TAM yesterday received another Airbus aircraft A320 that starts operating today, October 17.This is the 10th Airbus A320 incorporated this year into TAM’s fleet, bringing the total to 91 aircraft, of which 69 are Airbus models—13 A319, 46 A320, and 10 A330. TAM expects its fleet to achieve a minimum of 96 airplanes at the end of 2006.
The aircraft is part of contracts that still foresee the acquisition of 62 Airbus aircraft—15 A319, 41 A320 and 6 A330—to be delivered until 2010. The contracts include the option of an additional 20 aircraft. TAM’s strategic 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 past months. According to ANAC (Agencia Nacional de Aviacao Civil), the Brazilian authority, the domestic market increased 14.7% in the period from January to September. During the same period, year-on-year, TAM increased 31.4%. The company held a 51.7% domestic market share in September 2006.
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 passengers with a high technology product.