LAN Airlines and its affiliates, part of LATAM Airlines Group, announce that beginning in August, five of the company’s existing routes will gradually begin to be operated by a new fleet of Boeing 787 aircraft.
In addition to announcing that the Boeing 787 will service five more destinations in the LAN network, the company also plans to reinstate the aircraft on flights to and from Los Angeles. These destinations will join existing daily LAN Boeing 787 routes from Santiago, Chile to Madrid, Frankfurt, New York and Buenos Aires.
“At LAN we are proud to offer more passengers cutting edge technology to enjoy a better flight experience onboard next generation aircraft,"said Ignacio Cueto, CEO of LAN Airlines, in a written release. "In 2012 we were the first airline in the Americas to receive and operate the 787, one of the most modern aircraft in the world. By operating the most modern aircraft in our fleet to more destinations we are renewing our dedication as an airline to constantly improve the in-flight experience of our passengers."
Among the main key differentiators that distinguished the 787 from other aircraft are the cabins electronic auto-dimming windows and dynamic lighting which allow for a customized in-flight environment depending on the time of day. In addition, the windows of this aircraft have up to 40 percent more surface area than current windows, which allow all passengers (in all rows) more visibility during the flight, giving them a better view. The cabin configuration onboard the LAN fleet of 787 aircraft is 217 seats in Economy and 30 seats in Premium Business for a total of 247 seats.
The 787 has overhead bins with 30 percent more storage space for carryon luggage and the aerodynamics of the Boeing 787 incorporate technology that reduces the impact felt by the passenger due to turbulence. In addition, the pressurization of the cabin to a lower altitude (6,000 feet instead of 8,000) would result in the reduction of headaches or other symptoms a passenger might experience when flying.
LAN will receive 32 total Dreamliners over the next few years resulting from a $4.9 billion order in 2012. The incorporation of this aircraft into the fleet is part of the Company’s commitment to maintaining one of the youngest fleets in the world, allowing for reduced environmental impact as well as lower operating costs.