TAM receives eighth Airbus A320

Brazil’s largest airline company, has received another Airbus aircraft A320. The aircraft will be incorporated as of Wednesday.It will be the 8th airbus A320 incorporated this year into TAM’s fleet, bringing the total to 89 aircraft, of which 67 are Airbus models—13 A319, 44 A320, and 10 A330 (two of which are subleased but will return to the company this year).

TAM expects its fleet to achieve a minimum of 96 airplanes at the end of 2006.

The aircraft is part of total contracts of 64 Airbus aircraft—15 A319, 43 A320 and 6 A330—to be delivered until 2010.

The contracts include the option of an additional 20 aircraft. TAM’s strategical plan foresees an operational fleet of 127 Airbus aircraft by the end of 2010.

The new A320 aircraft will fly domestic routes as well as routes throughout South America, following the increase in demand observed over the past months.

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According to ANAC (Agencia Nacional de Aviacao Civil), the Brazilian authority, the domestic market increased 17.3% in the period from January to July. During the same period, year-on-year, TAM increased 31.2%.

Manufactured with high technology, the Airbus A320 has the capacity to transport up to 174 passengers. With this new A320, TAM strengthens its policy of operating a young aircraft fleet, offering more comfort to the passengers with a high technology product.
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