MIAMI — The first Airbus A320neo for LATAM (F-WWBV • MSN 7126) has rolled out of the manufacturer’s Final Assembly Line in Toulouse, France, ready to enter into the final stage of assembly, including the completion of cabin fittings prior to ground and flight tests.
While Airbus has said that the airliner will be delivered to LATAM “in the near future,” the carrier is posed to be the first operator in Latin America of the type.
Back in 2011, LATAM Airlines Brasil (former TAM Airlines) placed and order 22 A320neo, to be powered by Pratt & Whitney Pure Power PW1100-JM engines. Since then, and after its merger into LAN Airlines, the airliner will wear the new coral and indigo livery revealed last April.
LATAM Airlines Brasil is one of the largest A320 operators in the Americas, with 134 A320 family aircraft in service, and it was the first carrier in the region to operate the Airbus A350-900.
Last June, Pratt & Whitney delivered to Airbus the first improved PW1100-JM powerplant. Technical issues, and the documentation thereof caused the airframer to miss the proposed target of getting the first A320neo, intended to be delivered in the fourth quarter of 2015.