The first of eight
Boeing 777-300ER (Extended Range) jetliners ordered by TAM
Airlines have left Paine Field for Sao Paulo.TAM is the first Latin American airline to operate the 777-300ER, the
world’s largest, long-range, twin-engine jetliner, powered by General
Electric’s GE-90 Series engines. The delivery also marks TAM’s first
acquisition of a new Boeing airplane.
The airline’s new 777s feature the Boeing Class 3 Electronic Flight Bag
(EFB), a hardware and electronic data package used by pilots that replaces
traditional flight manuals and provides operational and safety benefits.
TAM is the first South American carrier to incorporate a Class 3 EFB, which
is fully integrated into a commercial airplane’s avionics. The EFB features
an Onboard Performance Tool, using sophisticated calculations to help the
airline optimize its payload for airport and weather conditions and
applicable regulations and policies.
TAM plans to operate its 777-300ERs on international flights within
South America and connecting South America with Europe and North America.
“The 777-300ER will provide TAM with the lowest fuel consumption and
operating costs available for airplanes in this class,” said John Wojick,
vice president sales, Latin America and the Caribbean, Boeing Commercial
Airplanes. “Advanced avionics of the Electronic Flight Bag, will further
improve TAM’s operating economics and reduce emissions.”
“These acquisitions reinforce our policy of operating a young fleet
that provides more passenger comfort in our quest for TAM ‘Service
Excellence.’ The 777-300ER also supports TAM’s two other pillars of
excellence upon which our company measures performance—
‘Technical-Operational Excellence’ and ‘Excellence in Management,’” said
Captain David Barioni Neto, TAM’s CEO.
The fuel-efficient 777-300ER is capable of carrying 365 passengers up
to 7,930 nautical miles (14, 685 kilometers). The efficient twin-engine
design means low fuel consumption, less noise and cleaner emissions.
EFB is a core technology of Boeing’s vision of an e-Enabled air
transport system, where data, information and knowledge can be shared
instantly across an air-transport enterprise. Jeppesen’s award-winning
Airplane Moving Map—currently available only on Class 3 EFBs—enhances
runway situational awareness by integrating geo-referencing technology with
Jeppesen airport taxi charts to show flight crews exactly where they are on