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Chilean airline will be fourth Dreamliner customer to accept delivery

Post by John Gillie / The News Tribune on Aug. 22, 2012 at 3:50 pm |
August 22, 2012 4:01 pm

LAN, a South American airline based in Chile, will be the fourth airline to accept delivery of the new Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

The airline is expected to receive its new 787-8 Dreamliner in ceremonies Aug. 30 at Boeing’s Everett assembly plant. LAN will fly the plane to its Santiago base Aug. 31.

The airline, which has merged with the Brazilian carrier TAM, has 32 787s on order. Ten of those planes are the larger 787-9 aircraft.

FlightGlobal.com reports the airline will first fly the new aircraft on regular commercial routes to Los Angeles or Buenos Aires.

Two Japanese airlines, All Nippon Airways and Japan Airlines, and Ethiopian Airlines, have accepted the new composite-bodied aircraft.

Boeing is more than three years behind schedule in delivering the planes to their new owners.

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