LATAM's Sydney-Santiago flights are going non-stop

LATAM's Sydney-Santiago flights are going non-stop

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.

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

David Flynn
David Flynn is the editor of Australian Business Traveller and a bit of a travel tragic with a weakness for good coffee, shopping and lychee martinis.


  • LatteLaptopLoon


    1 May, 2019 01:33 pm

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


    1 May, 2019 02:51 pm

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


    1 May, 2019 04:40 pm

    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).

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  • fonseca


    1 May, 2019 02:54 pm

    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.
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  • AsiaBizTraveller


    1 May, 2019 03:06 pm

    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.
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  • Nate Webster


    2 May, 2019 01:14 pm

    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
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  • M S


    1 May, 2019 02:59 pm

    Transit via MEL then!
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  • StuParr


    1 May, 2019 03:04 pm

    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.
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  • Martin  Slobodnik


    1 May, 2019 06:38 pm

    Wonder which 3 days will see the direct service?

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  • Adam T


    1 May, 2019 08:04 pm

    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?
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  • Nate Webster


    2 May, 2019 01:01 pm

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

    Red Cee

    1 May, 2019 10:08 pm

    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.
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  • moa999


    1 May, 2019 10:33 pm

    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)
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  • k  lane


    2 May, 2019 01:35 am

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


    2 May, 2019 11:54 am

    when will qantas retire the 747s from this route?
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  • Nate Webster


    2 May, 2019 01:02 pm

    When CASA emerges from the dark ages...
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  • sydney slug

    sydney slug

    2 May, 2019 01:49 pm

    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.
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  • Andrew Barkery

    Andrew Barkery

    4 May, 2019 01:06 am

    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.
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  • David Walsh


    5 May, 2019 02:02 pm

    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.
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19 May, 2019 11:05 pm


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