LATAM Airlines Group takes delivery of 200th Airbus A320 aircraft during Paris Air Show
Le Bourget, June 18th, 2013.- LATAM Airlines Group, one of the largest airline groups in the world -resultant of the combination between LAN and TAM Airlines, took delivery of its 200th Airbus A320 aircraft today during the Paris Air Show at Le Bourget. The TAM A320 aircraft is equipped with Sharklet fuel-saving wing-tip devices and powered by CFM engines.
“We are very happy to receive our 200th Airbus A320 during the Paris Air Show, an important occasion that reflects the long relationship Airbus, LAN, TAM now LATAM Airlines Group have shared since 1998,” said Roberto Alvo, LATAM Airlines Group’s Chief Corporate Officer, who was the airline group’s representative in the event and delivery ceremony. “The Airbus A320 has been a key element to the group’s growth over the years in South America”.
“We congratulate LATAM on this important milestone. We are convinced that the market-leading A320 Family will substantially contribute to LATAM’s strategy moving forward,” said John Leahy Airbus Chief Operating Officer, Customers. “We are proud to foster our partnership with LATAM, one of the largest airline groups in the world.”
From Airbus, LATAM Airlines Group has ordered a total of 380 aircraft, has almost 250 aircraft in operation, making the group the third largest airline operator of Airbus aircraft in the world. The airline group is also the largest A320 operator in Latin America and one of the largest in the world.
New Airbus A320 with Sharklets
LATAM Airlines Group started to receive Sharklet-equipped aircraft in April 2013. Made from light-weight composites, Sharklets are an option on new-build A320 Family aircraft allowing Airbus airline customers to reduce fuel burn up to four percent over longer sectors and reduce approximately 1,000 tons of CO2 emissions per aircraft per year.