Gonzalo wrote:Point taken. No insurer or lessor on its right mind would try to save this frame. Ergo, the only hope would be LATAM willing to pay to avoid this frame being w/o under its brand, ala QF did in the past for the same reason…but LATAM would not follow that track, specially considering that only a few days ago they were still under CH11. This frame is done…and CC-BHB will have the dubious honor of being the first A20N W/O.
Airlines are businesses and as such have no emotions. Why would LATAM care if it had the first or the fourth hull loss of an A320neo? Besides, who's counting? If the insurance says it can be salvaged, fine, and if not, fine too. That is why insurance exists. "Wait, I am not flying any longer with LATAM because they had the dishonor of the first A320neo hull loss"... said no one ever!
PS - I suspect there may be more to the story about QF and admitting the hull loss of a 744, or it is simply an urban legend. No serious airline like QF would have a temper tantrum and go against the advice of engineers, adjusters and the lot. If it was repaired it was because it was repairable and it made financial sense at the time.