Category Archives: LATAM Airlines (Ecuador)

LATAM commits to eliminating all single-use plastics by 2023

LATAM AIrlines Group made this announcement:

  Among the initiatives to be implemented is a change in the materials of all onboard service elements in the Economy cabin, which will eliminate more than 1,000 tons of single-use plastics.

Travel kits with more sustainable elements have also been incorporated in Premium Business cabins, and bags for blankets and rest items are gradually being replaced.

LATAM has announced that it will eliminate 100% of single-use plastics used in its operations by 2023. This commitment will be achieved through initiatives such as changing onboard materials, incorporating more sustainable elements, and with the group’s recycling and reuse programs.

To date, gradual changes have been implemented inside the aircraft. From June 1, all international flights have reusable bags to cover the rest items in the Premium Business cabin. New travel kits were also recently launched for passengers in Premium Business, which have more sustainable elements such as bamboo toothbrushes and kraft paper wrappers.

In the Economy cabin, important changes will be announced in the coming weeks in the materials used for all elements of service (glasses, cutlery, tableware), which will be replaced with reusable and/or recyclable materials. In the short term, this initiative will eliminate more than 1,000 tons of single-use plastics, equivalent to 36,000 500ml plastic bottles.

LATAM Cargo is implementing five pilot projects, expected to reduce the use of plastic in cargo operations by more than 60%. One of the most important projects is an initiative that aims to replace the plastic used for wrapping loads with reusable blankets or waterproof covers.

In addition, LATAM is focusing on recycling and reusing. On domestic flights in Chile, Peru, Colombia, and Ecuador, LATAM is operating the “Recycle Your Trip” program, through which cabin crews separate plastic and aluminum onboard. In Colombia, this separation takes place on the ground. The group, together with women entrepreneurs and partner organizations, continues to operate its uniform reuse program in Peru, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, and Brazil, giving a second life to employee uniforms.

These initiatives are part of LATAM’s sustainability strategy, goals of which include achieving zero waste to landfill by 2027, offsetting 50% of domestic emissions by 2030, and reaching carbon neutrality by 2050.

LATAM projects operation of 74% for June, and resumes domestic routes in Peru and Brazil

LATAM group projects a passenger operation of up to 74% for June (measured in available seat kilometers – ASK) compared to the same month in 2019 (pre-pandemic scenario). The group will also begin operations between Puerto Maldonado and Cusco, in Peru, and will resume three routes from Belém (Brazil) to Macapá, Fortaleza, and Manaus.

LATAM plans to operate approximately 1,123 daily domestic and international flights during June, connecting 133 destinations in 21 countries.

The group’s cargo business has scheduled more than 1,220 flights on cargo freighters. These projections are subject to the evolution of the pandemic in the countries where the group operates.

In May 2022, passenger traffic (measured in revenue passenger kilometers – RPK) was 69.6% in relation to the same period in 2019, based on an operation of 73.1% compared to May 2019 (measured in ASK).  As a result, the load factor decreased 4.0 percentage points, reaching 79.6%.

The load factor of cargo operations was 58.0%, which corresponds to an increase of 1.6 percentage points in relation to May 2019.

LATAM Group Operational Estimate – June 2022

(Passenger operations measured in ASK / Cargo operations measured in ATK)

Brazil

80% projected operation (versus June 2019). May 2022 projection reference: 78% 102% domestic and 60% international Total June destinations: 50 domestic (equivalent to 540 daily flights on average) and 19 international Updates: Domestic: Resumption of routes between Belém-Macapá (2 flights/week), Belém-Fortaleza (7 flights/week) y Belém-Manaus (3 flights/week).

Chile

59% projected operation (versus June 2019). May 2022 projection reference: 62% 74% domestic and 46% international Total June destinations: 15 domestic (equivalent to 111 daily flights on average) and 22 international

Colombia

104% projected operation (versus June 2019). May 2022 projection reference: 114% 148% domestic and 58% international Total June destinations: 17 domestic (equivalent to 191 daily flights on average) and 5 international

Ecuador

44% projected operation (versus June 2019). May 2022 projection reference: 41% 122% domestic and 21% international Total June destinations: 8 domestic (equivalent to 39 daily flights on average) and 3 international

Peru

70% projected operation (versus June 2019). May 2022 projection reference: 68% 92% domestic and 62% international Total June destinations: 19 domestic (equivalent to 161 daily flights on average) and 22 international Updates: Domestic: New route – Puerto Maldonado-Cusco (4 flights/week).

Carga

94% projected operation (versus June 2019). May 2021 projection reference: 94% 77% domestic belly and 65% international belly* 163% dedicated freighter

Domestic Spanish-speaking countries

83%

Domestic Brazil

102%

International

55%

Consolidated Total

74%

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LATAM Airlines Group projects operation of 69% for December

LATAM Airlines Group’s operational passenger projection for December 2021 is estimated to reach 69% (measured in available seat kilometers – ASK) of 2019 levels, and a pre-pandemic context.

The increases in the operational projection for Colombia (+14 pp) and Brazil (+10 pp) stand out, compared to the November projection for this year. In Brazil, the increase is accompanied by new domestic routes to Jericoacoara and Vitória da Conquista, in addition to the reactivation of flights to Milan and London from São Paulo / Guarulhos. The seasonal routes Santiago-Florianópolis, São Paulo/Guarulhos-Punta del Este and Santiago-Punta del Este have also returned. With these announcements, the group maintains its expectation of closing the year with operations of over 65% of 2019 capacity levels.

LATAM plans to operate approximately 1,212 daily domestic and international flights during December, connecting 129 destinations in 18 countries. The cargo business has 1,150 flights scheduled on cargo freighters with an average utilization level that is 20% higher than the same period in 2019. These projections are subject to the evolution of the pandemic and the travel restrictions in the countries where LATAM Airlines Group operates.

In November 2021, passenger traffic (measured in revenue passenger-kilometers – RPK) was 62.3% in relation to the same period in 2019, based on an operation measured in ASK (available seat-kilometers) of 62.8% compared to November 2019. The load factor decreased 0.6 percentage points, reaching 82.0%. With regard to cargo operations, the load factor was 59.4%, which corresponds to an increase of 2.1 percentage points compared to November 2019.