LATAM Airlines Group, the largest airline group in South America, has announced plans to launch new international flights in 2015.
This initiative will strengthen the connectivity offered by the group in Latin America, North America and Europe.
In Europe, the end of 2015 will see a new daily route launch between Milan and Santiago de Chile, via Sao Paulo.
This route will be serviced by LAN Airlines on the Boeing 787.
There are also plans to launch TAM Airlines’ first direct service between Barcelona and Sao Paulo in order to meet increasing demand from the Spanish market.
Further afield, TAM will launch direct flights between Sao Paulo and Cancun, Mexico before the end of 2014 and between Sao Paulo and Barcelona by mid-2015.
The carrier also expects to launch, by mid-2015, a new flight to Toronto, Canada from Sao Paulo via New York.
TAM’s routes between Brazil and the United States are also expected to be strengthened with the creation of a Brasília-Orlando flight planned for the third quarter of 2015, as well as increased frequencies on the Brasília-Miami and Sao Paulo-Miami services.
LAN Airlines plans to increase weekly frequencies from ten to 14 on its Santiago-Miami service, which will be implemented over the course of next year.
The airline also expects to expand its use of its Boeing 787 fleet.
The airline group will also increase its use of Boeing B767 aircraft, which feature full-flat seats in Business Class.
Another development will be the improved internal configuration of the Boeing B777-300 ER to provide passengers with even greater comfort.
By the end of 2015, TAM Airlines will also become the first airline in the Americas to receive delivery of the newly launched Airbus A350.
The plan calls for the creation of approximately 230 new jobs for flight crew members on long-haul flights.