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LAN and United begin Dreamliner operations at LAX

Brandon Farris reports


Last week LAX celebrated becoming the first US Airport to get multiple 787 International flights when both LAN and UA kicked off its flights on back to back days.

On January 2nd, LAN Airlines bacome the first carrier to offer international service on the Boeing 787 Dreamliner at LAX. LANs 787 now operate nonstop service from Los Angeles to Santiago, Chile three days per week on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday with daily flights to Lima, Peru with continuing service to Santiago beginning in February. LAN Airlines was the first airline in the Americas to receive the 787.

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"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, USA, Canada and the Caribbean, LATAM Airlines Group. "The 787 Dreamliner is a testament to our commitment to ensuring the comfort of our passengers, minimizing our environmental footprint and doing what we do best, connecting and transporting passengers to our unparalleled network of destinations in South America.". Gina Marie Lindsey, Los Angeles World Airports executive director added "We are honored LAN chose LAX for this new, historic service that will greatly enhance the passenger experience," said "LAN is the first international carrier offering daily international service on a new-generation Boeing 787 Dreamliner between South America and the U.S. West Coast."

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As part of LAN's continual innovation process and commitment to offering its passengers the best possible travel experience, the Company has applied the latest in design trends to the 787 cabin with a focus on a comfortable experience with the charm of South America. These have been inspired by the warm colors and textures of South America and reflect the attention to detail, reliability, and warmth that characterize the Company. One of the new features offered in the new Premium Business class cabin is a 100% horizontal full flat seat with the same dimensions of our current seat that includes: an ottoman (feet support), a memory system that records the seat position chosen by the user, apart from lumbar massage. The new Economy class features reclining ergonomic seats, which have a head support with 4 positions along with bright warm colored blankets and head-sets that invoke the chromatic tonalities of South America. The cabin configuration aboard LAN's first 787-8 will be 217 seats in Economy and 30 seats in Premium Business.

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On January 3rd, United Airlines, which was the first US and North American carrier to receive the 787 kicked off its first international route with the aircraft with a daily flight from its LAX hub to Tokyo Narita hub.

"We are delighted to offer our customers in Los Angeles and Tokyo the comfort and spectacular flying experience of our new Boeing Dreamliner aircraft," said Jim Mueller, United's vice president of Atlantic and Pacific Sales. "We look forward to offering our customers the opportunity to experience the Dreamliner on additional international flights in the future."

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The flight, UA32, departed Los Angeles at 11:15 a.m., arriving in Tokyo Narita at 4:10 p.m. the next day. The return flight, UA33, departs Tokyo Narita daily at 5:55 p.m., arriving in Los Angeles at 10:35 a.m. the same day.

United's 787 Dreamliner is configured with 36 seats in United Business First, 70 seats in United Economy Plus and 113 seats in United Economy. The aircraft will revolutionize the flying experience for United customers and crews while delivering unprecedented operating efficiency, comfort and lower emissions. Customers on the flights will experience greater comfort with improved lighting, larger windows, larger overhead bins, lower cabin altitude and enhanced ventilation systems.

With these two new services, LAX becomes the first airport on the West Coast to operate year round service using the world's three newest aircraft types. The Boeing 787, 747-8I and Airbus A380.


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