TAM, Brazil’s Flag Carrier Airline, Joins Star Alliance

Brazilian airline TAM Brazilian flag carrier airline TAM announced its entry into the Star Alliance, the largest global alliance in commercial aviation, currently made up of 21 of the world's largest airlines and three regional companies that jointly operate more than 18,100 flights daily.

"This is a very important step forward for TAM since through our alliance membership we will gain further international brand recognition," said Captain David Barioni Neto, CEO of TAM.

"Joining Star Alliance will further bolster our ongoing quest for service excellence, technical and operational excellence and excellence in management, which are the three pillars of our strategy."

The Chief Executive Board (CEB) of Star Alliance unanimously voted to accept TAM – South America's largest airline and a leader in the domestic and international market among Brazilian companies – as a future member of the alliance.

"Thanks to TAM, Latin America will no longer be a white spot but rather a hot spot on our world map," said Jaan Albrecht, CEO of the organization, during the official announcement.

"We are very proud to have TAM as a future member; their decision to join Star Alliance clearly reflects the ongoing importance of alliances today," continued Albrecht.

TAM already has code-share agreements with Lufthansa, TAP and United, all Star Alliance members, and has just signed an agreement with Air Canada, also part of the global alliance. Once the Brazilian company completes the integration process, the Star Alliance route network will expand to more than 1,000 destinations in 170 countries, offering more than 20,000 daily departures.

This will further solidify Star Alliance's leadership among world alliances.

Once TAM becomes a full-fledged member of the global alliance, it will share products and services in the 1,000 airports and 170 countries in which the organization operates. The list includes baggage check-in to the final destination, easier connections and the convenience of more than 800 VIP lounges.

TAM since the failure of flag carrier Varig has become Brazil's leading airline.

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  • Falupa

    The increased price of fuel and competition has created several problems for airline companies around the world. Many have been losing money and this is a great example of what they are having to do as their profits fall. Many are buckling under the pressure.

  • CH.C.

    The increased price of fuel and competition has created several problems for airline companies around the world.!!!
    Totally true…. almost !!!!
    But since then…..oil was cut in HALF from its top !!!!
    Also true that the high oil prices created an economic slowdown everywhere .
    What is best then ? Oil price again doubling or tripling that will benefit Petrobras or another 50 % cut from here to benefit not only GOL and TAM but also all their passengers ?
    Same question for transportation trucks and cars drivers & manufacturers of course.

    When I said Totally True Almost is simply because it is not as bleak everywhere.
    Feel free to translate yourself :
    “Swiss ne semble pas souffrir du ralentissement conjoncturel. La compagnie aÀƒ©rienne a transportÀƒ© 10,1 millions de passagers au cours des neuf premiers mois de l’annÀƒ©e, soit 11,3% de plus que sur la pÀƒ©riode correspondante de 2007”

    Let me underline the article is not self boasting. Guess how it would have been published…if it was for GOL and TAM !!!!

    That makes all the difference between Swiss and Brazilian Government/Politicians & Medias !!!!

    😉

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