SANTIAGO, Chile, March 26, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — The Boeing [NYSE: BA] 787 Dreamliner touched down in Santiago, Chile today for a weeklong visit as the centerpiece at the FIDAE 2012 International Air and Space Fair.
Throughout the week, LAN Airlines executives and employees, special invited guests, media and other air show attendees will get a chance to tour and experience much of the airplane’s cutting-edge technological advancements.
LAN is Boeing’s largest 787 customer in Latin America, with 32 Dreamliners on order, 26 directly from Boeing and an additional six on lease, and will be the first Latin American carrier to operate the Dreamliner. This is the airplane’s first visit to Chile.
The airplane, ZA003, was originally used for flight testing but has been elegantly refurbished to showcase the standard capabilities and features of the 787 including an interior that highlights the many passenger-preferred features of the airplane.
Made primarily from composite materials, the Boeing 787 Dreamliner is the first mid-size airplane capable of flying long-range routes and will allow airlines to open new, non-stop routes preferred by the traveling public. As a result of innovative technologies, the airplane offers unparalleled operating economics, fuel efficiency and passenger comfort. More than 870 787s have been ordered by 60 airlines, a testament to the airplane’s unique capabilities.