MIAMI — LAN Airlines inaugurated Boeing 787 Dreamliner service at Miami International Airport (MIA) last Saturday.  The aircraft will operate daily nonstop service to Santiago, Chile. This makes LAN the first carrier to offer 787 service at MIA.

LATAM Airlines Group, consisting of LAN and TAM Airlines, considers MIA a strategic gateway with nonstop flights to 14 South American cities.  With connections included, LATAM’s customers have access to a total of 114 cities in the continent from MIA.  In 2013 LATAM flew 900,000 passengers from MIA, and this year it expects to pass the one million mark.

On August 9, LAN also introduced weekly 787 service from Santiago to Cancun and Santiago to Punta Cana.  Later this year, LAN will introduce additional 787 routes:   Santiago to Sao Paulo (Thursday, Saturday, Sunday) on October 1; Santiago to Los Angeles (daily) on October 1; and Santiago to Mexico City (alternating days per week) on November 15.  LAN’s existing 787s routes include:  Santiago to New York’s JFK International Airport (daily); Santiago to Frankfurt via Madrid (daily); and Santiago to Buenos Aires (daily).

LAN’s currently operates six 787-8 aircraft and has 14 more on order.  The aircraft is configured with 30 seats in Premium Business and 217 in Economy, for a total of 247 seats.  Next year, it will begin to receive its first of 12 787-9 variants.