Airline buffs of Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner, or those simply wanting to travel aboard one of the latest and greatest passenger twin jets, have a few more choices beginning this week. South America’s LAN Airlines became the first carrier to fly the 787 on an international route from Los Angeles International Airport on Wednesday, just ahead of United. The American carrier is using one of its 787s between LAX and Tokyo Narita today.
LAN Flight 603 left Los Angeles at 2:32 p.m. yesterday bound for Santiago, Chile. Starting next month, the airline will also put the 787 on its flights between Lima and Los Angeles. United, the first North American airline to take delivery of the 787, is replacing the larger Boeing 777 previously flown on the route with the Dreamliner for the 12-hour flight to Japan.
Boeing has delivered fewer than 50 of the double-aisle jets, which are far more fuel efficient than most of the planes they are replacing. By now, the 787s were expected to be in wide circulation, but Boeing has been beset by production delays. Company officials say they hope to complete 10 new airplanes per month by the end of 2013.
The Chicago-based company has about 800 unfilled 787 orders, according to officials.
From media reports