Article ID: CBB179950468

“An absolutely Chilean institution”. Línea Aérea Nacional, Chile (1929–45) (2019)


Diego Barría Traverso (Author)

The Journal of Transport History
Volume: 40
Issue: 1
Pages: 8-24

Publication Date: 2019
Edition Details: Special issue: Flying the history of commercial aviation in Latin America
Language: English

This article analyses the early Chilean State experience in the management of its flag-carrying airline, Línea Aérea Nacional. Drawing on Línea Aérea Nacional documents as well as newspapers, laws, and parliamentary debates, the article reconstructs the development of the company between 1929 and 1945. The central argument of this article is that, although Línea Aérea Nacional was created as an instrumental State-owned enterprise to ensure national sovereignty, the airline lived through three stages, each one of them dependent on the economic policy priorities of the different governments. The first stage started with Línea Aérea Nacional's initial activities; the second stage covers the period 1932–40 and was characterised by a financial and operational crisis. During the third stage (1941 onwards) a scheme of long-lasting State financing was granted. It allowed Línea Aérea Nacional to renew its fleet, expand – nationally and internationally – its routes, and improve its financial and operational outcomes.

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Authors & Contributors
Medina, Eden
Olivares, Javier Vidal
Armus, Diego C.
Dierikx, Marc
Errázuriz, Tomás
Gómez-Galvarriato, Aurora
The Journal of Transport History
Business History Review
IEEE Annals of the History of Computing
Icon: Journal of the International Committee for the History of Technology
Journal of the History of Biology
Lugar Editorial
Agenda Publishing Limited
MIT Press
Routledge/Taylor & Francis Group
Business history
Aviation, commercial
International relations
Technology and culture
Palacios, Nicolás (1854-1911)
Time Periods
20th century
21st century
20th century, late
19th century
Latin America
United States
International Business Machines Corporation
British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC)
Compañía Mexicana de Aviación
Iberia, Líneas Aéreas de España
Pan American World Airways

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