Category Archives: LATAM Airlines (Colombia)

Delta and LATAM sign trans-American joint venture agreement

Delta Air Lines and LATAM Airlines Group and its affiliates have signed a trans-American Joint Venture Agreement that, once regulatory approvals where required are granted, will combine the carriers’ highly complementary route networks between North and South America, providing customers with a seamless travel experience and industry-leading connectivity.

“Late last year, we set out to build the leading strategic alliance in Latin America together with LATAM, and while the industry landscape has changed, our commitment to this joint venture is as strong as ever,” said Delta CEO Ed Bastian. “Even as our carriers contend with the impact of COVID-19 on our business and take steps to protect the safety of our customers and employees, we are also building the airline alliance we know they’ll want to fly in the future.”

“While we remain focused on navigating the COVID-19 crisis and protecting the safety and well-being of our passengers and employees, we also have to look to the future to ensure the best possible customer experience and support the long-term sustainability of the group,” said Roberto Alvo, CEO, LATAM Airlines Group. “Our bilateral strategic alliance with Delta remains a priority and we firmly believe that it still promises to offer customers the leading travel experience and connectivity in the Americas.”

Since September 2019, Delta and LATAM have achieved various milestones in their framework agreement with customer benefits including:

  • Codeshare agreements between Delta and LATAM’s affiliates in Peru, Ecuador, Colombia and Brazil that allow customers to purchase flights and access onward destinations in their respective networks and will be expanded to cover long-haul flights between the United States/Canada and South America, as well as regional flights. Delta and LATAM’s affiliates in Chile and Argentina also plan to sign codeshare agreements in the coming weeks.
  • Frequent flyer benefits: Delta SkyMiles members can earn and use miles on LATAM flights, while LATAM Pass members can earn and use miles on Delta flights across their respective networks. Reciprocal top tier loyalty recognition is expected to be available during June 2020.
  • Smoother connections at hub airports: Customers can easily connect between Delta and LATAM flights in hub airports where the carriers have collocated, including Terminal 4 at John F. Kennedy International Airport (New York City) and Terminal 3 at São Paulo’s Guarulhos Airport.
  • Mutual lounge access: Eligible LATAM customers can access the Delta Sky Club in New York-JFK and eligible Delta customers can access LATAM’s lounge in Bogota/BOG. Expanded reciprocal lounge access at airports throughout the Americas is planned for June 2020.

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);  

LATAM Cargo opens two new routes from Miami

LATAM Cargo (Colombia) Boeing 767-316F ER WL N540LA (msn 35229) MIA (Ken Petersen). Image: 948857.

LATAM Cargo today announced it will begin service on two new routes dedicated exclusively to cargo originating in the United States, thus increasing capacity from North America to Central and South America.


The new Miami-Panama-Bogota and Miami-Cali routes began operations on February 11. The routes will be served on a permanent basis, with two frequencies per week and will be operated by Boeing 767-300F aircraft. The new service will satisfy demand for general cargo, electronics, pharma and dangerous goods.

The Miami-Panama-Bogota route will consolidate the role of Panama as an importing country, and also increase its exporting potential by transporting cargo originating in the country to Bogota, Colombia, where it can connect with the many alternatives served by our narrow body fleet, or to Santiago (Chile), Lima (Peru) and Guarulhos (Brazil) on wide-body aircraft.

For its part, LATAM Cargo’s new Miami-Cali route will offer the possibility to carry shipments to Bogota, Colombia.

These new routes were announced together with a third cargo service between Miami and Lima (Peru), which also serves to advance the country’s role as an import market. Cargo service on that route began in late 2019 with a two-per-week frequency. This increase reflects a positive reception from the market for this service.

Top Copyright Photo: LATAM Cargo (Colombia) Boeing 767-316F ER WL N540LA (msn 35229) MIA (Ken Petersen). Image: 948857.

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