LATAM orders five additional Boeing 787 aircraft

A LATAM Boeing 787 approaches over mountains.
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The LATAM group has announced an order for five more Boeing 787 Dreamliners. The latest purchase ranks the South American airline group as the largest operators of Dreamliners in Latin America.

With this latest order and the already slated deliveries in the coming years, LATAM group is poised to boast a fleet totaling 46 Boeing 787 airplanes.

This impressive figure marks a noteworthy increase of 20 aircraft compared to the pre-pandemic era, with the airline group maintaining one of the most modern and efficient fleets in South America.

Powered by GEnx Engines

In a pioneering move, LATAM group has chosen to equip the incoming Boeing 787s with GEnx engines by GE Aerospace.

This decision not only signifies a technological leap but also makes LATAM the first airline in South America to feature these engines renowned for their high performance and efficiency.


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Ramiro Alfonsín, CFO of LATAM Airlines Group S.A, highlighted, “These actions align perfectly with our commitment to sustainability and bring us closer to the goal of becoming a carbon-neutral group by 2050.”

The incorporation of GEnx engines offers increased flexibility and options for expanding the long-range fleet, allowing LATAM to operate with two different engine models, each known for cutting-edge technology and reduced environmental impact.

A Testament to Success

The GEnx engine family has amassed over 50 million flight hours since its inception in 2011, making it the fastest-selling, high-thrust engine in GE history.

Boasting nearly 3,000 engines in service and on backlog, including spares, the GEnx engines bring a wealth of experience and reliability to LATAM’s expanding Dreamliner fleet.

Kathy MacKenzie, Vice President of GE Commercial Programs for GE Aerospace, expressed her satisfaction, stating, “GE Aerospace is pleased to welcome the LATAM Airlines Group to the GEnx engine family.”

“As LATAM group continues to expand and grow its 787 Dreamliner fleet, we look forward to supporting their continued success every step of the way.”

Boeing Comments

Mike Wilson, vice president of Latin America and Caribbean Sales at Boeing Commercial Airplanes, expressed enthusiasm for the collaboration, stating,

“The 787 Dreamliner is perfectly suited to support LATAM group’s sustainability and operations goals with its exceptional performance, flexible route capability, and enhanced passenger comfort.”

The 787 Dreamliner Advantage

The Boeing 787 Dreamliner family stands out for its superior fuel efficiency, making airline customers more competitive in the industry.

This aircraft uses 25% less fuel and creates 25% fewer emissions than its predecessors, aligning perfectly with LATAM’s sustainability goals. The Boeing 787-9, part of this remarkable family, can transport 300 passengers across 7,565 nautical miles (14,010km), showcasing its impressive capabilities.

Beyond its environmental advantages, the Boeing 787 is designed with passenger comfort in mind.

Featuring a spacious cabin, adjustable LED lighting, the largest windows, improved air quality, smooth ride technology, and ample storage, the 787 ensures a delightful and enjoyable flying experience for passengers.

LATAM Current Fleet

As of now, LATAM group boasts a robust fleet of 332 aircraft, comprising 56 Boeing passenger aircraft (including models 767, 777, and 787) and 256 Airbus aircraft (including models A319, A320, A320neo, A321, and A321neo).

Additionally, LATAM Cargo contributes to the fleet with 20 cargo aircraft, further solidifying LATAM’s prominent position in the aviation industry.

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