LATAM Brasil is about to take delivery of its seventh A320neo, the most efficient version of Airbus’ single-aisle jet. The airline announced on Tuesday that the aircraft will be delivered by the manufacturer in the last week of June.
This is an interval of 30 months between the delivery of the PR-XBF aircraft, the last one received so far. The Chilean division, however, reinstated a second-hand A320neo in May, but on a lease basis and which even flew in Brazil.
“The incorporation of another A320neo aircraft by LATAM is fully aligned with the strategy of increasing our efficiency and competitiveness. This aircraft has state-of-the-art engines, sharklets and an innovative cabin, being the most comfortable single-aisle aircraft, with low fuel consumption and respectful of the environment,” said Harley Meneses, Director of Operations at LATAM Brasil.
A321neo in 2023
The A320neo’s career at LATAM Brazil is controversial. The airline was the first in Latin America to introduce the jet into service, in 2016. Later, however, the Brazilian division transferred the first two planes to LATAM Chile.
In 2019, the Brazilian airline returned to fly with the Airbus aircraft, which is capable of consuming 20% less fuel than the previous generation.
In addition to the A320neo, the LATAM group will also receive the A321neo, the highest-capacity variant of the family, for the first time. Although it has 40 firm orders still pending, the company has entered into a leasing agreement to have three aircraft from Air Lease Corporation starting in 2023.