Now Flying: LATAM’s First Plane With New Business Class

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Several months ago I wrote about how LATAM is spending $400 million updating their interiors across their fleet, which includes installing a new business class product.

Currently the airline has a pretty lackluster business class hard product, as all planes have either six or seven seats per row in business class. So not only do they not have direct aisle access from every seat, but some 777s have angled seats in business class.


LATAM’s current 767 business class

Going forward, LATAM will have Vantage XL seats in business class, similar to what you’ll find on RwandAir, Qantas, and SAS. Seats will have 18″ personal monitors.

LATAM’s new business class


LATAM’s new business class


LATAM’s new business class

It’s worth noting that LATAM’s first plane with the new business class is now flying.

At the beginning of the month, a LATAM Peru 767-300 with the registration code CC-CXC got the new interiors. The problem is that it’s not assigned to any particular route, it seems, but you can track the plane’s scheduled routes here (it usually shows schedules up to a day in advance).

For example, it looks like tomorrow’s Miami to Lima flight is scheduled to have the new seats.

It’s nice that the plane is flying, but without it being consistently scheduled on any route, that’s not terribly useful. To most.

So what’s LATAM’s plan from here? LATAM expects to finish reconfiguring planes in the next two years, but the timeline isn’t totally clear. What we do know is that:

  • LATAM Brazil will receive their first aircraft with the new interior in the coming months
  • LATAM Argentina won’t receive the new interiors
  • Future delivery A350s and 787s will feature the new interiors, and the first such plane is expected later this year
  • Existing A350s and 787s won’t feature the new interiors


LATAM’s current 787-9 business class

So for the time being I guess people should be delighted if they get the new interiors, but not expect it. If you are flying LATAM Peru on a 767 in the coming months, check the seatmap close to departure, and maybe you’ll luck out.

I hope to fly this plane soon. I’m impressed they were able to fit Vantage XL seats on a 767 — the cabin is quite narrow, so I imagine the seats will also be on the narrow side.

If anyone ends up on a LATAM plane with the new seats, please report back!

(Tip of the hat to FlightGlobal)

Comments
  1. The 2-2-2 config on LATAMS 787 is not bad at all. Those planes who urget need to be reconfig are all the 777 and 767.

  2. Lukcy, why do you think so many of the airlines are moving to this Vantage XL seats? The most noticeable that comes to my mind is EVA, where they seem to be switching from reverse herringbone to Vantage XL. Do you think this is better than the reverse herringbone configuration?

  3. “Existing 787s and A350s won’t be getting the new seats” – does this mean in the next two years, or ever?

    Also, isn’t Vantage XL on a 767 the same an just Vantage? Staggered 1-2-1 like on Delta’s 767s, for example? I can see how it would be different on an A330, 777, A350, etc because of the wider fuselage, but how exactly is it different on a 767?

  4. These seats will be quite narrow, and they are NOT Vantage XL. The original Vantage seats are also 1-2-1 staggered on the 767, it’s just that the center seats are staggered differently than in LATAM’s configuration. The XL comes from enlarging the seat for the wider cabins of aircraft like the 787, 777, or A330.

  5. I was under the impression that the Vantage XL seats take up the same floor space as the original version which can be found on many 767s.

  6. I don’t understand all this blogger hate for the 2/2/2 flat seats. They are great for traveling partners and dont have those TERRIBLE foot cubbies, making them so much more comfortable to sleep in. And if you want direct isle access grab one of the middle seats!

  7. Debbie, is damn right, even the African airlines are far better in every aspect…..

  8. Alex and O2nz are right, on the 767 this is Vantage without XL. So it’s like Austrian and Swiss for example. OK, but not really great. It should be much better on the wider planes, if they really go with the xl there.

  9. @Claus – it should be XL, as it’s four-abreast on the larger planes. I can’t see any way how normal Vantage could be four-abreast on an A350 (or anything bigger than a 767 in general).

  10. I am already very impressed by Latam’s current business class seats and their whole experience starting with boarding. Cannot imagine how it could get significantly better with Vantage seats.

    First trip; I returned from MIA-JNB-MIA via GRU. Eight hours and 11 hours each leg respectively.

    Even the angled flat (MIA-GRU) were actually flatbeds, not S-shaped, very wide and almost 180 degrees when you put your carry-on under the adjustable foot area to elevate it slightly. Huge duvets and pillows, very comfortable.

    The cabin attendants were outstanding, food was good and service excellent in all respects. My RT ticket was nearly one third the price of any other biz class product for MIA to JNB (you have to search for the right combo about 6-8 weeks out).

    I’ll never fly again from MIA to JNB via Atlanta or Europe (Vantage seats notwithstanding). It was also heaven to have NO wifi on board and not feel guilty about checking emails and keeping up with the office. Had a really good sleep on each leg. The biz class lounge in GRU was very comfortable, fast wifi and good showers.

  11. Just seen new seat configuration on GRU-MAD route operated by 777-300er. Checkout LA8064 on July 1st with 38 business class seats.

  12. I’ve been luck enough to fly this aircraft twice now between MAD and LIM in business class. But the seats are incredibly narrow – the most coffin-like I have ever experienced. Even worse than the old CX herringbone coffins of a few years ago.

    Nevertheless they are much better than the old seats which are really showing their age (and also were very narrow so nothing’s changed there.

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