July 25, 2024

LATAM expands fleet with new sustainable planes

LATAM Airlines has acquired 14 A321neo planes with sustainable credentials and overhead storage compartments.

The Chilean airline has purchased its first A321neo, with 13 aircraft to follow, in a bid to become more sustainable and efficient.

For its delivery flight, the plane was fuelled with 49% Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) mixed with conventional fuel. 

New features include overhead storage compartments named Airspace XL bins, which provide a 40% increase in storage space and allow for 60% more carry-on luggage. 

LATAM hopes it will reduce overcrowding in compartments and the need to check luggage at the gate, providing a better boarding experience for both passengers and cabin crew. 

This is the first delivery of an order for 76 A321neo aircraft, which are part of a total of 111 A320 family aircraft, including the airline’s first A321XLR. 

Ramiro Alfonsín, CFO of LATAM Airlines Group, said: “Our fleet renewal and modernization strategy is aligned with our commitment to sustainability and is part of the goal of becoming a carbon neutral group by 2050. We will continue working to complement the current fleet with aircraft to further improve the connectivity of the LATAM group without neglecting the care of the environment.”

“We thank LATAM for its continued confidence in our aircraft and for once again choosing the A321neo to continue strengthening its regional growth. 

“This strategic move also accelerates LATAM’s path towards its decarbonization, since the A321neo is at least 20% more fuel-efficient, emits 20% less CO2 and generates 50% less noise compared to previous aircraft models,” added Christian Scherer, Chief Commercial Officer and Head of Airbus International.