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LAN 787 flights to Sydney via Auckland underway

written by australianaviation.com.au | April 20, 2015

LAN flight LA800, operated by Boeing 787-8 CC-BBA at Auckland Airport. (Andrew Aley)
LAN’s inaugural 787-8 service at Auckland Airport. (Andrew Aley)

Chile flag carrier LAN has commenced Boeing 787 operations to Australia and New Zealand from its Santiago hub.

The airline’s first flight with the Dreamliner on the Santiago-Auckland-Sydney route took off from Comodoro Arturo Merino Benitez International Airport just after midnight on Friday April 17, with LA801 landing in Auckland little before 0400 local time on Saturday April 18.

LAN flight LA800, operated by Boeing 787-8 CC-BBA at Auckland Airport on April 18 2015. (Andrew Aley)
LAN 787-8 CC-BBA Auckland Airport. (Andrew Aley)

The 787-8 CC-BBA was on the ground in New Zealand for about two hours before it took off for Sydney, landing at Kingsford Smith at about 0730.

The LAN 787-8s are fitted with 30 business and 217 economy seats for a total of 247. While the aircraft upgrade offered passengers improved cabin amenities, there is a reduction of 13 seats compared with LAN’s four-engined A340-300s that previously served the route.

The reciprocal LA800 took off from Sydney at 0930.

LAN flight LA800, operated by Boeing 787-8 CC-BBA at Sydney Airport on April 18 2015. (Luke McDermott)
LAN flight LA800 takes off at Sydney Airport. (Luke McDermott)

The oneworld alliance member planned to upgrade the route to the larger 787-9, which are configured with 313 seats, from September.

Qantas codeshares on LAN’s daily service between Sydney and Santiago via Auckland.


Comment (1)

  • Mike Lewis


    Booked on this plane for July cannot wait, looking forward to it so much

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