The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] announced today that Chile's LAN Airlines
will receive 32
marking the largest 787 acquisition to date for Latin America. The Santiago-based
carrier has ordered 26 airplanes from Boeing, and will lease an additional
six 787-9s from International Lease Finance Corp.
In addition to the Dreamliner
order, Boeing said LAN also has committed to acquiring four 777 Freighters
-- two from Boeing and two to be leased from GE Commercial Aviation Services
The order for 26 Dreamliners,
consisting of a mix of 787-8s and 787-9s, is worth approximately $ 4.5 billion
at published list prices. The two 777 Freighters are similarly valued at approximately
$ 500 million. The two direct-purchase 777 Freighters were previously attributed
to an unidentified customer on Boeing's
orders and deliveries Web site.
"This order reaffirms support for Boeing's Dreamliner from the largest
and one of the most profitable airlines in Latin America," said John Wojick,
Boeing Commercial Airplanes vice president, Sales, Latin America and the Caribbean. "With
the 787, LAN will be able to provide its passengers with the very best in long-range
air travel, including larger windows, higher cabin humidity, more space and
a lower cabin altitude.
"In addition, LAN's long-haul cargo operations will gain unmatched
efficiency with the 777 Freighter, which offers more capacity and greater range
than any other twin-engine freighter," Wojick said.
Thus far, two other
Latin American carriers have committed to the 787 Dreamliner: Aeromexico, with
three leased, two purchased, and Colombia's Avianca,
which has ordered 10.
The Boeing 787 Dreamliner, scheduled for entry into service
in 2008, provides passengers with a better flying experience and operators
with a more efficient commercial jetliner. Thus far, 51 airlines have logged
736 orders, making the Dreamliner the most successful commercial airplane launch
in history. With the 787 Dreamliner, Boeing continues its leadership and innovation
with a mostly composite airplane that consumes 20 percent less fuel and provides
airlines with up to 45 percent more cargo revenue capacity, Wojick said.
The 777 Freighter
is the sixth and newest member of the 777 family of airplanes and builds upon
the family's extensive use of advanced technologies. The
777 Freighter is based on the 777-200LR passenger model and is designed to facilitate
easy interlining with the Boeing 747 freighter fleet. Eleven customers have ordered
82 777 Freighters, which are scheduled to enter service beginning in the fourth
quarter of 2008.