TAM has received its first Airbus A340-500 and the company
will use the aircraft on its new daily flight to Frankfurt, Germany,
beginning November 30.With this new aircraft, TAM now has 94 Airbus
aircraft (15 A319, 66 A320, 2 A321, 10 A330 and 1 A340).
The A340-500 is an aircraft used on long-haul flights, equipped with
four Rolls-Royce engines. The model received by TAM can carry up to 267
passengers—42 in Business Class and 225 in Economy.
TAM has already received 21 aircraft this year—17 in the A320 family
(A319, A320 and A321), 1 A340 and 3 MD-11s. With this A340, the company
will have an operational fleet of 110 aircraft—94 Airbus models, 13
F-100s and 3 MD-11s. The company plans to end 2007 with 111 aircraft and
forecasts a fleet of 136 aircraft by the end of 2011.