TAM has received its second Airbus A340-500.The
company will use the aircraft on its new daily flight to Frankfurt,
Germany, beginning November 30. With this new aircraft, TAM now has 96
Airbus models (15 A319, 66 A320, 3 A321, 10 A330 and 2 A340).
The A340-500 is a long-haul aircraft, equipped with four Rolls-Royce
engines. The model received by TAM has a capacity of up to 267 passengers,
with 42 Executive Class seats and 225 in Economy Class. TAM received the
first A340-500 aircraft in October.
This year, TAM has already added 23 aircraft to its fleet—18 from
the A320 family (A319, A320 and A321), 2 A340s and 3 MD-11s. With the
arrival of this A340, the company now has an operational fleet of 110
aircraft—96 Airbus models, 11 F-100s and 3 MD-11s. Until the end of this
year, the company will return 5 F-100s and will receive 3 A320 and 2 A330s,
and forecasts a fleet of 136 aircraft by 2011.