Airbus has handed over LATAM Airlines Group’s first A320neo. The carrier is the first in the Americas to operate the latest generation jet, which is powered by Pratt & Whitney Pure Power PW1100-JM engines.
Executives from LATAM and Airbus attended a delivery ceremony at the manufacturer’s Toulouse, France, facility where the carrier also took delivery of its fourth A350 XWB. Both jets are painted in LATAM’s new livery.
“We are pleased to offer our passengers the opportunity to fly the first A320neo in the Americas,” said Enrique Cueto, CEO of LATAM Airlines Group. “The A320 aircraft family has long served an important role in our fleet, supporting the operation of our unrivalled domestic and regional network in Latin America. With the latest in technology, efficiency and passenger comfort, the A320neo is a welcome addition and will help us to continue to offer one of the most modern and efficient fleets in the industry.”
Airbus President and CEO, Fabrice Brégier commented: “Over the years, Airbus and LATAM have grown together to become partners in building today’s dynamic aviation market in Latin America, which is why we are especially proud that the first A320neo in the Americas will be flying in LATAM’s livery. We are certain that this aircraft will complement their existing fleet and further their success in the region.”
The South American carrier will debut the 174-seat neo on domestic services before expanding to regional routes in November. The airline has 67 A320neo Family aircraft on order.