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Friday, December 18, 2015

TAM Airlines Becomes First A350 XWB Operator from the Americas

Juliet Van Wagenen

TAM Airlines receiving its first A350 XWB
TAM Airlines receiving its first A350 XWB. Photo: Airbus

[Avionics Today 12-18-2015] LATAM Airlines Group, made up of LAN Airlines and TAM Airlines, has taken delivery of its first A350 XWB in Toulouse, France. TAM is the first airline in the Americas to operate the all-new airliner and the fourth worldwide.  TAM’s aircraft is configured in a premium two-class layout, with 348 seats. LATAM has ordered a total of 27 A350 XWB aircraft for the group.

The carrier will start operating the A350 XWB commercially in January 2016 between Sao Paulo and Manaus, Brazil, as part of continued training and crew familiarization. This will be followed by operations from Sao Paulo to Miami in March and then to Madrid in April.

Including the TAM delivery, so far in 2015 Airbus has delivered 13 A350 XWBs to four customers in four continents. Airbus has recorded a total of 775 firm orders from 41 customers worldwide.

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