LATAM Airlines takes delivery of first A321-200neo from ALC

A LATAM Airlines Airbus A321 takes off.
Photo Credit: Air Lease Corporation/LATAM

Air Lease Corporation (NYSE: AL) has delivered the first brand-new Airbus A321-200neo aircraft to the carrier LATAM Airlines.

This A321-200neo is the first of eight new Airbus A321s confirmed for delivery to the South American carrier from ALC’s order book with Airbus.

Two further A321-200neos are slated for delivery to the airline from ALC in 2023 and 2024, followed by the remaining five A321 XLRs starting in 2025 through 2026.

This delivery signifies a noteworthy moment for both companies, but relevantly propels LATAM’s fleet modernization initiative forwards.

Airbus A321-200neo

The state-of-the-art A321-200neo is the first of its kind to grace LATAM Airlines, and comes from Air Lease Corporation’s robust order book with Airbus.

Boasting cutting-edge technology, the A321-200neo provides the South American carrier with the potential to further bolster its international route network.

Steven Udvar-Házy, the Executive Chairman of Air Lease Corporation, expressed delight in announcing the maiden delivery of the A321-200neo to LATAM Airlines.


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LATAM Airlines Group & Latin America

LATAM Airlines Group S.A. stands as something of a doyen in Latin American aviation, weaving a network that spans five domestic markets: Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru.

Beyond these borders, the airline further extends its network to Europe, Oceania, the United States, and the Caribbean. This expansive reach positions the group as a key player in fostering global connectivity.

The LATAM Airlines Group operates a diverse fleet, including Boeing 767, 777, 787, Airbus A321, A320, A320neo, and A319 aircraft.

As part of its cargo subsidiary strategy, LATAM Cargo Chile, LATAM Cargo Colombia, and LATAM Cargo Brazil collectively manage a fleet of 18 freighter aircraft, with plans for expansion to 19 by 2024.

These cargo wings play a crucial role in both domestic and international cargo transportation, utilizing the modern infrastructure and a plethora of services offered by the airline group.

Future Deliveries and Network Growth

The delivery of the first A321-200neo marks the beginning of a strategic timeline. Two more A321-200neos are set to join LATAM Airlines in 2023 and 2024, followed by the introduction of five A321 XLRs from 2025 through 2026.

This roadmap outlines a trajectory of growth for LATAM, positioning the airline at the forefront of the industry with a modernized fleet equipped for the demands of the future.

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