TAM S.A. has received this weekend a new Airbus A320 aircraft
that is already operating on domestic routes.This is the 2nd Airbus
from the A320/319 family incorporated this year into TAM’s operational
fleet. The total fleet reaches 97 aircraft, of which 76 are Airbus
models—14 A319, 52 A320, and 10 A330. TAM expects its fleet to have
109 airplanes at the end of 2007.
With this new aircraft the company strengthens its policy of operating a
newer fleet, providing passengers with more comfort. The average age of
TAM’s Airbus fleet is 5.7 years.
The aircraft is part of contracts that anticipate the further
acquisition of 56 Airbus aircraft—15 A319, 35 A320 and 6 A330—to
be delivered by 2010. The contracts include the option of an additional
20 aircraft. The company also announced the acquisition of four new
Boeing 777-300ER and four more options, with deliveries by 2008. TAM’s
strategic plan foresees an operational fleet of 132 Airbus aircraft by
the end of 2010.