LATAM Brazil’s CEO has confirmed the immediate retirement of all remaining 11 Airbus A350s between this and next week.
In a statement sent to employees on Thursday, LATAM Airlines CEO Jerome Cadier said:
“Among these decisions, one is the restructuration of our widebody fleet in Brazil. Therefore, today we announce that seven aircraft A350 are leaving our LATAM Brazil fleet immediately; next week, another four will go as well.”
Jerome Cadier added that this would allow having a more efficient widebody operation to go through this period. However, this retirement doesn’t mean the exit of cabin crew members in the short term.
After the retirement of the A350s, LATAM’s long haul fleet will be composed of 10 Boeing 777-300ERs and 13 Boeing 767-300ERs, along with 22 Boeing 787s operating for LATAM Chile.
Therefore, the LATAM Airline Group’s widebody fleet will become a solely Boeing operator.
LATAM Brasil was originally known as TAM Airlines before merging with Chile’s LAN Airlines to form the LATAM Airlines group.
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