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TAM Airlines first to operate modern Airbus A350 in the Americas

August 13, 2014 Aviation No Comments Email Email

TAM Airlines, part of LATAM Airlines Group, will be the first airline in the Americas and the fourth in the world to receive and operate the Airbus A350-900 XWB. The Company has ordered 27 aircraft of this model, which are expected to be delivered between the end of 2015 and 2019.

The Airbus A350, one of the most modern passenger aircraft in the world, made its debut in South America with stopovers at airports in Santiago de Chile and Sao Paulo, Brazil, as part of its certification process to begin commercial operations with passengers.

Mr Enrique Cueto, CEO of the LATAM Airlines Group says it is an important milestone for the company, “The acquisition of these aircraft underlines the our ongoing commitment of maintaining one of the most young and modern fleets in the world, with more efficient aircraft, lower environmental impact, and the best available technology in aviation, allowing us to deliver more comfort for our passengers,” said Mr Cueto.

The arrival of the A350 will mark the entry of a new generation of long-haul aircraft for TAM Airlines, built with composite materials, which are lighter, more efficient and more economical. Operating costs (including fuel expenses) and greenhouse gas emissions of this new aircraft are up to 25 per cent lower than with other aircraft of similar size.

Currently, the Airbus A350 model is undergoing the final phase of its certification and one of the five aircraft under development is programmed to stop by at the airports of Santiago in Chile and São Paulo in Brazil on 6 and 7 August, 2014. These cities were stopovers of the series of test flights that started in Toulouse, France, and passed through Johannesburg in South Africa, Sydney in Australia, and Auckland in New Zealand. From São Paulo, the aircraft is going to return to the Airbus headquarters in Toulouse.

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