The LATAM Airlines Group celebrated the delivery of the airline’s first 787-9 Dreamliner, leasing the plane through the Amsterdam-based AerCap.
LATAM Airlines Group will become Latin America’s first operator of both the 787-8 and 787-9 variants of the Dreamliner family when the airline group launches 787-9 services on South American routes in April.
With this delivery, LATAM Airlines Group will have 11 787s in its fleet, the most in Latin America. The company is building a fleet of 32 787 Dreamliners, including 10 787-9s, over the next several years.
The 787-9 complements and extends the 787 family. With the fuselage stretched by 20 feet (6 meters) over the 787-8, the 787-9 will fly up to 40 more passengers an additional 450 nautical miles (830 kilometers).
Fifty-eight customers from around the world have ordered more than 1,070 787s, with more than 200 airplanes delivered. LATAM Airlines Group is the result of the merger between LAN Airlines and TAM Airlines which took place in 2012.
Featured image: LAN’s first 787-9 Dreamliner. LAN and TAM are part of the LATAM Airlines Group (Image © Boeing)