South American airline group, LATAM has placed an order of additional 5 Boeing 787 Dreamliner. With this order, the airline has made history as it is all set to become the largest Boeing 787 operator in the South American region.
LATAM orders 5 more Boeing 787
LATAM Group has signed an agreement with Boeing to order an additional 5 Boeing 787 Dreamliner. The airline group is poised to become the largest operator of Boeing 787 family in South American continent. Upon delivery of all these jets, the airline will have a fleet of 46 Boeing 787s. Currently, it has a fleet of 33 Boeing 787 Dreamliner. Out of these, 10 are Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner and remaining 23 are Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner.
Most of these Dreamliner jets are operated by LATAM Airlines Chile. One aircraft is operated by LATAM Brazil.
Compared to pre-pandemic fleet, the airline now has 20 more Boeing 787s in its fleet. This reflects the commitment to be more efficient and sustainable.
Twist in Engine Tail
For this new aircraft, the airline has decided to go ahead with engines developed by General Electric. These new Dreamliners will be powered by GEnX engines. All previous Boeing 787s of LATAM Group are powered by Rolls Royce Trent 1000 engines. General Electric engines GEnX-1B powers the Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft. LATAM will acquire 10 engines from GE.
This decision has been taken with an aim that the airline has greater flexibility and more options for its long haul fleet.
GE Aerospace is happy to welcome the LATAM Airlines Group to the GEnx engine family, said Kathy MacKenzie, vice president of GE Commercial Programs. We are eager to help LATAM Group succeed at every turn as they develop and increase the number of 787 Dreamliners in their fleet.
The GEnx engine family has accumulated over 50 million flight hours since going into service in 2011. The above stat was taken from manufacturer website. It is the fastest-selling, high-thrust engine in GE history, with approximately 3,000 units in service and in backlog, including spares.
Sustainability and flexibility are the key
These actions are fully aligned with the commitment to sustainability. This brings LATAM closer to the goal of becoming a carbon neutral group by 2050, stated Ramiro Alfonsín, CFO of LATAM Airlines Group S.A. One move that offers more alternatives and flexibility for the long-range fleet expansion is the addition of GEnx engines.
Additionally, the group will be able to operate with two distinct engine models—known for their cutting-edge technology and little environmental impact—in a complimentary manner by expanding the Boeing 787 fleet size.
Mike Wilson, vice president of Sales for Boeing Commercial Airplanes in Latin America and the Caribbean, stated: The 787 Dreamliner’s outstanding performance, adaptable route capability, and improved passenger comfort make it an ideal choice to support LATAM group’s sustainability and operations goals. As LATAM group improves the communities it serves and links Latin America with the rest of the globe, we are excited to work with them.
Source : LATAM Newsroom