LAN resumes 787 long-haul flights

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Chile's LAN resumed long-haul flights with its Boeing 787 aircraft today, more than two months after a grounding on the global 787 fleet was lifted.

The Oneworld carrier had resumed short-haul revenue flights with its 787s in May, but had held off on deploying the aircraft to Los Angeles, which LAN had served with its 787s before the grounding.

LAN operates the 787 from Los Angeles to Lima with continuing service to Santiago.

"We are very happy to resume flying our Boeing 787 out of Los Angeles, the most modern and environmentally friendly aircraft of its kind in the world," says Ignacio Cueto, LAN's chief executive.

LAN had operated three 787s before the aircraft type was grounded by US authorities following two incidents involving the 787's lithium-ion batteries. It will receive two additional 787s by end-2013.