Category Archives: LATAM Airlines (Brazil)

LATAM Airlines reduces international flights by approximately 30%

LATAM Airlines Group and its subsidiaries announced today a reduction in international flights of approximately 30% due to lower demand and government travel restrictions in reaction to the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus), which has been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO). For the time being, the measure will apply principally to flights from South America to Europe and the US between April 1 and May 30, 2020.

“Faced with this complex and extraordinarily dynamic scenario, LATAM is taking immediate and responsible measures to safeguard the group’s long-term sustainability, while seeking to secure passengers’ travel plans and protect the jobs of the group’s 43,000 coworkers. At the same time, we will maintain the flexibility to take additional measures, if necessary, due to the speed at which events are unfolding,” said Roberto Alvo, Chief Commercial Officer and CEO-elect of LATAM Airlines Group. The executive added that, given the current context, the company has decided to suspend its guidance for 2020.

LATAM will continue to uphold its strict safety and hygiene protocols to protect the well-being of its passengers, crew and ground personnel. The group has also implemented special cleaning procedures for its aircraft, which have state-of-the-art circulation systems with HEPA filters that renew the air inside the cabin every three minutes.

Other measures include the suspension of new investments, expenses and hiring as well as incentives for unpaid leave and to bring forward vacations.

To date, demand in LATAM’s domestic markets has not been affected and the group has decided not to implement changes to national flight itineraries for the time being.

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Delta and LATAM accelerate their partnership with a loyalty agreement, launch of first codeshare flights

Delta Air Lines has made this announcement:

  • Delta frequent flyers benefit from reciprocal mileage earn and redemption for flights flown on/after April 1
  • Delta code now added on flights operated by LATAM’s affiliates in Colombia, Ecuador and Peru, giving customers more travel options
  • Additional codeshare agreement reached for flights operated by LATAM Airlines Brazil
  • Delta to co-locate at LATAM’s São Paulo/GRU hub

Delta and LATAM Airlines Group have reached agreement to launch frequent flyer reciprocity across the carriers’ broad networks, offering customer benefits across more than 435 destinations worldwide. Additionally, the carriers continue to expand codesharing across more flights throughout the region, adding expanded connectivity for customers.

Frequent flyer benefits, including reciprocal mileage earn and redemption, will be effective for Delta SkyMiles Members traveling on LATAM flights on or after April 1, 2020. Reciprocal mileage earn and redemption will be applicable for all flights in the Delta and LATAM networks. Elite reciprocal benefits, including lounge access and priority boarding, bags and seats are expected to launch later in 2020.

Carriers continue to expand codesharing

Additionally, the carriers continue to expand codesharing across their networks. As a next step, the airline groups have reached agreement to launch codesharing between Delta and LATAM’s affiliate in Brazil beginning in the first half of 2020, subject to governmental and regulatory approvals. The agreement will create improved opportunities for customers to connect on up to 65 routes throughout Delta’s U.S. and Canada network and up to 37 LATAM routes in Brazil.

Codesharing has now launched between Delta and LATAM’s affiliates in Colombia, Ecuador and Peru. When fully implemented, these codesharing agreements would provide customers increased connectivity on up to 74 onward routes in the United States and up to 51 onward routes in South America. Codesharing for flights operated by LATAM’s Colombia and Ecuador affiliates are visible on delta.com for flights effective now, and codesharing for Peru is effective for flights beginning March 29, 2020, pending final Peruvian government approval.

Additionally, select interline routings connecting Delta and LATAM flights are now available for booking on direct Delta channels, including delta.com.

Co-location, complementary networks expand options and convenience

Delta will co-locate its operations with LATAM in São Paulo–Guarulhos International Airport Terminal 3 on March 29, 2020, to facilitate swifter connections for customers. In New York-JFK, LATAM has already relocated its operations to Terminal 4, improving the connecting experience for customers traveling onward on Delta flights.

Delta has also announced plans to broaden its footprint in south Florida with 13 new daily nonstop flights* to Miami International Airport (MIA) from hubs and top corporate travel destinations around the U.S., including new service from Orlando, Raleigh-Durham, Salt Lake City and Tampa. Delta’s new flight schedule will be timed to maximize connectivity with LATAM. The two airlines are already conveniently co-located at MIA, allowing swift connecting times for customers.

In September 2019, Delta and LATAM announced an agreement that would bring together the leading airlines in North and South America. In December 2019, Delta announced the completion of its previously announced tender offer to acquire a 20 percent equity stake in LATAM, an investment that continues Delta’s strategy of making equity investments in key airline partners around the globe. When fully implemented, the Delta and LATAM partnership will hold the leading position in five of the top six South American markets from the U.S.

* The new flights are now available for sale and will operate beginning May 4, 2020 (MIA-MCO and MIA-TPA); May 22, 2020 (RDU-MIA); July 28, 2020 (SLC-MIA);  

Delta to add 13 new daily nonstops to Miami in support of LATAM

Delta Air Lines will add 13 new daily nonstop flights to Miami International Airport (MIA) from hubs and top corporate travel destinations around the U.S., including new service from Orlando, Raleigh-Durham, Salt Lake City and Tampa.

With this expanded network, Delta will offer 41 daily non-stop options between 10 U.S. airports and Miami, with all flights offering Delta’s award-winning First Class and Delta Comfort+ product, in addition to the carrier’s signature operational reliability and industry-leading service. Delta’s partnerships today extend its Miami reach across the globe to 12 international nonstop destinations, with LATAM offering 10 additional international destinations from Miami.

In addition to providing Delta’s Miami-based customers with more options throughout the airline’s network, Delta’s new flight schedule will be timed to maximize connectivity with LATAM. The two airlines are conveniently co-located at MIA, allowing swifter connecting times for customers.

The new flights will be available for sale beginning Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020, and will begin operating by summer 2020.

Delta’s increased service into MIA is part of the carrier’s developing partnership with LATAM, announced late last year. This strategic partnership would bring together the leading airlines in North and South America, offering significantly expanded travel options for customers with access to 435 destinations worldwide.

Together, Delta and LATAM will create the most comprehensive combined carrier network throughout the Americas, carrying more passengers between North and South America than any other partnership. Customers will benefit from significantly expanded travel choices across the Americas and an industry-leading, increasingly seamless customer experience, including reciprocal loyalty program benefits. The enhanced cooperation is subject to governmental and regulatory approvals.

Delta and LATAM recently announced plans to launch codeshare sales for select flights operated by certain LATAM affiliates in Colombia, Ecuador and Peru beginning in the first quarter of 2020, pending receipt of applicable government approvals.

The schedule for Delta’s new MIA flights is as follows:

Direction Departs Arrives Aircraft Type Service Begins
Miami to Orlando 8:35 9:46 Embraer ERJ-175 5/4/2020
Noon 13:11 Embraer ERJ-175 5/4/2020
15:25 16:36 Embraer ERJ-175 5/4/2020
18:50 20:02 Embraer ERJ-175 5/4/2020
22:10 23:21 Embraer ERJ-175 5/4/2020
Orlando to Miami 6:40 7:47 Embraer ERJ-175 5/4/2020
10:20 11:28 Embraer ERJ-175 5/4/2020
13:45 14:53 Embraer ERJ-175 5/4/2020
17:10 18:18 Embraer ERJ-175 5/4/2020
20:35 21:43 Embraer ERJ-175 5/4/2020
Miami to Raleigh-Durham 9:45 11:57 Embraer ERJ-175 5/22/2020
20:30 22:49 Embraer ERJ-175 5/22/2020
Raleigh-Durham to Miami 6:45 9:03 Embraer ERJ-175 5/22/2020
17:15 19:35 Embraer ERJ-175 5/22/2020
Miami to Salt Lake City 9:45 12:51 Boeing 737-800 7/28/2020
Salt Lake City to Miami 13:45 20:27 Boeing 737-800 7/28/2020
Miami to Tampa 8:45 9:49 Embraer ERJ-175 5/4/2020
Noon 13:08 Embraer ERJ-175 5/4/2020
15:20 16:27 Embraer ERJ-175 5/4/2020
18:40 19:50 Embraer ERJ-175 5/4/2020
22:15 23:23 Embraer ERJ-175 5/4/2020
Tampa to Miami 6:45 7:54 Embraer ERJ-175 5/4/2020
10:20 11:27 Embraer ERJ-175 5/4/2020
13:40 14:46 Embraer ERJ-175 5/4/2020
17:00 18:09 Embraer ERJ-175 5/4/2020
20:25 21:36 Embraer ERJ-175 5/4/2020

A portion of travel for some itineraries may be on Delta Connection® carriers.

Photos: Delta Air Lines.

Delta, LATAM to launch codesharing as carriers build leading partnership in Latin America

Delta Air Lines and LATAM Airlines will launch codesharing for flights operated by certain LATAM affiliates in Colombia, Ecuador and Peru beginning in the first quarter of 2020, pending receipt of applicable government approvals.

The codeshare will offer customers increased connectivity between up to 74 onward destinations in the United States and up to 51 onward destinations in South America.

Delta expects to expand codeshare opportunities to include more destinations in the near future. The airlines are also working toward introducing frequent flyer program reciprocity and reciprocal lounge access.

In September, Delta and LATAM announced an agreement that would bring together the leading airlines in North and South America, which once fully implemented will offer significantly expanded travel options for customers with access to 435 destinations worldwide. The enhanced cooperation is subject to governmental and regulatory approvals.

LATAM also made this announcement:

LATAM Airlines Group has announced that its affiliates LATAM Airlines Peru, LATAM Airlines Colombia and LATAM Airlines Ecuador have signed codeshare agreements with Delta to provide greater connectivity with the United States starting the first quarter of 2020, subject to applicable regulatory approval.

The new codeshares follow the announcement of LATAM’s and Delta’s framework agreement on September 26, 2019, which will combine the carriers’ highly complementary route networks to provide customers with a seamless travel experience and greater connectivity to destinations worldwide.

The carriers are working to provide a smooth transition through the strengthening of their existing interline agreement, establishing reciprocal lounge access and mutual frequent flyer benefits as well as developing bilateral codeshare agreements.

The three codeshare agreements signed with Delta today (December 2, 2019) will offer LATAM customers the possibility to connect to up to 74 onward destinations in the United States and Canada and will open up to 51 onward destinations for Delta passengers in South America*. Starting the first quarter of 2020:

  1. LATAM Airlines Peru’s ‘LA’ code will be added to Delta flights from New York/JFK, Miami, Los Angeles and Orlando to up to 74 onward destinations in the United States and Canada. Likewise, Delta’s ‘DL’ code will be added to LATAM Airlines Peru flights between Lima and up to 34 onward destinations in Peru and South America.
  2. Delta’s ‘DL’ code will be added to LATAM Airlines Colombia flights from Bogota and Cartagena to up to 13 onward destinations in Colombia.
  3. LATAM Airlines Ecuador’s ‘LA’ code will be added to Delta flights between New York/JFK and up to 55 onward destinations in the US and Canada. Similarly, Delta’s ‘DL’ code will be added to LATAM Airlines Ecuador flights between Quito and up to four onward destinations in Ecuador.

LATAM also plans to establish codeshare agreements between Delta and its affiliates in Chile and Brazil in 2020*, offering even greater connectivity between South America and the U.S.

End of codeshare agreements with American Airlines

LATAM will formally end all its codeshare agreements with American Airlines on January 31, 2020. Customers who have purchased American Airlines flights via LATAM prior to this date for flights from February 1, 2020 onwards will be entitled to the same services, with no change to flight or ticket conditions.

LATAM’s frequent flyer and reciprocal lounge access agreements with American Airlines will remain in place until LATAM leaves oneworld.

oneworld departure

LATAM advised oneworld and its alliance partners in September 2019 that it would leave oneworld within one year, in line with the standard notice period. The company is evaluating an earlier departure date with any change to be communicated in due course.

Following LATAM’s departure from oneworld, it will maintain its bilateral agreements with the majority of the alliance members.

Background on the framework agreement announced on September 26, 2019:
• Delta will invest USD$1.9 billion for a 20% stake in LATAM through a public tender offer at USD$16 per share. The tender offer was launched on November 27, 2019 and will last 30 days.
• Delta will also invest USD$350 million to support the establishment of the strategic alliance contemplated in the framework agreement.
Delta will acquire four Airbus A350 aircraft from LATAM and has agreed to assume LATAM’s commitment to purchase 10 additional A350 aircraft to be delivered between 2020 and 2025.
• Delta will be represented on LATAM’s Board of Directors.
• The strategic alliance is subject to all required governmental and regulatory approvals.

*Subject to applicable regulatory approval.

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Delta to buy 20% of LATAM and form a new airline partnership throughout the Americas

Delta Air Lines has made this announcement:

  • Partnership brings together the leading airlines in North America and Latin America, connecting the Americas to the world as never before.
  • Together, Delta and LATAM will hold the leading position in five of the top six Latin American markets from the U.S.
  • Together, the partners will serve 435 destinations worldwide and carry more passengers between North America and Latin America than any other partnership.
  • Customers will benefit from significantly expanded travel choices across the Americas and an industry leading customer experience.

Delta and LATAM Airlines Group S.A. have announced that they have entered into a strategic partnership that for the first time combines the strengths of the leading airlines in North and Latin America.

The strategic partnership will unlock new growth opportunities, building upon Delta’s and LATAM’s global footprint and joint ventures worldwide, including Delta’s existing partnership with Aeroméxico. With their complementary networks, Delta, LATAM and their partners will be able to offer access to a greatly expanded array of worldwide destinations. Together, the partnership will provide greater customer convenience, a more seamless travel experience and better connect customers with the rest of the world.

LATAM's PR-XTG leased to Qatar Airways as A7-AMA on February 21, 2017

Above Copyright Photo: LATAM Airlines (Brazil) Airbus A350-941 A7-AMA (PR-XTG) (msn 079) MUC (Arnd Wolf). Image: 937262.

Additional details of the partnership include:

  • Delta will invest $1.9 billion for a 20 percent stake in LATAM through a public tender offer at $16 per share, to be funded principally with newly issued debt and available cash.
  • Delta will also invest $350 million to support the establishment of the strategic partnership.
  • Delta will acquire four A350 aircraft from LATAM and has agreed to assume LATAM’s commitment to purchase 10 additional A350 aircraft to be delivered beginning in 2020 through 2025, supporting Delta’s ongoing fleet transformation.
  • Delta will be represented on LATAM’s Board of Directors, further strengthening the relationship.
  • The tender offer and the strategic partnership are subject to customary closing conditions and all required governmental and regulatory approvals, including anti-trust immunity.

Delta expects that the transaction will be accretive to EPS over the next two years. In addition, the transaction will not impact the company’s existing financial commitments to shareholders, including free cash flow and shareholder returns. Delta also expects to remain within targeted leverage ratios.

For LATAM, the transaction will improve free cash flow generation, reduce forecasted debt by over $2 billion by 2025 and improve LATAM’s capital structure, enhancing its ability to execute its long-term strategy.

LATAM (Brazil) aircraft photo gallery:

 

LATAM Airlines Brazil unveils its new Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge Boeing 777-300 special livery

TAM Airlines (Brazil) has released photos of the new special “Star Wars – Galaxy’s Edge” livery on the pictured Boeing 777-32W ER PT-MUA (msn 37664).

The special livery is due to go into service in October.

Photos: LATAM Airlines.

Finnair and LATAM Airlines Group to codeshare

Finnair and LATAM Airlines Group today implemented a new codeshare agreement on flights between Finnair’s hub in Helsinki (HEL) and LATAM’s hubs in São Paulo (GRU), Brazil, and in Santiago (SCL), Chile, via five European gateways: London (LHR), Paris (CDG), Madrid (MAD), Barcelona (BCN) and Milan (MXP).

As part of the codeshare agreement, Finnair’s AY code will be added to LATAM’s transatlantic flights between Finnair’s gateways in Europe and LATAM’s hubs in São Paulo and in Santiago. The cooperation will offer new destinations for Finnair customers, as LATAM’s flights will be the first ones flown to South America with a Finnair code.

Likewise, LATAM’s LA code will be added to Finnair’s flights between Helsinki and London, Paris, Madrid, Barcelona and Milan, providing LATAM passengers with access to Finland.

The new codeshare flights to São Paulo and Santiago are available for sale via Finnair.com as of today, for flights starting October 1, 2019.