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TAM Begins Regular Flights between Sao Paulo and Bariloche

2008-08-13 16:33:00

         TAM is only company operating direct flights on this route

    SAO PAULO, Brazil, Aug. 13 /EMWNews/ -- TAM (Bovespa: TAMM4 and

NYSE: TAM) will begin operating regular flights between Sao Paulo and

Bariloche, Argentina, beginning Thursday, August 14. The service will

provide continuity to the exploratory flights begun July 3. Customers will

be able to fly to Bariloche any time of the year, selecting the most

convenient date for a trip.

    Flights will depart Guarulhos International Airport in Sao Paulo

Thursdays and Sundays, landing at San Carlos de Bariloche International

Airport - Teniente Luis Candelaria. In the opposite direction, flights will

be leaving Mondays and Fridays. Flights will be operated by the Airbus A320

aircraft, which can carry up to 174 passengers.

    TAM is the only airline to operate regular direct flights between Sao

Paulo and Bariloche. The company offers holiday packages to Bariloche

through TAM's operating partners, as well as TAM Viagens, the tourism unit

of TAM Linhas Aereas. Complete infrastructure for cargo transport is

available through TAM Cargo.

    Regular TAM flights to Bariloche will be on new schedules. The flight

will depart Guarulhos International Airport at 8:45 p.m., arriving in

Bariloche at 1:35 a.m. The return will leave Bariloche at 3:05 a.m.,

arriving in Sao Paulo at 7:18 a.m.

    About TAM:

    TAM ( has been the leader in the Brazilian domestic

market since July 2003, closing July with a 51.1% market share. The company

operates flights to 42 Brazilian destinations. It serves 79 different

destinations in the domestic market through commercial agreements with

regional companies. Among Brazilian airline companies, its international

market share was 72.5% in July. International operations include direct

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 (Argentina), Cochabamba

and Santa Cruz de la Sierra (Bolivia), Santiago (Chile), Asuncion and

Ciudad del Este (Paraguay), Montevideo (Uruguay) and Caracas (Venezuela).

Additionally, it has code share agreements with international airline

companies allowing passengers to travel to another 64 destinations in the

U.S., Europe and South America. Pioneer in the launch of a loyalty program

in Brazil, at present TAM has more than 5 million associates and has

redeemed more than 5.9 million tickets in exchange for points.

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