LATAM’s 25th Boeing 787 took off for the first time from Santiago International Airport yesterday as flight LA750 to São Paulo, Brazil. The group received the new aircraft last week at Boeing’s Delivery Center in Charleston, South Carolina.
Not only is this the 25th 787-9, but this is the first Boeing 787 to feature LATAM’s new cabin standard. The aircraft will operate from Chile to medium- and long-haul destinations, including New York, São Paulo, Tel Aviv, Madrid and Sydney. It is one of 200 aircraft that is going to be fitted with the new product, representing half of the group’s global fleet.
LATAM’s new Boeing 787-9 fits 30 in Premium Business class, offering direct aisle access; 219 seats in a renovated Economy cabin and 54 LATAM+ Seats that offer greater space, a dedicated overhead bin and premium services such as priority boarding.
María Fernández de Córdoba, LATAM Airlines Group’s Director of Customer Experience, said: “We are pleased to welcome this new member of the LATAM family, which will transport thousands of passengers from our Santiago hub to international destinations throughout our network, offering a leading travel experience and the highest standards of comfort as well as a reduced carbon footprint.”
“LATAM has successfully grown its operations by continually setting a new level of excellence in the passenger flying experience. We are honored to deliver the group’s 25th 787 that combines LATAM’s new cabin experience and the airplane’s cutting-edge innovation to bring unmatched comfort to its customers. With this delivery, LATAM will further expand the largest 787 Dreamliner fleet in Latin America to serve its passengers and achieve unparalleled fuel efficiency in its operations that translates into lower operating costs and better environmental performance,” said Ricardo Cavero, Boeing’s Vice President of Commercial Sales and Marketing, Latin America and the Caribbean.
This is the first Boeing 787 to feature LATAM’s new cabins but the new interiors can already be found on approximately 30 aircraft, which are already receiving positive feedback from passengers.
As we’ve already highlighted, the new Premium Business seat offers more privacy and direct aisle access, as well as configurations for both individuals and couples. The seats recline 180 degrees into a fully-flat bed, feature the latest generation in-flight entertainment with an 18” Panasonic personal screen and have ample space for personal items.
The Economy cabin features ergonomically designed Recaro seats, offering greater comfort as well as fast-charging USB ports, 12” individual seat-back screens and a state-of-the-art inflight entertainment system. LATAM+ Seats offer greater space, a dedicated overhead bin and premium services such as priority boarding.