Today, 30th August 2016, Airbus has delivered the first A350 to Thai Airways International, the first A350 in LATAM colors and the first A320neo in the Americas to the LATAM group.
The delivery to Thai
Thai has become the eight operator of the A350, following the delivery of the first (HS-THB, cn 44) of twelve it has on order. The plane is leased from the US-based CIT Aerospace.
After an initial period flying on regional services from Bangkok to Chiang Mai and Phuket, the new aircraft will be deployed on long haulflights on the Bangkok-Melbourne route.
The deliveries to LATAM
The LATAM Airlines Group has today taken delivery of its first A320neo (PT-TMN, cn 7126), euiqpped with Pratt & Whitney PW1100-JM engines, making the airline the first to operate the type in the American continent and the fifth operator in the world.
The airline executives and Airbus executives attended a delivery ceremony, which also marked the delivery of LATAM’s fourth A350 (PR-XTD, cn 45), the first in the airline’s group new livery.
The brand new A320neo is configured in a 174-seat layout with 18″ wide seats and is equipped with the innovative Space-Flex cabin configuration.
Initially LATAM plans to fly its first A320neo on Brazilian domestic routes to Brasilia, Belo Horizonte, Campo Gramde, Curitiba, Florianópolis, Porto Alegre, Recife, Rio de Janeiro (Galeão) and São Paulo (Guarulhos).
In November, LATAM will begin to fly regional routes throughout South America. The second aircraft is expected to be delivered later this year and is also expected to operate regional flights.