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LAN Peru and TAM Airlines add new routes from Orlando

The LATAM Airlines Group (Santiago) issued this statement:

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Committed to strengthening connectivity internationally and connecting the U.S. to South America, LATAM Airlines Group affiliate LAN Peru and TAM Airlines are inaugurating brand new routes from Orlando International Airport (MCO) this month to Brazil and Peru, respectively.

TAM Airlines (TAM Linhas Aereas) (Sao Paulo) is kicking off a new service to Brasilia International Airport from Orlando International Airport today ( June 12, 2015). TAM also currently serves Sao Paulo from Orlando with 14 weekly flights.

Additionally, LAN Peru will offer the first-ever daily nonstop flights between Orlando International Airport and Jorge Chávez International Airport in Lima, Peru, starting on June 20, 2015.

 

TAM Airlines: Orlando to Brasilia

Brasilia serves as a hub for TAM’s domestic operations. This increase in international flights to Brazil’s capital, Brasilia, directly benefits passengers departing from the U.S., providing convenient access to over 40 Brazilian destinations, specifically connecting the U.S. to Northern Brazil.

The new route will fly daily from Orlando (flight JJ8049) at 10:30 p.m. (local time) and arrive in Brasília at 7:19 a.m. the following day (local time). The return flight will depart daily from Brasília (flight JJ8048) at 11:22 a.m. (local time) and arrive in Orlando at 6:30 p.m. (local time).

TAM Airlines will operate the route from MCO using Boeing 767-300 ER aircraft (above). The aircraft is configured with 191 seats in Economy class and 30 in Premium Business class, featuring seats that recline up to 180 degrees full flat.

 

LAN Airlines (LAN Peru): Orlando to Lima Route

Orlando is LAN Airlines’ fourth gateway in the U.S., joining New York, Miami and Los Angeles. Earlier this year, LAN Peru added two additional flights per week from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport to Lima. The airline expects to transport more than 80,000 passengers each year from South America to Orlando via Lima.

LAN Peru will operate the route on an Airbus A319 aircraft, which seats 126 passengers in Economy class.

Copyright Photo: Tony Storck/AirlinersGallery.com. TAM Linhas Aereas (TAM Airlines) Boeing 767-316 ER PT-MOA (msn 41995)  (the former LAN Airlines CC-BDN) arrives at Miami International Airport.

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The first Airbus A350-900 for TAM takes shape at Toulouse

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Airbus (Toulouse) has issued this statement and photo on the progress of the first Airbus A350-900 for TAM Airlines (TAM Linhas Aereas) (Sao Paulo):

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The first A350-900 for TAM Airlines is progressing well in the Final Assembly Line (FAL) in Toulouse, France, with joining of the wings, the horizontal and vertical tail plane, the main landing gear and the tail cone to the fuselage (below).

TAM A350-900 in production TLS (Airbus)(LRW)

The A350 XWB is made of 70 percent advanced materials, including 53 percent composites, and incorporates the latest innovations, providing extra efficiency for airlines.

In particular, the wings have been designed to adapt during the flight, morphing while airborne, changing their shape for maximum aerodynamic efficiency throughout the various phases of flight. This contributes to reduce fuel burn and CO2 emissions by 25 percent compared to previous generation competing aircraft.

TAM will be the first airline in the Americas to fly the A350 XWB and the fourth operator in the world overall. Delivery of TAM’s first A350 XWB is scheduled for the end of this year. TAM has a total of 27 A350 XWB on order.

The A350 XWB is the latest addition to the market-leading Airbus widebody product line. Offering customers a game-changing reduction in fuel-burn, the all-new mid-size long-range A350 XWB has carbon fibre fuselage and wings and sets new standards in terms of passenger comfort, operational efficiency and cost-effectiveness.
By the end of April 2015, the A350 XWB has won 780 orders from 40 customers worldwide.

Photo above: Airbus and below (TAM). The pictured Airbus A350-941 (msn 024) takes shape at Toulouse and should be handed over to the carrier in December.

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TAM Airlines to fly to Barcelona

TAM Linhas Aereas (TAM Airlines) (Sao Paulo) is launching its new route to Barcelona, the sixth port of entry in Europe, together with Madrid, Paris, Milan, Frankfurt and London.

As of October 1, TAM Airlines will begin offering its first flight to the city of Barcelona via São Paulo. The new service will offer three weekly flights, departing from Guarulhos International Airport and arriving at Barcelona-El Prat Airport. The route will operate with Airbus A330s, configured with 183 seats in Economy Class and 32 in Premium Business.

Between June 25 and September 30, TAM Airlines will also increase its service to Madrid, with three new weekly flights via São Paulo, to meet demand during the high season.

Copyright Photo: SPA/AirlinersGallery.com. TAM Brasil (TAM Linhas Aereas) Airbus A330-223 PT-MVS (msn 1112) completes the final approach to the runway at London (Heathrow).

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TAM to add two new North American routes

TAM Linhas Aereas (TAM Airlines) (Sao Paulo) is adding two new routes to North America in 2015. On March 28, 2015, TAM is coming to Canada. The airline will extend the Sao Paulo (Guarulhos) – New York (JFK) route to Toronto (Pearson) per Airline Route. The extension will be operated five days a week.

In addition, the carrier will launch a new daily route from Brasilia to Orlando starting on June 12, 2015.

Both routes will be operated with Boeing 767-300 ERs.

Copyright Photo: Antony J. Best/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 767-316 ER PT-MSV (msn 40593) prepares to land in London (Heathrow).

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LAN is facing a possible mechanics strike on June 26 in Lima, LAN Cargo breaks ground on a new hangar at Miami

LAN Airlines (Santiago) may be somewhat impacted by a possible strike by 70 percent of its LAN Peru (Lima) mechanics maintaining  LAN and TAM aircraft. The mechanics are based in Lima, Peru.

The International Transport Workers’ Federation-ITF has issued this statement:

The ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) LATAM network reports that it is hearing of concerns from passengers due to fly on LAN and TAM planes during a strike expected to begin in Peru on June 26. Unions report that more than 200 mechanics – over 70 percent of all LAN Peru mechanics – will not be certifying airplane flights during the strike, which is expected to affect operations across Latin America, including during the World Cup.

LAN Peru aviation mechanics are responsible for the security of the flights of LAN and TAM Airlines (the LATAM Airline Group), and their function is fundamental to the maintenance of the aircraft and the safety of flights.

On June 26-27 a strike is likely to take place, called by the SITALANPE trade union, which represents 70 per cent of all those mechanics. This is expected to result in cancellations and delays across the region. The mechanics are unequivocal: their labor is not replaceable because they are certified to work on the aircraft. “We are the ones that review the planes each time that they land and if we do not sign the logbook of the aircraft, they do not leave. Without our approval, no plane will be able to fly and therefore the whole company will stop,” explained Juan Carlos Talavera, a LAN Peru aviation mechanic and press secretary of SITALANPE.

Lima, Peru, is the central hub for maintenance work in the holding company that includes both the LAN and TAM Airlines. The Peruvian mechanics maintain the cargo and passenger aircraft for LAN Argentina, LAN Chile, LAN Ecuador, LAN Peru, and TAM and LAN Cargo.

Dario Castillo Alfaro, the leader of the LAN Chile mechanics’ union, commented: “Our mechanics’ union is supporting the Peruvian workers and is ready to express its solidarity and support. As Chileans, we are depending on our Peruvian co-workers to protect the aviation sector in Latin America from the kind of cost cutting in operations that threatens the security of our passengers. As LAN and TAM workers we know that on behalf of passengers and aviation workers, it is our obligation to inform customers of potential problems and risks. The future of aviation in South America is being threatened by the company’s refusal to negotiate in Peru and Argentina.”

In other news, LAN Cargo (Santiago), an affiliate of LATAM Airlines Group, S.A. and part of South America’s largest airline group comprised of LAN Airlines and its affiliates and TAM Airlines, officially broke ground on a new 98,242-square-foot state of the art maintenance hangar facility at Miami International Airport. The hangar will be LATAM Airlines Group’s first maintenance hangar in the United States. The project represents an investment of more than $15 million dollars and is estimated to create more than 300 new direct and indirect jobs in the first five years, further increasing LATAM Airline Group’s participation and commitment to economic growth in Miami-Dade County and the State of Florida.

The new facility includes state of the art design, technology, and meets the highest standards of environmental compliance. The innovative roof design with the tail cupola will accommodate Boeing 777-300 and Airbus A350 size aircraft, and still meet the applicable structure height requirements.

On June 23 ITF issued this subsequent announcement:

This week, the aviation unions of the ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) Network of LATAM Unions in Chile, Argentina, Ecuador, Peru and Colombia will be taking action to support the mechanics of LAN Peru and the flight attendants of LAN Argentina. The workers will inform passengers in the airport about the actions.

The passengers need to know that the demands of the LAN and TAM Airline workers are fair and that the company has the resources to resolve the conflicts. Aviation labour conditions impact the quality of life of workers and potentially the high standards of service on flights.

LAN Peru Mechanics

On June 26th and 27th, a planned strike of the mechanics union (SITALANPE), who represent 70 percent of the workforce, would affect flights in the country and the region. Licensed aviation mechanics are required to certify all aircraft.

LAN Argentina Flight Attendants

In Argentina, the flight attendants have suffered time and again delays in their collective rights. Since 2005, when the company began operations in Argentina, LAN has refused to sign a collective agreement to regulate the flight attendants’ working conditions.

LAN Peru union leader reports detention and threats in the Lima Airport

Juan Carlos Talavera Flores, the press secretary of the SITALANPE union of Peru, has reported that he was detained on Friday, June 20th. He reports that during his detention he was threatened by a security staff from the airport. The security staff introduced himself as being sent by LAN Peru. Mr. Talavera explained that this security staff member told him that LAN Peru was going to bring a legal notary to verify his assumed illegal actions.

Mr. Talvera explains that it was a confusing, frightening and strange action by LAN Peru to intervene with his detention. The leader of the mechanics union states that the police, and the security personnel of the airport sent by LAN Peru, detained him while he was distributing information to the passengers about delays and cancellations which would occur during the upcoming LAN Peru strike of June 26 and 27.

At the police station, the union leader reports that he was searched unfairly for drugs and incriminatory evidence. At the jail, he was threatened. Hours later he was released without charges.

Juan Carlos Talavera Flores, is a leader in the international solidarity campaign to protect aviation standards in South America. His detention was made while he was distributing information in the Jorge Chavez Airport in Lima and answering questions from passengers about the upcoming industrial actions and strikes in LAN and TAM airlines.

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum/AirlinersGallery.com. LAN Cargo’s Boeing 767-316F ER CC-CZZ (msn 25756) approaches the runway at Miami International Airport (MIA).

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TAM Airlines doubles the number of overnight flights from New York to Sao Paulo

TAM Airlines (TAM Linhas Aereas) (Sao Paulo), part of LATAM Airlines Group, has just introduced seven weekly night frequencies between New York and São Paulo (Guarulhos). The new flight will double TAM’s overnight flights to Sao Paulo in August and replace the existing daytime flights JJ 8082 and JJ 8083.

The new flight JJ 8103 (New York – São Paulo/Guarulhos) will depart New York (JFK) at 10:00 p.m. (2200) and land in São Paulo at 8:50 a.m. (0850) with the return flight JJ 8102 departing São Paulo (Guarulhos) daily at 9:50 p.m.(2150) and arriving in New York (JFK) at 6:55 a.m. (0655).

The increase in these night services reflects customers’ preference for traveling overnight and arriving at their destinations in the early hours of the following day, either to participate in business meetings or to visit the city’s tourist attractions.

The new service will be operated by Boeing 767-300 aircraft (from LAN Airlines), whose interiors have been completely refurbished providing full-flat seats that recline 180o, as well as increased leg room in Business Class. Passengers in Business and Economy will also have access to individual on-board entertainment services in both cabins, with around 100 movies from diverse genres and TV series, and can listen to music and browse the duty free product catalog. Children can enjoy the exclusive entertainment package that consists of cartoons, movies and games.

The other seven night frequencies offered by TAM are currently operated by Boeing 777-300 aircraft under flight numbers JJ 8080 and JJ 8081. In line with the company’s objective of continuously improving its products, the Boeing 777-300 fleet will be refurbished starting in September (TAM is removing the first class section from the 777-300) and will be back in operation in March 2015 . During this period, the flights will be operated by TAM’s Airbus A330 aircraft.

Copyright Photo: Marcelo F. De Biasi/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 767-33A ER PT-MSU (msn 27376) completes its final approach back to the Sao Paulo (Guarulhos) base.

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LATAM Airlines Group reports first quarter net income of $80.7 million, will phase out its Airbus A330s, A340s, Boeing 737s and Bombardier Q400s

LATAM Airlines Group (LAN Airlines and TAM Airlines) (Santiago) reported operating income of $146.7 million (US) for first quarter 2014 excluding non-recurring costs related to fleet restructuring. The increase of 28.5% as compared to the first quarter 2013 was driven by strong improvements in the results of LATAM’s passenger operations in most markets, especially in the Brazilian domestic operations, offset by the 18.5% depreciation of the Brazilian real over this period as well as by weaker results in the cargo business. Operating margin excluding fleet restructuring costs reached 4.6%, an increase of 1.2 points compared to 3.4% in 2013.

LATAM Airlines Group’s net income reached $80.7 million (US)  for first quarter 2014, excluding non-recurring costs related to fleet restructuring, compared to net income of $42.7 million (US) for the same period 2013.

The group further stated:

Having concluded a thorough review of its post-merger fleet plan and fleet requirements, and the changes in the competitive environment, the Company is undertaking a broad fleet restructuring plan with the aim of reducing the number of models operated, phasing out less efficient models and allocating aircraft best suited to each one of its markets. As a result, the Company expects to redeliver a significant number of aircraft between 2013 and 2016, and to fully phase out its Airbus A330s, A340s, Boeing 737s and Q400s. During the first quarter of 2014, LATAM has provided for estimated penalties related to anticipated redeliveries and other redelivery expenses expected to be incurred as a result of this process, recognizing non-recurring costs of $147 million (US). Of this total amount, $34 million(US) are recorded as aircraft maintenance operating expenses and $112 million (US) are recognized as Other Non-Operating Costs.

During the first quarter of 2014, LATAM continues to rationalize capacity in both passenger and cargo operations. As a result, passenger ASKs declined by 4.3% and cargo ATKs declined by 6.6% as compared to the first quarter of 2013. In the passenger markets, capacity cuts were mainly driven by reductions on international routes, which decreased by 7.5% as compared to the same period in 2013, and the continued rationalization of our domestic Brazil operations. Load factors continue to increase in all markets, reaching record levels at 82.7%.

On March 31, 2014, TAM celebrated its official entrance into the oneworld alliance. This allows TAM to offer customers an improved network in regions that are most important to them, and represents a significant milestone for LATAM Airlines Group as it continues to develop its international connectivity.

Copyright Photo: Marcelo F. De Biasi/AirlinersGallery.com. TAM is phasing out its Airbus A330s and its A340s as the group concentrates around its Boeing 767/777/787 fleet for its long-range flights. Airbus A340-541 PT-MSN (msn 445) in the 1999 color scheme arrives back at TAM’s Sao Paulo (Guarulhos) hub.

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