LAN Puts Dreamliners on Sydney-Santiago Route23rd Apr 2015
A Chile-based carrier LAN will be putting its Dreamliner 787 aircrafts on the route from Sydney, Australia to Santiago, Chile via Auckland. The planes should be start flying this week.
Right now, LAN flies Airbus A340s on the Sydney-Santiago route, but the company plans to replace them first with Dreamliners 787-8 aircrafts and then the larger 787-9 model.
According to LATAM Airlines Group managing director for Asia Pacific Patricio Aylwin, the larger Dreamliner aircrafts will enable LAN to expand the passenger capacity on the Sydney-Santiago route by as much as 27 percent.
The Chilean carrier will be the first one to fly this route with a twin engine plane. Since the A340 has four engines and the Dreamliner has only two engines, the company hopes to save 20 percent on fuel this way.
A Dreamliner 787-8 has a total capacity of 247 passengers. It has a two-class layout which features 217 economy seats (3-3-3 configuration) and 30 business class seats (2-2-2 configuration).
Air New Zealand and Qantas Also Looking Toward the Route
Air New Zealand and Qantas Australia are also pondering increasing the frequency of its flights on the Sydney to Santiago route.
The New Zealand carrier recently announced it start service from Auckland to Santiago with connections to Australia in December this year.
Earlier this year, in February, LAN’s codeshare partner Qantas Australia has boosted the number of its weekly flights between Sydney and Santiago from three to four per week.
Apart from LAN, there are several other carriers that fly Dreamliners from Australia. These include: Air New Zealand, Jetstar Australia, United Airlines USA, Air India, Royal Brunei and Thai Airways.
Boeing’s Dreamliner is the first carbon-fiber made aircraft instead of aluminum. In addition to this, it also has some more inventive features such as larger windows, larger overhead storage bins, auto-dimming, a more humid cabin (Boing says it reduces jet lag) and aerodynamic technology (lessens the effect of turbulence in the air).