LAN Airlines Selects CF6 Engines to Power Its Boeing 767 Aircraft
LE BOURGET -- LAN Airlines has selected GE's CF6-80C2 engines to power its 14 firm Boeing 767 aircraft with option for an additional four aircraft. The firm engine order is valued at more than $400 million (USD) list price. Deliveries will begin later this year.
"LAN Airlines currently operates 40 CF6-powered Boeing 767 aircraft," said Kevin McAllister, vice president and general manager of Global Sales at GE Aviation. "This order demonstrates the trust LAN Airlines has in GE's CF6 engine family, which has accumulated more flight-hours than any other high bypass engine family."
"We are proud of partnering with GE again for powering our 767s. We have been operating this fleet for more than 12 years, and the CF6 has proven to be a very efficient and extremely reliable engine. This investment will further enhance LAN's 767 family aircraft, reinforces our commitment to our passengers, and supports our program of fleet renewal and expansion, designed to allow us to operate the world's most modern and safest aircraft and to achieve savings on fuel and maintenance," said Ignacio Cueto, COO & president of LAN Airlines.
The CF6-80C2 engine celebrated 25 years of service last year with more than 3,800 engines delivered. GE's best-selling widebody engine, the CF6-80C2 engine set a GE record for the longest running commercial engine production line. The engine has accumulated more than 173 million flight hours and 40 million cycles, which is equivalent to 380,000 trips to the moon.
The CF6-80C2 engine incorporates the Tech CF6 program, which consists of advanced airfoil cooling technology into the high-pressure turbine (HPT). This is standard on all CF6-80C2 production engines.
LAN Airlines is one of the leading passenger and cargo airlines in Latin America. The company and its affiliates serve over 70 destinations around the world through an extensive network that offers full connectivity within Latin America, while also linking the region with North America, Europe and the South Pacific, as well as 70 additional international destinations through its various alliances. LAN Airlines and its affiliates have a leading position in their respective domestic markets of Chile and Peru as well as an important presence in the Argentinean and Ecuadorian domestic markets. Furthermore, in November 2010, LAN acquired Colombian airline AIRES.
Currently, LAN Airlines and its affiliates operate one of the most modern fleets in the world, with 126 passenger aircraft, and its cargo subsidiary, LAN CARGO and its respective cargo affiliates, have a fleet of 14 dedicated freighters. The Company has one of the youngest fleets in the world, which means greater efficiency and a significant reduction in CO2 emissions, reflecting its strong commitment to environmental protection.
LAN is one of the few Investment Grade airlines in the world (BBB). The company's world class quality standards enabled its membership in oneworldTM, the global alliance which LAN has been a member of for over 10 years that encompasses the best airlines in the world. For more information please visit www.lan.com or www.oneworldalliance.com
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