LAN plans 787 service on more routes

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Chile's LAN will deploy Boeing 787 aircraft on more routes beginning in August.

The Oneworld carrier will operate the type on Santiago-Miami, Santiago-Cancun and Santiago-Punta Cana from 9 August, on Santiago-Sao Paulo Guarulhos and Santiago-Los Angeles from 1 October, and on Santiago-Mexico City from 15 November.

LAN operates twice daily between Santiago and Miami with Boeing 767 aircraft, and one of these two daily frequencies will switch to the 787. It flies twice weekly each on Santiago-Cancun and Santiago Punta Cana, and one of two flights on each route will transition to 787 service.

The carrier flies five to six times daily between Santiago and Sao Paulo Guarulhos with 767s and Airbus A320 family aircraft, and will convert three flights weekly to 787 service, before going up to daily 787 service in November. LAN operates daily between Santiago and Mexico City, and plans to operate the 787 on three or four flights per week from 15 November.

LAN had previously operated the 787 on Los Angeles-Lima-Santiago service before battery issues with the type led to a global grounding of the 787 last year. The airline says it will reinstate daily non-stop 787 service on Los Angeles-Santiago from 1 October.

The carrier currently operates the 787 on Santiago-Madrid-Frankfurt, Santiago-New York John F. Kennedy and Santiago-Buenos Aires.

LAN has orders for 32 787s, comprising 22 787-8s and 10 787-9s. It has received six 787-8s, Flightglobal's Ascend Fleets database shows.