If you’ve been keeping up with the past two months of my travels, you know I’ve been flying from country to country in South America with both LAN and TAM Airlines. Anyone remember that time I had a Boeing 767 all to myself?! Ahhhhh. A dream come true for an aviation nerd like myself.
My long term partners LAN and TAM have flown me safe, sound and in style all over the continent of South America for the past couple of years. In fact, the only countries we have yet to see together are Venezuela and Paraguay. We’ve shared so many memories together, logged so many miles, and drank so many complimentary beverages.
Just last week, LAN & TAM became LATAM.
Offering passengers more than a new brand, LATAM will provide a new travel experience. While the changes will be made gradually over the coming years, the benefits will be immediate — such as booking tickets via new LATAM website, accumulating kilometers using LATAM’s frequent flyer program, relaxing in LATAM VIP lounges and taking advantage of the most extensive route network in Latin America and the most modern fleet in the region.
Ch-ch-ch-changes! What’s the best change of all? It may not affect me, but FASHION ALERT. The stylish new uniforms worn by the LATAM cabin crew are all the rage. Hell. Even J. Crew doesn’t do a power suit quite like this.
The most interesting aspect of all of this lies with the actual planes themselves. Can we say paint job? Maybe I’m just a huge nerd, but I found this fascinating. Repainting takes on average six to 12 days per plane and will be scheduled in accordance with routine maintenance. New technology is also being implemented to paint LATAM aircrafts that’s 25% lighter, which will result in an average weight reduction of 20kg per plane. Score! It’s estimated that the new technology will achieve a reduction in the group’s CO2 emissions of 3,900 tons per year. How’s that for a knowledge bomb?
With all of these changes taking place, one thing’s for sure: the LAN and TAM top service that I know and love will remain a constant! Cheers to LATAM as they take to the skies.