Code: JJ / TAM
Founded: 1976 (2012)
Base: São Paulo (GRU)
Alliance: OneWorld (since March 2014)
long-haul A350-900, B767-300ER, B777-300ER
medium-haul A319-100, A320-200, A320neo, A321-200
A350s in fleet: 8 (-2) (PR-XTA, PR-XTB, PR-XTC, PR-XTD, PR-XTE , PR-XTH)
1st A350 delivery: 17/12/2015
LATAM Airlines (former TAM Airlines) ordered its first batch of A350s on June 16th 2005. Today, they have 15 A350-900s on order as well as 12 -1000s. The A350s will subtitute the carriers aging B767s and some B777 on routes to Europe and the US. The A350s will be based at Sao Paulo even though LATAM Airlines has another base at Santiago de Chile, the hub of former LAN Airlines.
The carrier took delivery of its first A350 on December 17th and used it for crew training on the Sao Paulo - Manaus route for crew training. As of today, the A350 has taken over routes from the B767 to Miami and Madrid.
We expect LATAM to introduce the A350 on routes to Europe, Africa and America and expect the A350 to be the backbone of the LATAM long-haul fleet based in Sao Paulo in a few years. It is not unthinkable that the airline firms up the 5 options it has for the aircraft.
MSN 45, PR-XTD in Toulouse| © Clément Alloing
MSN 26, PR-XTA in Toulouse| © Sébastien Mortier