MIAMI — LATAM Airlines Group took delivery of its first A320neo, becoming the first airline in the Americas to take delivery of Airbus’ re-engined narrowbody.
LATAM also received its fourth Airbus A350-900XWB, the first to wear the combined carrier’s new colors, during a ceremony held yesterday in Toulouse.
LATAM’s A320neo family aircraft will be powered by Pratt & Whitney geared turbofan (GTF) engines. The 174-seat jetliner is powered by with Pratt & Whitney Pure Power PW1100-JM engines, and the passenger cabin features the Airbus Space-Flex cabin configuration.
The aircraft (PT-TMN • MSN 7126) left Toulouse yesterday and arrived to LATAM Airlines Brazil base in Porto Alegre today in the morning.
According to the airline, the A320neo will initially serve domestic routes in Brazil, including Brasília, Belo Horizonte, Campo Grande, Curitiba, Florianópolis, Porto Alegre, Recife, Rio de Janeiro (Galeão) and São Paulo (Guarulhos). In November of this year, it will commence flights on regional routes in South America.
A second A320neo will join the fleet before the end of 2016.
“Once again, LATAM passengers will have the opportunity to be the first in the Americas to fly the latest Airbus aircraft, demonstrating our commitment to offering the most technologically-advanced, efficient and comfortable aircraft,” said Enrique Cueto, CEO of LATAM Airlines Group.
LATAM placed an order for 67 A320neo Aircraft during the 2011 Paris Airshow. The deal includes 48 A320neo and 19 A321neo. To date, the airline group is one of the largest A320 family customers in the world, with 249 A319s, A320s, and A321s (53x A319, 158x A320, 44x A321) in the combined carrier’s fleet.
The carrier also has 48 A320neos and 19 A321neos on order, but is widely expected to expand that order to replace its entire fleet of A320 family aircraft over time.
The combined carrier also has 27 Airbus A350s on order, including 15 A350-900s and 12 A350-1000s. It has taken delivery of four out of 15 A350-900s and still operates eight A330-200s though those are being retired in favor of the Boeing 767-300ERs and 787-8s.
In December 2015, LATAM Airlines Group became the first airline group in the Americas to operate the Airbus A350 XWB, and it also became the first operator of the Boeing 787 in the region.