LAN Airlines Starts Santiago-Miami B787 Service17th Aug 2014
The flag carrier of Chile has inaugurated its brand-new B787-8 jetliner on the busy Santiago-Miami route just weeks ago.
The new aircraft is the first for LAN Airlines, which is scheduled to take delivery of 19 more of the same airliner between now and 2018. The first delivery of B787-8 has made the flag carrier the first among the Latin American airlines to keep the world's most fuel-efficient aircraft in its fleet.
The airliner will operate once daily between Santiago and Miami, the gateway for LATAM Airlines group. LAN Airlines is part of the bigger LATAM Airlines, which also consist of Brazil's TAM Airlines and five other LAN subsidiaries across five countries in Latin America.
Together, they transport over 900,000 passengers each year between Miami and 114 destinations across South America. This year, the group projected to grow its passenger load between Miami and South America to over one million.
LAN Airlines is banking on the B787 experience to attract more customers to fly with the state flag carrier. For the passenger's benefit, the jetliner features electronic auto-dimming windows allowing passengers to enjoy a customized lighting environment in-flight. The jetliner also features larger windows than most aircraft, which afford passengers to get a much better view outside.
The advantage of the new B787 aircraft over other airliners is the space, which has become a luxury these days. Its overhead bins, for instance, carry 30% more luggage in addition to its enhanced interior ambiance. It is also equipped with a technological feature that reduces the headache or other flight-related symptoms when the aircraft soars to a higher altitude.
LAN's Dreamliner service on the Santiago-Miami route offers a total of 247 seats, 217 for the economy and 30 for the premium business class.
The airline has an outstanding order of 32 B787 jetliners, ten of which are the bigger version, B787-9, to be delivered starting 2015. The rest of the B787-8 airliners will arrive on a staggered basis until 2018. The total cost of the whole orders is $4.9 billion.