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LATAM Airlines placed an order for 17 A321neo in Farnborough

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Airlines July 21, 23:16 Airways Media

LATAM Airlines placed an order for 17 A321neo in Farnborough

Latam Airlines has signed an agreement for purchasing additional 17 Airbus A321neo aircraft at Farnborough International Airshow 2022, thus bringing the total order of A320neo family jets up to 100.

LATAM's choise

South America company leaders choose a European manufacturer for its fleet expansion and modernization and the A321neo as the largest and most efficient single-aisle aircraft providing the carrier's short and medium-haul fleet with improved economics, and fuel efficiency.

Christian Scherer, Chief Commercial Officer and Head of Airbus International commented on the arrangement:

"This order for the A321neo on the heels of its restructuring is a strong sign of the value Airbus brings to making this vision and ambition a reality. The A321XLR will enable the opening of new routes and will allow LATAM to increase its international reach in the region."

LATAM Airlines Group is one of the largest clients of Airbus in the Latin American region and currently has a fleet of nearly 300 aircraft, 232 of them are Airbus A320 family planes. It is expected the air company will receive 100 narrowbodies by 2030.

The A321XLRs

Also, the airline's order covers Airbus A321XLRs, by updating the previous orders. The exact number of this type of aircraft is unknown, but it is not less than 12 jets. The A321XLR is the next step from the A321LR which reacts to market needs with more range (4,700 NM), creating more value for the air companies.

The Latin American carrier can deploy A321XLRs at some routes that are currently operated by widebodies - Boeing 787 and 763 and benefit from them. These may be US destinations: Florida or Texas airports from Santiago de Chile, Florida, California and New York from Lima, and Florida from Sao Paolo. Also, Mexico and the Caribbean countries are suitable itineraries for the A321XLR.

SKY and JetSmart, two other South American airlines, also have the A321XLRs on order.

From which routes can LATAM benefit with its A321XLR? Let us know in the comments.

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