LATAM has celebrated the first ever non-stop commercial flight between Melbourne and South America with the debut of its new MEL-SCL service (TD 06 Oct).
The route will connect Melburnians to Santiago thrice weekly on Tue, Fri and Sat.
LA will connect the two cities in 15 hours using Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft.
Victorian Minister for Tourism and Major Events John Eren said the new service would continue to boost tourism in the state.
“Victoria is home to some of the strongest international visitor numbers in Australia and we’re working to ensure that those figures keep climbing.”
LATAM is one of 31 international airlines flying directly out of Victorian airports.
The airline also conducts daily flights to Sydney via Auckland.
oneworld partner Qantas will codeshare on the route.
Pictured are representatives from LATAM celebrating the inaugural flight from Santiago to Melbourne, and, inset, the first touch-down at Tullamarine.