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BYLINE: BY MICHAEL MACKEY
signs of growth
Air cargo is developing in South America, albeit unevenly, despite myriad problems. ChileOs LAN Cargo occupies the pole position. Its emphasis is on further growth, with the airline having recently announced the creation of a new cargo affiliate in Colombia. The carrier has nine 767-300 freighters and two leased 747-200 freighters. These aircraft carry two-thirds of the carrierOs total cargo, with another third moving as belly cargo within the passenger fleet.
What theyOre carrying is an interesting mix. Inbound, the big item is spare parts, mostly automotive as well as laptops, printers, mobile phone and mining equipment. Outbound, cargo is dominated by perishables N fruit, flowers and salmon N and spare parts from Brazil; leather from Argentina; and horse meat bound for France.
This imbalance, while it concerns LAN, does not deter the carrier. LAN draws a historical parallel to show how the airline is progressing. OWhat we want to do is link (South America) with …