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TAM Airlines (Paraguay)
TAMairlinesLogo.png
IATA
PZ
ICAO
LAP
Callsign
PARAGUAYA
Founded 1962
Hubs Silvio Pettirossi International Airport
Focus cities Guarani International Airport
Frequent flyer program Fidelidade TAM
Fleet size 3
Destinations 9
Parent company TAM
Headquarters Asunción, Paraguay
Key people Líbano Barroso (CEO)
Website http://www.tam.com.py

TAM Airlines, also known as Transportes Aéreos del Mercosur S.A., formerly known as TAM Mercosur and LAP (Líneas Aéreas Paraguayas), is an airline based at Silvio Pettirossi International Airport, in Asunción, Paraguay.

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History

The former TAM Mercosur logo

The airline was established in 1962 and started operations in 1963 as Líneas Aéreas Paraguayas. It adopted the current name when the TAM Group of Brazil acquired a majority stake in September 1996. In September 1998 the government of Paraguay announced its intention to sell its remaining stake in the airline, but it has not had any takers.

In 1994 Rolim Amaro, owner of TAM Airlines (TAM Linhas Aéreas) in Brazil, established a separate subsidiary small airline in Paraguay, named ARPA - Aerolineas Paraguayas, whose fleet had mostly consisted of Cessna 208 Caravans formerly of TAM. On September 1, 1996, Amaro purchased an 80% stake in LAP (Líneas Aéreas Paraguayas), the state-owned airline of Paraguay. Merged with ARPA, it was then turned into another TAM, Transportes Aéreos del Mercosur. The airline is owned by TAM (94,98%) and Paraguay government (5,02%).

In 2008, following its major investor branding strategy, the TAM Mercosur name has been dropped and the airline corporate identity changed simply to TAM Airlines, becoming then a foreign unit of Brazilian TAM Airlines instead of a different airline. However, its corporate structure remains the same.[1]

Fleet

TAM Airlines Fleet
Aircraft Total Passengers
(First/Business/Economy)
Notes
Airbus A320 3 156 (12/144)

Destinations

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Domestic

International

References

  1. ^ "TAM Airlines Consolidates Fleet and Initiates New Air Network." Reuters. Monday May 26, 2008. Retrieved on February 2, 2009.

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