Overview of Business Class on LATAM Airlines 787

Enjoy gourmet cuisine with South American wines and the latest generation of reclining seats when you fly Premium Business Class with LATAM Airlines.

From the pre-flight privileges and VIP lounges to fly-flat seats and dining options, here’s what you can expect when you fly in Premium Business Class on the LATAM 787.

Pre-flight perks

Don’t worry about packing light; Premium Business Class flyers can take advantage of generous baggage allowances. When you’re travelling to and from South America, you are entitled to three bags of checked-in baggage weighing 23kg each and a cabin baggage weighing 16kg. In addition to carry-on baggage, you can also bring the following items (at your risk) for no cost: a jacket, an umbrella, a small camera, a pair of binoculars, reading things or a small duty-free bag.

You can access LATAM VIP lounges when flying Premium Business Class. The perks will vary depending on the lounge, but you can usually look forward to shower facilities, business centre, meeting room and a wide range of international and local reading materials. You can also fill up on snacks and light beverages before your flight.

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Frequent flyer perks

LATAM Airlines’ LATAM Pass rewards frequent flyers with additional perks depending on their Elite category: Gold, Platinum, Black or Black Signature. The common perks between all four categories include priority baggage handling, priority check-in and flexibility to upgrade your seat. There are additional perks including an option to access various lounges, a priority boarding and fast-tracking of the boarding process at ever-so-crowded John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) in New York, but the specifics of these perks vary based on your Elite category.

Space and seating

The configuration of Premium Business Class is 2-2-2 of five rows with a colour scheme of grey, white and red. The arrangement is not uber modern as the industry standard is slowly but steadily moving towards 1-2-1 configuration to ensure aisle access for every seat. The seat can be converted to a flat-bed with a width of 58cm and a pitch of 188cm – long enough to provide you with a restful sleep on long-haul flights. The seats are equipped with a massage function and controls to customise the incline of the recline.

The windows of the 787 are fitted with electronic dimming to create a more relaxing atmosphere and prepare you for the time zone you’re about to enter.

Besides the large windows, the current version of 787s comes equipped with a new air humidification technique which reduces dryness and swelling – no more headaches and sore eyes!

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Amenities

The amenities kit provided by LATAM Airlines is fully equipped for short-haul as well as long-haul flights. It comes with a pair of socks, an eye mask, tissues, earplugs, a toothbrush, a comb, moisturiser, lip balm and so much more. The amenities kit is basic and efficient but it lacks the luxurious feel of similar products provided in business classes of other airlines.

Entertainment

The Premium Business Class seat comes with a 15.4-inch screen and an assortment of entertainment ranging from a hand-picked selection of Latin American movies, TV shows and games to music. You’ll also be provided with some noise-cancelling headphones for a fully immersive watching experience.However, there is a slight drawback. Unlike other airlines, there is no in-flight Wi-Fi which could be a let-down if you were hoping to stay connected during the flight.

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Dining and refreshments

The main course and dessert options increase with the flight duration. On some routes, the breakfast and lunch/dinner come with an express option, providing the flexibility to order your meal early in the flight. The express choice usually has a limited menu as compared to the à la carte menu.As you’ll be travelling to and from South America, an obvious expectation would be to look forward to extensive sommelier recommendations, with South American wines (mainly Chilean and Argentinian) on the menu. Needless to say, the desserts are sumptuous as well, and if you are spoilt for choice of wine, the informed and friendly cabin crew will be happy to provide you with their suggestions.

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Where can I fly?

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LATAM Airlines was the first airline in South America to operate 787s for its long-haul flights and currently has about two dozen of these aircraft bearing its livery. The 787s serve as a pivot for connecting LATAM Airlines with other major destinations in other continents. The destinations served by the 787s are as follows:

Lima – Los Angeles
Lima – Miami
Lima – New York JFK
Santiago – Auckland – Sydney
Santiago – Bogota
Santiago – Bogota – Miami
Santiago – Buenos Aires
Santiago – Easter Island
Santiago – Easter Island – Papeete
Santiago – Cancun
Santiago – Cancun – Miami
Santiago – Lima
Santiago – Miami
Santiago – Madrid – Frankfurt
Santiago – Mexico City
Santiago – New York JFK
Santiago – Punta Cana – Miami
Santiago – Sao Paulo Guarulhos

LATAM Airlines operates the latest generation of 787s. The experience of travelling Premium Business Class with LATAM Airways may not tally with that of other more prominent international airlines, but it maintains its ground if a passenger is flying to and from South America. All in all, travelling Premium Business Class with LATAM Airlines could be worth it if you have the cash or points to spare.

Pictures: LATAM Airlines and Shutterstock

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