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First NEO for LATAM

Airbus has handed over LATAM Airlines Group’s first A320neo.  The carrier is the first in the Americas to operate the latest generation jet, which is powered by Pratt & Whitney Pure Power PW1100-JM engines.

Executives from LATAM and Airbus attended a delivery ceremony at the manufacturer’s Toulouse, France, facility where the carrier also took delivery of its fourth A350 XWB.  Both jets are painted in LATAM’s new livery.

“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.”

Airbus President and CEO, Fabrice Brégier commented: “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’s livery.  We are certain that this aircraft will complement their existing fleet and further their success in the region.”

The South American carrier will debut the 174-seat neo on domestic services before expanding to regional routes in November.  The airline has 67 A320neo Family aircraft on order.

Latin Consolidation

LATAM Airlines Group has confirmed plans to consolidate its air freight divisions into one single brand – LATAM Cargo. The new group will unite LAN Cargo, TAM Cargo, LAN Cargo Colombia and Mas Air to create the largest consortium of freight carriers in Latin America.

Cristián Ureta, Cargo Executive Vice-President LATAM Airlines Group said: “Apart from representing each affiliate’s best and offering consistent and impeccable service, this change also involves an evolution internally in relation to how we do things, how we deal with issues and how we come up with solutions. LATAM Cargo will foster a culture of dedication to customers, with a strong focus on the development of projects that add value and significant improvements to the service experience.”

The new group will serve a combined network of 140 destinations across 29 countries. Re-branding is expected to start imminently and will be rolled out across the fleet over the next three years.