Confirmed: LATAM Will Send 4 Dreamliners To Its Brazilian Subsidiary

LATAM Brasil will have four Boeing 787 Dreamliners with domestic registrations, the regional CEO recently updated. These four…

Confirmed: LATAM Will Send 4 Dreamliners To Its Brazilian Subsidiary

LATAM Brasil will have four Boeing 787 Dreamliners with domestic registrations, the regional CEO recently updated. These four aircraft are already in Brazil, awaiting their certifications and first flights. Let’s investigate further.

The Boeing 787 is going to fill an important role in LATAM Brasil’s widebody fleet in the years to come. Photo: Vincenzo Pace | Simple Flying

Four Dreamliners in Brazil

Following LATAM’s decision to reject the leasing contracts of its Airbus A350 fleet, the Brazilian branch had a gap in its long-haul aircraft fleet. On the one hand, it had nine Boeing 767-300s with a capacity for 221 passengers; on the other, it had ten Boeing B777 for 410 passengers, leaving a 189 seat difference.

LATAM decided to send some of its 25 Boeing 787 Dreamliners from Chile to Brazil to address this issue. LATAM’s 787 fleet has 313 seats on each plane. The Brazilian civil aviation authorities (ANAC) issued a Type Certification for the 787 since LATAM Brazil will be the first airline in the country to use the model. We wrote about the subject in Simple Flying en Español.

In August’s last week, LATAM Brazil took delivery of its first Boeing 787 Dreamliner. Now, we know how many Dreamliners will use going forward. According to the Brazilian media outlet Aeroin, LATAM Brazil will use four B787 Dreamliners.

Jerome Cadier, LATAM Brasil’s CEO, recently said,

“The decision to launch operations in Brazil with a model already used by LATAM Group will create more efficiency for our international operations. Now we will have a unique OEM fleet, of the Boeing family, with the 767s, 777s, and 787s. This will allow the airline to be more competitive.”

Earlier this year, LATAM rejected the leasing contracts of its Airbus A350 fleet. Photo: Vincenzo Pace | Simple Flying

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Where will LATAM Brasil use the 787 Dreamliners?

LATAM Brasil has already scheduled several flights using its Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner fleet, according to Cirium’s database.

In October, LATM Brazil has scheduled 29 flights using the Dreamliner. There will be one round trip between São Paulo Guarulhos International Airport and Lima, Peru, and one to Madrid.

Additionally, the airline is planning up to 13 flights between São Paulo and Manaus. According to Aeroin, these operations are part of the certification process of the Dreamliner in Brazil.

In November and December, LATAM Brasil plans to have daily flights between São Paulo and Madrid, Spain, using the B787-9. It will offer up to 18,780 seats per month. LATAM is currently rebuilding its European network.

So far, LATAM only has one Brazilian registration on its Dreamliner fleet. We’re talking about PS-LAA, formerly CC-BGO.

Confirmed: LATAM Will Send 4 Dreamliners To Its Brazilian Subsidiary
Up to four LATAM Boeing 787 Dreamliners will operate in Brazil. Photo: Vincenzo Pace | Simple Flying

LATAM Brazil’s importance

In the last few weeks, Azul has been said to be interested in acquiring LATAM Brazil from LATAM Airlines Group. Azul’s CEO, John Rodgerson, noted that there are carriers in other countries than 70% of the domestic market share, and that’s ok.

Nevertheless, LATAM Airlines Group is, at least in front of the public opinion, totally against selling its Brazilian branch to Azul.

Recently, LATAM released its five-year business plan. It outlined that the Group’s recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic would come mainly through the Brazilian market, adding that this country is essential going into the future.

LATAM Airlines Group said to Simple Flying in a statement,

“LATAM Group intends to compete in Brazil and other markets aggressively and doesn’t have the intention of selling or breaking apart its Brazilian, or any other, branch.”

Would you love to fly onboard LATAM Brasil’s 787 Dreamliner fleet? Let us know in the comments.

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Air Canada Reportedly Eyeing December Australia Return

Air Canada plans to resume flights between Vancouver and Sydney in mid-December. The announcement comes hot on the…

Air Canada Reportedly Eyeing December Australia Return

Air Canada plans to resume flights between Vancouver and Sydney in mid-December. The announcement comes hot on the heels of Qantas saying it intends to resume flying the route before Christmas.

Air Canada plans to resume flights to Sydney in mid-December. Photo: Air Canada

Four flights a week to Sydney from mid-December

As reported in Executive Traveller on Tuesday, an Air Canada Boeing 777-200LR jet will take flight between the two cities four times a week from December 17. Before the travel downturn, Air Canada operated year-round flights to Sydney while Qantas operated seasonal services to Vancouver.

In 2019, the last year of normal airline traffic, two-way passenger traffic between Canada and Australia totaled 423,504. In the same year, Air Canada and Qantas operated 1,874 passenger flights between the two countries.

After a strong start to 2020, traffic collapsed in March. Across 2020, two-way passenger traffic between Canada and Australia amounted to 111,035. Available passenger flights in 2020 totaled 482.

Air Canada will use Boeing 777-200LR aircraft for its Sydney flights. Photo: Air Canada

Air Canada will send their Boeing 777-200LRs down to Sydney

In March 2020, Qantas ceased flying to Canada along with most of its overseas destinations. Air Canada paused its Australia flights in April 2020. Now, after a year and a half away, Air Canada’s flights to Sydney are back in the timetables and available for sale.

Starting Friday, December 17, Air Canada flight AC033 will depart Vancouver (YVR) at 22:30 every Friday, Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday. After 15 plus hours in the sky, the Boeing 777-200LR lands in Sydney (SYD) at 09:05 two days later.

The return flight to Vancouver will leave Sydney every Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from December 19. AC034 will push back at 11:45 and, owing to the magic of the international dateline, touch down in Vancouver at 07:00 on the same day.

Air Canada’s 777-200LR seat 300 passengers. That includes 236 passengers in the main cabin in a predominantly 3-4-3 layout (there are some 2-4-2 configured rows down the back of the plane). Midway along the plane, a small premium economy cabin seats 24 passengers in a 2-4-2 layout. Towards the front of the Boeing is the business class cabin. Forty lie-flat seats, or “open suites,” come in a 1-2-1 layout.

Air Canada’s long-haul premium economy cabin. Photo: Air Canada

Only vaccinated travelers welcome onboard

Air Canada retains six Boeing 777-200LR planes, all aged 13 plus years. The airline’s decision to use this aircraft type on a long-haul flight rather than the new 787 Dreamliner is raising some eyebrows. Not everyone is a fan of the plane. But 15 hours on a Dreamliner is nothing to write home about either, especially if flying in the main cabin.

However, with two airlines planning to fly between Vancouver and Sydney (Qantas plans to fly three times a week on the route from December 18 using Boeing 787-9 aircraft), passengers will at least have a choice.

There will also be some similarities between the two airlines. Neither Air Canada nor Qantas will board unvaccinated passengers on their international flights. Earlier this month, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau confirmed only fully vaccinated travelers could enter Canada. Passengers will also need evidence of a negative COVID-19 test taken with 72 hours of traveling.

Australia is still sorting out its border rules and a re-opening date, but Qantas has already confirmed it will not fly unvaccinated passengers on its international flights. There is now a widespread expectation Australia will begin relaxing its travel bans for vaccinated travelers as soon as November.

Both Air Canada and Qantas are betting on this happening. After an 18 month hiatus on the route, resuming flights would be a welcome Christmas present for both airlines.

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