This excerpt taken from the TAM 6-K filed Sep 18, 2006.
Company increases international presence through direct flights, code-share and agreements with other airlines
São Paulo, September 18, 2006 TAM S.A. (BOVESPA: TAMM4, NYSE:TAM), Brazils largest airline company, will offer to its passengers as of October, two more destinations in Europe: Zurich and Geneva, in Switzerland. The flights will be operated in code-share with Air France, company with a partnership with TAM for seven years. With this, TAM increases international presence through direct flights, code-share and commercial agreements with other airlines.
Besides the two Swiss cities, the code-share with AirFrance includes eight other destinations in France (Bordeaux, Lyon, Montpellier, Nice, Nantes, Strasbourg, Marseille and Toulouse), and makes possible the connection to more than 30 other destinations in Europe.
TAM has direct flights to Paris (two daily frequencies), New York (daily frequency), Miami (three daily frequencies), Buenos Aires (42 weekly frequencies) and Santiago in Chile (daily frequency). Through TAM Mercosur, it operates to six other destinations: Asuncion and Ciudad del Este (Paraguay), Montevideo and Punta del Este (Uruguay), Santa Cruz de la Sierra and Cochabamba (Bolivia). The company also has a daily flight to Lima, in Peru, through a code-share operation with Taca.
As of October, 28th, TAM will operate a daily flight to London from where the passenger will be able to connect to 50 other European cities through commercial agreements signed with foreign companies. These special agreements already established with 51 airlines worldwide allows TAMs passengers to travel, through the basis in Miami, New York and Paris, and soon London, to a variety of destinations in Europe, Asia, Middle East, USA and South America.
In the international segment, TAM reached a market share of 54.6% according to the ANAC (the National Civil Aviation Agency) in August 2006.
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized.
Date: September 18, 2006
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