TAM Airlines Launches New Gateway Toronto

TORONTO, March 30, 2015 /CNW/ - Today, TAM Airlines, part of LATAM Airlines Group, celebrated the addition of Toronto as the fifth gateway for the Group in the USA and Canada and the launch of new service from Toronto Pearson International Airport to São Paulo's Guarulhos International Airport via New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK). The Canada milestone was celebrated with an event at Pearson with airport officials, LATAM Airlines Group executives and VIP guests.

The new TAM Airlines flights from Toronto Pearson to New York (JFK) will operate five times a week as an extension of existing TAM flights JJ8102 and JJ8103, which already link JFK with Guarulhos International Airport in São Paulo. Flight JJ8102 will take off at 11:15 am ET from New York (JFK) and land in Toronto at 1:00 pm ET. Flight JJ8103 will take off from Toronto at 4:35 pm ET and land in New York at 6:40 pm ET.

"With this launch, Canadian passengers can easily travel from Toronto via JFK to over 115 South American destinations in the LATAM Airlines Group network including Santiago, Chile, and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil," said Pablo Chiozza, Senior Vice President, LATAM Airlines Group, USA, Canada and Caribbean.

"We are dedicated to continually offering an air travel product with the greatest connectivity in the Americas. At the same time, since 2011, we have been striving to be more efficient and make better use of our assets, given the current scenario of major competition and the increase in operating costs," said Claudia Sender, CEO of TAM Airlines. "This route expansion has the added benefit of further optimizing aircraft use, as it takes advantage of the time during which the aircraft used on the São Paulo – New York route are idle on the ground at JFK."

"Toronto Pearson is a hub for the movement of people and goods across the country, the continent and around the globe," said Craig Bradbrook, Vice President, Aviation Services, Greater Toronto Airports Authority. "The introduction of this new route from TAM Airlines offers more opportunities for passengers to connect to South America supporting our goal to offer them more choices in reaching many parts of the world."

TAM Airlines will operate modern Boeing 767-300ER aircraft from Toronto. The aircraft is configured with 191 seats in Economy Class and another 30 in Premium Business, featuring seats that recline up to 180 degrees full flat.  For flights from Toronto Pearson to Sao Paulo via JFK, Premium Business class passengers can also enjoy an award-winning wine list with some of the best vintages from South America and Europe as well as an in-flight menu designed by the region's leading chefs incorporating the flavors of South America with international cuisine. Economy Class passengers can enjoy ergonomic, reclining seats and adjustable headrests, as well as carefully selected, delicious meals, on-demand entertainment, individual flat screen TVs in each seat, free meals, wine and spirits, headphones, eye mask, blankets, pillows, etc.

The interiors of the redesigned TAM 767-300 aircraft were designed to provide a comfortable experience with the charm of South America. The interior design was inspired by the warm colors and textures of South America and reflects the attention to detail, reliability, and warmth that characterize the region.

TAM Airlines is the only Brazilian airline operating in Canada and is part of the oneworld® alliance.

About LATAM Airlines Group S.A.
LATAM Airlines Group S.A. is the new name given to LAN Airlines S.A. as a result of its association with TAM S.A. LATAM Airlines Group S.A. now includes LAN Airlines and its affiliates in Peru, Argentina, Colombia and Ecuador, and LAN Cargo and its affiliates, as well as TAM S.A. and its subsidiaries TAM Linhas Aereas S.A., including its business units TAM TransportesAereos del Mercosur S.A., (TAM Airlines (Paraguay)) and Multiplus S.A. This association creates one of the largest airline groups in the world in terms of network connections, providing passenger transport services to about 135 destinations in 24 countries and cargo services to about 145 destinations in 27 countries, with a fleet of 323 aircraft. In total, LATAM Airlines Group S.A. has approximately 53,000 employees and its shares are traded in Santiago, as well as on the New York Stock Exchange, in the form of ADRs, and São Paulo Stock Exchange, in the form of BDRs.

Each airline will continue to operate under their current brands and identities. For any inquiry of LAN or TAM, please visit www.lan.com or www.tam.com.br, respectively. Further information at www.latamairlinesgroup.net.

SOURCE TAM Airlines

Image with caption: "TAM Airlines’ Boeing 767-300 departs from the gate at Toronto Pearson Airport on Monday, March 30th 2015. TAM Airlines recently announced its new route from Toronto to São Paulo, allowing Canadians to easily connect to over 115 South American destinations in the LATAM Airlines Group network. (CNW Group/TAM Airlines)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20150330_C6844_PHOTO_EN_13727.jpg

For further information: Andrée Gage, Edelman Public Relations, andree.gage@edelman.com, 416-849-3147

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