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LATAM receives first A321neo and places an additional order for 13 aircrafts

LATAM A321neo

Latam Airlines Group has received its first A321neo, part of a 76-plane order, and ordered an additional 13 A321neo aircraft. This aligns with LATAM’s sustainability goals and aims to create a modern and efficient South American airline fleet.

Latam Airlines Group has received its first A321neo aircraft and has placed an order for an additional 13 A321neo planes, as part of its commitment to efficiency and sustainability. This move aims to make Latam one of the most modern and efficient airline fleets in South America.

For the delivery flight, the aircraft was fueled with a 49% blend of Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) mixed with conventional fuel.

This marks the initial delivery of a 76-aircraft order of A321neo planes, which is part of a total of 111 aircraft from the A320 family, including Latam’s first A321XLR. Currently, the airline group operates 20 A320neo family aircraft and expects to end the year with a total of 31 of these models.

Our fleet renewal and modernization strategy aligns with our commitment to sustainability and our goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2050. We will continue to complement our current fleet with next-generation aircraft to enhance LATAM’s connectivity while maintaining environmental responsibility,” stated Ramiro Alfonsín, CFO of Latam Airlines Group.

“We appreciate Latam’s continued trust in our aircraft and their choice of the A321neo to bolster regional growth. This strategic move also accelerates Latam’s path to decarbonization, as the A321neo is at least 20% more fuel-efficient, emits 20% less CO2, and generates 50% less noise compared to previous aircraft models,” said Christian Scherer, Chief Commercial Officer and Head of Airbus International.

The newly delivered Latam A321neo is the largest model in the A320 single-aisle aircraft family and can accommodate up to 224 passengers. It is also the first in South America to feature the new Airspace XL bins for carry-on luggage. These bins provide a 40% increase in storage space and allow for 60% more carry-on baggage, reducing crowding in overhead compartments and the need for gate-checking, providing a better boarding experience for passengers and cabin crew.

Latam currently operates 245 Airbus aircraft, making it the largest Airbus operator in Latin America. By the end of the decade, the airline group plans to have more than 110 aircraft from the A320neo, A321neo, and A321XLR models, further strengthening its regional network and growth.

The group’s fleet consists of 321 aircraft, including 58 passenger Boeing aircraft (models 767, 777, and 787) and 245 Airbus aircraft (models A319, A320, A320neo, A321, and A321neo).

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