LATAM Brasil Launches A350 Flights To Joburg, This Replaced the Current Boeing 767
From this month LATAM Brasil Will make a big operational change on flights to Joburg as the Airline this month, has launched Airbus A350-900 XWB on its south African route to replace Boeing 767- 300 ER.
LATAM Brasil currently is the only are the only Latin American airline company offering direct flights between Brazil and the African continent.
Direct Flights to Africa Since 2016
Since 2016, LATAM Brasil started flying from Guarulhos International Airport in Sao Paulo to O. R. Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg
According to the President of LATAM Airlines Brazil, Claudia Sender told Airways Magazine: “We strive to take our customers further and with this new Johannesburg service we will connect four continents and passengers on both sides of the Atlantic.”
“This flight marks the first new international service outside of Latin America since the launch of the LATAM brand in April, which will connect two regions that have much to offer to tourists and business travelers alike.”
LATAM Brasil Weekly Flights to Africa
Currently, the Airline offers 5 weekly flights to Johannesburg. The initial five times weekly flight was aboard a Boeing 767-300ER fitted out with 220 seats.
The seating configuration comprised 30 passengers in premium business class and 190 passengers in economy.
Difference Between LATAM Boeing 767-300 ER and LATAM Airbus A350-900 XWB on the same Route ( From Sao Paulo to Johannesburg )
With Boeing 767-300 ER
Flight time aboard the 767-300ER from Sao Paulo to Johannesburg is 10 hours and 20 minutes.
The return leg of the trip between Johannesburg and Sao Paulo takes a longer 11 hours and 25 minutes.
With the economic recovery in Brazil doing better than expected, the commercial aviation market is expecting a larger demand for flights than the previously anticipated.
With Airbus A350-900 XWB
Passenger numbers on the Sao Paulo-Johannesburg route have risen to such a degree that LATAM Brasil has decided to put one of its larger Airbus A350s on the route adding a further 129 seats to the flight.
Putting the A350 on the route will also cut one hour and 30 minutes off the previous flight time.
The Airbus A350 is one of LATAM Brasil’s most fuel-efficient planes as well as one of the newest, adding the latest in inflight entertainment and comfort.
Kind of Passengers that flies from Sao Paulo – Johannesburg
According to LATAM Brasil, the Sao Paulo-Johannesburg flight is mostly full of Brazilian, Argentinian, Chilean and South African passengers.
The airline also confirmed to Atlántico Online that they were mainly tourists visiting Africa on vacation.
The leisure travel segment continues to see growth with the first half of 2019 outperforming the previous year’s numbers. Overall sales are up 20% fueled mostly by Brazilian holidaymakers taking advantage of deals advertised by the LATAM Travel Agency, a part of the same group.
In the LATAM Group, vacations to South Africa are responsible for an increase in sales for so-called “exotic destinations” and have been prioritized in the airlines South American advertising campaigns.
The fleet of A350 XWB
LATAM owns 12 A350-900 but currently only operates 7. About the other 5? MSN64, 79 and 265 were leased to Qatar. While MSN226 and 245 were leased to Hainan Airlines