LAN Airlines, part of LATAM Airlines Group, South America’s leading airline network offering the best connectivity in the region, celebrated the inaugural flight for its Boeing 787 fleet between Sydney and Santiago, Chile, the gateway to South America, on 18 April, 2015.
Passengers flying with LAN from this date forward will experience Boeing’s new generation of aircraft on all seven weekly flights from Sydney to Santiago, Chile with the 787-8 model initially on the route and the 787-9 entering the schedule from the second half of this year.
“This is an extremely exciting milestone for us in the Pacific region,” said Patricio Aylwin, Managing Director Asia Pacific, LATAM Airlines Group. “The introduction of the Boeing 787 on our popular Sydney to Santiago, via Auckland, route allows us to offer more customers cutting-edge technology and increased comfort and efficiency.”
“With the new Boeing 787-9 also joining the Pacific schedule in the second half of this year, LAN is able to increase its volume on the route, with the model providing 27 per cent more capacity. We are proudly the first airline to announce delivery and operation of the 787-9 aircraft in this region.”
These new updates on the ex-Pacific route are in line with LATAM Airlines Group’s global strategy to offer the most modern and diverse fleet in the industry.
“The flight is a milestone for our company and for the global aviation industry, as LAN spearheads the future of long-haul flights. The benefits include more direct routes between distant cities, time savings for our passengers and the reduction of CO2 emissions,” he said.
“Advances involving the 787 model in the Pacific region are amidst ongoing improvements and developments for LATAM Airlines Group worldwide and are testament to our commitment to providing customers with the best connectivity and inflight experience across our network.”
With the new flight, LAN Airlines has become the world’s first carrier to operate this route using a twin-engine jet airliner, the new Boeing 787. With this new craft, the long-haul flight over the South Pacific now offers its passengers cutting-edge technology and a chance to experience the next generation of aircraft and the future of flying.
LAN’s 787-8 carries a total of 247 passengers, with a two-class layout featuring 30 business class seats, in a 2-2-2 configuration, and 217 economy seats in a 3-3-3 configuration.
In the second half of this year, the 787-9 fleet will introduce further upgrades and significantly increase capacity and offering in the Pacific region. The newer model leverages the visionary design of the 787-8, offering passenger-pleasing features such as large windows, large stow bins, modern LED lighting, higher humidity, a lower cabin altitude, cleaner air and a smoother ride. With the fuselage stretched by six metres over the 787-8, the 787-9 will also fly more passengers an additional 830 kilometers with the same exceptional environmental performance – 20 percent less fuel use and 20 percent fewer emissions than the aircraft it replaces.
LATAM Airlines Group is Latin America’s first operator of both the 787-8 and 787-9 variants of the Boeing 787 family when the airline group launches the 787-9 services on select South American routes from April.
Some of the environmental benefits of the 787:
- An emission of up to 20 per cent less CO2 than similar aircraft
• Up to 40 per cent less noise footprint than similar aircraft on takeoff, the period of greatest noise in flight
• 50 per cent of the structure is made of carbon fibre composite material, which makes it a first in the industry. This material is more resistant to fatigue and corrosion. Less non-recyclable waste is also produced in the manufacturing processThe passenger’s experience on LAN’s 787:
• An innovative, modern and harmoniousdesign
• With electronic auto-dimming windows and dynamic lightingto create a better atmosphere
• Larger windows: the windows of this aircraft have up to 40 per cent more surface area than current windows, which will allow all passengers (in all rows) more visibility during the flight, giving them a better view
• Overhead bins with 30 per cent more storage space for carry-on luggage
• The aerodynamics of the Boeing 787 incorporates technology that reduces the impact felt by the passenger due to turbulence. In addition, the pressurisation of the cabin to a lower altitude (6,000 feet instead of 8,000) which results in the reduction of headaches or other symptoms a passenger might experience when flying
• The cabin includes new air humidification techniques, significantly reducing fatigue and dryness associated with long trips
• The technology used in the engines of the Boeing 787 ensures the aircraft is less noisy from both inside and outside the aircraft
Premium Business Class on board the LAN 787 between Sydney and Santiago will continue to offer superior services, entertainment and features, including spacious seats with six-way adjustments, including reclining and full-flat positions for optimum rest, as well as more room for personal belongings at ground level.
LAN Airlines operates seven one-stop flights each week from Sydney to Santiago, Chile, the gateway to South America. Onward connections to over 115 destinations in South America are operated by both LAN Airlines and TAM Airlines.
For more information visit www.lan.com.