LAN Airlines has launched the first ever international flight using its new Boeing 787 Dreamliner.
The Chilean national carrier commenced Dreamliner flights between Santiago and Los Angeles today (3 January 2013). Flights will initially operate three times a week (Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays), but from February flights will operate daily with a stop in Peru’s capital, Lima.
LAN has already received three Dreamliners out of a total of 32 on order, with the remaining aircraft to be delivered progressively over the next 10 years.
“LAN Airlines is proud to offer US passengers the option to travel on the 787 Dreamliner from Los Angeles to South America,” said Pablo Chiozza, vice president of USA, Canada & the Caribbean for the LATAM Airlines Group. “The 787 Dreamliner is a testament to our commitment to ensuring the comfort of our passengers, minimising our environmental footprint and doing what we do best, connecting and transporting passengers to our unparalleled network of destinations in South America.”
LAN’s Dreamliners will be equipped with 247 seats – 30 in business class and 217 in economy. Future destinations for the aircraft include Buenos Aires, Madrid and Frankfurt.
The Los Angeles launch coincides with the commencement of United Airlines’ first international Dreamliner services between LAX and Tokyo, which also took off on Thursday.
“We are honoured LAN chose LAX for this new, historic service that will greatly enhance the passenger experience,” said Gina Marie Lindsey, Los Angeles World Airports’ executive director. “LAN is the first international carrier offering daily international service on a new-generation Boeing 787 Dreamliner between South America and the US West Coast.”