LATAM Airlines Group and Airbus have agreed on a deal that will see the Chilean Carrier Company purchase 28 Airbus A320neo jets as the largest airline in Latin America moves to update their fleet and create more efficiency going forward.
LATAM had a previous order with Airbus for 42 narrow-body planes and this expansion brings the total order to 70.
LATAM says 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.
LATAM continues: '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.'
“The purchase of these highly efficient aircrafts is a sign of the commitment we have made with the transformation towards a carbon neutral LATAM in 2050. At the same time, these 70 aircrafts reinforce the connectivity scale of the region. We will continue working responsibly to exit Chapter 11 with a fleet that accompanies the group's new challenges,” said Roberto Alvo, CEO of LATAM Airlines Group.
President of Airbus for Latin America and the Caribbean Arturo Barreira added: "The decision of LATAM Airlines Group to continue incorporating A320neo aircrafts, demonstrates its great commitment to sustainability. The A320neo has the latest generation engines, sharklets, and an innovative cabin, serving as the most comfortable, fuel-efficient and environmentally friendly single-aisle aircraft in the world."
[Source: LATAM Airlines Group S.A.]