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BRUSSELS: April 04, 2018. LATAM Cargo has begun a B767 freighter service linking the CEIV pharma-certified hubs of Miami and Brussels.

LATAM Cargo BRUThe round trip begins and ends in Santiago, Chile and routes via Quito, Miami and Brussels (right) northbound and returns via the Cape Verde Islands, Sao Paulo Viracopas and Quito.

Last month LATAM announced it would sell the last of its B777 freighters and sign a contract with Boeing to convert three passenger 767-300ERs to all-cargo aircraft for delivery by 2020.

“This agreement reflects our commitment to the Latin America cargo market, and allows us to maintain our regional leadership,” said LATAM Cargo CEO Andrés Bianchi. “These aircraft will enable us to better serve our customers by combining an enhanced freighter operation with our growing passenger network. Additionally, transitioning into a single fleet type will allow us to improve efficiency and reliability,” he added.

With the return of a leased aircraft in May, the company will eventually operate a total of 12 B767 freighters. Meanwhile it will continue an ACMI contract for an MD11 freighter with Western Global Airlines until the first converted aircraft arrive.

Bianchi said the company would continue to operate the same routes as the B777F capacity but standardizing on the B767F would enable it to increase transatlantic frequencies from three to five flights a week and allow greater flexibility in responding to the seasonal demand of South American cargo markets.

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