LAN makes it debut in the Argentine on Wednesday 8 June challenging the dominance of Aerolineas Argentinas. The company is 49% owned by the Santiago- based LAN group with the balance retained by two Argentine lawyers. LAN, formerly LAN Chile, is a major South American operator and a member of the Oneworld alliance. Initially it will serve two domestic routes, building up to ten by December, including Miami. Established way back in 1929 it currently operates a fleet of nearly 50 aircraft, split 50/50 between Airbus and Boeing. The new Argentine airline will initially use Boeing 737-200s but is expected in the future, to add Airbus A230 series aircraft. Madrid is expected to be added, as a destination from BA in 2006. Its Chilean counterpart already offers a daily service from Santiago.