LATAM begins non-stop Sydney-Santiago flights

By David Flynn, July 4 2019
LATAM begins non-stop Sydney-Santiago flights

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.

Also read: LATAM's stylish new business class set to take wing


David Flynn is the Editor-in-Chief of Executive Traveller and a bit of a travel tragic with a weakness for good coffee, shopping and lychee martinis.

I wonder how much yield this will take away from Qantas’s B747 flights as they can’t fly their B787s to Santiago.

I'm sure Qantas are pushing CASA to liberalize the ETOPS restriction.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

11 Oct 2014

Total posts 635

This move by LATAM will force CASA to confront the issue of EDTO straight up, if they haven't already. The SCL-MEL-SCL nonstop requires Chilean EDTO approval and also Australian CASA approval - which would already have been granted to LATAM to operate their nonstop MEL service on the B787.

When QF ultimately retires the B747 fleet and replace it with B787's, one would think that it will be a fairly seamless CASA process given the comparable route and frame capability.

The one that will be really interesting is the approval that will be required for Norwegian (Argentina) should they follow through on their proposed (and route-approved) Buenos Aires EZE-PER-Asia route which will certainly require heavy scrutiny for above 60deg operation (directly over the South Pole).

06 Jul 2016

Total posts 3

This is a blow for those in the Sunshine State: transiting via AKL remains the fastest and most convenient route to South America for Queenslanders, whether onward through SCL (QF/LA) or EZE (NZ/AR). Having sucked up BNE-GRU via the back-to-back 15-hour EK missions on two occasions, it's well worth finding the extra dollars to go across the Pacific IMHO, absence of A380 amenity in Y notwithstanding. Don't get me started on transiting via SYD.

Maybe you didn't read the article, as it clearly says the Auckland stopover will be retained for four flights each week with the other three being non-stops.

01 Feb 2018

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Amazing the lack of grace and manners on here.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

13 Nov 2018

Total posts 95

Agreed. We have customers in Antofagasta and send BNE staff to consult. BNE AKL SCL ANF all connect really well AND is QF and QF codeshare which is good for QantasPoints and Qantas Businesses Rewards collecting. Not so much on the way back tho...

Transfer in SYD? We hate it!!!
Transfer in MEL? Didn’t list as Qantas codeshare

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

29 Nov 2013

Total posts 488

Hi Concorde1990,

I'd be keen to talk to you re BNE-ANF... I've inherited responsibility for Chile and we're close to a deal with a company that has operations in Antofagasta - I've been trying to work out the best way to get there...


Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

13 Nov 2018

Total posts 95

We use:

QF119, QF321 (LAMTAM codeshare), QF3882 (LAMTAM codeshare)
The only complaint: LAMTAM 787 J is not direct aisle access.
This combination doesn’t run daily so we’ve learned to be flexible with appointments.
On the way back... depends on your preferences but connections didn’t work quite as well. Last time staff returned using QF28 J (747)... we won’t be booking that again. The 747 J was dirty and the staff were in a real mood the entire flight. Shocking service.
The transfer through Syd is a pain especially during peak. That said, BNE customs is an absolute joke as well. If Qantas does manage a 787 or A380 on SYD SCL we may review our stance.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

29 Nov 2013

Total posts 488

Interesting... thanks

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

05 Oct 2016

Total posts 63

Transit via MEL then!

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

01 Mar 2012

Total posts 178

To Sao Paulo I'm using NZ and taking advantage of the enforced stop over in Buenos Aires and having a good steak and wine before flying out of Aeroparque the next morning. NZ also have quite cost effective business class fares.

Delta Air Lines - SkyMiles

14 Apr 2013

Total posts 334

Wonder which 3 days will see the direct service?

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

20 Nov 2017

Total posts 105

That is specified in the article.


Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

14 Sep 2012

Total posts 348

How is it that non-Australian airlines can operate to/from Australia under different set of rules than Australian carriers, it’s either 4 engines or 2 engines for everyone but not both. I read in another thread on ABT the interior door issue EK, SQ, EY, DL they can all have them in biz class, but not Qantas or Virgin. How is it possible to have these double standards here?

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

13 Nov 2018

Total posts 95

Because we have the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (Australia). And they like killing our Australian aviation industry.

15 Feb 2018

Total posts 46

I don’t think it is fair on Australian carriers that they require four engines to operate the route, yet foreign airlines can do it with two. Should be the same for all.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

02 Jul 2011

Total posts 1390

Not aware that QF has actually asked CASA.

At the moment they don't have enough 787s and are using them at least partially on flights the 747 can't serve (PER-LHR non-stop)

Air New Zealand - Airpoints

12 Jul 2016

Total posts 28

Wait to see Air NZ take advantage ex Auckland to Santiago -

10 Jul 2017

Total posts 34

when will qantas retire the 747s from this route?

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

13 Nov 2018

Total posts 95

When CASA emerges from the dark ages...


19 Apr 2012

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I suspect they will be retired later next year when the final of the six 787s are delivered. The first couple are tied up with the Chicago flight. The other four may cover Santiago and joburg. CASA will give ETOPs when Qantas asks which won’t be for another year at least. They probably would open a Sydney 787 base for that.

Singapore Airlines - KrisFlyer

27 Feb 2015

Total posts 8

LATAM has some great fares in J for Syd AKL fifth freedom, spent last week over the ditch and the product remains very pleasant. A shame the options will be down to 3 times a week.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

21 Mar 2011

Total posts 269

So sad, to hear the news on this.
Loved the LATAM service on the 787 flights Au - NZ.
Pity its to happen that no longer will I be able to use the service to get Qpoints and QF SC.
(Air)NZ only has a sometimes 787 SYD - AKL, sometimes 777 service a lot of the time.

Etihad - Etihad Guest

05 Apr 2019

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LATAM 787 have those doggy RR engines and they are still flying these routes to Australia far from any suitable diversion airport. Qantas 787 have GE engines. LATAM excuse for flying this route with the RR engines is that they are only using planes with low engine hours. All the engines that have failed in flight have had higher flight hours. Correct so far. Good luck with anyone who flies the great circle route with Latam to Melbourne.

15 Feb 2018

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Qantas May ditch the SCL service from Australia altogether, and codeshare on LATAM services in the interim, until CASA fully approves the 787’s crossing to South America.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

18 May 2017

Total posts 24

I don't want to fly over long remote areas such as the Antactic or near to the Antarctic in just a 2 engined plane. No place to land in an emergency, if ever one of the engines gives out, and then you only have one engine to power you for hours upon hours to the next available airport. I don't feel comfortable with the rather new ETOPS ruling, allowing planes to fly the remote route only on 2 engines. Qantas are now committed like everyone else, only flying 2 engined aircraft, except they do have the A380, which I doubt QF would ever put on the route. The same scenario goes for the Johannesburg route. Why Qantas did not order the new version of the 747 is purely economic... , but this is still the best plane to have for these remote routes in my view. Many will disagree with me, and that is fine.... but I will not fly these aforementioned routes on a 2 engined plane. No thanks.

Etihad - Etihad Guest

15 Jun 2019

Total posts 3

Agree with everything Felipe says. 787 ETOPS currently 3 hours extending to 6+ hours will be impressive. I would say CASA guided by Qantas, as expected, to rubberstamp the deal. Single engine ops for 6 hours would not be too comfortable for crew or pax. Amazing how the public are trained to accept our brave new world. Fingers crossed.

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