MIAMI — Miami International Airport welcomed its first regularly scheduled Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner service from LAN Airlines last month, a nonstop flight from Santiago, Chile. Airways was invited to attend a showcase of the aircraft on September 3, 2014 commemorating the Dreamliner service to Miami.
The airplane on display during the event, Boeing 787-8 CC-BBD, was parked at Gate J18, after arrival from SCL as LAN Flight 500. “Bravo-Delta” first flew on September 11, 2013 and was delivered to LAN on September 27, 2013. Powered by two Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engines, the airplane is one of seven Dreamliners currently in service with LAN. The carrier has an additional 15 787-8’s and 16 787-9s on order, with deliveries scheduled through 2018. LAN’s 787-8s seat 247 passengers in a two class configuration ( 30J / 217Y ).
LAN is a part of South America’s largest airline, LATAM Airlines Group, along with Brazilian carrier TAM Airlines. Together, the LATAM carriers have a large presence in Miami with more than 150 weekly flights to and from the airport, LATAM Airlines Group has also recently launched its first United States maintenance base at MIA, designed to service widebody aircraft such as the Boeing 777 and Airbus A350. Presently, the bulk of LATAM’s flying to Miami utilizes LAN Boeing 767-300ERs and TAM Boeing 777-300ERs respectively.
The commonality between the later generation 767-300ER’s, that LAN operates, LAN Cargo’s 777 Freighters and TAM’s 777-300ER’s have made the transition to the 787 essentially seamless. The 787 is a favorite with the engineering core of LATAM at Miami, in part because it is the first airliner flying into Miami with fully digital fault isolation and digital circuit breakers.
Currently, the Dreamliner operates LAN 500 from SCL-MIA, arriving at 6:05am, and returns to Chile as LAN 501, departing at 10:40pm daily. This 787 flight supplements LAN’s Boeing 767-300ER service to Miami from Santiago, and will eventually replace the other 767 flight in winter 2014.