LATAM receives first sharklet-equipped A320s

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LATAM Airlines have received its Airbus A320s equipped with sharklets, and will take delivery of 100 A320 family aircraft with the fuel saving wingtips in the next four years.

The carrier, formed by a merger between Chile's LAN and Brazil's TAM, received two sharklet-equipped aircraft. The first will be operated by LAN on domestic flights in Chile while the other will be operated on domestic flights by TAM from Sao Paulo.

"Commercial aviation emits 2% of global CO2. LAN and TAM are constantly committed to reducing that number with concrete actions, and installing sharklets across our Airbus A320 fleet is an investment we are proud of, because we will operate with a lower environmental impact." says Justin Siegel, the airline's vice-president of fleet projects.

Following the delivery of the two aircraft, LATAM says all new A320 family deliveries through 2017 will be equipped with sharklets. LAN and TAM have orders for 107 current generation A320 family narrowbodies that have not been delivered, Flightglobal's Ascend Online database shows.

LAN says the sharklets will lead to an annual reduction of up to 1,000t of CO2 per aircraft, and about a reduction of 100,000t of CO2 emissions annually after it takes delivery of the remaining sharklet equipped aircraft.

TAM and LAN also have orders for 22 and 20 A320neo aircraft respectively, to be delivered between 2016 and 2018.