The first LAN Airlines Boeing 787 Dreamliner, which the Company will receive before the end of the year, has exited the paint shop of the Boeing factory in Everett, Washington, in full livery, completing the last phase in the assembly process.
LAN Airlines Boeing 787 Dreamliner
LAN will be the first airline in Latin America, and one of the first in the world, to receive this aircraft type, with the first delivery expected in late 2012 and delivery of 32 total aircraft over the next 10 years.
This represents an investment of U.S. $3.5 billion and marks one of the largest investments in the Company’s history.
The configuration of the cabin on the first LAN 787-8 aircraft will include 217 Economy class seats and 30 seats for Premium Business class.
The destinations the LAN 787-8 will service during its first year of operations will be Santiago, Chile; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Lima, Peru; Los Angeles, USA; Madrid, Spain and Frankfurt, Germany. These routes will be gradually integrated during the aircraft’s first year of service.
The Boeing 787 offers:
- An innovative, modern and harmonious design;
- Electronic auto-dimming windows and dynamic lighting to create a better atmosphere, thus preparing the passenger for the different times during which they will be flying, and for the time zone to which they are arriving;
- Larger windows, with up to 40% more surface area than windows on current aircraft, providing passengers in all rows with more visibility during the flight;
- Overhead bins with 30% more storage space for carry-on luggage;
- Aerodynamic technology that reduces the impact felt by the passenger due to turbulence
- Pressurisation of the cabin to a lower altitude (6,000 feet instead of 8,000 feet), resulting in the reduction of headaches or other symptoms a passenger might experience when flying;
- New air humidification techniques, significantly reducing fatigue and dryness associated with long flights; and
- New technology engines which are quieter both inside and outside the aircraft.
Some of the environmental benefits of the 787
- CO2 emissions up to 20% lower than those of similar aircraft;
- Up to 40% less noise footprint than similar aircraft on takeoff, the period of greatest noise in flight;
- Up to 50% of the structure of the Boeing 787 is of a carbon fiber composite material, which makes it a first in the industry, this material being more resistant to fatigue and corrosion. This also enables the manufacturing process to produce less non-recyclable waste.