Lufthansa ready to go with TAM codeshare

Lufthansa is expanding the services it offers to customers flying to Brazil and
launching code share flights in partnership with the Brazilian carrier TAM.From 18
August, Lufthansa and TAM
passengers will be able to book any of the flights operated jointly by either
carrier between Frankfurt or Munich and São Paulo. Customers will then have a choice
of 21 codeshare flights per week
between Germany and Brazil. In addition, both carriers will offer connecting flights
to their respective domestic destinations on a codeshare basis. Lufthansa passengers
booked on flights to São
Paulo will thus be able to travel seamlessly to a further four destinations in
Brazil. Special transfer counters have been installed at São Paulo airport by TAM to
make changing easier. Since
February 2008, members of both airline’s frequent flyer programmes - “Miles & More”
and “Fidelidade” - have also been able to redeem miles with the partner airline and
book award flights with either

“Lufthansa is increasing its services to and from Brazil in cooperation with TAM,”
said Götz Ahmelmann, Vice President Alliances, Strategy and Subsidiaries, Lufthansa
Passenger Airlines. “The
codeshare agreement with our partner TAM will provide our passengers with seamless
connections to further domestic destinations via Frankfurt and São Paulo. Our
passengers will be able to reach these
airports conveniently with only one check-in at the start of their journey.”

“Linking Lufthansa and TAM’s schedules will increase the benefits for our customers.
Moreover, we are stimulating growth in air traffic between Germany and Brazil,” says
Paulo Castello Branco, Vice
President Planning und Alliances TAM.

The codeshare flights, which can be booked with immediate effect, offer passengers
greater flexibility and a wider choice of connections. Lufthansa serves São Paulo
daily - from Frankfurt with a
Boeing 747-400 and from Munich with an Airbus A340-300. Since November 2007, TAM has
also been operating a daily Airbus A340-500 service between São Paulo and Frankfurt.
All arrivals in São Paulo are
scheduled in the early morning to make full use of the business day. Lufthansa will
now include the TAM destinations Rio de Janeiro, Porto Alegre, Curitiba as well as
the capital city Brasilia in its
timetable. Further domestic destinations in Brazil are due to be operated shortly on
a codeshare basis. In return, TAM will offer its passengers onward flights from
Frankfurt to Berlin, Hamburg,
Düsseldorf and Munich. As soon as the codeshare services are launched, it is planned
that passengers will be able to use the partner’s lounges at airports.