LATAM is moving to non-stop flights between Sydney and Santiago from 27 October, 2019.
The Oneworld member and Qantas partner's daily Sydney-Santiago flights currently see a two hour stop-over in Auckland.
That Auckland stop-over will remain in place four days a week on LATAM's LA800 flights departing Sydney on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday (with the return LA801 flights departing Santiago on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday).
However, three days each week will see LATAM's Boeing 787 dart directly between the two cities.
- flight LA802 will depart Sydney at 10am on Monday, Thursday and Saturday, arriving in Santiago at 9.15am (local time) the same day, with a flying time of 13h15m.
- flight LA803 will depart Santiago at 01.30am on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, reaching Sydney at 6.15am the following day, with a flying time of 14h45m.
The service will complement LATAM's non-stop Melbourne-Santiago service which launched in October 2017.
“More Australians than ever are visiting South America, wanting to discover the many unique destinations of the region and we have seen equally strong demand from passengers travelling in the other direction, forging ever greater tourism and business links," says Roberto Alvo, Chief Commercial Officer for LATAM Airlines Group.
However, the flights won't sport LATAM's latest business class seats, which the airline says are currently being fitted to its existing Boeing 777 and 767 jets as a priority – although any new Dreamliners to join the LATAM fleet will arrive with the new seats installed.