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LATAM ends the second quarter with US$2.3 billion of liquidity and projects improved operational prospects for the rest of the year

LATAM issued this statement:

As part of the delivery of the results for the second quarter of the year, LATAM Group reported that it foresees better operational prospects for the next six months, despite the profound impact of the pandemic in Latin America since the start of the year. As a result, the group plans to reach a capacity greater than 50% (measured in ASK and compared to 2019 levels) by the end of the third quarter of 2021, which would represent LATAM Group’s highest level of operation since the pandemic began.

In turn, the group reported that it ended the quarter with US $2.3 billion of available liquidity, US $1.5 billion in cash and US $800 million in undrawn, committed DIP financing.

Roberto Alvo, CEO of LATAM Airlines Group, said that “the new waves of the pandemic in the region generated a complex semester, which did not allow us to continue recovering our operation as we expected. However, progress in our restructuring plan was positive. In addition, we maintained our global leadership in punctuality, accelerated our cost reduction, launched our sustainability and inclusion plans, and ensured that our passengers flew comfortably and safely. We look forward to a more active second semester, always thinking of strengthening the group and taking care of our clients.”

In the second quarter, total revenues amounted to US $888.7 million, a 62.5% decrease compared to the same period in 2019. Passenger revenues fell 77.4%, though partially offset by an increase of 37.5% in cargo revenues, both compared to the same period of 2019. Cargo operations continue to stand out for their contribution to the group, reaching revenues of US $370.2 million during the quarter, mainly driven by the cargo freighters, which reached historic utilization levels after a strong import and export scenario.

For their part, costs decreased 46.5% in relation to the same period of 2019, reaching US $1.2 billion, reflecting the notable effort made by the group to reduce and vary its fixed costs.

Operating income recorded losses of US $357.7 million in the analyzed quarter.

Sustainability
A notable event of this period, and which is related to the projection of the LATAM Group in the long term, was the launch of its sustainability strategy, which is based on four pillars of action: climate change, environmental management, circular economy and shared value – measures with which the Group will seek to offset 50% of its domestic emissions by 2030, establishing a path to be carbon neutral by 2050.

 

In May, the group resumed its recycling activities, which were temporarily suspended due to the pandemic, including the restart of the LATAM Airlines Chile “Recycle Your Trip” program and the “Second Flight” uniform recycling program of LATAM Airlines Peru. These will be extended to other subsidiaries of the group during 2021. Additionally, the group recently announced the formalization of alliances between its Solidarity Plane program and various foundations and organizations in both Chile and Brazil. In the first case, LATAM is working with DKMS, Coaniquem, América Solidaria, TECHO, Minsal and Fundación Fútbol Más. In Brazil, the group has new alliances with the Brazilian Association for the Defense of Women, Children and Youth (Asbrad), Burning Support Institute (IAQ), National Civil Defense and the Brazilian Institute for the Environment and Renewable Natural Resources (Ibama).

LATAM seeks court approval for 70 Airbus A320neo aircraft

LATAM Airlines Group issued this statement:

LATAM Airlines Group presented for approval before the Court in the United States an agreement with Airbus for the purchase of 28 new aircraft, in addition to the 42 narrow body aircraft already agreed upon, as part of the modernization and efficiency of its fleet for the coming years.

This order, which totals 70 aircraft, maintains the LATAM Airlines Group’s fleet as the largest in Latin America, with greater range and capacity. The integration of aircraft of the A320neo family implies more efficient engines, aerodynamic improvements and the latest technologies that provide 20% more efficiency in fuel consumption, therefore, lower CO2 emissions, together with a 50% reduction in oxide emissions nitrogen and 50% of the acoustic footprint.

With the signing of this agreement, the group aims to strengthen its operations in all its subsidiaries at the regional level with a modern fleet and maximum efficiency in environmental matters, one of the pillars of its sustainability strategy. In turn, it seeks to consolidate the longest range of destinations in and from Latin America and the Caribbean, hand in hand with the connectivity agreements with Delta, currently under review by various regulatory authorities in the countries where the group operates.

LATAM projects an operation of 46% in July, the highest since the beginning of the pandemic

LATAM Group has issued this statement:

LATAM’s passenger operation for July 2021 is estimated to reach 46% (measured in available seat kilometers – ASK) compared to the same month in 2019, in a pre-pandemic context. This figure represents the largest operation projected since the beginning of the health crisis caused by SARS-CoV-2 and a significant increase from June’s operation of 36.9%. The challenge going forward, however, is the reactivation of markets like Chile and Ecuador, which register the lowest operational recovery of all of the countries in which the group operates. LATAM estimates approximately 880 domestic and international flights daily during July, connecting 116 destinations in 16 countries. Meanwhile, the Cargo division has scheduled 1,030 cargo freighter flights during the period, 20% more than in the same month of 2019. All of these projections are subject to the evolution of the pandemic, as well as travel restrictions in the countries where LATAM operates. During June 2021, passenger traffic (measured in revenue passenger-kilometers – RPK) was 32.1% compared to the same period of 2019, based on an operation measured in ASK (available seat-kilometers) of 36.9% compared to June 2019. Therefore, the load factor decreased 10.8 percentage points, reaching 72.2%. With regard to the cargo operations, the load factor was 62.8%, which corresponds to an increase of 7.7 percentage points compared to June 2019.

LATAM Group Operational Estimate – July 2021 (measured in ASK)

Brazil ● 48% projected operation (versus July 2019) ○ 75% domestic and 20% international ● Total July destinations: 44 domestic (equivalent to 418 daily flights on average) and 13 international. ○ Updates: ■ Domestic: 10 new routes: Río/Santos Dumont-Recife, Río/Santos Dumont-Maceió, Río/Santos Dumont-Natal, São Paulo/Congonhas-Fortaleza, São Paulo/Congonhas-Maceió, São Paulo/Congonhas-Natal, São Paulo/Congonhas-Recife, Fortaleza-Belém, Fortaleza-Manaus, Fortaleza-Teresina. ■ International: Restart routes São Paulo/Guarulhos-Paris and São Paulo/Guarulhos-Bogotá.

Chile ● 35% projected operation (versus July 2019) ○ 68% domestic and 21% international ● Total July destinations: 15 domestic (equivalent to 122 daily flights on average) and 14 international. ○ Updates: Restart route Santiago-New York (direct)

Colombia ● 76% projected operation (versus July 2019) ○ 98% domestic and 50% international ● Total July destinations: 15 domestic (equivalent to 136 daily flights on average) and 4 international. ○ Updates: ■ Domestic: New route Medellín-Cúcuta. ■ International: Restart route Bogotá-São Paulo/Guarulhos.

Ecuador ● 23% projected operation (versus July 2019) ○ 82% domestic and 7% international ● Total July destinations: 7 domestic (equivalent to 22 daily flights on average) and 2 international.

Peru ● 45% projected operation (versus July 2019) ○ 66% domestic and 38% international ● Total July destinations: 19 domestic (equivalent to 126 daily flights on average) and 17 international. ○ Updates: ■ Domestic: New route Arequipa-Cusco. ■ International: Restart Lima-Madrid and Lima-Orlando operations.

Cargo ● 75% projected operation (versus July 2019) ○ 63% domestic belly and 50% international belly* ○ 126% dedicated cargo * Belly: merchandise transported in the cargo hold (lower deck) of the aircraft

LATAM Group launches a pilot health passport from Lima and Santiago

The LATAM Group, through its subsidiaries in Chile and Peru, together with the International Air Transport Association (IATA) have come together to carry out the pilot of the IATA Travel Pass digital application, allowing passengers to organize and manage travel requirements complying with what is required by the authorities on international flights more efficiently and expeditiously.

IATA Travel Pass works based on the biometric information of the passenger’s passport, the results of laboratories in agreement and the joint information of the governments.

The pilot phase, which is voluntary for the passenger, is expected to take place between June 14 and July 2 on the following routes:

  • Lima-Miami
  • Lima-Santiago de Chile
  • Santiago de Chile-Lima
  • Santiago de Chile-Miami

LATAM Group shows signs of recovery, projecting an operation of 36% in June

LATAM Airlines Group said on Wednesday that it had sought to extend until September the deadline to present its restructuring plan as part of the bankruptcy protection process initiated in 2020 according to Reuters.

LATAM Group issued this statement:

LATAM’s passenger operation for June 2021 is estimated to reach 36% (measured in available seats-kilometers – ASK) relative to the same month in 2019, in a pre-pandemic context. The forecast operation is higher than that of last May (30.8%, measured in ASK), as all markets show higher projections than those of the previous month, largely attributed to the progress of the vaccination rollout in the countries where LATAM operates and the resulting increase in demand.

LATAM estimates approximately 691 daily domestic and international flights in the sixth month of the year, connecting 114 destinations in 14 countries. Meanwhile, the Cargo division has scheduled more than 1,000 cargo freighter flights for June, 20% more than in June 2019. All of these projections are subject to the  evolution of the pandemic, as well as travel restrictions in the countries where LATAM operates.

During May 2021, passenger traffic (measured in revenue passenger-kilometers – RPK) was 25.6% compared to the same period of 2019, based on an operation, measured in ASK (available seat-kilometers), of 30.8% relative to May 2019. This implies that the load factor decreased 14.1 percentage points, reaching 69.6%.

In cargo, the load factor was 69.8%, which corresponds to an increase of 13.4 percentage points relative to May 2019.

LATAM Group Operational Estimate – June 2021

(Measured in ASK)

 

Brazil ●      38% projected operation (versus June 2019)

○      62% domestic and 15% international

●      Total June destinations: 44 domestic (equivalent to 310 daily flights on average) and 11 international

○      Updates: New Sao Paulo / Guarulhos-Cancun route, with 2 weekly frequencies

Chile ●      23% projected operation (versus June 2019)

○      68% domestic and 6% international

●      Total June destinations: 15 domestic (equivalent to 97 daily flights on average) and 11 international

○      Updates: Restart operation Antofagasta-La Serena (2 weekly frequencies) and Santiago-Osorno (3 weekly frequencies)

Colombia ●      59% projected operation (versus June 2019)

○      94% domestic and 23% international

●      Total June destinations: 15 domestic (equivalent to 118 daily flights on average) and 3 international

○      Updates: New Bogotá-Miami route, with 3 weekly frequencies, in addition to Bogotá-Armenia (7 weekly frequencies)

Ecuador ●      39% projected operation (versus June 2019)

○      58% domestic and 5% international

●      Total June destinations: 7 domestic (equivalent to 18 daily flights on average) and 2 international

Peru ●      38% projected operation (versus June 2019)

○      64% domestic and 28% international

●      Total June destinations: 19 domestic (equivalent to 113 daily flights on average) and 14 international

○      Updates: Increase in weekly frequencies to the United States, reaching 30 in total (16 frequencies to Miami, 7 to New York and 7 to Los Angeles)

Cargo ●      68% projected operation (versus June 2019)

○      52% domestic belly and 35% international belly*

○      128% dedicated freighter

*Belly: merchandise transported in the cargo hold (lower deck) of the aircraft.

LATAM Group to expand its Boeing 767-300F freighters fleet by 2023

Delivered on November 9, 2017

LATAM Group announced the expansion of its freighter fleet growth under which it now plans to add 10 Boeing 767-300 Boeing Converted Freighters over the next three years. This will bring the fleet size to up to 21 freighters by 2023.  The first aircraft will be expected to begin operations in December 2021.

The Group’s freighter fleet growth plan initially included four firm conversion orders with Boeing and another four conversion options. Two months after the initial announcement, LATAM has exercised the four options, eight planes, and the conversion of two additional Boeing 767-300ERs. This means that the freighter fleet will be comprised of up to 21 aircraft by the end of 2023. Upon completion of the plan the Group will have almost doubled its freighter capacity as well as reduced the average fleet age from 17 to 14 years.

Growing from 11 to 21 freighter planes will enable the LATAM Group’s cargo subsidiaries to expand and reinforce their capacity to, from and within South America, and positioning the Group as the main freighter operator group in the region. The first eight airplanes have been allocated to markets that are critical for key customer segments.

“In general terms, the majority of the plan focuses on improving connectivity between North and South America. In particular, capacity from Colombia and Ecuador will be strengthened to support the flower export industry. Additional flights to support Chilean salmon exports as well as import traffic into the country will also be reinforced. Capacity to and from Brazil will also go up as we add routes from North America and Europe, boosting both the export and import markets”, said Kamal Hadad, LATAM Cargo’s Network and Alliances Director.

Hadad added that the freighter fleet flexibility will help LATAM assess a range of options. “For example, the two additional conversions could be used to refresh the current fleet or to begin new growth projects. The Group still has time to make the relevant decisions,” he concluded.

LATAM also announced that it will use some of the 767-300ERs that are awaiting conversion under a hybrid format to benefit customers in the short term. The seats will be completely removed from three planes for this purpose in order to have a payload of up to 46 tons per flight. Two of these planes are already operational. The third one is expected to be available in the second quarter of 2021.

Furthermore, LATAM is optimizing commonality across their fleet of 767-300 production and converted freighters to maximize capacity, including the ability to transport delicate goods.

Top Copyright Photo: LATAM Airlines Cargo (Chile) Boeing 767-316F ER WL N534LA (msn 32572) AMS (Ton Jochems). Image: 941889.

LATAM (Chile) aircraft slide show:

LATAM Group announces that it will be zero waste to landfill by 2027 and carbon neutral by 2050

LATAM Airlines (Chile) Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner CC-BGD (msn 35322) FRA (Marcelo F. De Biasi). Image: 939889.

LATAM Group made this announcement today:

Achieving carbon neutrality by 2050, zero waste to landfill by 2027 and protecting iconic ecosystems in South America, are some of the commitments that are part of the LATAM Group Sustainability Strategy, launched today.

“We are facing a critical moment in the history of humanity, with a serious climate crisis and a pandemic that has changed our society. Today, it is not enough to do the usual. As a group we have the responsibility to go further in the search for collective solutions. We want to be an actor that promotes the social, environmental and economic development of the region; therefore, we are assuming a commitment that seeks to contribute to the conservation of ecosystems and the well-being of the people of South America, making it a better place for all of them,” said Roberto Alvo, CEO of LATAM Airlines Group.

One of the most important announcements was the first stage of a collaboration with The Nature Conservancy (TNC), to plan conservation and reforestation actions in iconic ecosystems in the region. TNC is a global environmental organization that works based on science, creating solutions for the most urgent challenges of our planet, so that nature and people may prosper together.

“With more than 35 years of experience in Latin America, our scientific studies have shown that forest restoration and regeneration can efficiently contribute to the Nationally Determined Contributions’ (NDCs) goals. TNC believes that multisectorial collaboration accelerates the implementation of nature-based solutions to mitigate the impacts of climate change, protect biodiversity, and develop a more prosperous future for people in the region,” said Ian Thompson, Executive Director of The Nature Conservancy (TNC) Brazil.

A strategy for the next 30 years

The sustainability strategy for the next 30 years includes four pillars of work: environmental management, climate change, circular economy and shared value. The lines of action were designed collaboratively with experts and environmental organizations from across the region.

Regarding the climate change pillar, the group announced that it will work to reduce its emissions through the incorporation of sustainable fuels and new aviation technologies that are expected to be available beginning 2035. “The environment cannot wait 15 years to have the necessary technologies to reduce emissions. This is why we will work in parallel to promote these transformations and offset our emissions through nature-based solutions,” said Roberto Alvo, CEO of LATAM Airlines Group.

Through the development of a portfolio of conservation projects and other initiatives, LATAM Group will contribute to offset 50% of its domestic emissions by 2030, establishing a path to be carbon neutral by 2050. It will intervene in iconic ecosystems of South America, such as the Amazon, the Chaco, the Llanos of Orinoco, the Atlantic forest and El Cerrado, among others.

Additionally, LATAM Group will promote a program that will allow passengers, corporate and cargo customers the option of offsetting the CO2 emissions associated with their trips. In parallel, the group will offset the same amount of CO2 emissions as customers under the 1+1 program.

In circular economy, LATAM Group is committed to promoting a culture of elimination, reduction, reuse and recycling throughout the operation, in order to reach 2027 as a group that generates zero waste to landfill. To do this, single-use plastics will be eliminated before 2023 and the on-board recycling program will be expanded on all domestic routes of the LATAM Group, and all LATAM lounges will be made 100% sustainable. Similarly, the group will implement a uniform recycling program in all countries and a plan to replace materials on board with compostable, recyclable or certified items.

As part of the shared value pillar, the group will expand its capacity to transport cargo and people for health programs, natural disasters and environmental care. It should be remembered that since the beginning of the pandemic, thanks to the Solidarity Plane program, there has been the transportation of more than 29.4 million vaccines free of charge in its subsidiaries, more than 1,400 health professionals, over 490 tons of medical supplies and more than 1,500 organs and tissues in South America. At the same time, the program has confirmed 10 transports of stem cells for patients with blood cancer.

Lastly, in the case of environmental management, LATAM Group will implement a transparent and auditable system that will allow it to take into account environmental variables in all the group’s processes, which will have environmental certification (IEnvA) throughout its operation, a reference in the industry, and that is granted by the International Air Transport Association (IATA).

Top Copyright Photo: LATAM Airlines (Chile) Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner CC-BGD (msn 35322) FRA (Marcelo F. De Biasi). Image: 939889.

LATAM aircraft slide show (Chile):

LATAM Group adjusts operational projection to 25% in April

Delivered on December 23, 2019

LATAM estimates the passenger operation in April 2021 to reach 25% (measured in available seat kilometers – ASK) compared to the same month in 2019 and a pre-pandemic context. This operational projection is in line with the demand, which has been affected by new border closures and passenger travel restrictions due to the current impact of COVID-19 in the region.

The group plans to operate approximately 400 daily domestic and international flights this month, connecting 114 destinations in 15 countries. Meanwhile, in the Cargo Division, there are more than 1,150 cargo freighter flights scheduled.

All projections are subject to the evolution of the pandemic, as well as travel restrictions in the countries where LATAM operates.

During March 2021, passenger traffic (measured in revenue passenger-kilometers – RPK) was 22.6% in relation to the same period in 2019, based on an operation of 31.5% (measured in available seat-kilometers – ASK) compared to March 2019. As a result, the load factor decreased 23.3% percentage points to 59.5%.

With regard to the cargo operation, the load factor in March reached 67.2%, 9.1 percentage points higher than the same month of 2019.

LATAM Group Operational Estimate – April 2021 (measured in ASK):

Brazil ● 27% projected operation (versus April 2019) ○ 38% domestic and 16% international ● Total April routes: 72 domestic (equivalent to 190 daily flights) and 9 international.

Chile ● 18% projected operation (versus April 2019) ○ 50% domestic and 5% international ● Total April routes: 17 domestic (equivalent to 66 daily flights) and 11 international.

Colombia ● 64% projected operation (versus April 2019) ○ 107% domestic and 26% international ● Total April routes: 23 domestic (equivalent to 99 daily flights) and 2 international.

Ecuador ● 20% projected operation (versus April 2019) ○ 54% domestic and 11% international ● Total April routes: 6 domestic (equivalent to 14 daily flights) and 3 international.

Peru ● 31% projected operation (versus April 2019)○ 48% domestic and 25% international ● Total April routes: 18 domestic (equivalent to 67 daily flights) and 15 international.

Cargo Division ● 78% projected operation (versus April 2019) ○ 61% domestic belly y 36% international belly* ○ 128% freighter

*Belly: goods transported in the cargo hold (lower deck) of the aircraft.

Top Copyright Photo: LATAM Airlines (Chile) Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner CC-BGP (msn 38469) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 953352.

LATAM Airlines aircraft slide show:

LATAM Airlines Group files for Chapter 11 reorganization

LATAM Airlines Group S.A. has made this announcement:

LATAM Airlines Group S.A. and its affiliates in Chile, Peru, Colombia, Ecuador and the United States today (May 26) initiated a voluntary reorganization and restructuring of their debt under Chapter 11 protection in the United States with the support of the Cueto and Amaro families and Qatar Airways, two of the largest shareholders of LATAM.

In light of the effects of COVID-19 on the worldwide aviation industry, this reorganization process provides LATAM with an opportunity to work with the group’s creditors and other stakeholders to reduce its debt, access new sources of financing and continue operating, while enabling the group to transform its business to this new reality.

The Chapter 11 financial reorganization process is a proven legal framework under which LATAM and said affiliates will have the opportunity to resize their operations to the new demand environment and reorganize their balance sheets, enabling them to emerge more agile, resilient and sustainable. LATAM and its affiliates will continue flying as conditions permit throughout the process.

“LATAM entered the COVID-19 pandemic as a healthy and profitable airline group, yet exceptional circumstances have led to a collapse in global demand and has not only brought aviation to a virtual standstill, but it has also changed the industry for the foreseeable future,” said Roberto Alvo, Chief Executive Officer of LATAM. “We have implemented a series of difficult measures to mitigate the impact of this unprecedented industry disruption, but ultimately this path represents the best option to lay the right foundation for the future of our airline group. We are looking ahead to a post-COVID-19 future and are focused on transforming our group to adapt to a new and evolving way of flying, with the health and safety of ourpassengers and employees being paramount.”

The group has secured the financial support of shareholders, including the Cueto and Amaro families, which have lasting ties to LATAM, and Qatar Airways, to provide up to $900 million in debtor-in-possession (DIP) financing. These partners have a profound understanding of the industry, the group and its operational challenges. Their support demonstrates a belief in LATAM and its affiliates and their long-term sustainability. To the extent permitted by law, the group would welcome other shareholders interested in participating in this process to provide additional financing. In addition, as of the filing, the group had approximately USD $1.3 billion in cash on hand.

LATAM and its affiliates are also in discussions with their respective governments of Chile, Brazil, Colombia and Peru to assist in sourcing additional financing, protect jobs where possible and minimize disruption to its operations. LATAM and its affiliates would like to thank its shareholders, employees, creditors and the communities it serves for their support to help secure the group’s long-term future. The group is confident that this process will bring together these diverse stakeholders to build a new LATAM that is better placed to succeed for years to come.

“Faced with the biggest crisis in the history of aviation, the Board has approved this path forward having analyzed all the available alternatives to ensure the sustainability of the group. As we have adapted to new realities in the past, we are confident that LATAM will be able to succeed in the post-COVID-19 context and continue to serve Latin America, connecting the region with the world,” said Ignacio Cueto, Chairman of LATAM’s Board of Directors. 

The group is continuing to adapt and respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and is actively preparing to welcome customers back once travel prohibitions are lifted and demand increases, guaranteeing the highest safety standards for passengers and crew for which LATAM is highly recognized.

Continuing to serve Latin America

LATAM group is committed to preserving business continuity as it reorganizes – especially with respect to employees, customers, suppliers, commercial partners and local communities.

  • LATAM Airlines Group S.A. and its affiliates will continue to operate passenger and cargo flights, subject to demand and travel restrictions.
  • All current and future tickets, travel vouchers and frequent flyer miles and benefits, as well as flexibility policies, will be honored.
  • The group’s employees will continue to be paid and receive benefits as provided in their employment agreements.
  • Suppliers will be paid in a timely fashion for goods and services delivered from May 26, 2020 forward and throughout this process.
  • Travel agencies and other commercial partners will experience no disruption in their interactions with the LATAM group.

The right option to strengthen the group

The LATAM group has shared its journey with the people of Latin America, thriving in times of growth and pulling together to overcome times of adversity, and like many, LATAM and its affiliates began 2020 with hopes of progress that COVID-19 has brought to a virtual standstill. In 2019, the group launched 26 new routes and transported a record 74 million passengers, 5.4 million more than in 2018. The group’s plans for 2020 included further enhancing its passenger experience through cabin transformations and strengthening its strategic partnerships to further connect Latin America with the world. While the group will change through the Chapter 11 process, its culture, commitment to customers, shared history and Latin American identity will not.

After careful consideration, LATAM is confident that the Chapter 11 reorganization process is the best path forward to achieve the group’s objectives and meet its obligations while comprehensively managing its fleet and addressing its debts, most of which are held in the United States. Importantly, this process is markedly different from the concept of “quiebra“, “bancarrota“, or liquidation. LATAM intends to rely on specific relief that will allow it to pay its employees, meet benefit obligations, pay critical suppliers and conduct other day-to-day business operations as the group works with the court and creditors to resolve its case. With Chapter 11 protection, the group’s management team will remain in place and will continue to lead LATAM through the reorganization and transformation process.

These unique provisions of the Chapter 11 reorganization process will enable the group to minimize disruptions to the business and protect the interests of stakeholders while it restructures its balance sheet to emerge as a more agile, resilient and sustainable airline group.

While most of LATAM’s affiliates are included in the reorganization process, several entities are not, due to the nature of their debt structure and current financial status. A full list of filing entities is available at cases.primeclerk.com/LATAM. The list below summarizes the inclusion of these entities in the Chapter 11 financial reorganization and other proceedings.

Material filing entities:

  • Chile: LATAM Airlines Group S.A. and certain other entities incorporated in Chile are included in the Chapter 11 filing and will also file recognition proceedings in Chilean Courts in order to ensure that the Chapter 11 process is given full credit and effect, providing even greater protection to LATAM’s businesses.
  • Colombia: LATAM Airlines Colombia and other entities incorporated in Colombia are included in the Chapter 11 filing and will also file recognition proceedings in the Superintendencia de Sociedades in order to ensure that the Chapter 11 process is given full credit and effect, providing even greater protection to LATAM’s businesses.
  • Peru: LATAM Airlines Perú and other entities incorporated in Peru are included in the Chapter 11 filing and are also filing a “Preventative Reorganization Process” with INDECOPI in order to ensure to these businesses are further protected from adverse actions of creditors.
  • Ecuador: LATAM Airlines Ecuador is included in the Chapter 11 filing.
  • United States: All of the group’s operating entities, other than special purpose vehicles, in the United States are included in the Chapter 11 filing.

Non-filing entities

  • Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay: LATAM’s affiliates in Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay are not included in the Chapter 11 filing. LATAM’s affiliates in Brazil are in discussions with the Brazilian government about the next steps and financial support for their Brazilian operations.

Importantly, whether included in the filing or not, all of the companies in the group will continue to operate as travel restrictions and demand permit.

Additional Information

LATAM Airlines Group and its affiliates understand that their employees around the world, their families, their suppliers and customers will have many questions. While LATAM may not have all the answers at this point, the group will be guided by transparency in all its interactions.

Previously the group made this announcement about the upcoming schedule:

LATAM Airlines Group and its affiliates, Latin America’s leading airline group with one of the largest route networks in the world, announced today it will gradually increase its international and domestic operations during June and July, offering passengers more flexible options, lower fares and increased sanitation measures.

In June the LATAM group expects to increase its total pre-crisis capacity from 5% to 9%, while preparing to reach 18% in July. The LATAM group understands that decision-making in these uncertain times is complex, reason why it is granting passengers greater flexibility to purchase and schedule trips with rates that on average can be up to 20% less expensive. Additional sanitation measures will also being implemented on all flights.

“With these measures, the LATAM group is responding to the connectivity needs of the countries where it operates and adapting its offerings to the requirements of customers in this complex scenario,” said Michael Rutter, Senior Commercial Vice President of LATAM Airlines Group. “The group is increasing flights, destinations and frequencies, and taking concrete measures that respond to the new economic reality that clients and their families are facing. Those measures include more accessible and flexible flight options, new sanitation measures and customer assistance services for passengers during their trips.”

During June, LATAM Airlines Brazil will operate four international routes from São Paulo to Frankfurt, London, Madrid and Miami, while LATAM Airlines Group will operate from Santiago, Chile to Miami and São Paulo, a connection center through which customers can access these three destinations in Europe. By July, the LATAM group intends to increase international destinations to 13.

Domestically, LATAM Airlines Brazil will operate 74 routes, while LATAM Airlines Chile will reach 12 destinations that include La Serena, Copiapó, Temuco and Easter Island. Similarly, the affiliate in Ecuador is working to resume their domestic flights in June, with the Colombian and Peruvian affiliates expecting to reestablish their service in July, as permitted by local authorities.

MORE AFFORDABLE FARES

Given the new economic environment, the LATAM group further reduced costs and increased efficiency in order to offer tickets that on average can be up to 20% more affordable.

FLEXIBILITY TO TRAVEL

Given the uncertainty caused by the current health crisis, passengers will have more flexibility to buy tickets and schedule their trips, subject to applicable local regulations.

  • Until July 31, 2020, passengers can voluntarily reschedule their tickets on Latam.com before the departure of their flight. The first change will be without penalty or fare change (same destination, subject to cabin availability and validity of the ticket). The destination can change subject to a fare differential, if applicable.
  • If the passenger is not certain of the date of travel, they can leave their ticket open for 12 months, as long as they notify the airline through their website at least 7 days in advance. (My Trips section of LATAM.com)
  • In the event that a flight is canceled or rescheduled, passengers may reschedule their tickets without penalty or fare difference (subject to cabin availability, same destination and validity of the ticket). If they wish to change their destination, a rate difference will apply if one exists.

ASSISTANCE DURING YOUR TRIP

This new platform on the LATAM website contains detailed information on the chosen destination and provides travel solutions for passengers, who will also be able to connect with third-party providers on passenger responsibilities of securing entry, exit and any re-entry criteria for the destination they are visiting.

GLOBAL CATEGORY CLEANING STANDARDS

LATAM Airlines Group and its affiliates have adopted the best sanitation practices in the world, following the recommendations of the WHO and the industry.

The measures:

During check in:

  • Attention to the passenger

The cleaning and disinfection of the passenger service area increased, including counters and all self-service kiosks.

  • Self-service terminals

The LATAM group has self-service kiosks at all the airports where it operates, guaranteeing an autonomous service without face-to-face counters.

  • Use of mandatory masks

From the moment of arrival at check-in and while boarding, as well as during flight and disembarkation, the use of masks will be mandatory for all passengers. This measure extends to cabin crew in all phases of the flight.

On board:

  • Continuous sanitation
    • Proactive disinfection procedures in all aircraft after each arrival on all flights and of the entire cabin with quaternary ammonium spray and additional manual cleaning.
    • Alcohol gel available onboard all aircraft.
    • Cleaning of frequent passenger contact points (e.g., handles, toilets, armrests, belts, screens, light and call switches, seat pockets, windows and trays) during all phases of flight.
  • Air Filtration
    • All of the L group’s fleet has air recirculation systems that renews the air every 3 minutes with HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) filters, removing 99.97% of the particles.
  • More space on board
    • Boarding will include social distancing requirements between passengers, avoiding crowds. Front restrooms will remain for the exclusive use of the crew, to minimize contact with passengers.
  • Blankets and Beds
    • All blankets, downs, and pillows are laundered after each flight. In the case of pillows, they can also be discarded depending on the material.

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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.