LAN receives first 787; to start Lima-LAX flights

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Published: September 1, 2012

LAN Airlines 787 premium business class. Courtesy, LAN

Santiago de Chile-based LAN Airlines took delivery of its first Boeing 787 in a delivery ceremony Friday at Boeing’s Everett, Wash., facility.

The aircraft, powered by Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engines, is the first Dreamliner to be received by an airline in the Americas. LAN is a subsidiary of LATAM Airlines Group (ATW Daily News, Aug. 14). It has 32 787s on order, valued at $ 4.9 billion, to be delivered over the next decade. Two more will be delivered this year.

LAN said it expects to start Los Angeles-Lima 787 flights later this year. LAN CEO Ignacio Cueto said in a statement, “The Dreamliner will make it possible for us to cover greater distances in a more environmentally conscious and highly efficient aircraft.”

Other cities expected to be served by LAN 787s over the next year are Santiago, Buenos Aires, Madrid and Frankfurt, the carrier said. The airline’s 787s are configured with 217 economy seats and 30 business-class seats.

United Airlines is expected to receive its first 787 in September (ATW Daily News, Aug. 21).

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