LAN Airlines Cooks Up Pacific Expansion

12th Dec 2014

The expansion program will be carried over in three phases within the 12-month period, part of which will be the deployment of the airline's fleet of B787 jetliner on the trans-Pacific routes.

LAN Airlines became the first airline company in Latin America to operate a fleet of Boeing's B787 aircraft, aka Dreamliner, touted as the world's most fuel-efficient jetliner to date.

The Dreamliner will become the major workhorse for LAN Airlines on the trans-Pacific routes, especially between Santiago and major destinations in Australia and New Zealand. As such, it will also become the first airline to operate such jetliner on the sector.

Aside from the deployment of the B787, it will also increase flight frequencies on the existing trans-Pacific routes by 2015.

According to Patricio Aylwin, the LATAM Airlines Group managing director for Asia Pacific, the group has offered the most extensive connection between the two continents since LAN and TAM Airlines merged in 2012.

The airline will be using the B787-9, which is a bigger variant of the Dreamliner family. As a result, it will also increase capacity on the said routes, offering travelers from both continents an opportunity to travel with more flexibility.

Currently, the airline offers seven flights a week between Santiago and Sydney with a stop-over at Auckland using the A340 aircraft. The plane accommodates up to 260 passengers on a two-class configuration, 42 of which are business-class seats.

It also operates non-stop long-haul service between Santiago and Sydney three times per week via codeshare flights with Qantas.

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