LAN’s first 787 Dreamliner entered final body join Tuesday at Boeing’s final assembly factory in Everett, Washington. Final body join is the first step in final assembly of this super-efficient airplane. Major parts for LAN’s 787 entered Boeing’s factory last week. LAN will be the first Latin American carrier to operate the 787 when they take delivery of the first airplane later this year.
The 787 assemblies come to Everett in several completed sections from around the world by Boeing’s custom-built 747 Dreamlifter. After going through Pre-integration, where some assembly work was performed, LAN’s 787 was moved into what is called Position 1, or final body join. During final body join, the seven major pieces become one including the wings. Systems installation also begins in Position 1.
The next steps include the airplane going to the paint hangar, the installment of the interior of the cabin, and final tests before delivery to LAN towards the end of 2012.
LAN Airlines Boeing 787 Dreamliner
LAN will be the first airline in Latin America, and one of the first in the world, to receive this aircraft, with the first delivery expected in late 2012 and delivery of 32 total aircraft over the next 10 years. This represents an investment of U.S. $3.5 billion and marks one of the largest investments in the Company’s history. The configuration of the cabin on the first LAN 787-8 aircraft will include 217 Economy class seats and 30 seats for Premium Business class.
The destinations the LAN 787-8 will service during its first year of operations will be Santiago, Chile, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Lima, Peru, Los Angeles, California, Madrid, Spain and Frankfurt, Germany. These routes will be gradually integrated during the aircraft’s first year of service.
The passenger’s experience on LAN’s 787
Committed to caring for our customers and the environment, this aircraft offers:
- An innovative, modern and harmonious design.
- With electronic auto-dimming windows and dynamic lighting to create a better atmosphere. Thus, preparing the passenger for the different stages during the flight (day, night, etc.), and for the time zone to which it is arriving.
- Larger windows: the windows of this aircraft have up to 40% more surface area than current windows, which will allow all passengers (in all rows) more visibility during the flight, giving them a better view.
- Overhead bins with 30% more storage space for carryon luggage.
- The aerodynamics of the Boeing 787 incorporates technology that reduces the impact felt by the passenger due to turbulence. In addition, the pressurization of the cabin to a lower altitude (6,000 feet instead of 8,000) would result in the reduction of headaches or other symptoms a passenger might experience when flying.
- The cabin includes new air humidification techniques, significantly reducing fatigue and dryness associated with long trips.
- The passenger may have a more enjoyable trip thanks to the technology in their engines that make them less noisy from both inside and outside the aircraft.
Some of the environmental benefits of the 787
- An emission of up to 20% less of CO2 than similar aircraft.
- Up to 40% less noise footprint than similar aircraft on takeoff, the period of greatest noise in flight.
- 50% of the structure is a carbon fiber composite material, which makes it a first in the industry, this material being more resistant to fatigue and corrosion. This allows, moreover, that the manufacturing process will produce less non-recyclable waste.