LATAM Confirms Plans To Relaunch 787 Sydney Flights Via Auckland

LATAM Airlines Group is hoping to relaunch its iconic Santiago-Auckland-Sidney route during 2022’s first quarter, the airline confirmed…

LATAM Confirms Plans To Relaunch 787 Sydney Flights Via Auckland

LATAM Airlines Group is hoping to relaunch its iconic Santiago-Auckland-Sidney route during 2022’s first quarter, the airline confirmed Simple Flying today. This flight has been suspended since 2020 due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the travel restrictions worldwide. Nevertheless, there could be a date in sight to relaunch it.

LATAM wants to reactivate its routes to Auckland and Sydney next year. Photo: Vincenzo Pace | Simple Flying

The iconic route

In 2019, LATAM Airlines Group had two destinations in Australia and one in New Zealand. The airline operated the routes Santiago de Chile-Auckland-Sydney, Santiago de Chile-Sydney, and Santiago de Chile-Melbourne, offering 36,091 seats per month.

LATAM used its Boeing 787-8 fleet to connect with Melbourne and the bigger 787-9 to Auckland and Sydney. Simple Flying reviewed LATAM’s business class between Sydney and Auckland in 2019.

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, Air New Zealand and Qantas also flew between Oceania and South America. Air New Zealand connected Auckland with Buenos Aires using its B777-200/200ER fleet; Qantas flew between Sydney and Santiago with its Boeing 747-400 fleet. Nowadays, there are zero scheduled commercial flights between both regions, although Qantas did operate its largest flight ever between Buenos Aires and Darwin last week.

Both regions have had some of the strictest travel restrictions worldwide, which hasn’t helped either to restore the connectivity. Nevertheless, LATAM expects things will change shortly.

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LATAM will use the Boeing 787-9 in these routes. Photo: Vincenzo Pace | Simple Flying

Relaunching the route

Today, LATAM sources confirmed Simple Flying that restoring the routes to Auckland and Sydney is a possibility. The route to Melbourne is still suspended, and there’s no date in sight yet.

At the earliest, LATAM would reactivate the route from March 1, 2022, with three weekly flights using its B787-9 fleet. Then, it could increase to six flights per week by the end of March.

LATAM is very interested in restoring its connectivity to New Zealand and Australia, as it was a unique market. Moreover, the airline also has invested in acquiring slots at these hubs, so it should have a strong incentive to keep on flying these routes.

Nevertheless, many things can still go wrong between today and that date. The airline sources did point out that travel restrictions have to be eased on both sides, and the pandemic has to continue its downwards trajectory before an official announcement can be made.

LATAM Confirms Plans To Relaunch 787 Sydney Flights Via Auckland
LATAM is currently offering 846 flights to international destinations not in Latin America and the Caribbean. Photo: Vincenzo Pace | Simple Flying

How’s LATAM international connectivity?

In October 2021, LATAM Airlines Group is offering 846 flights to international destinations not in Latin America and the Caribbean.

The carrier (currently under Chapter 11) has a capacity of 224,206 seats in these routes. LATAM has 19 international routes not to Latin America and the Caribbean, mainly to the US.

A couple of years ago, LATAM offered 1,483 monthly flights, including destinations like Johannesburg (from Sao Paulo) and Sydney. LATAM Airlines Group still has to recover 43% of its pre-pandemic capacity and 17 routes, according to stats by Cirium.

According to its latest projections, the South American carrier expects to recover its international long-haul connectivity by 2024 fully. Due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, LATAM has reshaped and resized its long-haul fleet. It has converted quite a few Boeing 767-300ERs into freighters, rejected the leases of its Airbus A350 fleet, and sent some Boeing 787 Dreamliners from Chile to Brazil (to fill the gap left by the exit of the A350).

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Avelo Airlines Launches Vegas To North Colorado Flights

Avelo Airlines has announced another destination out of its growing operation at Las Vegas McCarran (LAS). From December,…

Avelo Airlines Launches Vegas To North Colorado Flights

Avelo Airlines has announced another destination out of its growing operation at Las Vegas McCarran (LAS). From December, the airline will add Northern Colorado Regional Airport (FNL) to its schedule, with the destination joining Sonoma County, CA and Eureka, CA, as the third served by Avelo from LAS.

Avelo is adding more destinations to its Las Vegas operation. Photo: Vincenzo Pace | Simple Flying

Avelo Chairman and CEO Andrew Levy commented on the announcement saying,

“Traveling between Las Vegas and Northern Colorado is now easier and more affordable than ever. We’re excited to add this popular route to Avelo’s Western U.S. network. Whether you’re arriving or departing, FNL is the ultra-convenient gateway to and from North Denver and Fort Collins.”

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A very secondary airport?

The choice of Northern Colorado Regional Airport might seem like an odd one, given its relative absence from most airline schedules. But Avelo could be onto something great here, considering FNL is just minutes from Fort Collins and around a 50-minute drive from downtown Denver. Taking into account the congestion and lengthy queues usually experienced at Denver International, this could position FNL as a powerful alternative gateway to Northern Colorado.

As well as those seeking to explore the great outdoors and mountains of Colorado, there is likely to be plenty of demand in the other direction too. Las Vegas is a destination that requires little introduction, and with an easier and cheaper way to get there, this service could get booked out. Avelo, as per its mantra, will be the only airline serving this route.

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Avelo will be the only operator on the route. Photo: Avelo Airlines

Avelo’s flights between Las Vegas and Northern Colorado are set to take off from December 15th, with two flights a week on offer. Departures are on Wednesdays and Saturdays, leading FNL at 12:05 for arrival at LAS at 13:00. The returning flight departs LAS at 13:40, arriving in FNL at 16:30. Tickets are priced from a competitive one-way fare of $39.

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The growth of Avelo

It seems like only yesterday that Avelo Airlines was nothing more than a rumored startup. Former United Airlines CFO Andrew Levy first filed for the trademark in January this year, and since then, it’s been a rollercoaster ride for the fledgling airline. Inaugurating services from the underused Hollywood Burbank Airport in late April, the airline has been steadily growing its network ever since.

Avelo Network
Avelo has rapidly grown its network on both coasts. Data: Cirium

Focusing on the west coast, the airline grew destinations out of BUR, mainly north to Sonoma, Eureka, Medford, and suchlike, but also headed southeast to Tucson, Arizona. But its eyes weren’t only on the east of the US. Just days after inaugurating its operations from Los Angeles, the airline announced a new base on the east coast – in New Haven, Connecticut.

From there, it has launched a slew of flights down to the sun-soaked cities of Florida. From November, it will fly to five airports – Orlando, Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, and Tampa – giving chilled northeasterners a quicker and better way to make it to the beaches on vacation.

Las Vegas has been its most recent stomping ground, with today’s announcement bringing the destinations served from the entertainment capital to three. Undoubtedly, Avelo is nowhere near done with its growth yet. All things being equal, we could see more growth out of LAS to secondary airports as we head into 2022.

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