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Aerovías de Integración Regional S.A. (Acronym: AIRES, lit. airs), d/b/a LATAM Airlines Colombia, and formerly known as LAN Colombia, is a Colombian airline. It is the second-largest air carrier in Colombia.

LATAM Airlines Colombia
Latam-logo -v (Indigo).svg
IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded20 February 1981[1] (as AIRES)
Commenced operations1981 (as AIRES)
December 3, 2011 (as LAN Colombia)
HubsEl Dorado International Airport
Frequent-flyer programLATAM Pass
AllianceOneworld (affiliate)[2]
Fleet size17
Company sloganJuntos, más lejos. (Spanish)
Together, further. (English)
Parent companyLATAM Airlines Group
HeadquartersBogotá, Colombia
Key peopleFernando García Poitevin (CEO)
Airbus A320 in LAN Colombia livery

The airline operates scheduled regional domestic passenger services, as well as a domestic cargo service. Its main base is El Dorado International Airport in Bogotá.[3]

On 28 October 2010, it was announced that 98% of the shares in the previous airline AIRES had been acquired by Chilean carrier LATAM Airlines. On 3 December 2011, it started operations as LAN Colombia. It became an affiliate member of the Oneworld alliance on 1 October 2013.[2]



Current FleetEdit

Boeing 737-700 in the former AIRES livery. This aircraft operated AIRES Flight 8250, which crashed at Gustavo Rojas Pinilla International Airport, killing 2 people.
Boeing 737-700 in LAN Colombia livery (2011)

As of October 2019, LATAM Colombia's fleet consists of the following aircraft:[4][5]

LATAM Colombia Fleet
Aircraft In Service Orders Passengers Notes
Airbus A319-100 7 144
Airbus A320-200 10 174
Total 17

Former FleetEdit

The airline previously operated the following aircraft:

Incidents and accidentsEdit

  • On 28 January 2008, AIRES Flight 053 overran the runway at Bogota's El Dorado airport, en route from Maracaibo, Venezuela after the left hand main gear collapsed. The aircraft was a Dash 8-202, registration HK-3997. Probable cause for the crash was that the aircraft was carrying out a landing with an unresolved fault in the left engine, which prevented the aircraft from being able to stop within the length of runway available, causing a runway excursion. A contributing factor was the failure to correct the maintenance reports in a satisfactory manner and failure to properly follow-up on repetitive entries.[8]
  • On 23 August 2008, AIRES Flight 051 sustained substantial damage following the collapse of the right hand main landing gear on landing at Barranquilla-Ernesto Cortissoz Airport (BAQ), Colombia. None of the 31 occupants were injured. The Bombardier Dash 8-301, registered HK-3952, operated on an international flight from Curaçao-Hato International Airport (CUR). The approach and landing were normal, touching down about 770 metres past the threshold of runway 23. The crew noticed a vibration of the right hand main gear. The undercarriage leg collapsed. There was no fire.[9]
  • On 16 August 2010, AIRES Flight 8250 crashed on landing at Gustavo Rojas Pinilla International Airport, in San Andrés, Colombia, after reportedly being struck by lightning during a thunderstorm. The death of one person was reported as a result of a heart attack on the way to the hospital and another 114 were injured.[10] One of the injured occupants later died.[11] The cause was later determined to be pilot error.


  1. ^ "Aires History" (in Spanish). Archived from the original on April 7, 2012.
  2. ^ a b "LAN Colombia to join oneworld Oct. 1". Air Transport World. September 4, 2013. Retrieved September 4, 2013.
  3. ^ "Directory: World Airlines". Flight International. March 27, 2007. pp. 69–70.
  4. ^ "Global Airline Guide 2019 (Part One)". Airliner World (October 2019): 12.
  5. ^
  6. ^ a b "Global Airline Guide 2018 (Part One)". Airliner World (October 2018): 12.
  7. ^ "Global Airline Guide 2016 (Part One)". Airliner World (October 2016): 12.
  8. ^ AIRES Flight 053
  9. ^ AIRES Flight 051
  10. ^ "Colombia plane crashes after lightning strike". BBC News. August 16, 2010. Retrieved August 16, 2010.
  11. ^ "Comunicado de Prensa 06 Archived September 9, 2010, at the Wayback Machine." AIRES. Retrieved on September 15, 2010.

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