LATAM Airlines reinforces its fleet with Airbus aircraft
The firm placed an additional order for 17 A321neo and supports the A321XLR
LATAM Airlines has ordered 17 A321neo aircraft to further expand its route offering, bringing the airline's A320neo aircraft backlog to 100. Additionally, the airline has also confirmed the addition of the A321XLR to complement its long-
range operations. .
"We applaud LATAM's strategic vision and sustainability ambition. This A321neo order, following its restructuring process, is a strong signal of the value that Airbus brings to making this vision and ambition a reality. The A321XLR will enable the opening of new routes and will allow LATAM to increase its international reach in the region," said Christian Scherer, Chief Commercial Officer and Head of Airbus International.
The A321neo is the largest member of the Airbus A320neo Family, incorporating new-generation engines and Sharklets, enabling more than 20 percent fuel and CO2 savings, as well as a 50 percent noise reduction. The A321XLR version provides a range extension up to 4,700nm, allowing the aircraft a flight time of up to 11 hours. Last month, the A321XLR took to the skies for the first time, successfully completing its first test flight.
As of the end of June 2022, the A320neo Family had secured more than 8,100 orders from more than 130 customers, of which almost 550 have been for the A321XLR. Since entering service six years ago, Airbus has delivered more than 2,300 A320neo Family aircraft, contributing to a reduction of 15 million tonnes in CO2 production.
LATAM Airlines Group and its subsidiaries are the main airline group in Latin America, with a presence in five domestic markets in the region: Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru, as well as international operations throughout Europe, Oceania, the United States and the Caribbean.
In Latin America and the Caribbean, Airbus has sold more than 1,100 aircraft, has an order book of more than 500 and has more than 700 in operation throughout the region, representing almost 60 percent of the market share. of the fleet in service. Since 1994, Airbus has secured approximately 70 per cent of net orders in the region.