Which LATAM Planes Have New Business Class?

Which LATAM Planes Have New Business Class?

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In 2018, South American mega-airline LATAM announced it would spend $400 million updating the interiors of its fleet. To me the most exciting aspect of this was the introduction of a new business class product, given that the carrier’s offering has historically been pretty lackluster.

It has now been roughly four years since LATAM announced its cabin retrofit project, so I wanted to take an updated look at how the airline is doing with this, especially since a lot has changed since then — LATAM has gone through bankruptcy, LATAM has retired all of its Airbus A350s, etc.

LATAM’s new business class seats

LATAM’s new business class product consists of Vantage XL seats, similar to what you’ll find on RwandAir, Qantas, and SAS, among other airlines. These are fully flat staggered seats with direct aisle access and 18″ personal televisions, so it represents a huge improvement to the passenger experience.

LATAM’s new business class
LATAM’s new business class

Below is a video giving a tour of the cabin of these new jets.

https://vimeo.com/307075849

When the project was first announced, LATAM did an amazing job with the pace at which it reconfigured planes. How’s that project looking at this point, given the impact of coronavirus? Let’s look at where things stand by aircraft type.

Which LATAM planes have new business class seats?

LATAM’s long haul fleet consists of Boeing 767s, Boeing 777s, and Boeing 787s. Since LATAM is an airline with several bases, these fleets are split up between airlines, with the two biggest bases being in Brazil and Chile. Let’s take a look at progress with the new business class installation, ranked by the percent of planes that have the new business class seats.

All LATAM Boeing 777s have new business class seats

LATAM has 10 Boeing 777-300ERs, all of which are based in Brazil. Fortunately all 10 of these planes feature the new business class product. That’s fantastic news, since these were also the planes most in need of a refresh — they previously had angled seats in business class.

LATAM’s reconfigured Boeing 777-300ERs feature 38 business class seats, spread across 10 rows in a 1-2-1 configuration. The only bad news is that LATAM has seen a huge reduction in premium seats when reconfiguring these planes — they used to have 56 business class seats, but now have 38 business class seats.

All LATAM Boeing 777s have the new business class

Most LATAM Boeing 767s have new business class seats

LATAM has 13 Boeing 767-300ERs:

  • Four Boeing 767s are based in Brazil, and none of them have the new business class seats; rather these planes have fully flat seats in a 2-2-2 configuration
  • Nine Boeing 767s are based in Peru, and all nine of them have the new business class seats

For reference here are the registration codes of the nine Boeing 767s based in Peru, all of which have the new product:

If you fly with LATAM Peru, you’re guaranteed to get the new business class seats on the Boeing 767. LATAM’s reconfigured Boeing 767s have a total of 20 business class seats, spread across five rows in a 1-2-1 configuration.

Most LATAM Boeing 767s have the new business class

Some LATAM Boeing 787s have new business class seats

LATAM has a total of 26 Boeing 787s, including the following:

  • There are 10 Boeing 787-8s, flying for LATAM Chile
  • There are 16 Boeing 787-9s, flying for LATAM Brazil and LATAM Chile

The bad news is that LATAM Boeing 787s delivered before late 2019 don’t feature the new business class product, and there are no plans to retrofit the new business class on these jets. Since all Boeing 787-8s were delivered before 2019, none of those planes feature the new business class.

Meanwhile the Boeing 787-9s with the following registration codes feature the new business class:

As you can see, you have a chance of getting the new business class on the 787-9, while you don’t have a chance of getting the new business class on the 787-8. Still, the odds aren’t good. LATAM’s reconfigured Boeing 787-9s have a total of 30 business class seats, spread across eight rows in a 1-2-1 configuration.

LATAM’s original Boeing 787-8 business class
LATAM’s original Boeing 787-9 business class

Bottom Line

LATAM announced its new business class product back in 2018. The airline initially made great progress with rolling out this product, though not surprisingly the pandemic slowed things down a bit.

So to recap the current state of LATAM’s new business class:

  • All LATAM Brazil Boeing 777s and all LATAM Peru Boeing 767s feature the new business class seats
  • Some LATAM Brazil and LATAM Chile Boeing 787s feature the new business class seats
  • None of the LATAM Brazil Boeing 767s feature the new business class seats, and there are no plans to retrofit the new business class seats on existing Boeing 787s

Hopefully this is a useful update for anyone who has long haul travel planned on LATAM.

If you’ve flown LATAM’s new business class, what was your experience like?

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  1. Cristina Putz Guest

    I have gained Latam Black with status match through my Platinum Pro status in AA and will try to use it for upgrades on my next month trip to São Paulo. I am not a fan of Latam, their website never works properly and the callcenter is useless, but I get unlimited free international and domestic upgrades being Black and a round trip international upgrade for one companion. They don't charge you anything for the...

    I have gained Latam Black with status match through my Platinum Pro status in AA and will try to use it for upgrades on my next month trip to São Paulo. I am not a fan of Latam, their website never works properly and the callcenter is useless, but I get unlimited free international and domestic upgrades being Black and a round trip international upgrade for one companion. They don't charge you anything for the upgrades, not in $$$ nor miles which for me was a big surprise!

  2. George Guest

    I don't care about LATAM any longer and will never book tickets with them again unless they refund the money they cost me with their article 11 "bankruptcy" (which of course they won't). If they do end up going actually bankrupt, they would have more than earned it.

  3. Bishop Muzzerawa Guest

    Flew LHR- GRU return on the newly configured 777’s recently. Seat/bed very comfortable and being in the bulk head both times room for your feet was very good. Better than the tiny cubby holes most airlines have. Was provided with comforter, blanket and pillow. Service/food unfortunately leaves a lot to be desired.

  4. Carlos Guest

    Very useful as I have 2 trips with the 777-300 scheduled.
    The 787-8 seats may be old and in 2-2-2 configuration but are quite comfortable and you don’t feel cramped at all. More concerned with the soft aspects where the airline has regressed in the last 10 years.

  5. TheBestBlackBrent Gold

    Flew the 777 last week, unfortunately in the back. However, this J seat configuration looks pretty cramped. Nice materials and all, but hardly space to move around once you are in your seat.

  6. Pierre Guest

    If seats are a notable improvement, the overall business class product remains mediocre due to below-par food and beverage quality. Bathrooms also show aging on their planes, giving an overall impression of cosmetic retouching rather than a serious commitment to quality improvement.

  7. Chad Guest

    I flew the old product from SCL>PUQ for a whopping $30 extra because they were selling the seats as Premium Economy. Deal of the century, don't know how it isn't immediately sold out at that price point, it was basically free considering we needed to check bags. It's not not even a bad seat because of how spacious it is, just no privacy whatsoever.

  8. Sclflyer Guest

    @lucky… there are no 767 based in Chile (except freighters). The only long haul aircraft based in SCL are 787s

    1. JB Guest

      LATAM also reconfigured some 767s during the pandemic to make them cargo only (I believe they had the new product prior to that).

  9. DLPTATL Diamond

    I'm looking to try out the former LATAM A350s that have moved over to the Delta fleet as part of their re-structuring. Generally flying with my spouse on international routes, I'd gladly be in a 2-2-2 configuration without having to shove my feet into a tiny cubby. At 6'3" a little extra room for my feet might be a fair trade-off. Definitely a step down from the Delta A350 DeltaOne suites, but an improvement over the 767-3 or 767-4s to my eye.

    1. Jan Guest

      I don't know how people can sleep lie-flat in their 767s. They're too freaking narrow. Those are the worst in their DL One fleet, IMO.
      Those LATAM DLs have what, 25" width seats? Plenty of space to move around. Hell, that may be an even better sleeper for me than DL's original A359s.

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Bishop Muzzerawa Guest

Flew LHR- GRU return on the newly configured 777’s recently. Seat/bed very comfortable and being in the bulk head both times room for your feet was very good. Better than the tiny cubby holes most airlines have. Was provided with comforter, blanket and pillow. Service/food unfortunately leaves a lot to be desired.

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Cristina Putz Guest

I have gained Latam Black with status match through my Platinum Pro status in AA and will try to use it for upgrades on my next month trip to São Paulo. I am not a fan of Latam, their website never works properly and the callcenter is useless, but I get unlimited free international and domestic upgrades being Black and a round trip international upgrade for one companion. They don't charge you anything for the upgrades, not in $$$ nor miles which for me was a big surprise!

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George Guest

I don't care about LATAM any longer and will never book tickets with them again unless they refund the money they cost me with their article 11 "bankruptcy" (which of course they won't). If they do end up going actually bankrupt, they would have more than earned it.

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