With the addition of the GRU Sao Paulo flight to/from LAX, time to pay attention again to LATAM, which has a complicated history.
The “Room for Improvement” rating comes from a mixed seating in Business Class from “pretty good” to “needs an upgrade”. Onboard service can be hit and miss. However, not a poor choice for long or short haul for South America. Connectivity with Delta, the new partner… just OK.
The newish LATAM Airlines Group was formed after the takeover by LAN and Brazilian TAM Linhas Aéreas. Many of the LATAM affiliates act semi-independently, which can be confusing for passengers, and connectivity.
LATAM affiliates include:
• LATAM Brasil
• LATAM Colombia
• LATAM Ecuador
• LATAM Paraguay
• LATAM Perú
Fairly generic, but not awful.
With Miami being it’s main US Hub, LATAM is expanding it’s USA (and other International) routes in 2023.
LA2477 | LAX 2025 > 0750+1 LIM | 763 | Daily
LA2476 | LIM 0100 > 0655 LAX | 763 | Daily
Santiago de Chile SCL
LA603 | LAX 1605 > 0750+1 SCL | 788 | 457
LA602 | SCL 2350 > 0615+1 LAX | 788 | 246
Sao Paulo GRU
planned service start July 2023 – 3 x weekly
LA8087 | LAX 1300 > 0520+1 GRU | 773ER | 457
LA8086 | GRU 2305 > 0700+1 LAX | 773ER | 246
Verdict: pretty good
Premium Business aboard LATAM, the largest airline in Latin America, is an ideal way to jet to, from and around South America. With a network that spans multiple countries, the airline is the easiest way to reach one of its many home countries including Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, Peru and Colombia from major North American, European and Pacific cities. It competes heavily with other international airlines for its share of the pie, and in doing so, is known to offer some competitive Business Class fares.
More information: official LATAM english website
WIKIPEDIA: LATAM Airlines Page
LATAM Airlines Chile (formerly LAN Airlines and LAN-Chile) is an airline based in Santiago, Chile, one of the founders of LATAM Airlines Group, Latin America’s largest airline holding company. The main hub is Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport in Santiago, with secondary hubs in Bogotá, Guayaquil, Lima and Quito airports.
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page updated: December 2022
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