Australia to South America flights: LATAM unveils new business class seats - photos

South American carrier LATAM Airlines has unveiled new business cabin designs for its Boeing 787 Dreamliner, 767, 777 and Airbus A350-100 jets.

The new seats will be rolled out across two-thirds of LATAM's global fleet over the next two years.

Designed by Ireland's Thompson Aero Seating, travellers will recognise the basic design as the same as the Qantas Business Suite on its Airbus A330s, Boeing 787s and, soon, Airbus A380 superjumbos.

The seats recline into a fully flat bed and feature 18-inch entertainment screens. Passengers will be able to place personal items on wide consoles with shelves and granite cocktail tables "inspired by the mountains of South America".

A 1-2-1 configuration offers direct aisle access from every seat, something the airline's current business class layout does not offer.

The cabin has a staggered seating layout, meant to offer configurations for both individuals and couples.

Middle seats are alternatingly placed right next to each other and separated from the aisle by consoles, or placed next to the aisle with consoles between them. A sliding divider between the seats provides privacy.

Window seats are alternatingly placed next to the window and aisle.

Economy seats will also receive a facelift, with bigger entertainment screens and red-and-blue hued seating designed to reflect the colours of the sky.


LATAM Airlines Peru and LATAM Airlines Brazil will receive the first new-look cabins in early 2019.

Australians should look forward to the upgrades on LATAM's Boeing 787 Dreamliners, used on its non-stop flights between Melbourne and Santiago, Chile. Due to growing demand on the route, the airline increased the number of services from three to five per week on January 1. The airline also flies from Sydney to Santiago via Auckland.

LATAM Airlines flight LA804 departs Melbourne at 20.10 on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, arriving in Santiago at 19.05 the same day (local time), with a flight time of 12 hours 55 minutes.

The return flight departs Santiago at 12.45 (local time) on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, arriving in Melbourne at 17.30 the following day, with a journey time of 14 hours 45 minutes.