The merger between LAN and TAM has been going on for years now, and will be taken one step further early next week when TAM joins the OneWorld alliance. TAM presently belongs to the Star Alliance, and as of March 31 will be transitioning to OneWorld, which is the alliance LAN belongs to (coincidentally this is the same day that US Airways is also joining OneWorld).
As the carriers try to align their services somewhat, they’ve announced a common interior which they’ll be using for their Boeing 787-9 and Airbus A350 aircraft. Starting in 2015, the carriers will be taking delivery of 10 Boeing 787-9s and 27 Airbus A350s.
Anyway, they’ve finally revealed some cabin pictures of the new planes. Here’s what their Premium Business Class cabin will look like on their Boeing 787-9 aircraft:
Then here’s what the Airbus A350 Premium Business Class cabin will look like:
It’s interesting that the products are almost identical, though there are some really subtle differences between the A350 and 787 cabins. I do have to give LATAM credit on the colors they used in the cabin. I think it’s a gorgeous design, though the seats themselves aren’t cutting edge. They’re simply forward facing fully flat business class seats, which are nice, though already kind of outdated. Most airlines are going for direct aisle access at every seat in business class nowadays, be it a staggered or reverse herringbone configuration. Then again, the South American aviation market isn’t quite as competitive in terms of product as other markets, like Asia or Europe.
It’s also interesting to note that even though Qatar Airways is the launch customer of the Airbus A350, I believe these are actually the first cabin mock up pictures we’re seeing of the aircraft from any airline.
Then here’s a picture of the economy class cabin on the Boeing 787-9 and Airbus A350, as they’ll have the same interior on both planes:
As you can see, it’s sadly nine across seating, which seems to be the trend nowadays for the 787.
As a point of reference, here’s what LAN’s current 767 business class product looks like:
LAN’s current business class is also fully flat, so the new product is only marginally better.
That being said, the new product is a huge improvement over TAM’s current angled business class seats on the 777:
After flying TAM’s first class product earlier in the week I sure do wish they’d install it on either of these planes (assuming they continue to release tons of award space, of course!).
So, what do you guys think of the new LATAM interiors?