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TAM Airlines is coming to Canada

TAM Airlines (TAM Linhas Aereas) (Sao Paulo) has been granted authority by the Agencia Nacional de Aviacio Civil (ANAC) of Brazil seven weekly frequencies for conducting mixed air services between Canada and Brazil.

The route is unspecified but it is most likely Sao Paulo-Toronto in competition with Air Canada.

Copyright Photo: Wingnut/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A330-203 PT-MVK (msn 486) of TAM taxies across the tarmac at London’s Heathrow Airport.

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TAM Airlines to start Fortaleza-Miami flights on May 31

TAM Linhas Aereas (TAM Airlines) (Sao Paulo) will introduce Fortaleza-Miami weekly flights with Airbus A330 aircraft starting on May 31 according to Airline Route.

Copyright Photo: Rolf Wallner/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A330-223 PT-MVO (msn 949) arrives in London (Heathrow).

TAM: AG Slide Show

 

LATAM Airlines Group loses $330 million in the 2Q

LATAM Airlines Group (LAN Airlines and TAM Linhas Aereas) (Santago and Sao Paulo) reported it lost $330 million in the second quarter. The group was created last year with the merger of the two airlines. The group is struggling in Brazil with TAM due to a weakening Brazilian economy. TAM is cutting costs and reducing flights.

Read the full report: CLICK HERE

LATAM Airlines Group Fleet Plans (excerpt from the report):

LATAM Airlines Group 8:2013 Fleet

Top Copyright Photo: Rodrigo Cozzato/AirlinersGallery.com. Sporting new Sharklets, Airbus A320-214 PR-MYY (msn 5591) taxies at the Sao Paulo (Guarulhos) hub.

LAN Airlines (Chile): AG Slide Show

TAM Linhas Aereas: AG Slide Show

Bottom Copyright Photo: Alvaro Romero/ModoCharlie.com. Boeing 777-F6N N772LA (msn 37708) arrives at the Santiago hub.

American Airlines launches a code-share agreement with TAM Linhas Aereas, will launch new routes to Brazil

American Airlines (Dallas/Fort Worth) has announced the launch of a new code-share agreement with TAM Linhas Aereas (TAM Airlines) (Sao Paulo), increasing American’s network connectivity in Brazil and further enhancing its relationship with LATAM Airlines Group. Customers can begin booking tickets on code-share flights for travel starting on August 22.

Through the agreement, the two airlines will code-share on each other’s flights between the United States and Brazil. American’s customers will also have access to TAM flights from Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo to eight additional destinations throughout Brazil, including Fortaleza, Natal and Vitoria, and TAM’s customers will also have access to American flights from Miami, New York and Orlando, to 25 cities in the U.S., including Atlanta, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C.

The improved access provided through the relationship will also complement American’s new Brazilian service to Curitiba (CWB) and Porto Alegre (POA) from Miami, pending government approval, and Sao Paulo (GRU) from Los Angeles, all of which will be available for booking on August 18. The new service from Miami to Curitiba and Porto Alegre will launch on November 21 and the service from Los Angeles to Sao Paulo will launch on December 16. With the additional routes, American will serve nine destinations in Brazil.

TAM, which plans to join the oneworld® alliance in 2014, is a member of the LATAM Airlines Group. LATAM operates nearly 1,500 daily flights to 144 destinations in 27 countries.

Top Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. American’s Boeing 737-823 N980AN (msn 33203) approaches Los Angeles International Airport for landing.

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TAM: AG Slide Show

Bottom Copyright Photo: Bernardo Andrade/AirlinersGallery.com. TAM’s Airbus A319-132 PR-MAN (msn 1831) prepares to land at the downtown Santos Dumont Airport in Rio de Janeiro.

LATAM Airlines Group reports 1Q net income of $42.7 million, down 48.9%

LATAM Airlines Group (LAN Airlines) (TAM Linhas Aereas) (Santiago and Sao Paulo) has reported its financial results through March 31, 2013 for the first quarter:

HIGHLIGHTS

    • LATAM Airlines Group reported operating income of $114.2 million (US) for first quarter 2013, a 149.8% increase compared to the $45.7 million pro forma operating income in first quarter 2012. Operating margin reached 3.4%, an increase of 2.0 points compared to 1.4% in 2012. This result reflects a steady recovery in business operations as we advance in the process of achieving the expected synergies from the merger between LAN and TAM.

 

    • Net income reached $42.7 million for first quarter 2013, compared to a pro forma consolidated net income of $83.7 million for the same period in 2012, which represents a decrease of 48.9% mainly due to a foreign exchange gain of $133.4 million recognized at TAM during the first quarter 2012.

 

    • TAM continues to make significant progress in the turnaround of the domestic Brazil passenger operations, maintaining capacity discipline with a 9.2% reduction in ASKs during the first quarter 2013 as compared to the first quarter 2012. Healthy traffic growth of 3.4%,as well as improved market segmentation and revenue management practices have resulted in strong load factor improvements of 9.5 percentage points as compared to the first quarter 2012,reaching 77.7%. This led to a significant increase in revenue per ASK,as measured in Brazilian reais. Results in U.S. dollars were affected by a 13% depreciation of the Brazilian currency during the quarter as compared to the first quarter 2012. We remain convinced that capacity discipline and an adequate segmentation of the market will provide the basis for continued healthy load factors and a significant improvement in operating results in 2013.

 

    • We remain confident in our synergy target of between $600 and $700 million, to be fully achieved by the fourth year after the merger (June 2016). Important progress was made in recent months with the code share agreement signed between TAM and American Airlines as well as with LATAM’s election of oneworld as its global alliance. We have begun to harmonize the airlines’ frequent flyer programs,as well as advanced on cost initiatives related to contract renegotiations and process standardization. Furthermore, important synergies have been achieved through the coordination of the LAN and TAM cargo operations. We expect merger synergies to be between $250 and $300 million during 2013. However,we expect to continue to incur certain costs related to the integration process.

 

    • Total revenues in the first quarter 2013 reached $3,409.0 million compared to pro forma revenues of $3,360.2 million in first quarter 2012. The increase of 1.5% is a result of a 1.5% increase in passenger revenues and a 38.6% increase in other revenues, partially offset by a 3.2% decrease in cargo revenues. The slight increase in revenues reflects capacity reductions in the domestic Brazil passenger operations and a more challenging environment for international passenger operations, as well as weak market demand in the cargo business. Passenger and cargo revenues accounted for 84.2% and 13.5% of total revenues, respectively, in first quarter 2013.

 

  • During the first quarter 2013, LATAM received a total of 5 Airbus A320 family aircraft and 1 Boeing 767-300 passenger aircraft. Furthermore, the Company returned 1 Airbus A320-200 and sold 2 Airbus A318 aircraft.

Top Copyright Photo: Alvaro Romero/ModoCharlie.com. LAN Airlines’ Airbus A318-121 CC-CVR (msn 3390) carries special Telethon 2011 logo at Santiago. The snow-capped Andes Mountains are in the background.

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TAM Linhas Aereas: AG Slide Show

Bottom Copyright Photo: Bernardo Andrade. TAM’s Airbus A319-132 PT-TMD (msn 4192) in the retrojet color scheme climbs away from Santos Dumont Airport in downtown Rio de Janeiro. Please click on the photo for the full-size view.

TAM to join the Oneworld Alliance

LATAM Airlines Group (LAN Airlines and TAM Linhas Aereas) (Santiago) today confirmed its selection of oneworld® as the global alliance for all its passenger airlines.

The decision, announced at a meeting of the oneworld Governing Board held in Hong Kong today, means:
  • Brazil’s TAM Airlines will leave the Star Alliance to join oneworld, along with its Paraguay subsidiary.  Their transition is expected to be completed during 2014’s second quarter.
  • LAN Colombia, the latest part of LAN, will join oneworld as an affiliate member, in the fourth quarter of 2013.
With Chile’s LAN Airlines flying as a full member of oneworld since June 2000 and LAN Argentina, LAN Ecuador and LAN Peru added since as affiliate members, today’s announcement will bring all of Latin America’s top airline group into the same global airline alliance, alongside 11 of the other leading carriers from around the world and 30 of their affiliates.
An exact date for TAM’s departure from the Star Alliance will be announced in due course.  The intention is for it to become part of oneworld immediately after it exits Star.
Copyright Photo: Keith Burton. TAM Brasil’s (TAM Linhas Aereas) Boeing 777-32W ER PT-MUE (msn 38886) arrives at London (Heathrow).
LAN: AG Slide Show
TAM: AG Slide Show

American Airlines expands its partnership with the LATAM Airlines Group with new codeshare agreements with TAM and LAN Colombia

American Airlines (Dallas/Fort Worth), which offers more flights to more destinations in Latin America than any other U.S. airline, has signed agreements to codeshare with both TAM Airlines (TAM Linhas Aereas) (Sao Paulo) and LAN Colombia (Bogota), representing a solid stepping stone in building a stronger bilateral relationship between American and LATAM Airlines Group. Once approved, these new codeshare relationships will provide expanded opportunities for American to serve new markets in Brazil and Colombia and for TAM Airlines and LAN Colombia in the United States.

In addition, American plans to operate a new Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) – Bogota (BOG) route beginning in late 2013. American will also add service to Curitiba (CWB) and Porto Alegre (POA), Brazil from Miami beginning in late 2013, demonstrating its mission to provide customers with expanded options through a growing network footprint in Latin America. With the addition of Curitiba and Porto Alegre, American will serve nine destinations in Brazil.

Once the codeshare agreements are approved, these new relationships will provide American’s customers seamless connecting service within Colombia and Brazil.  At the same time, this partnership will allow TAM and LAN Colombia’s customers access to new destinations in the U.S. such as Boston, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Las Vegas and Seattle.

TAM operates nearly 5,600 weekly flights to 42 destinations throughout Brazil as well as 18 international destinations in the United States, Latin America and Europe. LAN Colombia operates more than 930 weekly flights to cities throughout Colombia as well as destinations in Brazil and the United States. From its Bogota hub, LAN Colombia offers 134 daily flights, including service to 20 Colombian cities.

American offers codeshare service, with fellow oneworld® alliance member LAN Airlines, to cities throughout South America from LAN’s hubs in Chile, Argentina, Ecuador and Peru.

The new route between DFW and Bogota complements American’s existing service to Colombia through Miami (MIA), where it offers up to 35 nonstop flights per week to Bogota, Cali and Medellin. American’s MIA and DFW hubs allow it to serve 90 percent of U.S. – Latin America traffic more efficiently than any other airline’s combination of hubs. American offers more service to South America than any other U.S. airline.

American also offers the most service between North America and Brazil, American currently serves Brazil from Miami to Belo Horizonte, Brasilia, Manaus, Recife, Rio de Janeiro, Salvador and Sao Paulo; from New York JFK to Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo; and from Dallas/Fort Worth to Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo. In addition, early next year the Dallas/Fort Worth – Sao Paulo flight will be the first to feature the newest addition to American’s fleet, the Boeing 777-300 ER.

Top Copyright Photo: Bernardo Andrade. Boeing 767-323 ER N354AA (msn 24035) arrives at Rio de Janeiro ‘s Galeao Antonio Carlos Jobim International Airport.

American Airlines: AG Slide Show

TAM Linhas Aereas: AG Slide Show

Bottom Copyright Photo: Keith Burton. Airbus A330-223 PT-MVC (msn 247) of TAM Linhas Aereas arrives at London (Heathrow).

TAM Airlines to retire the Boeing 767-300 on December 17

TAM Linhas Aereas (TAM Airlines) (Sao Paulo) is planning to retire its last Boeing 767-300 on December 17 according to Airline Route. The venerable wide body is being replaced by newer Airbus A330-200s.

Copyright Photo: Bernardo Andrade. Boeing 767-33A PT-MSU (msn 27376) prepares to land at Rio de Janeiro (Galeao).

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TAM to start daily nonstop Rio de Janeiro-Orlando service on October 29

TAM Linhas Aereas (TAM Airlines) (LANTAM Airlines Group) (Sao Paulo) will now launch the daily nonstop Rio de Janeiro (Galeao)-Orlando route with Airbus A330-200s on October 29 according to Airline Route.

In addition, the airline will upgrade the daily Sao Paulo (Guarulhos)-Miami route to the pictured Boeing 777-300 ER starting on September 19.

Copyright Photo: Nick Dean. Climbing beautifully, brand new Boeing 777-32W ER PT-MUD departs from the runway at Paine Field near Everett.

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ABSA Cargo is now operating as TAM Cargo

ABSA Cargo Airline (Sao Paulo) is now operating this new Boeing 767-316F ER as TAM Cargo (TAM Linhas Aereas) (Sao Paulo). PR-ADY (msn 32573) is pictured arriving at Rio de Janeiro (Galeao) today (July 15) on a ferry flight after receiving this new livery at Mexico City.

Copyright Photo: Bernardo Andrade.

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LAN acquires TAM, becomes the LATAM Airlines Group

LAN Airlines S.A. (Santiago) (which has been renamed LATAM Airlines Group S.A.) and TAM S.A. (Sao Paulo) on June 22 completed their exchange offer. The acquisition has created the LATAM Airlines Group S.A. LATAM Airlines Group S.A. will offer passengers more flights to more destinations than any other affiliated group of airlines in South America, initially reaching about 150 destinations in 22 countries and transporting cargo to 169 destinations in 27 countries.

As previously announced, the transaction was carried out through an exchange offer in which TAM’s shareholders could elect to exchange their TAM shares for LAN shares at a ratio of 0.9 LAN shares for each TAM share. The offered LAN shares will be delivered in the form of BDRs (Brazilian Depositary Receipts) in Brazil and ADRs (American Depositary Receipts) in the United States. The exchange offer, which was materialized with the auction on June 22, 2012, was subject to the condition that more than 2/3 of the TAM shares that participate in the offer agree with the deregistration of TAM as a public company in Brazil. This delisting condition was satisfied when 99.9% of the participant shares agreed with TAM’s deregistration. The tendered shares together with the TAM shares committed by the TAM Controlling Shareholders represented 95.9% of the total outstanding shares of TAM.

According to this report by Reuters, LATAM Airlines will decide within the next six months which airline alliance it will stay with. Currently LAN is a member of the OneWorld alliance, while TAM belongs to Star Alliance.

Read the full report: CLICK HERE

Top Copyright Photo: Alvaro Romero.

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Bottom Copyright Photo: Marcelo F. De Biasi.

TAM reports a weak third quarter, goes into the red

TAM Airlines (TAM Linhas Aereas) (Sao Paulo) reported a net loss of $380.2 million in the third quarter, down from a profit of $421.6 million in the same quarter a year ago.

Copyright Photo: Nick Dean.

TAM Slide Show: CLICK HERE

TAM finalizes order for 32 A320 Family aircraft, including 22 A320neo aircraft

TAM Linhas Aereas (TAM Airlines) (Sao Paulo) has finalized a purchase agreement for 32 Airbus A320 aircraft, comprising of 22 A320neo and 10 A320 Family aircraft. The order follows a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed last February. Engine selection will be announced by the airline at a later date.

To date, TAM has ordered over 200 Airbus aircraft, including 27 A350-900, and operates nearly 150 Airbus aircraft to 43 destinations within Brazil and 18 destinations throughout Europe, the United States and South America. The airline, which turned 35 this year, is among the largest A320 Family operators, with 125 in total, including 30 A319s, 86 A320s and nine A321s.

Image: Airbus.

TAM Slide Show: CLICK HERE

TAM exceeds expectations, posts first quarter profit of $78 million

TAM Linhas Aereas (Sao Paulo) returned to the black in the first quarter by posting a net profit of $78 million.

Read the full report from Bloomberg: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Nick Dean. Please click on the photo for additional aircraft information.

TAM signs MOU for 22 A320neo and 10 A320 Family aircraft

TAM Linhas Aereas (Sao Paulo) today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for 22 A320neo and 10 A320 Family aircraft. When signed as a contract, the order will make TAM the launch customer for the A320neo in Latin America.

Copyright Photo: AirSpeed. Please click on the photo for additional information.

TAM Linhas Aereas orders two additional Boeing 777-300 ERs

TAM Linhas Aereas (Sao Paulo) has ordered two additional Boeing 777-300 ERs.

Copyright Photo: Nick Dean. Please click on photo for additional details.

TAM ‘s stockholders to inject another $81 million

TAM Linhas Aereas’ (Sao Paulo) stockholders will inject another $81 million in equity into the company through the issuance of new stock according to this report by Reuters.

Read the report:

CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Marcelo F. De Biasi. Recently-delivered Airbus A330-223 PT-MVT (msn 1118) climbs from Sao Paulo (Guarulhos).

TAM Airlines firms up order for 20 Airbus A320 Family aircraft and five A350-900s

TAM Airlines (TAM Linhas Aereas) (Sao Paulo) has signed a firm order for 25 Airbus aircraft, bringing the Brazilian airline’s total Airbus order book to 176. This order for 20 A320 Family aircraft and five A350-900s follows the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) announced at ILA Berlin Air Show in June.

TAM’s new A320 Family aircraft will replace existing A320 Family aircraft as part of the airline’s commitment to keep an average fleet age of six years.

As of today, TAM’s total Airbus orders have increased to 134 A320 Family aircraft, 15 A330-200s and 27 A350 XWB. 65 Airbus A320 Family aircraft, two A330-200s and 27 A350 XWB are still in the backlog.

Copyright Photo: Marcelo F. De Biasi. TAM’s sleek Airbus A320-232 PR-MBO (msn 3156) painted in the Star Alliance motif climbs away from Sao Paulo (Guarulhos).

TAM signs MOU for 20 A320 Family aircraft and five A350-900s

Copyright Photo: Marcelo F. De Biasi. Please click on photo for full view, information and other photos.

TAM Airlines (TAM Linhas Aereas) (Sao Paulo), Airbus’ biggest customer in the southern hemisphere and Brazil’s largest airline company, announced an order for 20 new Airbus A320 Family and five A350-900 aircraft, bringing the Brazilian airline’s total Airbus orders to 176 aircraft, including 134 A320 Family, 15 A330-200s and 27 A350 XWB aircraft. The Memorandum of Understanding outlining the order was signed during the ILA Air Show in Berlin.

The new A350-900 aircraft will be powered by Rolls Royce engines. TAM is yet to select engines for the new 20 A320 Family aircraft. The airline currently operates its existing fleet of A320 Family with both CFM and IAE engines.

TAM’s incremental A320 Family aircraft order will, in accordance with the airline’s fleet plan, replace existing A320 Family aircraft as part of their commitment to keep an average fleet age of six years. Both the A320 Family and A350 XWBs fleet will serve the carrier’s existing routes.

TAM to create a holding company

TAM Linhas Aereas (Sao Paulo) is creating a holding company according to this Reuters report.

Read the full report:

http://www.reuters.com/article/idCNN3121638420100331?rpc=44

In other news, TAM is looking at acquiring 20 aircraft in the 100 to 150-seat range as part of a new plan to expand the operation of recently acquired regional carrier Pantanal Linhas Aereas according to Flightglobal.

Read the full report:

http://www.flightglobal.com/articles/2010/04/01/340188/tam-plans-to-acquire-20-aircraft-for-pantanal-unit.html

TAM Airlines’ Brazilian football logojet

A close-up of the football (soccer) nose like Lufthansa.  Copyright Photo: Wade DeNero.

A close-up of the football (soccer) nose like Lufthansa. Copyright Photo: Wade DeNero.

Rolling into position for takeoff at MIA is A330-223 PT-MVP (msn 961) of TAM in the special "Seleção Brasileira color scheme.  TAM has been the official carrier since 2007.  Copyright Photo: Wade DeNero.

Rolling into position for takeoff at MIA is A330-223 PT-MVP (msn 961) of TAM in the special “Seleção Brasileira color scheme. TAM has been the official carrier since 2007. Copyright Photo: Wade DeNero.

TAM Airlines (TAM Linhas Aereas) (Sao Paulo) in June 2009 introduced this new logojet in support of Brazilian football team.

TAM produces a 2Q net profit of $433.6 million

Press release:

finance.yahoo.com/news/TAM-Reached-a-Net-Income-of-R-prnews-3504830239.html?x=0&.v=1

Virgin America is operating N623VA in TAM colors

 

N623VA rests overnight at the gate at the San Francisco base.  Copyright Photo: Mark Durbin.

N623VA rests overnight at the San Francisco base. Copyright Photo: Mark Durbin.

Virgin America (San Francisco) leased its Airbus A320-214 N623VA (msn 2740) to TAM Brasil (TAM Linhas Aereas) on June 6, 2007.  The leased aircraft returned to Virgin America on December 18, 2008 and is being operated still in TAM’s old 1999 colors with small “Operated by Virgin America” stickers.

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