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LATAM continues to retreat from A350-1000

Latin American operator LATAM Airlines Group has converted another four A350-1000s to the -900, continuing its migration away from the larger A350 variant.

LATAM had originally ordered 27 A350-900s and its Brazilian division TAM received its first in 2015.

Around the time of this initial delivery, the company opted to convert part of the order to the A350-1000.

LATAM continued scaling up batches of A350-900s until it had 14 of the -1000 on order.

But towards the end of 2017 it began to reverse this strategy, cutting the complement of -1000s by converting them back to -900s.

Airbus’s latest backlog revision shows that LATAM has switched another four -1000s, reducing the number on order to eight.

While this would have given the company 19 A350-900s on direct order, the backlog also shows that LATAM has transferred a pair of -900s to leasing firm BOC Aviation, leaving it with 17.

LATAM had received 11 A350-900s by the end of 2018.

Its conversion trims total customer orders for the A350-1000 to 170, of which 14 – including the first of the variant to be handed over – were delivered last year.

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