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Latam And The Americas

Wed Jul 25, 2012 4:40 pm

This thread is to piggy back on this thread...

"Latam Plans To Open 4 New Destinations In Europe"

I wonder what are in the plans for LATAM in the Americas, especially in North America. I think TAM may go for ORD, SFO & IAD.

LIM-IAD (LP)
GRU-IAD (JJ)
GRU-ORD(JJ)
GRU-SFO(JJ)

But I think there will be room to develop more routes non U.S. Such as:

LIM -YYZ (LP)
GRU-YYZ (JJ)

What do you all think...?
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RE: Latam And The Americas

Wed Jul 25, 2012 4:52 pm

Quoting eastern023 (Thread starter):
GRU-SFO(JJ)

Flights to the U.S. West Coast will continue to be operated by LAN from SCL, LIM and soon BOG!

Quoting eastern023 (Thread starter):
What do you all think...?

Look out for new routes from LATAM's new hub at BOG operated by LAN Colombia to the Caribbean, Central America and North America!
LAN Colombia plans to launch BOG-JFK and BOG-LAX in the very near-term.
 
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RE: Latam And The Americas

Wed Jul 25, 2012 6:28 pm

Quoting eastern023 (Thread starter):

LIM-IAD (LP)
GRU-IAD (JJ)
GRU-ORD(JJ)
GRU-SFO(JJ)

This is great if your airline is in the Star Alliance, these are all United hubs. LATAM will probably be a OW airline group unless Avianca, Copa and LAN are approved by the Colombian Government as Star airlines( likely to happen is zero).

TAM flying to California would be a very long flight from Sao Paulo, more likely they will feed those passengers to AA.
 
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RE: Latam And The Americas

Wed Jul 25, 2012 6:56 pm

Quoting jfk777 (Reply 2):
TAM flying to California would be a very long flight from Sao Paulo, more likely they will feed those passengers to AA.

Certainly a long flight at 6,200NM, but the A330-200 has a 7,200NM range, so could be feasible. The 77W can certainly do the flight.

A GRU-LAX would appear to be the most logical route for LATAM, should JJ join oneworld.
 
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RE: Latam And The Americas

Wed Jul 25, 2012 7:13 pm

I have some information regarding the Caribbean but I cannot share the information as long as its not official. In any case I welcome LAN to the Caribbean.

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RE: Latam And The Americas

Wed Jul 25, 2012 7:18 pm

Quoting PDPsol (Reply 3):
Certainly a long flight at 6,200NM, but the A330-200 has a 7,200NM range, so could be feasible. The 77W can certainly do the flight.

A GRU-LAX would appear to be the most logical route for LATAM, should JJ join oneworld.

Yes its feasible and in the past Varig and VASP both flew it to LAX on their way to Japan. United flew it briefly to with a 747SP. IS it viable ? GRU to LAX alone probably doesn't have enough demand for a daily flight as an O & D destination. Unless TAM goes to Tokyo LAX probably won't happen. They are better of AA, BA and future Middle East OW members for Tokyo traffic.
 
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RE: Latam And The Americas

Wed Jul 25, 2012 7:26 pm

Quoting jfk777 (Reply 5):
GRU to LAX alone probably doesn't have enough demand for a daily flight as an O & D destination.

Well, Sao Paulo is the largest metropolitan market [by population] in the western Hemisphere and Los Angeles is the second-largest metro in the US, so one can only imagine GRU-LAX should attract a tremendous amount of O&D traffic, even without a continuation to NRT, or wherever in Asia.

California is the largest and most important state in the US
Sao Paulo is the most important state in Brasil

If GRU-LAX is not a feasible route, then what two city pairs in the Americas are? These are both massive, massive markets. Should JJ join oneworld, both will be major hub cities for the alliance.

One can only imagine how important this route must be for LATAM and its US partner, AMR.
 
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RE: Latam And The Americas

Wed Jul 25, 2012 7:47 pm

Quoting PDPsol (Reply 3):
A GRU-LAX would appear to be the most logical route for LATAM, should JJ join oneworld.

LATAM routes GRU pax traveling to LAX via LIM. The LIM-LAX route will increase to 13x weekly in October. When LAN Colombia launches BOG-LAX, GRU pax will have a new option to connect to LAX via BOG. LATAM will soon operate the BOG-GRU route 13x weekly.

Quoting A388 (Reply 4):
In any case I welcome LAN to the Caribbean.

LAN has been serving the Caribbean for decades! LAN currently serves the Caribbean from SCL, EZE and LIM. LIM-PUJ operates daily and LAN recently launched LIM-HAV 3x weekly. LAN will soon operate SCL-PUJ-MIA 2x weekly; which will complement the weekly EZE-PUJ-MIA service.
 
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RE: Latam And The Americas

Wed Jul 25, 2012 8:06 pm

Quoting eastern023 (Thread starter):
But I think there will be room to develop more routes non U.S. Such as:

LIM -YYZ (LP)

They would have to renegotiate the bilateral. The current very old Canada-Peru bilateral only permits Peruvian carriers to operate to YUL and YVR, not YYZ. Only the Canadian-designated carrier can operate LIM-YYZ.
 
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RE: Latam And The Americas

Wed Jul 25, 2012 8:13 pm

Quoting SCL767 (Reply 7):
LAN has been serving the Caribbean for decades! LAN currently serves the Caribbean from SCL, EZE and LIM. LIM-PUJ operates daily and LAN recently launched LIM-HAV 3x weekly. LAN will soon operate SCL-PUJ-MIA 2x weekly; which will complement the weekly EZE-PUJ-MIA service.

Yes I know that and I'm not talking about those routes.

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RE: Latam And The Americas

Wed Jul 25, 2012 8:30 pm

Quoting A388 (Reply 9):
Yes I know that and I'm not talking about those routes.

Perhaps you meant to say that you welcome back 4C to the Caribbean!
 
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RE: Latam And The Americas

Wed Jul 25, 2012 8:45 pm

Quoting SCL767 (Reply 10):
Perhaps you meant to say that you welcome back 4C to the Caribbean!

No, I don't.

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RE: Latam And The Americas

Wed Jul 25, 2012 8:48 pm

Quoting A388 (Reply 11):
No, I don't.

Well maybe you will soon!
 
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RE: Latam And The Americas

Wed Jul 25, 2012 9:40 pm

Quoting eastern023 (Thread starter):
I think TAM may go for ORD, SFO & IAD.

Well, San Francisco and Washington, DC are certainly important cities, but interestingly those cities' major airports are UA hubs. I doubt JJ will keep ties with UA after it effectively leaves Star Alliance, so I am not sure if we'd see both. Of the two, I would say IAD is more likely, considering that SFO will be better served by LA from SCL or LIM. With respect to ORD, it is an AA hub too, so that might work!

Quoting eastern023 (Thread starter):
But I think there will be room to develop more routes non U.S. Such as:

LIM -YYZ (LP)
GRU-YYZ (JJ)

LA tried SCL-JFK-YYZ unsuccessfully. I don't think they will return any time soon. JJ might though.

Quoting SCL767 (Reply 1):
BOG-LAX in the very near-term.

AV has struggled when it operated that route. I am not very optimistic.

Quoting jfk777 (Reply 2):
ATAM will probably be a OW airline group unless Avianca, Copa and LAN are approved by the Colombian Government as Star airlines( likely to happen is zero).

No, no. LAN Colombia, as a member of LAN Group, is not joining Star at all. The LAN carriers will all be oneworld.

Quoting jfk777 (Reply 2):
TAM flying to California would be a very long flight from Sao Paulo, more likely they will feed those passengers to AA.

Where? MIA is an awkward connecting point. DFW is a bit better, but not optimal.

Quoting PDPsol (Reply 3):
A GRU-LAX would appear to be the most logical route for LATAM, should JJ join oneworld.

Anyone knows how KE is doing on LAX-GRU?
Next flights: MEX-LAX AM 738, LAX-PVG DL 77L, SHA-PEK CA 789, PEK-PVG CA A332, PVG-ORD MU 77W, ORD-MEX AM 738
 
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RE: Latam And The Americas

Wed Jul 25, 2012 10:07 pm

Quoting EddieDude (Reply 13):

Quoting SCL767 (Reply 1):
BOG-LAX in the very near-term.

AV has struggled when it operated that route. I am not very optimistic.

It's very likely that LA will launch BOG-LAX 3x weekly (B763) by the end of this year. The service could complement LAN Cargo's affiliate MAS Air's thrice weekly service on the BOG-LAX route. LAN will begin to transfer new B-767-316ERs over to its Colombian affiliate soon.
 
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RE: Latam And The Americas

Wed Jul 25, 2012 11:17 pm

Quoting SCL767 (Reply 12):
Well maybe you will soon!

Maybe, just maybe.


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RE: Latam And The Americas

Wed Jul 25, 2012 11:39 pm

Quoting EddieDude (Reply 13):
TAM flying to California would be a very long flight from Sao Paulo, more likely they will feed those passengers to AA.

Where? MIA is an awkward connecting point. DFW is a bit better, but not optimal.

Why is Miami a awkward connecting point ? From Latin America its the biggest.

Miami would be the most obvious place since TAM flies double daily to MIA from GRU. TAM to DFW could happen but not likely.
 
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RE: Latam And The Americas

Thu Jul 26, 2012 12:05 am

Quoting jfk777 (Reply 16):
Why is Miami a awkward connecting point ? From Latin America its the biggest.

Miami would be the most obvious place since TAM flies double daily to MIA from GRU.

And even more passengers from South America will be flying into MIA for the Northern Winter season; especially since TAM will replace the A332s on the GRU-MIA route with B77Ws. Plus, LAN will increase flights from SCL and LIM into MIA. LATAM operates a major focus city at MIA and for the NW season, LATAM will operate close to 100 weekly passenger flights into MIA!
 
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RE: Latam And The Americas

Thu Jul 26, 2012 3:38 am

Quoting jfk777 (Reply 16):
Why is Miami a awkward connecting point ? From Latin America its the biggest.

Miami would be the most obvious place since TAM flies double daily to MIA from GRU. TAM to DFW could happen but not likely.

South America-MIA-LAX is somewhat of a detour. From GRU it is a few hundred extra miles. From SCL it is almost 1,000 extra miles.

Funneling pax originating in South America bound to LAX (or vice versa) via MIA is not efficient time-wise. PTY, BOG and MEX are much better connecting points for people flying between LAX and GRU for example.
Next flights: MEX-LAX AM 738, LAX-PVG DL 77L, SHA-PEK CA 789, PEK-PVG CA A332, PVG-ORD MU 77W, ORD-MEX AM 738
 
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RE: Latam And The Americas

Thu Jul 26, 2012 3:56 am

Quoting EddieDude (Reply 18):
PTY, BOG and MEX are much better connecting points for people flying between LAX and GRU for example.

What about connecting via LIM for passengers flying between GRU and LAX?
 
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RE: Latam And The Americas

Thu Jul 26, 2012 11:08 am

LAN will boost flights to North America starting in October:

In October, the LIM-SFO route will increase to 5x weekly (B763), the LIM-LAX route will increase to 13x weekly (B763) year-round, the LIM-MIA route will increase to 17x weekly (B763) year-round, the LIM-JFK route will increase to 11x weekly (B763) year-round, and the GYE-JFK route will increase to 9x weekly (B763). In December, the GYE-JFK route will further increase to 11x weekly (B763) year-round.

Also in December, the SCL-LAX route will operate 3x weekly (B763) through March, 2013. During January and February, the SCL-PUJ-MIA route will increase to 3x weekly (B763) and the SCL-MIA route will operate up to 18x weekly non-stop (B763). Also, during January and February, LAN will operate seasonal flights between SCL and MCO on the weekends, (B763).

Source: amadeus.net
 
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RE: Latam And The Americas

Thu Jul 26, 2012 11:31 am

Quoting EddieDude (Reply 18):
Funneling pax originating in South America bound to LAX (or vice versa) via MIA is not efficient time-wise. PTY, BOG and MEX are much better connecting points for people flying between LAX and GRU for example

No hub is perfectly located for a connection. But if I am going to miss my connection between two cities so far apart I would rather be stuck In Miami then Mexico City, Panama or the worst BOG.
 
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RE: Latam And The Americas

Thu Jul 26, 2012 11:56 am

Quoting jfk777 (Reply 21):
No hub is perfectly located for a connection. But if I am going to miss my connection between two cities so far apart I would rather be stuck In Miami then Mexico City, Panama or the worst BOG.

Currently, BOG doesn't even have any non-stop flights to the U.S. West Coast. Also, many pax arriving into MIA during the early morning from certain South American destinations DO connect onto AA's first MIA-LAX flight; which is operated with the B772. In fact, AA deploys the B772 2x daily on the MIA-LAX route.
 
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RE: Latam And The Americas

Thu Jul 26, 2012 5:19 pm

Quoting jfk777 (Reply 21):
if I am going to miss my connection between two cities so far apart I would rather be stuck In Miami then Mexico City, Panama or the worst BOG.

If that is the driver for flying GRU-MIA-LAX, why not catch KE's nonstop service instead and forget about potential misconnections?
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RE: Latam And The Americas

Thu Jul 26, 2012 5:50 pm

Strong rumors point to LAN starting a Central American hub in the future at GUA. The time frame was not given to me, but LAN representatives have visited the airport numerous times. GUA is almost empty during most of the day with maybe 6-7 gates being occupied on average. with capacity to handle 22 aircraft simultaneously, and an excellent geographical position (leaving aside its altitude), the room for growth is there.

Give that they are focusing on LAN Colombia and in the middle of a merger, I doubt it will happen in the near future. But I do think it will happen in the next 10 year or so.

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RE: Latam And The Americas

Thu Jul 26, 2012 5:54 pm

Quoting EddieDude (Reply 23):
If that is the driver for flying GRU-MIA-LAX, why not catch KE's nonstop service instead and forget about potential misconnections?

Korean is an excellent way for GRU to LAX travel, as its really for Brazilians and Koreans going to Asia the fares from GRU to LAX are probably cheap to fill seats.
 
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RE: Latam And The Americas

Fri Jul 27, 2012 9:49 am

Quoting avi8 (Reply 24):
Give that they are focusing on LAN Colombia and in the middle of a merger, I doubt it will happen in the near future. But I do think it will happen in the next 10 year or so.

A hub at GUA will not be as lucrative to LATAM given the small size of that market. LAN is focused on increasing operations in the seven South American countries where LATAM has passenger affiliates; including Colombia.

LATAM's CEO, Enrique Cueto, recently stated that Colombia has the potential to become a major international hub for LAN Colombia and LATAM in regards to the transportation of passengers and cargo. Especially since it's the second largest market in South America after Brazil.

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Colombia puede convertirse en un "hub" (concentrador) para el transporte internacional de pasajeros y carga de LAN, aseguró el dueño de esta aerolínea, Enrique Cueto..."Así sumamos un quinto país en la región con operaciones y se agregan 23 nuevos destinos. Colombia tiene el potencial de convertirse en un concentrador que canalizará el tráfico de pasajeros y de carga", recalcó.
Colombia puede ser un "hub" de pasajeros y carga para LAN

LAN Colombia recently increased frequencies and capacity on various routes by deploying the B-737-700s and A-320s on certain routes; while phasing out four Dash-Q400s.

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Las ventajas son múltiples, en respuesta a la demanda de los viajeros corporativos y turísticos hemos sumado nuevas frecuencias desde Bogotá a Valledupar, Barranquilla y Cartagena, así como una nueva en Bucaramanga y Medellín...Nuestro compromiso no para ahí, también se demuestra en la modernización de la flota que mejorará radicalmente el servicio que ofrecemos en nuestros vuelos. Los pasajeros entre Yopal y Bogotá tienen ahora la oportunidad de disfrutar todos los trayectos en Boeing 737 con una capacidad para 148 viajeros...También quienes vuelan con nosotros entre Bogotá y Cúcuta podrán hacerlo en nuestros Airbus 320, aeronave que cuenta con una capacidad de 168 sillas. Sabemos que la suma de frecuencias, horarios, aviones y servicio van a satisfacer las necesidades de nuestros pasajeros. Sin embargo, hay mas valores agregados.
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