LATAM’s Airbus A350 has just landed in São Carlos in the interior of São Paulo. It’s one of the smallest runways the jet has ever landed on.
The PR-XTF registration jet was stored at Belo Horizonte International Airport, from where it departed this morning for São Carlos, where LATAM Brasil’s maintenance facilities are located. This was the sixth A350 that LATAM Brasil received and that flew for a few months in 2016. However, in April 2017 it was leased to Qatar Airways, where it flew as the A7-AMB for three years.
In the midst of the coronavirus crisis and global aircraft mass storage, this A350 returned to LATAM after being brought to São Carlos for long-term storage. In the video below, captured by a reader, it is possible to see the aircraft approach the airport before landing. It should stay there until the most robust return of international flights.
The São Carlos runway is only 1,720 meters long and the TAM / Latam A330-200 was the largest jet to land there until then. The jets frequently visited São Carlos for heavy maintenance, as did the Boeing 767-300ER and A320 Family aircraft.
For the record, this is the smallest runway the A350 has ever landed in Brazil and perhaps the world. As shown in the FlightRadar24 application records in the photo below, upon arrival at the airport, the PR-XTF made a low altitude pass (2,600 feet or 900 meters) in the opposite direction to the landing, before moving for a full landing arrived.