LATAM WILL BE THE OFFICIAL CARRIER OF POPE FRANCISCO ON HIS FIRST TRIP TO CHILE AND PERU
- The visit will begin on January 15 and end on May 21. - The trip will include stops in Santiago, Temuco and Iquique, in Chile, and Lima, Puerto Maldonado and Trujillo in Peru.
LATAM Airlines reports with great satisfaction and pride that it has been chosen to carry Pope Francisco in what will be his first trip to Chile and Peru, being the only airline group that offers a network of connections within 6 countries in the region. In both Peru and Chile, the Supreme Pontiff will visit 6 cities and, at the end of his visit, the company will be responsible for his return on a transoceanic flight, which will fly directly from Lima, to Rome.
The Pope will arrive in Santiago on January 15, and later board a LATAM plane to the cities of Temuco and Iquique. After 3 days in Chile, on January 18, he will move to Lima, Peru, where he will also visit Puerto Maldonado and Trujillo.
"It is with great pride - for the company and all its people - that His Holiness has chosen us again as the official carrier on their next visit and that we can represent Latin America in this important mission," said Ignacio Cueto, President of the LATAM Board, Who also added that "Travel like these require a great logistics, from the preparation and conditioning of aircraft, special crews, operational coordination and with aeronautical authorities, to an onboard service excellence. We are preparing for it and we are already working with the Vatican in every detail. "
This will be the second time a Pope visits Chile. In April 1987, 30 years ago, Juan Pablo II did the same and it then it was LAN Chile, now LATAM, who responsible for his transportation 8 cities within the country.
The company has domestic operations in 6 Latin American countries, being the only operator capable of offering the required network of destinations, reaching 17 cities in the interior of Chile and 18 in Peru.
About LATAM Airlines Group S.A
LATAM Airlines Group is Latin America’s leading airline group with one of the largest route networks in the world, offering air services to around 140 destinations in 25 countries, and is present in six domestic markets in Latin America: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru, in addition to its international operations in Latin America, Europe, the United States, the Caribbean, Oceania and Africa.
The Group employs over 44.000 people worldwide, operating more than 1,300 flights per day and transporting 67 million passengers per year.
LATAM Airlines Group has one of the youngest and most modern fleets. Its 302 aircraft average an age of around seven years and feature the latest models including the Boeing 787, Airbus A350, A321 and A320neo.
LATAM Airlines Group (formerly LAN Airlines) comprises affiliates in Peru, Argentina, Colombia and Ecuador as well as LATAM CARGO and its affiliates; in addition to TAM S.A and its affiliates, TAM Linhas Aéreas S.A. (LATAM Airlines Brasil) and its business units TAM Transportes Aéreos Del Mercosur S.A. (LATAM Airlines Paraguay) and Multiplus S.A.
LATAM is the brand adopted by LATAM Airlines Group member airlines and is being rolled-out in its products and services, as part of a gradual integration plan.
LATAM Airlines Group is the only airlines group in Latin America and one of two worldwide to be part of the Dow Jones Sustainability ‘World’ Index. In 2016, it was recognized by the index for sustainable practices, based on economic, social and environmental criteria, for the third consecutive year.
LATAM Airlines Group shares are traded on the Santiago Stock Exchange and the New York Stock Exchange in the form of ADRs.