LATAM Airlines Group has announced plans to upgrade the cabins on two thirds of its global short and long-haul fleet.
The $400 million investment will cover over 200 existing and forthcoming aircraft, with the work to take place over the next two years.
Customers of LATAM Airlines Peru will be the first to see the new cabins later this year, followed by LATAM Airlines Brazil from the start of 2019, and LATAM Airlines Chile from the second half of 2019.
Long-haul travellers will benefit from new cabins on existing B767 and B777 aircraft, as well as forthcoming B787-9 and A350-1000s.
Features will include the fully-flat “Wide Thompson” Premium Business seat by Thompson Aero, offering direct aisle access and an 18-inch IFE screen, as well as Recaro-designed economy seats with USB ports and 12-inch IFE screens.
There will also be the option for economy passengers to upgrade to LATAM+ seats, with more space, and benefits including priority check-in and boarding.
Meanwhile over 150 short-haul A320 and A321 aircraft will be upgraded with new Recaro seating, fast-charging USB ports and wifi connectivity.
The carrier said it had spent three years developing the new cabins, with Claudia Sender, vice president of LATAM Airlines Group saying:
“Plans to renovate LATAM Airlines’ cabins were agreed as part of our long-term vision to offer an industry leading on-board flight experience to all our passengers, including those travelling for pleasure who want to ‘travel for less’ and business travellers who want privacy and rest, and to be able to offer upgrades to those who desire one.
“On-board experience is one of the most important differentiators in choosing an airline and the most relevant factor in customer satisfaction, and so it was essential that our passengers were involved in the development process of our new cabins.”