America on a RTW.
     
  4. ColinP

    ColinP Member

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    I agree with Kiwi Flyer about opening up options in Sth America but not so sure about avoiding North America. AKL <> SCL is the only viable option to avoid the LOTFAP on a xONEx and the lack of L and D availability makes it a real bottleneck on a RTW.
     
  5. JohnK

    JohnK Veteran Member

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    I am still hoping that it would be possible although I haven't checked what availability is like on the South American routes.

    It would be nice to visit some places in South America. I would prefer a LONE4 including SWP, South America, Europe and SE Asia.
     
  6. Kiwi Flyer

    Kiwi Flyer Senior Member

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    SYD/AKL-SCL are notoriously difficult to get availability in first and business (paid other than full fare or award). Not sure about L class - may be easier.

    AFAIK neither LAN Argentina nor LAN Ecuador have longhaul flights, and with the exception of Buenos Aires and Santiago (both already served by LAN) there aren't too many intercontinental flights from the airports they serve. So the addition of these two airlines will not improve options for avoiding USA. However, there are quite a few places in South America that these two airlines serve where LAN doesn't, thus more options to visit (including eg Iguazu if you want to see the falls).
     
  7. NM

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    Taking CX HKG-YVR also allows you to travel ATW and avoid the LOTFAP.
     
  8. ColinP

    ColinP Member

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    L class is no easier. I ditched a LONE4 in favour of a LGLOB34 as I simply couldn't get any L availability on AKL - SCL. Might have opened up closer to the date but I wasn't willing to take the chance and went AKL -PPT -IPC - SCL on TN and LA instead.

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  9. JohnK

    JohnK Veteran Member

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    My explanation was probably very poor. I want to avoid North America on a RTW but at the same time while routing through South America to have a decent choice of places to visit. I haven't done much research but felt that the addition of these 2 airlines would open more options. If this will not be possible because of lack of L class availability then plans can be altered.

    Thanks. I had not even thought of that option. If the South American option is not feasible then this is a better alternative.

    I guess I will probably visit the US several times in the future but the more stories I hear after people visit the places the less I am interested in the going. Apart from the fingerprinting my friend and his wife were asked to take off their shoes and socks and put into a room where they were blasted with high powered air. They were totally shocked and scared as nothing was explained to them beforehand. This is how tourists are treated? No thanks!
     
  10. mainly tailfirst

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    I had the 'pleasure' of the bomb sniff booth last trip through PHX. The TSA rep did actually explain what was going to happen - though 'puffs of air' was an understatement - more like hairdyer set on 'cold stun' :) For the unaware I can imagine it would be rather terifying, esp. if one was wearing a kilt.

    Methinks that the LOTFAP is becoming more the LOTSAP. Definition is left as an excersise for the reader. (hint - think isolationist)

    mt
     
  11. Tiki

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    We are doing this route as well but on purpose as we want to go to Tahiti. It sure would make life easier for us Aussies if TN would join OW too!
     
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