LATAM Airlines Orders More Boeing 787s

South American airline group LATAM has announced that it has ordered five additional Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft. This order will further strengthen its rank as the largest operator of such type of widebody jet in Latin America. Also, the group has confirmed that these five aircraft will be powered by General Electric (GE) Aerospace’s GEnx-1B engines. This move makes the Chile-based LATAM the first airline in Latin America to opt for the GEnx powerplants. The group last utilised a GE Aerospace engine nearly twenty years ago.

With the latest order and other scheduled deliveries of the same aircraft in the coming years, LATAM’s fleet will comprise 46 Boeing 787s. Compared to pre-pandemic levels, that is an increase of 20 aeroplanes. The twin-engined widebody long-haulier can fly 300 passengers 7,565 nautical miles, just over 14,000 kilometres.

LATAM Airlines currently has 332 aircraft in its fleet, comprising 56 Boeing passenger aircraft (767, 777 and 787), 256 Airbus jets (A319, A320, A320neo, A321, A321neo) and 20 freighters. Earlier this year, it took delivery of the first of 76 Airbus A321neo on order.

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