South American airline LATAM has announced a new nonstop route from Santiago de Chile to Frankfurt, Germany.
LATAM Chile already operates a flight from Santiago to Frankfurt, this flight however stops in Madrid. The new service eliminates that stop and begins on June 30th. It will operate three times a week on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturdays.
This will not only be LATAM’s longest nonstop connection with a flight time of 14 hours and 20 minutes on the way to Frankfurt and 15 hours and 15 minutes on the way back to Santiago, but also Frankfurt Airport’s longest route, surpassing Buenos Aires.
These new flights will be operated by Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner aircraft with 30 seats in Business class and 217 seats in Economy. In a statement, the vice-president of Network Planning at LATAM said that the new route will significantly reduce the flight time between the cities by avoiding the stopover in Madrid, and improve connectivity between the two countries.
LATAM Group was formed after the merger of LAN Chile and TAM Brasil in 2012 to create South America’s largest airline group. It operates a combined fleet of over 330 aircraft from both Airbus and Boeing on flights throughout the Americas as well as to Australia, Africa, Europe and Israel.
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Jan-Hendrik is an aviation enthusiast from Germany, loves to travel the world and fly on as many aircraft as possible. His first flight was with a Condor 757 to Spain and has been interested in aviation ever since. His fields of expertise are aircraft accidents and passenger experience (PaxEx).