Category Archives: LATAM Airlines (Chile)

LATAM Airlines Chile operates an eclipse-chasing flight

LATAM Airlines (Chile) made this announcement:

At 13:19 (UTC-6) on July 2, flight EFLIGHT 2019-MAX (LA1296) flew into the shadow of the total solar eclipse (TSE), 12,500 meters over the Pacific Ocean. Traveling at a speed of 900 kilometers per hour, LATAM’s Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner “chased” the path of the eclipse, enabling passengers onboard to experience total darkness for over eight minutes; three times more than the two minutes and 30 seconds it was visible from the ground.

The flight departed from Easter Island’s Mataveri airport at 09:50 local time, heading northwest for two hours and 30 minutes to position itself in the TSE’s trajectory on an eastbound flight path, before returning to the island with a total journey time of five hours and 30 minutes.

Onboard, LATAM welcomed more than 50 passengers from 10 countries – including scientists as well as amateur astronomers and enthusiasts – to experience the equivalent of three TSEs in a single sighting. One of the passengers, Dr. Glenn Schneider, an astronomer at the University of Arizona, not only helped plan the flight, but also recorded his 35th total solar eclipse, a Guinness World Record.

LATAM worked with T.E.I. TOURS & TRAVEL, the trip organizer, and leading scientists for two years to plan every detail of the flight, from predicting the trajectory of the eclipse and identifying the best route for passengers to experience the phenomenon, to avoiding clouds and other weather factors.

All photos by LATAM Airlines.

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LATAM Airlines posts a loss in the first quarter

LATAM Airlines (Chile) posted a $60 million loss in the first quarter compared to a $92 million profit in the same quarter a year ago.

LATAM Airlines to offer nonstop Santiago – Sydney flights

LATAM Airlines (Chile) Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner CC-BGB (msn 35318) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 946364.

LATAM Airlines (Chile) is planning to offer nonstop service between its Santiago hub and Sydney, Australia starting in November 2019. The new nonstop route will be 14 hours.

The route will compliment LATAM’s Santiago – Melbourne route.

Top Copyright photo: LATAM Airlines (Chile) Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner CC-BGB (msn 35318) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 946364.

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American comments on Chilean Authority’s Approval of Joint Business Agreement between American and LATAM Airlines Group

The Court of Free Competition (TDLC) in Chile approved the Joint Business Agreement (JBA) between American and LATAM Airlines Group for both their passenger and cargo businesses. American is currently evaluating the mitigating conditions included in the agreement.

“Our JBA is good news for Chile and for our customers around the world,” said American’s Chairman and CEO Doug Parker. “While we are currently evaluating the conditions proposed by the TDLC, we are confident that these types of agreements are the future of the airline industry as they have been proven to benefit consumers, local economies and tourism industries, while also encouraging market growth and competition.”

Since the JBA with LATAM Group was announced in January 2016, the agreement has been approved by Brazil’s Administrative Council for Economic Defense (CADE), the antitrust division of the Ministry of Justice; by Aerocivil, Colombia’s civil aviation authority; and by DINACIA, Uruguay’s civil aviation authority.

LATAM Airlines Chile to fly to Israel starting in December

LATAM Airlines (Chile) Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner CC-BGF (msn 38479) SCL (Ken Petersen). Image: 937751.

LATAM Airlines (Chile) will start its new service to Tel Aviv, Israel starting on December 12, 2018 with Boeing 787 Dreamliners.

Previously on November 8, 2017, LATAM Airlines Group announced they were planning to serve Tel Aviv, Israel. The flight will be operated by LATAM Airlines from Santiago with a stop in São Paulo (SCL-GRU-TLV).

The new route will be operated three days a week.

Copyright Photo: LATAM Airlines (Chile) Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner CC-BGF (msn 38479) SCL (Ken Petersen). Image: 937751.

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LATAM Chile to add seasonal service to Orlando

LATAM Airlines (Chile) Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner CC-BGD (msn 35322) MIA (Jay Selman). Image: 403514.

LATAM Airlines (Chile) (Santiago) will again launch seasonal service from Santiago to Orlando on July 2, 2018. The restored route will be operated three days a week with Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners per Airline Route.

Copyright Photo: LATAM Airlines (Chile) Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner CC-BGD (msn 35322) MIA (Jay Selman). Image: 403514.

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LATAM parks its first Boeing 787-8 at Victorville

LATAM Airlines (Chile) Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner CC-BBD (msn 38484) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 939025.

LATAM Airlines (Santiago) yesterday (February 6) flew the pictured Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner CC-BBD to Victorville, CA for storage until the problems with the Rolls-Royce (RR) engines is resolved. CC-BBD was ferried to VCV as flight LA 9982. A second 787 (possibly CC-BBE) is expected to follow.

Copyright Photo: LATAM Airlines (Chile) Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner CC-BBD (msn 38484) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 939025.

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Alvaro Romero reporting from Santiago.