LATAM Airlines Group, made up of LAN Airlines and TAM Airlines, has taken delivery of its first A350 XWB in Toulouse, France.
In doing so, TAM will become the first airline in the Americas to operate the all-new airliner and the fourth worldwide.
TAM operation of A350
TAM’s aircraft is configured in a premium two-class layout, with 348 seats, consisting of 30 Premium Business Class and 318 Economy. LATAM has ordered a total of 27 A350 XWB aircraft for the Group.
The carrier will start operating the A350 XWB commercially in January 2016 between Sao Paulo and Manaus, Brazil, as part of continued training and crew familiarization.
This will be followed by operations from Sao Paulo to Miami in March and then to Madrid in April.
Claudia Sender, CEO of TAM S.A.:
“The A350 XWB brings us the best of both worlds, complementing our existing eco-efficient fleet and the best in aviation technology to ensure even greater levels of comfort for our passengers.”
Fabrice Brégier, Airbus President and CEO, said:
“The A350 XWB symbolises Airbus’ mission to innovate and to provide the market with the world’s leading aircraft. Offering unrivalled passenger flying experience and operational productivity, the A350 XWB is the perfect aircraft to support TAM’s long-haul strategy to Europe and the United States”.
The long-range A350 XWB features the most modern aerodynamic design, carbon fibre fuselage and wings, plus new fuel-efficient Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines that together bring 25 percent reduction in fuel burn and emissions with significantly lower maintenance costs.
For passengers, it brings new levels of in-flight comfort, with an extra-wide cabin offering more personal space in all classes, including 18-inch wide seats as standard in economy class.
Including the TAM delivery, so far in 2015 Airbus has delivered 13 A350 XWBs to four customers in four continents. Airbus has recorded a total of 775 firm orders from 41 customers worldwide, making the A350 XWB one of the most successful wide body aircraft ever.
N.B. Image credit: airbus.com
Airbus special A350 XWB TAM delivery website