LATAM to serve Melbourne-Santiago nonstop from October 2017

A file image of a LATAM Boeing 787-9. (LATAM Airlines)

Australians will have a new option to South America from October 2017 when LATAM Airlines begins nonstop flights from Melbourne to Santiago, Chile.

The oneworld alliance member plans to serve Melbourne from its Santiago hub three times a week with Boeing 787-9s. The inaugural service is due to take off on October 5 2017 and will be the first nonstop link between Melbourne and Latin America, LATAM said in a statement on Monday.

Melbourne will be the second Australian port for Qantas codeshare partner. Currently, LATAM flies daily to Sydney via a Santiago-Auckland-Sydney routing with 787-9s, while Qantas operates nonstop four times a week between Sydney and Santiago with Boeing 747-400 equipment, with a fifth flight added during certain peak periods.

LATAM Airlines managing director for Asia Pacific Patricio Aylwin said the new Melbourne service would offer travellers more choice and greater convenience.

“By connecting Melbourne with Chile’s economic and cultural centre – and also a key gateway to the rest of Latin America – this new route will help support the growth of tourism and commerce between the two regions,” Aylwin said in a statement.

“We’re confident that passengers on both sides of the Pacific will welcome the wealth of attractions, cultures and cuisines that this service will bring even closer.”

LATAM’s 787-9s are configured with 304 seats comprising 30 lie-flat business, 54 Space + and 220 economy seats.

Figures from the Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics (BITRE) showed LAN carried 7,303 passengers on its flights into Australia in September 2016 with an average load factor of 78.8 per cent. Its flights out of Australia had 7,960 passengers and an average load factor of 85.9 per cent.

The inbound figures are down slightly from an average load factor of 82.1 per cent in September 2015, while LAN’s outbound services have improved from an average load factor of 84.3 per cent in the prior year.

Tourism Australia, the Victorian state government and its tourism arm Visit Victoria will help support the new route as part of a partnership with LATAM that was also announced on Monday.

Tourism Australia managing director John O’Sullivan said the LATAM’s Santiago hub would offer plenty of connection opportunities for travellers from the potentially lucrative markets such as Brazil and Argentina to visit Australia.

“As the largest airline in Latin America, transporting over 67 million passengers per year and one with a frequent flyer program with more than 20 million members, the commercial benefits of working with LATAM are huge and very exciting,” O’Sullivan said in a statement.

Aylwin added: “Together with these industry partners, we will be able to create even greater opportunities to increase the number of Latin American tourists and business travellers flying to Australia with us.”

Flight Number/Routing
Days of operation
Time of departure
Time of arrival

LA804 Melbourne-Santiago
Flight time: 13hrs5mins

Tuesday, Friday, Sunday

19:55

19:00

LA805 Santiago-Melbourne
Flight time: 15hrs

Monday, Thursday, Saturday

12:55

17:55+1

Source: LATAM Airlines

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Airbus delivers the Americas’ first A320neo to LATAM Airlines Group

A320neo now operating in three continents

LATAM Airlines Group (LATAM), Latin America’s leading airline group, took delivery of its first A320neo – showcasing its white, indigo and coral livery and powered by Pratt & Whitney Pure Power PW1100-JM engines – on Monday, August 29, at Airbus headquarters in Toulouse. LATAM Airlines Brasil will become the first airline in North and South America, and the fifth operator in the world, to operate the ultra-fuel efficient aircraft type.

Executives from LATAM and Airbus attended a delivery ceremony, which also marked the delivery of LATAM’s fourth A350 XWB — the first with the airline group’s new brand livery. LATAM was also the Americas’ first A350 XWB operator.

The aircraft is configured in a 174-seat layout with 18” wide seats and equipped with the innovative Space-Flex cabin configuration. LATAM was the first in Latin America to order the A320neo in 2011, shortly after the program was launched. The airline group has a total of 67 A320neo Family aircraft on order.

Initially, LATAM plans to fly its first A320neo on Brazilian domestic routes to Brasília, Belo Horizonte, Campo Grande, Curitiba, Florianópolis, Porto Alegre, Recife, Rio de Janeiro (Galeão) and São Paulo (Guarulhos).  In November, LATAM will begin to fly regional routes throughout South America.  The second LATAM A320neo, to be delivered later this year, is also expected to operate regional flights. The airline group has more than 250 Airbus aircraft in operation.

“We are pleased to offer our passengers the opportunity to fly the first A320neo in the Americas,” said Enrique Cueto, CEO of LATAM Airlines Group.  “The A320 aircraft family has long served an important role in our fleet, supporting the operation of our unrivalled domestic and regional network in Latin America.  With the latest in technology, efficiency and passenger comfort, the A320neo is a welcome addition and will help us to continue to offer one of the most modern and efficient fleets in the industry.”

 “Over the years, Airbus and LATAM have grown together to become partners in building today’s dynamic aviation market in Latin America, which is why we are especially proud that the first A320neo in the Americas will be flying in LATAM livery,” said Fabrice Brégier, Airbus President and CEO. “We are certain that this aircraft will complement their existing fleet and further their success in the region.”

The A320neo Family incorporates latest technologies including new generation engines and Sharklet wing tip devices, which together deliver more than 15 percent in fuel savings from day one and 20 percent by 2020

The A320neo Family is the world’s best-selling single aisle product line with over 4,600 orders from 85 customers since its launch in 2010 capturing almost 60 percent share of the market. Thanks to their widest cabin, all members of the A320neo Family offer unmatched comfort in all classes and Airbus’ 18” wide seats in economy as standard. Including LATAM’s A320neo delivered today, 16  A320neo aircraft have been delivered to five customers.

Source : Airbus Website

Tráfego de passageiros da Latam no Brasil recua em junho

Notícia Publicada em 08/07/2016 11:21

Considerando todos os países, tráfego subiu 2,2% no mesmo período

SANTIAGO – O tráfego de passageiros da Latam Airlines, maior grupo de transporte aéreo da América Latina, recuou 11,2 por cento em junho no Brasil sobre o mesmo período do ano passado, informou a companhia nesta sexta-feira.

Como um todo, o tráfego da empresa subiu 2,2 por cento no mês passado na mesma comparação, apoiado pelo desempenho em países de língua espanhola.

Nas operações internacionais houve aumento de 7,9 por cento no tráfego de passageiros.

(Por Antonio de la Jara)

 

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Qatar Airways faz acordo para ter até 10% da Latam Airlines

Notícia Publicada em 12/07/2016 08:15

Companhia do Oriente Médio vai investir US$ 613,1 milhões na operação

SÃO PAULO – A Latam Airlines anunciou nesta terça-feira acordo em que a Qatar Airways vai investir 613,1 milhões de dólares para ter até 10 por cento do grupo latino-americano de transporte aéreo.

O investimento pela companhia do Oriente Médio será feito por meio de um aumento de capital da Latam, que vai emitir 61,3 milhões de novas ações ao preço de 10 dólares por papel.

(Por Alberto Alerigi Jr.)

 

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Latam Airlines tem lucro líquido de US$ 102 milhões no 1º trimestre

Notícia Publicada em 11/05/2016 19:27

A companhia também anunciou que está considerando uma redução adicional de comprometimento para frota de aviões

A empresa, formada em 2012 pela fusão da chilena LAN com a brasileira TAM, disse que o lucro líquido foi de US$ 102 milhões de janeiro a março (Divulgação/TAM)
A empresa, formada em 2012 pela fusão da chilena LAN com a brasileira TAM, disse que o lucro líquido foi de US$ 102 milhões de janeiro a março (Divulgação/TAM)

SANTIAGO – A Latam Airlines, maior companhia aérea da América Latina, informou que teve lucro líquido do primeiro trimestre em linha com as expectativas.

A empresa, formada em 2012 pela fusão da chilena LAN com a brasileira TAM, disse que o lucro líquido foi de US$ 102 milhões de janeiro a março.

A previsão média de analistas ouvidos pela Reuters era de lucro de US$ 97 milhões. Em igual etapa do ano passado, a companhia tivera prejuízo de US$ 40 milhões.

A companhia também anunciou que está considerando uma redução adicional de comprometimento para frota de aviões no montante de US$ 2 bilhões a US$ 3 bilhões.

 

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Papéis da Latam Airlines deixarão de ser listados no Brasil

Notícia Publicada em 05/04/2016 21:36

Programa de BDRs na Bolsa brasileira representa apenas 0,44% do capital da empresa

Voando para longe: dona da TAM e da chilena LAN não quer mais saber do mercado de capitais brasileiro

SANTIAGO – A Latam Airlines, maior grupo de transporte aéreo da América Latina, disse nesta terça-feira que suas ações deixarão de ser listadas na bolsa brasileira, devido à baixa representatividade destes papéis nos mercados em que opera.

A Latam Airlines, que inclui as operações da chilena LAN e da brasileira TAM, mantinha até o final de março um programa de BDRs na bolsa paulista, que representava 0,44% do total das ações do conglomerado.

Essa porcentagem correspondia aos acionistas que possuíam títulos da TAM e que decidiram não trocar suas ações por uma da Latam Airlines quando LAN e TAM concretizaram sua fusão em 2012.

“O Conselho de Administração da Latam Airlines aprovou nesta data o cancelamento do programa de BDRs (…)”, disse a companhia em comunicado, acrescentando que a decisão não afeta o compromisso de longo prazo com o Brasil.

Cada BDR equivale a uma ação ordinária da Latam Airlines.

O grupo com matriz em Santiago tem unidades de operação na Argentina, Brasil, Chile, Colômbia, Equador, Paraguai e Peru, enquanto suas ações estão listadas na Bolsa de Santiago e em Wall Street.

Os donos de BDRs terão a opção de liquidar seus papéis na bolsa de Santiago ou trocá-los por ações da Latam nos próximos 30 dias.

(Por Antonio de la Jara)

 

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