LAN Airlines and TAM Airlines celebrated (21-Jun-2013) the first anniversary of the creation of LATAM Airlines Group and reiterated plans to join oneworld in 2Q2014. LATAM highlighted its combined fleet of 318 aircraft will be supplemented with the addition of 32 Boeing 787s, 12 A350s, 42 A320neos and the introduction of "more than" 100 sharklet-equipment aircraft to reduce emissions and improve fuel efficiency. LATAM said its cargo business is "on target to achieve the expected synergies and offer a greater network", and noted domestic cargo operates in Brazil increased due to larger cargo-capacity aircraft and dedicated freighters. LATAM CEO Enrique Cueto said, "This [LAN-TAM] partnership offers unmatchable route connectivity and is the most important achievement in the history of regional air transportation.There is no other airline group in South America that offers more flights or destinations." [more - original PR - Spanish]
LAN and TAM celebrate first anniversary of LATAM Airlines Group
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