LAN Airlines has announced that it will bring
forward its delivery of Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft, the original schedule
would have seen LAN flying the aircraft in 2014 but the revised agreement will
see a LAN 787 Dreamliner in operation in the first half of 2011.
The full media release from LAN Airlines can be
LAN WILL BE ONE OF THE FIRST AIRLINES IN THE WORLD TO
RECEIVE THE BOEING 787 DREAMLINER
LAN Airlines S.A. and its subsidiaries, (“LAN” or “the Company”), one of
the leading airlines in Latin America, today announced that the Company signed
an agreement with Boeing to adjust the delivery of ten Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners to be incorporated into the
Company’s long haul fleet. This new delivery schedule anticipates by three
years the arrival of this aircraft, previously scheduled for 2014 and now
expected starting in the first semester of 2011.
In this way, LAN becomes the first airline in the western hemisphere to
receive the Dreamliner, which is expected to revolutionize the airline
industry, incorporating the most advanced technology. These ten aircraft are
part of the original order for 32 Boeing 787s placed by LAN in 2007, 26 of
which will be owned and 6 leased.
Boeing 787-8 undertook its first test flight in December 2009 and is expected to
begin commercial operations in 2010. It has the capacity to seat approximately
250 passengers, providing a unique in-flight experience due to innovative
technological advances featured inside the aircraft cabin. In addition, this is
reducing the effects of global warming, so the 787 is considered as the new
Cueto, LAN’s Chief Executive Officer, stated, “The incorporation of the Boeing 787
ensures the Company’s sustainable growth while preserving
the environment and incorporating state-of-the-art technology
to deliver the best travel
experience for LAN’s passengers. LAN looks forward to incorporating this new
generation of aircraft in the first half of 2011“.
with LAN Airlines, one of the world’s great air carriers is an exciting way to
introduce the 787 to the flying public. We look forward to seeing the
Dreamliner fly with LAN’s livery. The 787 Dreamliner represents one of those
rare generational advancements in powered flight that will provide superior
operating economics, compelling environmental performance and unique passenger
comforts. LAN and its passengers will be among the early beneficiaries of these
Marlin Dailey, Vice President Sales Boeing Commercial Airplanes.