Airline Adds One More Award To Its Shelf
TAM Linhas Aereas was named
recipient of the Operational Excellence Award in Airbus A320
aircraft among worldwide airlines that operate the A318/319/320/321
models, reported Airbus.
The recognition by the European manufacturer was based on a
detailed technical analysis that recorded the best indicators of
operating reliability during the 2005-2006, reflecting the high
maintenance technical standard.
The analysis by Airbus took into account the number of flights
delayed or cancelled for technical reasons.
In accordance with the latest data related to January 2007
published by Airbus, TAM had an operating reliability index of
99.52 percent for its A319 fleet and 99.57 percent for its A320
This is the third
consecutive time that Airbus has certified TAM's maintenance
excellence: the company has been recognized as the best worldwide
operator of Airbus A319 aircraft in 2003 and as the best operator
of A319/320 aircraft in fleets of up to 50 aircraft in 2005.
With an operating fleet with 102 aircraft, 80 of which are
Airbus models (15 A319, 55 A320 and 10 A330), in addition to 19
F-100s and 3 MD-11s, TAM has main line maintenance bases at
Congonhas and Guarulhos (São Paulo) airports, in addition to
specific centers in Recife, Brasilia, Belo Horizonte, Rio de
Janeiro, Curitiba and Porto Alegre.
Major programmed maintenance is performed at TAM's Technological
Center, located in in Sao Carlos.
Tam Linhas Aereas, based in São Paulo, Brazil, is the
largest Brazilian airline operating scheduled services from
São Paulo to major points within Brazil, as well as
international flights to neighboring countries and Chile, the US,
the UK, France and Italy. It operates regular flights to 48
destinations throughout Brazil and serves 75 different cities in
the domestic market through regional alliances.
TAM has been the leader in the Brazilian domestic market for
more than three years, and held a 51.7 percent of the domestic
market share and 62.9 percent of the international market share at
the end of March 2007.