Latam Airlines Group has reaffirmed its fleet as the largest in Latin America following the purchase of 70 new aircraft in total, including 42 narrow body aircraft, as part of its modernisation and efficiency programme.
The integration of the A320neo family implies more efficient engines, aerodynamic improvements and the latest technologies that provide 20 per cent greater efficiency in fuel consumption and therefore lower CO2 emissions. This also results in a 50 per cent cut in oxide emissions and a 50 per cent reduction in acoustic footprint.
Following this agreement, the group aims to strengthen operations in all its subsidiaries at regional level with its modern fleet and maximum efficiency in environmental matters, one of the pillars of its sustainability strategy. In turn, Latam is seeking to consolidate the largest range of destinations in and from Latin America and the Caribbean, together with its connectivity agreements with Delta, currently under review by various regulatory authorities in the countries where the group operates.
“The purchase of these highly efficient aircraft 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 planes 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,” said Latam Airlines Group CEO Roberto Alvo.
Airbus president for Latin America and the Caribbean Arturo Barreira added: “The decision by Latam to continue incorporating A320neo aircrafts demonstrates its great commitment to sustainability. The A320neo has the latest-generation engines, sharklets, and an innovative cabin, making it the most comfortable, fuel-efficient and environmentally friendly single-aisle aircraft in the world.”
In May, Latam launched its sustainability strategy consisting of four core pillars: environmental management, climate change, circular economy and shared value. The strategy positions sustainability at the centre of the business and aims to stimulate social, environmental and economic development of the region by collaborating with passengers, employees, suppliers and communities over the next 30 years.