Brazil’s largest airline company, has received official authorization from ANAC (Agencia Nacional de Aviacao Civil), the Brazilian authority, to begin operating regular daily flights to Italy and to add a third daily flight to Paris. The decision number 104 from ANAC, dated August 29, has been published in the Diario Oficial da Uniao, the daily newspaper of the federal government.
TAM will announce the new international route operation, as well as the new flight to Paris, initial date and time, in the coming months. All necessary measures to initiate flights are already in place.
Milan will be TAM’s third destination in Europe. The company already flies to Paris and, as of October 28, will start flying to London.
Also, the official decision presented will add a third daily flight to Paris, totaling the 21 weekly flights available for a Brazilian company to fly to France’s capital. TAM plans to operate one of the daily frequencies from Rio de Janeiro.
The strategy adopted by TAM in the international segment is to grow selective in profitable markets, and is coherent with our goal of increasing revenues in foreign currencies, further strengthening our capital structure. According to ANAC, TAM ended last July with 52.6% market share among Brazilian companies that operate in the international market.
Additionally in the international market, TAM will start to operate a night flight between Guarulhos airport, in Sao Paulo, and New York, as of September 1. The change in the flight schedule, which will continue daily, will allow passengers to land at JFK airport early in the morning, having more time to benefit from their stay.
The JJ 8080 flight will leave Sao Paulo at 22:45, landing at JFK at 07:30 (local time). The return flight, JJ 8081, will depart from New York at 20:00 (local time), arriving in Sao Paulo at 06:45.
In order to operate this night flight, which will have two planes flying simultaneously, TAM has received the second of three Airbus A330 aircraft that were subleased. To meet the strong demand from executives and entrepreneurs, the aircraft has 39 seats in executive class and an additional 171 in economy.
Besides the daily flight to New York, TAM operates three daily flights to Miami, one departing from Fortaleza (Ceara) with connections in Belem (Para) and Manaus (Amazonas). Once a week, the flight to Miami that leaves from Sao Paulo stops in Salvador. In South America, TAM has 42 weekly flights to Buenos Aires, Argentina, and operates once a day to Santiago, Chile. Through TAM Mercosur, it flys to six other destinations: Asuncion and Ciudad del Este (Paraguay), Montevideo and Punta del Este (Uruguay), Santa Cruz de la Sierra and Cochabamba (Bolivia). The company also has a daily flight to Lima, Peru, through a code-share operation with Taca.