LATAM Airlines Group has received its first Airbus A320neo at the Airbus headquarters in Toulouse, France.
The aircraft is branded with LATAM’s white, indigo and coral logo and has been fitted with fuel efficient Prett & Whitney Pure Power PW 11000-JM engines. The aircraft was presented by the president and CEO of Airbus, Fabrice Bregier to the CEO of LATAM Airline’s Group, Enrique Cuento and to other LATAM executives and will be the first A320neo to operate in the Americas. As well as being delivered the new Airbus A320neo, LATAM Airlines Group also received the airline’s first Airbus A350XWB that bears the new LATAM branding.
Enrique Cueto, CEO of LATAM Airlines Group: “Once again, LATAM passengers will have the opportunity to be the first in the Americas to fly on the latest Airbus aircraft, demonstrating our commitment to offering the most technologically-advanced, efficient and comfortable aircraft,” “The A320neo will play an important role in our fleet, supporting the operation of our unrivalled domestic and regional network, transporting passengers throughout Latin America.”
“Over the years, Airbus and LATAM have grown together to become partners in building today’s aviation market in Latin America, which is why we are especially proud that the first A320neo in the Americas will be flying in LATAM branding,” said Fabrice Brégier, Airbus President and CEO of Airbus. “We are certain that this aircraft will complement their existing fleet and further their success in the region.”
Initially, LATAM Airlines Brazil will operate the aircraft on domestic routes in Brazil, serving destinations including Brasília, Belo Horizonte, Campo Grande, Curitiba, Florianópolis, Porto Alegre, Recife, Rio de Janeiro (Galeão) and São Paulo (Guarulhos) and in November of this year, it will commence flights on regional routes in South America.
The A320neo Family incorporates the latest technology including new generation engines and ‘Sharklet’ wing tip devices, which deliver more than 15 percent in fuel savings from the beginning of operations.