and New Style.
TAM Airlines, Brazil in the Sky.
|Colorful, comfortable and spacious the Business Class seats are equipped with the latest technology and the onboard dining is exceptional.|
Story by Ken Panton
Brazilian Airline, Tam, is poised to meet the needs of the growing economy and upswing in air travel to South America. With an expansive fleet consisting of 135 aircrafts, the airline can meet the demand of short and long haul journeys alike.
Currently the airline flies to destinations in 18 countries, including New York, Miami, Paris London, Milan, Frankfurt, Buenos Aires, Montevideo, Lima, and Caracas. With code share agreements on other airlines, TAM passengers can travel to more than 80 international destinations. Recently TAM Airline made traveling to and from South America even easier for both business and leisure travelers when they became part of the Star Alliance network, thereby putting the world’s longest serving airline alliance firmly back on the South American continent. The Star Alliance network now counts 27 member carriers, offering more than 21,050 daily flights to 1,167 destinations in 181 countries.
“With TAM Airlines we gain a carrier based in South America, an important aviation market and home to many growing economies. Combining TAM Airlines’ network with that of our existing member carriers will allow Star Alliance to offer a very competitive product to, from, and within this region,” said Jaan Albrecht, CEO Star Alliance.
To sample a bit of Brazil in the sky, eCityofTravel.com flew TAM Airlines from New York to Rio with an eye on upgrades the airline has installed over the past few years. At the dedicated counter for business class travelers, our check-in was seamless and efficient. We were invited to the Virgin Atlantic Upper Class Clubhouse to relax and refresh before our short stroll to the gate for boarding. Once onboard the TAM Airlines new A330-200 the bright colors and openness of the cabins suggested the vibrant style of Brazil. The ample and comfortable chairs in business-class recline up to 145 degrees and are complete with spacious double armrests. Every seat in business class is either aisle or window and is equipped with a power port for laptop computers, in-seat telephone systems for business communications, and individual Internet hook-ups.
The amenities in TAM’s Business Class cabins included a travel kit, a pillow for back and neck support, and other fabulous items. A refreshing hot towel provided prior to take-off and at landing for freshening up. The cuisine on board is reminiscent of the most fabulous restaurants in Rio, and the excellent wine selection greatly enhanced the dining experience.
The encompassing selection of entertainment choices provided ample diversions and the flight seemed to be over much too quickly. On arrival, we receive special treatment, including priority disembarking privileges, luggage service priority, and a car service to take us to our hotel in Rio.
Established in 1976 with a commitment to delight the customer with high quality, distinguishing services at competitive prices, TAM is now the largest airline company in Brazil. Its staff is currently working to consolidate the company as one of the main enterprises in the worldwide aviation market.“At TAM, we are passionate about our work. This dates back to our origin. Captain Rolim Amaro, the founder of our company, lived and breathed aviation. Passion pushed us to be leaders, and we know we can only keep the lead if we enhance our three pillars of action: Excellence in Services, Technical and Operational Excellence and Excellence in Management”, says TAM’s President and CEO, Líbano Miranda Barroso.