LAN Airlines inducts new Boeing 787-9 in its route network
May 8, 2015:-LAN Airines has inducted the new Boeing 787-9 into its fleet and has already started commercial service in April 2015, from Santiago, Chile to Lima, Perú with continuing service to Los Angeles, California. LAN is contemplating to begin service on additional routes throughout the year, including flights from Santiago, Chile to New York, Easter Island, Madrid, Frankfurt, Auckland and Sydney with the six Boeing 787-9 aircraft in 2015. The advantage with the new aircraft is that the Boeing 787-9 is capable of carrying 27% more passengers and 23% more cargo than the 787-8. Furthermore, it can travel longer distances without stopping, while delivering the same environmental efficiency as the previous model.
Ignacio Cueto, CEO of LAN, commented: “We are very happy to receive this next generation aircraft into our fleet, which contributes to the plan of expanding our destination network. 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", he said.
Cueto also pointed out a modification to LAN’s original request in 2007, for 32 total 787s, including 22 787-8s and 10 787-9s. “We reached an agreement with Boeing to substitute four of the 787-8s with the newest model and we are very happy to announce that we will receive a total of 14 Boeing 787-9s in the first two years, which is great news for our passengers", he concluded.
“LAN Airlines has become a leader in Latin America and in the world thanks to its outstanding inflight services, leadership and commitment to innovation and technology,” said Van Rex Gallard, Vice President of Sales for Latin American, Africa and the Caribbean at Boeing. The Boeing 787-9 is an exceptionally efficient aircraft in terms of fuel consumption and environmental performance, and new air humidification techniques reduce feelings of dryness and fatigue by providing cleaner air and a better flight experience for passengers."