Quick Airline Information:
✈Airline IATA* code: LA/JJ
✈Airline ICAO* code: LAN / TAM
✈Founded: 4 May 2016 (former Lan Airlines and TAM Brazil)
✈Alliance: One World
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*IATA: (International Air Transport Association)
*ICAO: (International Civil Aviation Organization)
LATAM is the name formed by the acquisition and takeover by Chilean, Lan Airlines of Brazilian, TAM Airlines, which was completed on June 22, 2012. The full integration was not complete until 2018, when the name of TAM Airlines disappeared and all aircraft rebranded under the one name. To understand the history of the two airlines please refer to the detailed history article below by clicking their respective former logos:
The beginning of the cooperation between the two major airlines started the 3 August 2010, when LAN (Chile) signed a non-binding agreement with Brazilian airline TAM Airlines to merge, and form the LATAM Airlines Group. The official agreement then took place two years later in 2012. The two airlines would still operate separately, despite being managed under a common executive group. Their aim would be to streamline their operations and benefit from each others strengths in their respective markets and become South America's biggest airline group.
The group created the subsidiaries of LATAM Argentina, LATAM Brasil, LATAM Cargo Brasil, LATAM Chile, LATAM Cargo Chile, LATAM Express, LATAM Colombia, LATAM Cargo Colombia, LATAM Ecuador, LATAM Cargo Mexico, LATAM Paraguay and LATAM Perú to be able to better administrate each airline in their respective countries.
(This article focuses on the LATAM Chile and LATAM Brazil subsidiaries)
After the merger, a period of consolidation and harmonization started between the two airlines, the brazilian side signed a firm contract with Airbus to acquire 37 additional aircraft. The order comprised twelve A319s, 16 A320s, three A321s and three A330s The deliveries were concluded by 2013. Also it announced that LATAM Brazil would phased out 3 of the oldest Boeing 767 it operates; however, it later changed plans and decided to keep the aircraft, adding some more aircraft from LATAM Chile. They replaced the A330-200s. LATAM Brazil also received the first aircraft of the A320 family with Sharklets in April 2013.
LATAM Chile bought the Boeing 787 for its long haul routes such as Auckland, Sydney and European routes, replacing its Airbus A340-300s, that left the fleet in April 2015. The first Boeing 787-8 arrived in the Summer of 2012 whilst the -9 versions arrived in May 2016.
Since May 5, 2016, LAN Airlines operating as LATAM Chile, then opened many routes during 2017, one of them being their longest flight in their history: Santiago to Melbourne, which started operating October 5 of that year. LATAM Chile received its first A350 in early 2016 as well as for LATAM Brazil.
In November 2017 LATAM Chile announced the opening of a direct air route to The Middle East. The route will operate with a flight departing from Santiago, Chile, make a stop in Sao Paulo, Brazil and continue direct to Tel Aviv, Israel. The flights started from December 2018 with new Boeing 787-9 aircraft. In December 2017 the airline received their very first Airbus A320neo aircraft.
History source: Wikipedia.org + LATAM.com
Operations and Destinations 🌍:
LATAM is the largest carrier in South America and operates to a large number of destinations across the world from 4 strategic hubs in south America; Santiago de Chile for LATAM Chile and São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Brasília for LATAM Brazil. LATAM Chile operates to 31 international and 17 domestic (Chile), destinations in 21 countries. With the delivery of more Airbus A320s and Airbus A321, it will start new destinations in South America; such as Panama, San Jose de Costa Rica, Curitiba, Asunción, Manaus, Rosario, Cuzco and others as possible future destinations on the drawing board. LATAM Brazil flies to 18 countries, with 44 domestic (Brazil) and 28 international destinations.
Both airlines offer a competitive product and are national airlines in their respective countries, giving the best alternative for connections and timings to travel from central airports. Services are included such a baggage and meals on long haul flights. However, with increased competition from low cost airlines, it's also possible to select basic fares without luggage. Most domestic services don't offer complimentary food or drink.
Below are the destinations* served by the LATAM Chile and LATAM Brazil:
|Region 🗺️ (LATAM CHILE)||Destinations 🌍🌎🌏 (LATAM CHILE)|
|✈Chile (Domestic)||Antofagasta, Arica, Balmaceda, Calama, Castro, Concepción, Copiapó, Easter Island, Iquique, La Serena, Osorno, Puerto Montt, Punta Arenas, Santiago, Temuco, Valdivia|
| ✈South America||Asunción, Bogotá, Buenos Aires (EZE, AEP), Córdoba, Florianópolis, Guayaquil, La Paz, Lima, Mendoza, Montevideo, Porto Alegre, Punta del Este, Quito, Rio de Janeiro, Rio Gallegos, Salta, San Juan, Santa Cruz de la Sierra, São Paulo, Stanley (Falkland Islands), Ushuaia|
|✈Central and North America||Cancún, Mexico City, Punta Cana|
| ✈Europe||Barcelona, Frankfurt, Madrid|
| ✈USA||Boston, Los Angeles, Orlando, Miami, New York City|
|✈The Pacific (AUS, NZD, PYF)||Auckland, Melbourne, Papeete, Sydney|
|✈The Middle East||Tel Aviv|
|Region 🗺️ (LATAM BRAZIL)||Destinations 🌍🌎🌏 (LATAM BRAZIL)|
|✈Brazil (Domestic)||Aracaju, Bauru/Arealva, Belém, Belo Horizonte, Boa Vista, Brasilia, Campinas, Campo Grande, Cuiabá, Curitiba, Florianópolis, Fortaleza, Foz do Iguaçu, Goiânia, Ilhéus, Imperatriz, Jaguaruna, João Pessoa, Joinville, Londrina, Macapá, Maceió, Manaus, Marabá, Natal, Navegantes, Palmas, Porto Alegre, Porto Seguro, Porto Velho, Recife, Ribeirão Preto, Rio Branco, Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Salvador da Bahia, Santarém, São José do Rio Preto, São Luís, São Paulo, São Paulo, Teresina, Uberlândia, Vitória|
| ✈South America||Asunción, Bogotá, Buenos Aires, Ciudad del Este, Córdoba, Lima, Montevideo, Punta del Este, Rosario, San Miguel de Tucumán, Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Santiago|
|✈Central and North America||Boston, Las Vegas, Mexico City, Miami, New York City, Orlando, Punta Cana|
|✈Europe||Barcelona, Frankfurt, Lisbon, London, Madrid, Milan, Munich, Paris, Rome|
*Destination list is for reference only. Please check directly with the airline for updates.
*Note some destinations are only seasonal.*Correct info as of Jan 2019.
With a combined fleet of more than 280 aircraft LATAM (Chile and Brazil) hold a dominant market share in South America where their planes are a common sight. It uses predominantly Airbus aircraft for all its operations both short and long haul with the exception of the Boeing 787-8/9 and Boeing 777-300ER which are deployed on the highest demand routes from Santiago de Chile and São Paulo respectively. The airline is working hard with its other subsidiaries to streamline the fleet and combine different aircraft into one common type. Mostly Airbus A320 and A321, which new Neos are arriving in the next few years. Also, the airline group is still operating Boeing 767-300ER for international destinations, however it's due to be retired as newer aircraft arrive.
The fleet* of LATAM Chile and LATAM Brazil are listed in the table below:
|Network 🌐 (LATAM CHILE)||Aircraft ✈️ (LATAM CHILE)|
|✈Short haul haul||Airbus A319, A320, A320 Neo, A321|
|✈Medium and Long haul||A321 Neo (deliveries in 2019), Boeing 767-300ER, 787-8/9|
|Network 🌐 (LATAM BRAZIL)||Aircraft ✈️ (LATAM BRAZIL)|
|✈Short haul haul||Airbus A319, A320, A321|
|✈Medium and Long haul||Airbus A321 Neo, A350-900, A350-1000 (to be announced). Boeing 767-300ER, 777-300ER.|
*Correct fleet info as of Jan 2019.
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|✅Best Airline to fly to South America (Chile or Brazil and connections)||👎 Limited direct destinations to Europe from Chile|
|✅ Member of the OneWorld Alliance for mileage redemption.||👎 No Asian destinations|
|✅Prices are competitive and reasonable.||👎 Additional fees for check in baggage and meals. (including long haul flights)|
|✅Free online check-in and seat selection.|
|✅Friendly cabin crew, good service. Good quality-price relation.|
|✅Comfortable seating, good entertainment on long haul flights. (B777-300)|