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Monday, September 22, 2014

LATAM Airlines Group plans new international flights for 2015

SAO PAULO, Brazil – In line with its fleet planning, the LATAM Airlines Group plans to launch new international flights in 2015. This initiative will strengthen the connectivity offered by the group in Latin America, North America and Europe.

One of the new features that passengers will be able to enjoy is expected to take place at the end of 2015, when LAN will operate daily flights from Santiago to Milan. This flight will have a layover in Sao Paulo. (The trip to Milan is currently done by TAM from Sao Paulo, and will be operated by LAN in order to strengthen connectivity from South America to Europe and improve in-flight experience of the passengers, as this route will be made ​​with modern Boeing 787 fleet).

Meanwhile, TAM plans to create direct flights between São Paulo and Cancun, Mexico before the end of this year and between São Paulo and Barcelona, Spain by the high season in mid-2015. The carrier also expects to launch, by mid-2015, a new flight to Toronto, Canada from São Paulo, with a layover in New York.

The routes between Brazil and the United States are also expected to be strengthened with the creation of a Brasília-Orlando flight planned for the third quarter of next year, as well as more frequencies on its Brasília-Miami and São Paulo-Miami service.

The new routes will offer an even better connection network for our customers, create highly qualified jobs and generate new opportunities for our employees." The plan calls for the creation of approximately 230 new jobs for flight crew members on long-haul flights.

The airline will also increase its use of Boeing B767 aircraft, which feature full-flat seats in Business Class. Another development will be the improved internal configuration of the Boeing B777-300 ER to provide passengers with even greater comfort.

By the end of 2015, it should also become the first airline in the Americas to receive delivery of the newly launched Airbus A350.

More destinations in Europe

The plans to launch direct service to Barcelona aims to meet the demand from passengers traveling to Spain. TAM already operates direct service between São Paulo and Madrid and the launch of service to Spain's second-largest city will allow more Brazilians to visit the country.

Greater connectivity in North America

For North America, in addition to the launch of Toronto service and of Brasília-Orlando service, the São Paulo-Miami route is expected to receive additional frequencies in the second half of 2015. Meanwhile, the Brasília-Miami route should reach seven weekly frequencies by the third quarter of 2015.

LAN plans to increase weekly frequencies from 10 to 14 on its Santiago-Miami service, which will be implemented over the course of next year. The airline also expects to expand its use of its Boeing B787 fleet.

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