LATAM’s New Business Class Now On Three 777s

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About a year 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, with most planes have either six or seven seats per row. So not only do they not have direct aisle access from every seat, but some 777s have angled seats in business class.

LATAM’s New Business Class Seats

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

Two LATAM 767s Have New Business Class Seats

As of now two LATAM Chile 767-300s feature the new business class seats:

Unfortunately these planes don’t seem to be operating any routes consistently.

A Third LATAM 777 Gets New Business Class Seats

LATAM now has three Boeing 777-300ERs with new business class seats:

  • In mid-July, LATAM’s first 777-300ER with new business class seats entered service, with the registration PT-MUD
  • In mid-September, LATAM’s second 777-300ER with new business class seats entered service, with the registration PT-MUJ
  • Just now, LATAM’s third 777-300ER with new business class seats entered service, with the registration PT-MUA

LATAM is doing these reconfigurations in Abu Dhabi, and the third plane flew from Abu Dhabi to Sao Paulo yesterday, so it should be entering service shortly. It’s cool to note that this plane also has the Star Wars livery.

LATAM’s Star Wars 777

The reconfigured 777-300ERs have 38 business class seats.

LATAM has 10 777s, so as of now you have a 30% chance of getting this plane. It looks like they’re offering it most consistently between Sao Paulo and Madrid, though they’ve also flown it to Frankfurt, Miami, and Santiago in the past couple of weeks.

LATAM’s Huge 777 Premium Capacity Cut

The bad news is that we’re seeing a massive reduction in premium seats on the 777 — LATAM is going from 56 to 38 business class seats. So that’s bad news for fares and award availability, not that they were great about making award seats available anyway.

This does lead me to believe that LATAM will work to more consistently schedule the plane on particular routes, because the difference in business class capacity is so great.

What’s Next For LATAM?

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

  • 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
  • Hopefully the remaining non-Argentina 767s and 777s are reconfigured in the next couple of years


LATAM’s current 787-9 business class

Bottom Line

As of now five LATAM planes have the new business class seats, including two LATAM Chile 767-300s and three LATAM Brazil 777-300ERs.

If you’re flying on either of those plane types in the coming months, check the seatmap close to departure, and maybe you’ll luck out.

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

(Tip of the hat to Ingeniero de Millas)

Comments
  1. Well…. actually the idea for LATAM Argentina is to have an interchange agreement accepted by the unions and local authorities, so the new interiors will be present on Argentinian long-haul routes by using planes registered in Chile or other countries.
    The 767s currently based in Argentina are planned to be scraped or sold, supposedly later this year.

  2. This plane will fly LA8064 GRU/MAD route July 23, 25, 27 and 29, LA8065 Return 24, 26, 28 and 30.
    At least this is the seatmap that appears for this flight

  3. Hi, Ben. Long time reader here. Not all 767 are going to be reconfigured, but only those old ones with 18C, used in Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Chile and Argentina. Those in use in Brazil by former Tam with 30C seats are arguably new planes, 8 to 6 years old, and will continue flying as they are today.

  4. I’m going to fly LATAM from MAD to GRU on the 28-Jul and the seat map shows the new business class product. Hopefully there won’t be a swap in aircraft

  5. Always get this old business class setup on the A350 BCN-DOH-BCN operated by Qatar …. can’t wait to get a change.

  6. Am I the only one that doesn’t like the new angled solo single business seat ??
    My partner and I enjoy sitting window side now most duo business class seats are in the middle !
    Looks like we need to slum in it in premium economy !

  7. @RJ

    QR’s A350s have either Qsuites or their previous reverse herringbone seat — which I’d argue is the world’s 2nd-best J seat, after Qsuites (though it may slip down the rankings as more airlines introduce suites). QR is anyway replacing the herringbones with Qsuites, though I haven’t seen anyone talk about the timescale for when that job will be finished.

    In the meantime, I’d be thrilled if the worst J seat I ever got on any airline was up to the standard of QR’s worst A350 seats.

  8. @The nice Paul
    Yes I like the A350 reverse herringbone seat as well. I think it is good for day flights or shorter flight and the QSuite is perfect for long flights over 8h and overnight flights.
    When I fly BCN-TYO I try to always fly QR, even if I also like the Sky Suite III of JAL. But longer flight thru LHR. Or thru HEL but the BNC-HEL leg is A320.

    On BCN-DOH / DOH-BCN, QR is operating 3 flights, all on A350. QR138, QR 146 and QR142. The QR 146 is using the LATAM A350, leased to QR (or from QR to LATAM ?), so we get this older hard product from LATAM. Not bad, spacious but no privacy and 2-2-2 configuration instead of 1-2-1 …
    So I try to get the later flight QR142 but this means arriving at midnight in Tokyo.

  9. Reply to @Paul Mayne – I think the beauty now is that most airlines propose this option. You are a solo flyer you can have a solo seat and if you travel in couple you can have the love nest. Compared to the usual 2-2-2 that doesn’t have this option.
    For this I like Qatar or Etihad configuration. Can be very private for a solo travel and cosy for couple or family of 4 (QR).

  10. Will Latam list the routes flown by the planes with the new business class or are they just going to rotate it through their network and pax are going to have to play a guessing game?

  11. @Paul Mayne, I’m with you. I think the current business class config is best for couples and for those who love massive foot/leg space! I’ve always felt the reverse herringbone config is too cramped and claustrophobic. Yes the plus side everyone has direct aisle access but I think the 2-2-2 is fine too as most people will have direct aisle access and the ones who do not at least have the window!

  12. There is nothing lackluster about LATAM’s 787 full flat bed seats. Perfect for folks travelling together and no limiting footwell allows very comfortable sleep? And middle seats offer direct aisle access for solo travelers. This has actually become one of my favourite busienss class seats.

  13. I’ve seen a bunch of LATAM Brazil 777’s at Orlando before. I wonder if they will fly then there anytime soon.

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