LATAM Airlines Group has taken delivery of its first Airbus A350 eXtraWideBody (XWB), to be used by TAM from January 2016.
The airline took delivery of the aircraft at a ceremony in Toulouse, France, attended by Airbus president and chief executive officer (CEO), Fabrice Bregier.
The aircraft will be used on services between the Brazilian cities of Sao Paulo and Manaus for training and crew familiarisation. After this it will be moved to US services from Sao Paulo to Miami in March, then in April for Madrid flights.
LATAM Airlines Group CEO of international and alliances, Roberto Alvo: “Adding this aircraft into our fleet not only proves our commitment to maintaining one of the youngest and most modern fleets in the world, but it also strengthens our relationship with Airbus, a true partner with whom we have grown in the last decades.”
TAM CEO, Claudia Sender says: “The A350 XWB brings us the best of both worlds, complementing our existing eco-efficient fleet and best in aviation technology.”
Bregier says the A350 XWB will support TAM’s long-haul strategy to Europe and the US. “The A350 XWB symbolises Airbus’ mission to innovate and to provide the market with the world’s leading aircraft.”