LAN Airlines To Operate B787 On Santiago-New York Route23rd Dec 2014
Thus, LAN Airlines will be the first carrier in South America to acquire the stretched variant of the wide-body Dreamliner family.
Upon launch, which is on July 20, 2015, the airline will also become the first in the continent to operate the jetliner on an international route, between Chile's capital city of Santiago and New York.
LAN Airlines is part of the large LATAM Airlines Group, currently the largest airline group in South America. It was the result of the takeover by LAN Airlines of Brazil's biggest airline, TAM Airlines, in 2012.
The launch is scheduled to take place on July 20, 2015, when the aircraft, with assigned flight number LA533, departs New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) on its first intercontinental flight to the Chilean capital. From then on, it will have its regular scheduled direct service between the two cities on a daily frequency.
LAN Airlines was also the first in the continent to take delivery of its original variant, the B787-8, which was put into service between South America and Miami and Los Angeles in the United States.
The B787-9 is the stretched variant of the B787 family. The jetliner features a longer fuselage and can accommodate up to 280 passengers on a typical three-class layout or up to 313 passengers on a two-class configuration, as in the case of LAN Airlines.
The aircraft will sport a brand new cabin design developed by Priestmangoode, a UK-based and world-renowned international design consulting firm.
The new design, which is common to all LAN Airlines planes, will feature, among others, electronic auto-dimming windows and dynamic lighting technology which adjusts itself depending on the time of day.
The aircraft also features wider windows than other planes affording passengers to have a better view outside when necessary.
Moreover, B787-9 has bigger overhead compartment which means bigger storage space for passengers who may have two carry-on luggage in tow.