LATAM has announced a new non-stop service between Santiago and Melbourne, commencing October 5, 2017.

The carrier will operate the route three times-weekly using a B787-9 aircraft configured for 220 seats in economy, 54 in Space + (premium economy) and 30 in Premium Business.

At 11,000km in distance, and 15 hours in duration (westbound from Santiago to Melbourne), the flight will be the longest in LATAM’s history, and the first non-stop service between the two cities.

Melbourne will be the second Australian city served by LATAM – the group currently flies between Santiago and Sydney, via Auckland.

Flights will depart Santiago on Monday, Thursday and Saturday at 1255, landing into Melbourne at 1755 the following day, with the return leg leaving the Australian city at 1955, and landing back into the Chilean capital at 1900 the same day.

Commenting on the new route Enrique Cueto, CEO, LATAM Airlines Group said:

“Over recent years, we’ve seen increasing demand for flights between Latin America and this part of the world – both from business and leisure travellers – and we want to continue supporting the growth of bilateral tourism and commerce.

“With the Melbourne service, we are not only reinforcing LATAM’s commitment to Oceania and the Asia-Pacific, but also to offering unrivalled connectivity to, from and within Latin America.”