LATAM is moving to non-stop flights between Sydney and Santiago by the end of of 2019.
The Oneworld member and Qantas partner's daily Sydney-Santiago flights currently see a two hour stop-over in Auckland, which will remain in place four days a week, but three days will see the Boeing 787 dart directly between the two cities in an estimated 14 hour flight.
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.