LAN Airlines will be the first carrier in Latin America to operate Boeing 787 Dreamliners, introducing service between Los Angeles and Lima, Peru, before the end of this year.
Last week, the airline took delivery of the first of the 32 new aircraft that will join its fleet over the next 10 years, with the first three to be delivered this year. Routes that include Santiago, Buenos Aires, Madrid and Frankfurt will be added gradually during this first year of Dreamliner operations.
“LAN is proud to be the first airline in the Americas to receive the 787 Dreamliner,” says company CEO Ignacio Cueto. “This is not only a milestone for LAN, but also for our passengers who will experience an enhanced inflight experience thanks to the cutting-edge technology and visionary elements of this new aircraft. The Dreamliner will make it possible for us to cover greater distances in a more environmentally conscious and highly efficient aircraft.”
The cabin configuration aboard LAN’s first 787-8 is 217 seats in Economy and 30 seats in Premium Business. One of the new features offered in the Premium Business class cabin is a 100 percent horizontal, full-flat seat with an ottoman foot support, lumbar massage and a memory system that records the seat position chosen by the user; Dreamliner Economy class features reclining ergonomic seats with a head support with four positions. Entertainment on board includes high-definition screens (nine inches in Economy and 15.4 inches in Premium Business), and data ports compatible with Apple devices, tablets, cell phones, digital cameras and USB devices.
According to LAN, innovative, modern and harmonious are the concepts that guided interior environmental design, whose new features include:
• Electronic auto-dimming windows and lighting that reflect the different time zones (i.e. day and night) during the flight and on landing
• Larger windows (up to 40 percent more than current aircraft) permitting greater visibility in all rows
• Overhead bins with 30 percent more storage space for carry-on luggage
• Aerodynamic technology that reduces the impact of turbulence passengers experience in flight, as well as lower cabin pressurization (6,000 ft. instead of 8,000)
• Air humidification techniques that significantly reduce fatigue and dryness associated with long trips
• Less engine noise, both inside and outside the aircraft
LAN also points out the environmental benefits of the 787, such as CO2 emission levels up to 20 percent less than similar aircraft and up to 40 percent less noise footprint on takeoff. A company spokesperson also notes that the LAN team directly involved in the project included more than 1,000 members who trained over the past two and a half years especially for the delivery and operation of Latin America’s first Dreamliners.
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