Category Archives: LATAM Airlines (Chile)

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.

Delta’s routes to Latin America:

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:

 

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 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.

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.

LATAM Airlines aircraft slide show:

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.