All smiles in Santiago

SANTIAGO - Greetings from Chile, where a 7.1 earthquake greeted me shortly after my arrival this past weekend. Other than a few tense moments—all was fine.

I’m here taking part in the events surrounding the 787’s visit to Santiago as part of the Dream Tour and the 2012 FIDAE Air Show. The airplane is also here to visit our customer LAN, one of the leading airlines in Latin America.


The 787 gets a bath during a water salute in Santiago.

Earlier today, LAN announced the first routes for its 787 Dreamliners. The airline currently has plans to take 32 of the airplanes—26 directly ordered from Boeing and another six through leasing—and will be the first airline in Latin America to fly the 787. The first destinations it will take the airplanes are Santiago, Buenos Aires, Lima, Los Angeles, Madrid and Frankfurt.


I was on hand as LAN announced their 787 routes.


A 787 in LAN livery.

LAN’s plan for the Dreamliner really does reinforce what the 787 is all about—the chance to open up new routes and markets for our customers. In fact, as the President of JAL took delivery of two 787s yesterday, he described what he liked best about the airplane: its beauty, its economics and its long range. “Taking delivery of the 787 was like meeting the love of a lifetime,” he said after landing in Tokyo. JAL plans to put the 787’s attributes to work when it starts service between Tokyo and Boston next month.


Japan Airlines’ first 787 takes off from Paine Field on Monday headed for Tokyo Narita airport. Gail Hanusa photo.

Here in Latin America, the 787 is in a perfect position. The long-term forecast for this region shows that 260 787-size airplanes will needed for growth and replacement over the next 20 years. When you consider only 49 787s are currently on order from Latin American airlines, it means even more opportunity for the Dreamliner.

I’ll leave you with some photos of the sights of Santiago.


Here’s something you don’t see much of back home… pizza with pears.


A walk in Santiago’s Plaza de Armas.

Comments (6)

Will (Boise):

I was so excited to hear about the double delivery to JAL and can't wait to see even more this year. The team is hitting their stride

Thiagarajan K Rengasamy (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia):

Wow! I wish 787 would fly to Kuala Lumpur

Thomas V. Horstmann, Jr. (Portland, Oregon):

Randy, thanks for your updates. It has been truly exciting to watch the Dreamliner program go from concept to completion over the past few years. And now to see the planes out there doing what they were designed to do is AWESOME!

Can't wait to fly it sometime soon on the Seattle to Tokyo route.

Norman (Long Beach,CA):

Not bad for Lad as the first confirmed airline to fly the 787 to Los Angeles. Congratulations to JAL on receiving its first 787.

RICHARD CAMPBELL (Nassau ,Np,,Bahamas):

wow what a beauty in side and out.
this aircraft will make money for who ever is flying it.its a must if you want to stay in the airline business.

Christopher Dye aka Cub J3 (Plainfield, NH):

Nice blog, including the pictures. And the pizza looks good too. Congrats on the 788F performance figures. I understand that before delivery of the first freighter, the fuel burn was higher than the contracted-for figure. Are figures you are giving us reductions of that higher figure or of the contracted-for figure?

Re the 767, it is a beauty. Going forward, are there plans to incorporate fuselage/other air frame changes from the KC-46/767-2C (I think 2C is the correct designation for the slightly lengthen fuselage of the tanker) into the civil 767. I mention this because it was recently reported that an Air Force officer involved with the KC-46 suggested that this might happen.

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