Also Includes Four 777 Freighters
Boeing announced Monday that Chile's LAN Airlines has signed for
32 787 Dreamliners, marking the largest 787 acquisition to date for
Latin America. The Santiago-based carrier has ordered 26 airplanes
from Boeing, and will lease an additional six 787-9s from
International Lease Finance Corp.
In addition to the Dreamliner order, Boeing said LAN also has
committed to acquiring four 777 Freighters -- two from Boeing and
two to be leased from GE Commercial Aviation Services (GECAS).
The order for 26 Dreamliners, consisting of a mix of 787-8s and
787-9s, is worth approximately $ 4.5 billion at published list
prices. The two 777 Freighters are similarly valued at
approximately $500 million. The two direct-purchase 777 Freighters
were previously attributed to an unidentified customer on Boeing's
orders and deliveries Web site.
"This order reaffirms support for Boeing's Dreamliner from the
largest and one of the most profitable airlines in Latin America,"
said John Wojick, Boeing Commercial Airplanes vice president,
Sales, Latin America and the Caribbean. "With the 787, LAN will be
able to provide its passengers with the very best in long-range air
travel, including larger windows, higher cabin humidity, more space
and a lower cabin altitude.
"In addition, LAN's long-haul cargo operations will gain
unmatched efficiency with the 777 Freighter, which offers more
capacity and greater range than any other twin-engine freighter,"
Thus far, two other Latin American carriers have committed to
the 787 Dreamliner: Aeromexico, with three leased, two purchased,
and Colombia's Avianca, which has ordered 10.
First flight of the 787 is scheduled for early 2008, six months
later than Boeing originally planned.