LAN Airlines announces routes for Boeing 787 fleet
Santiago, Chile, Tuesday, March 27, 2012. - The Boeing 787 Dreamliner - modern aircraft that LAN will incorporate into the company’s fleet starting late 2012 and that will revolutionize the airline industry by having the latest technology- landed for the first time in Chile today, March 27, becoming a major attraction of the current International Air and Space Fair, FIDAE.
LAN announced –during the opening ceremony of the company’s display in the Fair that the destinations the 787 will fly to during its first year of operations will be Santiago, Buenos Aires, Lima, Los Angeles, Madrid and Frankfurt. These routes will gradually integrate through the aircraft’s first year of service.
The configuration of the cabin on the first LAN 787-8 aircraft will include 217 economy class seats and 30 seats for Premium Business class.
LAN will be the first airline in Latin America, and one of the first in the world, to incorporate this aircraft, receiving the first 787 in late 2012 (expecting to receive 32 in the first 10 years), in one of the largest investments of its history, U.S. $ 3,500 million.
"The incorporation of the Boeing 787 to LAN’s fleet will further ensure the company's sustainable growth while preserving the environment and incorporating modern technology to deliver the best travel experience for LAN's passengers. LAN looks forward to incorporating this new generation of technology in late 2012” said LAN Chief Operating Officer, Ignacio Cueto. “We are proud to be the first in the region to operate it, as this aircraft incorporates substantial benefits to our passengers, besides it being a highly efficient aircraft in every way”.
“We are very proud to join LAN Airlines at FIDAE with the 787 Dreamliner World Tour airplane to showcase one of the pillars of LAN’s long-term fleet as they grow to one of the world’s leading airlines,” said Van Rex Gallard, Vice President of Sales for Latin America, African, & Caribbean; Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “By choosing both the 767 and 777 airplanes, LAN has recognized the advantage that Boeing airplanes provide. Those advantages will continue with the 787 as it offers new opportunities in both passenger and cargo capabilities. The technology introduced on the 787 is truly a game-changer and we are happy to showcase it next to such an important and valued customer.”
“We are looking forward to supporting LAN when the 787 Dreamliner enters into service in late 2012 with an engine that delivers both financial and environmental benefits. The Trent 1000, designed exclusively for use on this aircraft” said Peter Turner, Rolls-Royce, Vice President – Customers, Civil Aerospace.
LAN in FIDAE
LAN’s stand for the show is interactive and is specially designed so that the public who attends FIDAE can experience some of the properties that the new model offers, such as its windows, which have 40% more surface area than the current ones and are darkened by an electronic system.
The passenger’s experience on the Boeing 787
Committed to caring for our customers and the environment, this aircraft offers:
• An innovative, modern and harmonious design.
• With electronic auto-dimming windows and dynamic lighting to create a better atmosphere. Thus, preparing the passenger for the different stages during the flight (day, night, etc.), and for the time zone to which it is arriving.
• Larger windows: the windows of this aircraft have up to 40% more surface area than current windows, which will allow all passengers (in all rows) more visibility during the flight, giving them a better view.
• Overhead bins with 30% more storage space for carryon luggage.
• The aerodynamics of the Boeing 787 incorporate technology that reduces the impact felt by the passenger due to turbulence. In addition, the pressurization of the cabin to a lower altitude (6,000 feet instead of 8,000) would result in the reduction of headaches or other symptoms a passenger might experience when flying.
• The cabin includes new air humidification techniques, significantly reducing fatigue and dryness associated with long trips.
• The passenger may have a more enjoyable trip thanks to the technology in their engines that make them less noisy from both inside and outside the aircraft.
Some of the environmental benefits of the 787
• An emission of up to 20% less of CO2 than similar aircraft.
• Up to 40% less noise footprint than similar aircraft on takeoff, the period of greatest noise in flight.
• 50% of the structure is a carbon fiber composite material, which makes it a first in the industry, this material being more resistant to fatigue and corrosion. This allows, moreover, that the manufacturing process will produce less non-recyclable waste.
About the engine for LAN 787 fleet
• The Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 has been designed and optimized exclusively for operation on the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. In October 2011, it became the first engine to power the 787 Dreamliner in service. New technologies in aerodynamics, materials and coatings were incorporated to support Boeing’s low emissions requirement.