Trade unions at Brazil’s two leading airlines are threatening to call workers out on strike over the Christmas period, describing the situation as a “war”. Brazil’s national air worker union has been in talks seeking a pay raise since September, most recently demanding a 13 per cent boost. This is more than twice the industry’s 6.1 per cent offer.
Rolls-Royce has begun to recover from recent travails following the confirmation of lucrative contracts with Air China and TAM Airlines. The British engine manufacturer has been under the spotlight in recent weeks, following the emergency landing of Qantas Flight QF32 in Singapore.
TAM Airlines has undertaken the first successful experimental flight in Latin America using aviation biofuel produced from the oil of the Jatropha curcas, a Brazilian vegetable biomass. The flight took place on the afternoon of 22 November and involved an Airbus A320 from its fleet, prefix PR-MHF, that normally has the capacity to transport up to 174 passengers in regular operation.
Brazilian carrier TAM Linhas Aereas has outlined plans to merge with LAN Airlines of Chile to create the largest carrier in South America. However, discussions remain at a preliminary stage, with any transaction subject to approval from shareholders and regulators.
TAM Airlines saw profit levels recover during financial 2009, despite a sharp fall in revenue. A buoyant Brazilian middle-class largely offset a fall in demand for business travel, while TAM Cargo was also able to maintain its position in the region.
TAM Airlines, the largest airline in South America, is to relocate its’ London Heathrow operations from Terminal 4 to Terminal 1 on Sunday, 28 March 2010. The move is part of TAM’s full integration into the Star Alliance.
As part of its integration into the Star Alliance, TAM Airlines will move from Terminal 4 to Terminal 1 at London’s Heathrow Airport later this month. Passengers flying on TAM - the largest airline in South America - from Terminal 1 can look forward to a substantial improvement in their travel experience from Heathrow, as compared to Terminal 4.
According to information received by TAM Airlines from the Chilean aviation authorities, Santiago International Airport (“Arturo Merino Benitez” - SCL) remains closed to commercial flights and there is currently no clear indication as to when the airport will re-open for such services.
With the addition of a new First Class cabin TAM now offers a choice of three classes on its daily Boeing 777-300ER services between London Heathrow and São Paulo Guarulhos.
TAM and TRIP Linhas Aereas will expand the codeshare agreement signed between the two companies starting January 11.