LAN Airlines has welcomed the first Boeing Dreamliner 787-9 to South America. The vessel is an extended version of the 787-8, capable of transporting 27 per cent more passengers and 23 per cent more cargo.
LAN will configure the cabin with 283 Economy Class seats and 30 Premium Business Class seats.
The new LAN aircraft began commercial service in April 2015, from Santiago, Chile to Lima, Perú with continuing service to Los Angeles, California and will gradually begin service on additional routes throughout the year, including flights from Santiago, Chile to New York, Easter Island, Madrid, Frankfurt, Auckland and Sydney.
The Company will receive six Boeing 787-9 aircraft in 2015.
“The arrival of the Boeing 787-9 to LAN makes us the only carrier in Latin America to operate both 787 models. It also strengthens our in-flight travel experience, transporting 313 passengers over long distances with the same environmental efficiency,” said Ignacio Cueto, Chief Executive of LAN.
Cueto also pointed out a modification to LAN’s original request in 2007, for 32 total 787s, including 22 787-8s and ten 787-9s.
9 May 2015