The LATAM Airlines Group
The merger of TAM with LAN Airlines was completed in 2012 and the new brand LATAM Airlines was launched in May 2016. The Airline’s home airport is in Santiago, Chile with flights to over 124 South American destinations.
LATAM Airlines is the combination of Chilean airline LAN and Brazilian airline TAM. LAN Airlines was founded by Chilean Air Force Commodore Arturo Merino Benitez (after whom Santiago Airport is named), and began operations in 1929 as Línea Aeropostal Santiago-Arica. In 1932 It was re-branded as Línea Aérea Nacional de Chile (National Air Line of Chile), using the acronym LAN-Chile as its commercial name. LAN-Chile’s first fleet consisted of de Havilland Moth planes.
LAN Airways early aircraft and passengers
LATAM Argentina, LATAM Express, LATAM Colombia, LATAM Ecuador, LATAM Peru, LATAM Brasil, LATAM Paraguay.
LATAM Airlines operates to destinations in 21 countries, through its subsidiary South American airlines the company has unrivaled reach to over 124 destinations within the continent.
LATAM is a member of the oneworld alliance. LAN has been a oneworld alliance member since 2000, however before the merger TAM airlines was a Star Alliance member, this membership was dropped in 2014 when the airline ultimately decided to stay with oneworld.
LATAM’s fleet consist of 154 passenger aircraft made up of a variety of Airbus and Boeing aircraft, the majority being Airbus A320-200’s. In 2012, it became the launch customer of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner in the Americas.
LATAM Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner photographed on May 13, 2016 from Wolfe Air Aviation Learjet 25B.
LATAM Airlines has Premium Business Class, Premium Economy Class and Economy Class.
Premium Business passengers have a seat that reclines into a fully-flat bed measuring 23 inches wide and 73 inches long. Each seat has a 15 inch tv screen with personal entertainment system. In this cabin you can take advantage of access to VIP lounges, priority check-in, boarding, deplaning and baggage pickup, 125% LANPASS miles, and increased baggage allowance.
LATAM Airlines, Business Class.
Premium Economy has a dedicated cabin onboard for twelve passengers. The seat is fully reclining with increased leg room and there is a universal outlet to charge computers, iPods, DVD players, and other devices. In this cabin you can take advantage of access to VIP lounges, priority check-in, boarding, deplaning and baggage pickup, 125% LANPASS miles, and increased baggage allowance.
Economy Class seating is ergonomically designed with a pitch of 32 inches. Each Economy seat on the Boeing 767’s, 787’s and Airbus A340’s is fitted with a personal entertainment system.
Frequent Flyer Program
LATAM PASS currently has over four million members and they earn kilometres each time they fly with LATAM, a subsidiary or a oneworld partner. There are four membership categories ranging from Comodoro Black (entry level), Comodoro (aligned with OneWorld Emerald), Premium Silver (OneWorld Sapphire) and Premium (OneWorld Ruby). Prior to 2016 LATAM Pass was known as LAN Pass.
LATAM operates its VIP Lounges at Santiago Airport, Buenos Aires and Bogota Miami and Sao Paulo. The lounges are open to passengers traveling onboard LATAM First Class, Premium Business, Business and Premium Economy, as well as senior members of the LATAMPASS program (Comodoro, Premium Silver levels), TAM Fidelidade program (Black, Vermelho Plus, Vermelho) and OneWorld respective categories (Emerald, Sapphire).
Hub Cities: Santiago
Secondary Hubs: Bogota, Lima, Guayaquil, Buenos Aires
Focus Cities: Antofagasta, Quito, Miami
Frequent Flyer Program: LATAMPASS
Airport Lounge: VIP Lounge
Airline Alliance: oneworld
Fleet Size: 145