Bringing the Boeing 787 into Operational & Commercial Service in LATAM Airlines

Presented by the NU Transportation Center Icarus Society, Kellogg Transportation Club and LAHIMA

Justin Siegel

Justin D. Siegel
Vice President, Fleet Projects
LATAM Airlines Group, S.A.

Thursday, October 25, 2012
5:15 pm
Refreshments at 4:45 pm 

Northwestern University
Transportation Center
Chambers Hall – 600 Foster, Evanston

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Bringing a new aircraft into an airlines operation is a challenge that requires time, detailed planning and committed working teams. We summarize the key aspects considered in the 2 and half year preparation phase carried out by the LATAM Airlines Group to introduce the new Boeing 787. This involves not only ensuring the aircraft complies with the technical specs and passenger cabin accommodations required, but also that the entire operational support organization is ready and prepared to begin commercial flights. We provide the key innovations that the 787 introduces to commercial aviation and review the main challenges and key learning of introducing this fleet. We also address how project management technics were a key factor in ensuring a smooth entry into service as the fourth operator in the world and first in the Americas.

In addition we provide an overview of the LATAM Airlines Group and its position in the airline market today, together with the work and attractive career opportunities that this company provides. Latin America is one of today’s highest growing regions in the world, and air travel’s growth is a result of this. LATAM Airlines Group was just formed from recent a merger between two of the leading carriers in Chile and Brazil, LAN and TAM. Together, this group represents the airline with the highest market cap value in the world.

Justin Siegel:
Justin Siegel joined Lan Airlines in 2005 as Warranty and Contracts Manager, rising to the position of Director, Fleet Projects in 2011. He is currently VP of Fleet Projects for LATAM Airlines Group, the airline created by the merger of LAN Airlines and TAM S.A. Justin holds a BS in Civil Engineering and MS degree in Industrial Engineering from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.