LATAM Airlines Group has announced a new non-stop service between Santiago, Chile and Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia, with three weekly flights starting March 28th, 2017. The new service is the 19th route that the airline group has published and/or launched since January 2016 as part of the continued strengthening of its international network.
Qatar Airways has taken a ten per cent stake in LATAM Airlines through subsidiary Qatar Airways Investments (UK). Both carriers are members of the oneworld alliance.
LATAM Airlines Peru has operated its first non-stop flight between Lima, Peru and Barcelona, Spain, marking the start of three weekly services between the two cities. “With this new flight – the 11th international service that LATAM Airlines Group and its affiliates have launched this year – we continue to strengthen our network and improve connectivity between Latin America and Europe,” said Roberto Alvo, senior vice president of international and alliances, LATAM Airlines Group.
LATAM Airlines Group has announced it will operate a new, non-stop service between Santiago and Melbourne, Australia, from October 2017. The westbound Santiago-Melbourne leg – measuring more than 11,000 kilometres in distance with a flight time of approximately 15 hours – will become the longest non-stop flight in LATAM´s history.
LATAM Airlines Brasil and Cathay Pacific Airways have entered into a codeshare agreement, offering passengers increased connectivity between South America and Asia. Both airlines are members of oneworld and this agreement further enhances the alliance.
LATAM Airlines Group has taken delivery of its first Airbus A320neo at Airbus’s headquarters in Toulouse, France. The ultra-fuel efficient aircraft – showcasing LATAM’s white, indigo and coral livery and fitted with Pratt & Whitney Pure Power PW1100-JM engines – was presented to LATAM Airlines Group chief executive, Enrique Cueto.
LATAM Airlines Group reported operating income of US$1.3 million for second quarter 2016 and US$220.4 for the first half of 2016. Operating margin reached 0.1 per cent for the quarter, representing a slight decrease of 0.7 percentage points as compared to the second quarter 2015.
This week marked the official start of LATAM Airlines Brazil’s special operation for the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games throughout Brazil’s main airports. A total of more than 100 special operational initiatives were developed to efficiently serve the fans and delegations, and maintain service quality for all passengers travelling with the airline in the months of August and September.
LATAM Airlines Group has announced it will operate three weekly non-stop flights between Lima, Peru and Barcelona, Spain. The flights will begin on December 15th, 2016. Currently, around eight per cent of passengers flying on LATAM Peru’s Lima-Madrid service connect via Barcelona.
LATAM Airlines has announced it will begin a twice-weekly seasonal service between Santiago and Puerto Natales, Patagonia, from December 6th 2016. The flights will operate until February 25th 2017. The route will offer passengers easier access during the summer months to Puerto Natales and surrounding attractions, including Torres del Paine National Park.
LATAM Airlines Group’s first A320neo rolled out of the Airbus Final Assembly Line in Toulouse after the installation of Pratt & Whitney Pure Power PW1100-JM engines, showcasing the airline’s new coral and indigo livery. The aircraft will continue through the next stages of production, including completion of cabin furnishing, ground and flight tests.