Category Archives: LATAM Airlines (Brazil)

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.

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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.

 

LATAM unveils its new business class on the Boeing 777-300

First Boeing 777-300 in the new identity

LATAM Airlines Group has unveiled its new Premium Business service onboard the first Boeing 777-300 in its fleet to feature the group’s new cabin standard. The service is part of a $500 million investment to improve the passenger experience and includes US$400 million in cabin renovations.

The launch event took place in LATAM’s largest maintenance facility, the Manutenção em Linha Center (CML), at São Paulo/Guarulhos International Airport.

LATAM executives presented the new Premium Business class service, which includes a new culinary concept and cabin crew protocols to provide more comfort and privacy so that customers can reach their destination feeling renewed and refreshed. Starting this month, the new service will be available on all LATAM international flights.

The new Premium Business service

Premium Business includes a new gastronomic proposition designed by renowned Chilean and Brazilian chefs Pamela Fidalgo and Aninha that allows passengers to rest well and wake-up revived on long haul flights. True to LATAM tradition, the menu will showcase South American ingredients and will also be accompanied South America’s best wines, hand-selected by Héctor Vergara, the continent’s only master sommelier.

In addition, LATAM has implemented new service protocols for cabin crew with fewer interruptions. It has also introduced new premium pillows, bed clothes and mattresses with temperature-regulating and pressure-point technology for every flat-bed seat to maximize comfort.

A new cabin standard

LATAM Airlines Brazil’s first renovated Boeing 777 represents the new standard for the group’s long-haul aircraft and is one of approximately 200 planes – representing over half of the global LATAM fleet – that will be upgraded over the next two years. The aircraft features new Premium Business seats with direct aisle access, a renovated Economy cabin and LATAM+ Seats, which offer greater space, a dedicated overhead bin and premium services such as priority boarding.

In the new Premium Business cabin, each custom-designed Thompson seat offers more privacy and direct aisle access, as well as configurations for both individuals and couples. The seats recline 180o into a fully-flat bed, feature the latest generation in-flight entertainment with an 18” Panasonic personal screen and have ample space for personal items.

LATAM’s Boeing 777 also features a revamped Economy cabin, offering passengers a new look, improved comfort and a state-of-the-art inflight entertainment system with an unrivalled selection of content.

Watch the virtual tour of LATAM’s new Premium Business cabin and revamped interiors.

Flights within Latin America

For passengers travelling on domestic flights and routes within Latin America, LATAM is transforming the cabins of over 150 Airbus A320 and A321 aircraft. The cabins will feature ergonomically designed Recaro seats, offering greater comfort and fast-charging USB power ports, as well as LATAM Play, the leading wireless in-flight entertainment system in the region. Likewise, passengers will have the opportunity to upgrade to LATAM+ Seats.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by the airline): LATAM Airlines (Brazil) Boeing 777-32W ER PT-MUI (msn 40589) FRA (Marcelo F. De Biasi). Image: 944448.

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Emirates announces a codeshare partnership with LATAM Airlines Brazil on 17 Brazilian routes

LATAM Airlines (Brazil) Airbus A319-132 PR-MAO (msn 1837) SDU (Marcelo F. De Biasi). Image: 936553.

Emirates has announced a new codeshare partnership agreement with LATAM Airlines Brazil covering domestic services in Brazil, providing greater choice and connectivity to its customers.

Emirates passengers travelling to and from Brazil will now be able to connect with 17 cities in LATAM’s domestic network covered by the codeshare agreement including Belo Horizonte, Brasília and Foz do Iguaçu (more details below). Passengers travelling to/from these cities will now be able to connect seamlessly in São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro with Emirates’ flights to its Dubai hub, which serves over 150 destinations worldwide.

The agreement will offer Emirates passengers more choice to travel to/from Brazil with minimum connection times to destinations in Emirates’ global network such as Japan, Australia and India amongst others.

Emirates currently serves two Brazil gateways with daily services to Dubai from Sao Paulo, operated by the A380, and Rio de Janeiro, operated by the newly-refurbished Boeing 777-200LR as of June 1, 2019. Passengers can also fly to Buenos Aires and Santiago de Chile (from June 1, 2019) onboard the Boeing 777-200LR from Rio de Janeiro.

Codeshare routes are as follows:

From/to Sao Paulo (GRU):

1.     Belem (BEL)

2.     Belo Horizonte (CNF)

3.     Brasilia (BSB)

4.     Campo Grande (CGR)

5.     Curitiba (CWB)

6.     Florianópolis (FLN)

7.     Fortaleza (FOR)

8.     Goiânia (GYN)

9.     Foz do Iguaçu Falls (IGU)

10.  Londrina (LDB)

11.  Manaus (MAO)

12.  Porto Alegre (POA)

13.  Recife (REC)

14.  Salvador (SSA)

15.  São Luiz (SLZ)

16.  Vitória (VIX)

 

From/to Rio de Janeiro (GIG):

1.     Belém (BEL)

2.     Brasília (BSB)

3.     Curitiba (CWB)

4.     Fortaleza (FOR)

5.     Goiânia (GYN)

6.     Iguassu Falls (IGU)

7.     Manaus (MAO)

8.     Natal (NAT)

9.     Vitoria (VIX)

Top Copyright Photo (all others by Emirates): LATAM Airlines (Brazil) Airbus A319-132 PR-MAO (msn 1837) SDU (Marcelo F. De Biasi). Image: 936553.
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LATAM Brazil is coming to Munich

Leased to Qatar Airways on April 4, 2017

LATAM Airlines Brazil announced it plans to serve Munich, Germany from São Paulo in the first half of 2019, subject to regulatory approval. More details including dates of operation, schedules, aircraft type and ticket availability will be communicated in the coming months.

The Bavarian capital will become LATAM’s second destination in Germany after Frankfurt and its ninth European city.

With the new route, LATAM Airlines Group and its affiliates will offer flights to 143 destinations in 26 countries. In 2017 alone, LATAM inaugurated 13 new international routes, including the longest flight in its history, Santiago-Melbourne. During 2018, LATAM will launch a further 17 international flights, having already commenced services such as Lima-San Jose (Costa Rica) and São Paulo-Rome, with inaugural flights to new destinations including Boston (July) and Tel Aviv (December) still to come.

Copyright Photo: LATAM Airlines (Brazil) Airbus A350-941 A7-AMB (PR-XTF) (msn 064) BRU (Karl Cornil). Image: 941143.

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LATAM Brasil is coming to Las Vegas

LATAM Airlines (Brazil) Boeing 767-316 ER WL PT-MSY (msn 42214) YYZ (TMK Photography). Image: 933943.

LATAM Airlines Brasil is planning to operate seasonal flights to Las Vegas from December 15, 2018 to March 1, 2019. The new route will operate three days a week with Boeing 767-300 aircraft according to Airline Route.

Copyright Photo: LATAM Airlines (Brazil) Boeing 767-316 ER WL PT-MSY (msn 42214) YYZ (TMK Photography). Image: 933943.

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