Seems strange that they are disposing of these young birds and keeping their aging B777`s. Both the A350 & B777 fleets are lsd. Before this LATAM disposed of two lsd A350 which now languish at KVCV alone with some B787`s and A321`s.
Cost. Can probably negotiate better pricing on 77W, and possibly use same pilots for 777 and 787 in future.
I think it’s a bit misleading to describe this as retiring an aircraft. The type is being withdrawn, not retired.
There is no difference between an airline “withdrawing” a type vs “retiring” the type. LATAM is apparently removing them from service with no intention of flying them again.
Perhaps so, but with 4 out of the 10 B777`s parked up perhaps we might be seeing the end of LATAM long haul if COVID continues as it is in Brazil. Also most of the B787 fleet is lsd and 4 of them are also parked up.
It`s not just the long haul fleet that`s being cut back a lot of the A320NEOs have also gone back to lessors whilst taking on ex Avianca A320 CEO`s in LATAM Brazil also lsd and there are still quite a few A320`s still parked up throughout the LATAM fleets.
I always said that TAM merging with LAN was a potential demise of a once growing and profitable Brazilian airline.
Here`s hoping they can survive COVID even if they have to shrink back to just a national network.
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