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LATAM: Direct Sydney to Santiago, Chile service

LATAM: Direct Sydney to Santiago, Chile service

South American airline LATAM is to return to four times a week direct flights between Sydney and Santiago, Chile flights from 28 October 2024.

Currently, LATAM runs a Sydney to Santiago route via Auckland flight which surfaced in March 2022.

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The Flights

The outbound flight leaves Sydney around midday, and the return flight arrives back in Sydney early in the morning.

  • LA810 departs Sydney (Tue, Thu, Sat and Sun) 12:10 pm, arrives Santiago, 11am same day
  • LA809 departs Santiago (Mon, Wed, Fri and Sat) 1:40 am, arrives Sydney, 6:30 am plus one day.

The direct flights cut about 4 hours out of the indirect route via Auckland:

  • LA800 departs Sydney 11:25 am, arrives Auckland 4:35pm
    Departs Auckland at 6:35 pm, arrives Santiago, 1:40 pm
  • LA 801 departs Santiago at 12:40 am, arrives Auckland, 5:10 am
    Departs Auckland 7:45 am, arrives Sydney 9:30 am same day

LATAM already provides three flights per week between Melbourne and Santiago:

  • LA804 departs Melbourne 12:25 pm (Tue, Thu and Sat) arrives Santiago, 11:20 am same day
  • LA805 departs Santiago 12:55 am (Mon, Wed and Fri) arrives Melbourne, 4:30 am plus one day

LATAM flyers will find themselves on Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners in an entirely comfortable, if now a little old-fashioned, 2-2—layout business class. This layout does not give direct aisle access to all seats, but it is roomy and airy. Economy passenger cabins are arranged in a 3-3-3 configuration.

Qantas 787 business class interior [Qantas]
Qantas 787 business class interior [Qantas]

South American service on Qantas

Qantas also services this route 13.5 hour route four times a week. Although LATAM is no longer a member of the OneWorld alliance, it still partners with Qantas on this route

  • QF27 departs Sydney 12:35 pm (Mon, Wed, Fri and Sat), arrives Santiago, 11:05 am same day
  • QF28 departs Santiago 1:30 pm, arriving Sydney 5:50 pm plus one day

You will also be travelling on a Dreamliner but in a Qantas three-class configuration of 42 Business seats in a 1-2-1 layout, 28 Premium Economy seats arranged 2-3-2 and 166 Economy seats in a standard 3-3-3 seat map.

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LATAM 787 Business Class 2019 [Schuetz/2PAXfly]

2PAXfly Takeout

Last time I travelled this route was in a Qantas 747 – Queen of the Sky, sadly may they RIP. The LATAM Dreamliners, despite their old-fashioned layout, are quite comfortable in Business Class, and I actually found them more comfortable than the flight on Qantas. It was a shorter flight between Santiago and Buenas Aires, though.

If South America hasn’t been on your list of desireable destinations, add it now. The continent is endlessly fascinating, from the Amazon to Carnivale and Machu Pitchu. I encourage you to visit. Personally, I can’t wait to explore more of this intriguing continent.


  1. Johnson h

    Weird way to post the schedule. It’s a LATAM flight from the SCL base, so it should be SCL-SYD, and then how long on the ground, then SYD-SCL.

    The flight has a 5-5hr turn in Sydney.

    • 2paxfly

      Hi Johnson, Thanks for the comment. I take your point. However, as an Australian based blog, I invariably start the route detail with the flight out of its Australian port. Food for thought though.


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