LAN Advances 787 Deliveries

 - March 26, 2010, 10:01 AM

Chile’s LAN Airlines has reached an agreement with Boeing to advance the start of delivery of ten 787-8 Dreamliners it has ordered by three years, from 2014 to the first half of 2011, the airline announced yesterday. Under the new schedule, LAN would become the first airline in the Western hemisphere to take delivery of the type. It holds firm orders with Boeing for a total of 18 Boeing 787-8s and eight 787-9s, previously scheduled for delivery between 2014 and 2019. LAN also holds outstanding orders for six leased 787-9s from ILFC.

The airline noted that the 787s will assist in the renewal and growth of the company’s long-haul fleet, allowing LAN Airlines and its subsidiaries to serve international destinations, improving connectivity between Latin America, Europe and the U.S. Its long-haul fleet includes 28 Boeing 767-300ERs and five Airbus A340-300s.

“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,” said LAN CEO Enrique Cueto. “LAN looks forward to incorporating this new generation of aircraft in the first half of 2011.”