Two months after announcing the conversion of eight 767-300 jets into cargo aircraft, LATAM again expanded the program carried out in partnership with Boeing.
According to the carrier based in Chile, two more widebodies will be transformed into freighters, totaling 21 aircraft dedicated to the cargo segment by 2023.
Currently, LATAM’s fleet of 767 freighters has 11 aircraft with an average age of 17 years. After the introduction of the 12 converted jets, this average will drop to 14 years, says the company, which adds that the transport capacity will double at the end of the process.
Four of the 10 planes will be converted by the end of 2022, the first of which is scheduled to be delivered this year. Another six 767 will be transformed into the BCF (Boeing Converted Freighter) standard by 2023.
LATAM has 28 Boeing 767-300ER configured for passengers, which is its main widebody. The airline started a movement to reduce its fleet due to the financial crisis it is going through.