Santiago, Chile-based LAN Airlines today took delivery of its first 787-8 Dreamliner, registered CC-BBA. In a ceremony at Paine Field in Everett, WA, Boeing handed over the ceremonial key to the 787, and opened up the aircraft for media tours. LAN is the first airline in the Americas to take delivery of the 787.
The aircraft departed shortly afterward on a 12-hour delivery flight to LAN’s home base in Santiago (SCL). AirlineReporter.com’s David Parker Brown is onboard, and we’re sure he’ll have plenty of coverage. You can track the progress of the 787 delivery flight on PlaneFinder.
LAN’s 787 is outfitted with 30 business class seats and 217 economy class seats, in a 3-3-3 configuration. LAN is the first 787 operator to offer integrated IFE onboard, utilizing Panasonic’s eX2 system. The system has inputs for various mobile devices, allowing customers to stream content on their personal screen. Even better, LAN says it actually got the 787 cabin it wanted (unlike United). In an interview with Jon Norris of the Airline Passenger Experience Association, LAN brand identity director Ramjin Hessin details the decision making process the airline went through when choosing colors and amenities. It’s well worth a read, so check it out here.
If you’re flying in the back, though, better lay off the before-work donuts for a few days. LAN’s economy class seats are only 16.8 inches wide, narrower than even Ryanair’s seats! Further, the 31 inch pitch is less than the industry standard 32 inches. Though, in fairness, both JAL and ANA’s 787 economy class seats have pitches between 30 inches and 32 inches, so LAN definitely isn’t the black sheep in the entire arrangement.
LAN’s first 787 will fly routes between Santiago, Buenos Aires, Lima, Los Angeles, Madrid and Frankfurt. Routes will be gradually added throughout the next few months as LAN takes delivery of additional aircraft.
Below are a collection of photos from Jaunted’s Cynthia Drescher as well as Boeing’s official Twitter feed. More photos will be posted as they become available.
(Featured photo: David Parker Brown / AirlineReporter.com)