LATAM Airlines Group has announced that it has reached an agreement with Airbus to purchase 28 new A320neo, in addition to 42 narrow-body aircraft already agreed, as part of its plan to modernise and maximise fleet efficiency for the coming years.
The carrier said that modernising its fleet with Airbus A320neo family aircraft will lead to more efficient engines, aerodynamic improvements and will help it to reduce its CO2 emissions by around 50%.
With 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.
Roberto Alvo, CEO of LATAM Airlines Group, commented: “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.”
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.”