LATAM Airlines took delivery of its first A321neo on September 30, in Hamburg, Germany.
The aircraft took off from Airbus facilities on the same day for Brazil, where it will be operated by the LATAM division in the country.
The aircraft registration PS-LBB had flown for the first time on September 13 and is part of the airline’s leasing agreement with AerCap.
LATAM also has another leasing contract with ALC that provides for three A321neo, in addition to firm orders for the aircraft.
Airbus also confirmed that the customer has added 13 more orders for the A321neo.
The Chile-based group has plans to receive more than 100 new aircraft from Airbus by the end of the decade, between direct orders and lease agreements.
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The Chile-based group has plans to receive 100 new aircraft from Airbus by the end of the decade, between direct orders and lease agreements.
LATAM should soon receive other A321neo, including the planes that will receive the registration plates PS-LBD and PS-LBF, already spotted in final assembly in Germany.
In 2023, the Brazilian airline division has already received five new jets, four A320neo and the A321neo PS-LBB. There are another ten Airbus aircraft scheduled for delivery this year, according to LATAM.
The A321neo can fly distances of more than 4,000 nautical miles (7,400 km) and carry up to 244 passengers in a high-density configuration, but LATAM equipped its plane with 224 seats.
The jet provides fuel savings of up to 15% compared to similar older aircraft. LATAM’s A321neo is powered by the Pratt & Whitney PW1133G-JM engine.