TAM Airlines outlines expansion plans with Airbus order

24th Oct 2011
TAM Airlines outlines expansion plans with Airbus order

TAM Airlines has finalised a purchase agreement for 32 Airbus A320 aircraft, comprising of 22 A320neo and ten A320 Family aircraft.

The order follows a memorandum of understanding signed by Brazil’s largest airline last February.

The engine selection has not yet been revealed.

“Fuel efficient aircraft are key to our fuel conservation program and to our contribution to the industry’s CO2 emissions reduction,” said José Zaidan Maluf, contracts and supply vice president at TAM Airlines.

“As part of our ongoing efforts to enhance our operational efficiency, these new A320s will allow us to keep a young fleet, reduce costs and further improve our environmental performance.”

To date, TAM has ordered over 200 Airbus aircraft, including 27 A350-900, and operates nearly 150 Airbus aircraft to 43 destinations within Brazil and 18 destinations throughout Europe, the United States and South America.

The airline, which turned 35 this year, is among the largest A320 Family operators, with 125 in total, including 30 A319s, 86 A320s and nine A321s.

The carrier is presently in the process of merging with Chilean rival LAN Airlines.


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