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By Darren Shannon

 

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The pending merger between Chile’s LAN Airlines empire and Brazil’s Grupo TAM will combine very similar, relatively young fleets heavily reliant on Airbus narrowbodies and leasing contracts, according to the Aviation Week Intelligence Network (AWIN).

 

LAN and TAM, separately, are among the largest airlines in Latin American, with about 150 aircraft in each of their fleets. But when the merger closes, if all goes as planned, at the end of March, the new entity created, Latam Airlines Group, will not only become a regional behemoth but also one of the world’s biggest operators.

 

In sharp contrast to consolidation in North America, the Latam deal combines almost identical fleets. Airbus’ A320 family is core to both airlines, with LAN’s narrowbody fleet numbering close to 80 airframes and TAM’s 125.

 

Both airlines also employ CFM International and IAE International engines across their family of single-aisles; the only difference is that LAN’s fleet includes the full complement of Airbus narrowbody models, while TAM has avoided the A318.

 

General Electric-powered Boeing 767s-300ERs also feature in both fleets, with LAN using 30 of the type for its long-haul routes. Boeing’s 777 are also included in both fleets, although TAM uses four -300ER variants for passenger services and LAN two freighter derivatives of the -200LR for its LAN Cargo operation, which also operates two 767-300ERFs.

 

While LAN’s 767s are the backbone of its widebody fleet, TAM has only three 767-300ERs. The Brazilian carrier, however, operates 20 Airbus A330-200s on long-haul routes, a type not included in LAN’s fleet.

 

A small number of Airbus A340s also are included in the two carriers’ fleets, although the aircraft does not appear in Latam’s long-term plans. Indeed, according to AWIN, TAM has already parked its two ultra-long-haul A340-500s; LAN’s five -300s are still in operation.

 

Fleet ages are also comparable, although LAN’s A320s tend to be younger, while the majority of TAM’s are nearer to a decade old (and four have flown for almost 20 years). The 767s are the oldest aircraft in both fleets, with most of them made in the 20th century. The 777s are all new.

 

Pending orders also show a continued reliance on Airbus to supply aircraft for both carriers’ narrowbody fleets, mirroring a dominance across most of Latin America for the European manufacturer. However, widebody orders are the one difference, with LAN readying to accept the first of 32 Boeing 787s on order (22 -8s and 10 -9s) while TAM sits on an order for 27 Airbus A350-900s. Both widebody fleets will be powered by Rolls-Royce Trent engines.

 

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É ... Iguais, porém diferentes....

 

Acredito que pelo andamento dos projetos, o 787 possa levar vantagem com relação ao A350 no futuro da composição de frotas da LATAM. Não seria nada mal ver uns 787 substituindo os 767 da TAM.

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A chegada dos 787 aposentaram de vez os 767 sem duvida e trabalham juntos aos 777 e os A350 pra substituirem os dispendiciosos A340 (acho que esse ultimo qlqr cia vai fazer o mesmo) e ficaram lado a lado com os A330 o que eu acho que ficaram lindos nas cores das duas cias mas prefiro a pintura da Lan qm sabe uma pintura especial na cor vermelha??? Jajajajajaja

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Os 767 da LAN, mesmo antigos, foram todos modernizados.

Vejo os 767 ainda voando alguns anos, e desenvolvendo rotas novas.

 

Tem muito tempo para eles voarem ainda, mas muito mesmo.

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É ... Iguais, porém diferentes....

 

É..iguais porque ambas são empresas aéreas ... Diferentes, porque uma é adminstrada com profissionalismo, tem uma estrutura enxuta e soube aproveitar momentos cruciais no mercado sul-americano para passar de uma pequena empresa para uma gigante no continente... a outra, bom a outra é a outra...

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"Both airlines also employ CFM International and IAE International engines across their family of single-aisles; the only difference is that LAN’s fleet includes the full complement of Airbus narrowbody models, while TAM has avoided the A318."

 

Errado, a LAN não tem A321...

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"Both airlines also employ CFM International and IAE International engines across their family of single-aisles; the only difference is that LAN’s fleet includes the full complement of Airbus narrowbody models, while TAM has avoided the A318."

 

Errado, a LAN não tem A321...

 

Realmente, nao tinha ...

 

 

LAN Firms up Commitment to Order 40 A320 and 10 A321 Aircraft

 

Released on Tuesday, December 21, 2010

 

LAN firms up commitment to order 50 A320 Family aircraft

 

LAN Airlines, one of Latin America's leading passenger and cargo airlines, signed a firm order for 50 new eco-efficient Airbus A320 Family aircraft, making it the largest single airline order for Airbus in Latin America.

 

Initially announced as a Memorandum of Understanding at the Farnborough International Airshow in July, the airline’s request for incremental A320 Family aircraft is part of LAN’s growth strategy for Latin America, serving as new and replacement aircraft for both existing and new routes. LAN has also selected Sharklets for the A320 that start being delivered in 2013.

 

Sharklets are large wing-tip devices that will enhance the eco-efficiency and payload-range performance of the A320 Family. They are expected to result up to 3.5 percent reduced fuel burn over longer sectors corresponding to an annual reduction of up to 700 metric tons of carbon dioxide per aircraft. This latest development is part of a larger, continuous-improvement program for the A320 Family. The order also includes 10 A321s, a new aircraft type for the airline.

 

Ignacio Cueto, LAN Airlines' Chief Operating Officer, commented: “Since 2008, our short haul fleet has been entirely composed by Airbus A320-Family aircraft. Through this agreement, we confirm LAN’s commitment to the development of commercial aviation in Latin America by carefully selecting our aircraft based on its ability to effectively and efficiently serve our short- and long-haul flight needs.”

 

As of today, LAN’s total Airbus orders exceed 150, with more than 60 aircraft in passenger operations today throughout Chile, Argentina, Peru and Ecuador.

 

“We are extremely pleased with LAN’s continued confidence in Airbus and greatly appreciate the partnership established with LAN over the past 12 years," said John Leahy, Airbus Chief Operating Officer Customers. "The A320 family is recognized as being the most modern and efficient single-aisle aircraft around and, through ongoing investments, the best continuously keeps getting better.”

 

With more than 550 aircraft sold and a record backlog of more than 250 aircraft to be delivered to its Latin American customers, today more than 300 Airbus aircraft are flying with 22 Latin American airline customers and operators, representing more than 40 percent of the fleet in service in the region.

 

Source: http://www.deagel.co...n000008243.aspx

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Os 767 da LAN, mesmo antigos, foram todos modernizados.

Vejo os 767 ainda voando alguns anos, e desenvolvendo rotas novas.

 

Cara...eu voei num 767 da Air Canadá, com interior reformado, e é um baita avião. Sinceramente, não me deixou nada a desejar em relação ao 77W deles.

Todo o preconceito que se tem em relação a esse modelo dá-se por causa das aeronaves surradas que a TAM, por exemplo, ainda insiste em usar.

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