August 6, 2008
TAM Begins New Direct Flights From Brasilia to Buenos Aires
SAO PAULO, Brazil, Aug. 6 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- TAM (NYSE: TAM; Bovespa: TAMM4) will begin operating direct flights from Brasilia (DF) to Buenos Aires, Argentina, as of August 8. With the launch of this new route, TAM will become the only airline to offer non-stop flights between the Brazilian and Argentinean capitals, allowing passengers to reach their destination more quickly. The new flights will be operated by Airbus A320 aircraft, configured for Business and Economy classes.
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The flights will leave Brasilia at 11:00 a.m.* and arrive at the Ezeiza International Airport, Buenos Aires, at 2:45 p.m.* In the opposite direction, the flights will leave Buenos Aires at 3:40 p.m.* and will arrive in Brasilia at 7:15 p.m.*
This new route will allow passengers coming from Buenos Aires to make immediate connections in Brasilia, with easy access to the destinations served by TAM in the North and Northeast regions. From Brazil, passengers will also have a new option for travel to Buenos Aires, as well as a faster and more convenient journey.
The company will also restart flights from Curitiba to Buenos Aires as of August 8. The flights will leave Curitiba at 11:00 a.m.*, stop in Porto Alegre, and will arrive at the Ezeiza International Airport at 2:20 p.m.* In the opposite direction, the flights will leave Buenos Aires at 3:30p.m.*, stop in Porto Alegre, and land in Curitiba at 6:40 p.m.*
Currently, TAM has 56 flights weekly between Brazil and Buenos Aires, seven of which are flights operated by TAM Airlines, a subsidiary with its Headquarters in Asuncion, Paraguay. With the new routes, TAM will have 63 flights weekly to Buenos Aires, offering direct flights from Brasilia, Curitiba, Porto Alegre, Recife, Rio de Janeiro, Salvador and Sao Paulo. In addition to serving these cities directly, the company has convenient connections with its entire network in Brazil and abroad, allowing the transit of passengers from other destinations.
* Brasilia Time Investor Relations: Phone: (55) (11) 5582-9715 Fax: (55) (11) 5582-8149 [email protected] http://www.tam.com.br/ir Press Agency: Phone: (55) (11) 5582-8167 Fax: (55) (11) 5582-8155 [email protected] MVL Comunicacao Phone: (55) (11) 3594-0302 / 0304 / 0305 About TAM:
TAM (http://www.tam.com.br/) has been the domestic market leader since July of 2003, and closed June 2008 with 48.6% of market share. The company flies to 42 destinations in Brazil. Through business agreements signed with regional companies, it reaches 79 different destinations in Brazil. TAM's market share among Brazilian companies that operate international flights stood at 75.3% in June. Operations abroad include TAM flights to 15 destinations in the United States, Europe and South America: New York and Miami (USA), Paris (France), London (England), Milan (Italy), Frankfurt (Germany), Madrid (Spain), Buenos Aires and Cordoba (Argentina), Santa Cruz de la Sierra (Bolivia), Santiago (Chile), Asuncion and Ciudad del Este (Paraguay), Montevideo (Uruguay), and Caracas (Venezuela). It has code-share agreements that make possible the sharing of seats on flights with international airlines, enabling passengers to travel to 64 other destinations in the U.S., Europe and South America.
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CONTACT: Libano Miranda Barroso, TAM Investor Relations,+011-55-11-5582-9715, fax, +011-55-11-5582-8149, [email protected]
Web site: http://www.tam.com.br/