LATAM Cargo takes delivery of latest B767 freighter

By Damian Brett

LATAM Cargo has taken delivery of its latest Boeing 767-300BCF which will be deployed on services between South America and the US.

The Santiago-headquartered airline said that the delivery of the aircraft meant it would end the year with increased capacity.

The new freighter will principally be deployed on services between Colombia and Ecuador to Miami.

It is the third and last converted aircraft that the LATAM Group will receive under the contract signed with Boeing in late 2017, which provided for the conversion of three B767-300ERs passenger airplanes from LATAM Airlines Group.

The cargo airline’s fleet now stands at 11 B767 freighters.

Andres Bianchi, chief executive of LATAM Cargo, said that the company has the flexibility to convert more passenger airliners to freighters as new opportunities arise.

“Adding this last Boeing 767BCF is a major milestone for the LATAM Cargo Group, as we now have a fleet that is 100% compatible with our strategy and the reality of the markets we currently serve.

“Moreover, we operate the aircraft type that best responds to the market sizes and products we carry. This will enable us to solidify our position in key markets, provide our customers with more and better options and boost our profitability.”

LATAM Cargo has almost tripled its offer between Bogota and Miami, and increased capacity between Quito and Miami by over 35%.

Initially, the converted freighter will operate 14 weekly flights to Colombia, Ecuador, Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, Peru, Paraguay, Brazil and USA. In the future, it may also be used in Europe.

“We are the largest air cargo company in the region, with a robust, growing fleet and the service schedule that best adapts to size and seasonal fluctuations. Our fleet growth is part of our strategy to increase our combined passenger and cargo belly capacity and to permanently evaluate new routes to satisfy the needs of our clients,” said Kamal Hadad, network and alliance director of LATAM Cargo Group.

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