SAO PAULO, Jan. 8 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- TAM (NYSE: TAM and Bovespa: TAMM4) and TRIP Linhas Aereas will expand the codeshare agreement signed between the two companies starting January 11. With it, TAM is able to sell flights operated by TRIP, under the code JJ*, to the cities Bonito (MS), via Campo Grande (MS) and Lencois (BA) and Petrolina (PE), via Salvador (SA). The two companies currently maintain a codeshare agreement for the operation of flights to 39 destinations within Brazil.
"We are expanding the scope of our domestic network through this new stage of our partnership with TRIP. With the three new cities involved in this agreement, we now serve a total of 82 destinations in Brazil, either through our own flights or through agreements with regional companies. Through the agreement, we are able to offer more convenience and better services to our passengers," stated TAM's Commercial and Planning Vice President, Paulo Castello Branco.
The partnership enables passengers to benefit from simplified flight reservations, convenient connections with a single airline ticket and baggage check until the final destination.
About TAM ( www.tam.com.br ):We have been the leader in the Brazilian domestic market for more than four years, and held a 43.9% domestic market share and 85.4% international market share in November 2009. We operate regular flights to 42 destinations throughout Brazil and we serve 82 different cities in the domestic market through regional alliances. Operations abroad include our flights to 18 destinations in the United States, Europe and South America: New York, Miami and Orlando ( USA), Paris (France), London ( England), Milan ( Italy), Frankfurt ( Germany), Madrid ( Spain), Buenos Aires ( Argentina), La Paz, Cochabamba and Santa Cruz de la Sierra ( Bolivia), Santiago ( Chile), Asuncion and Ciudad del Este ( Paraguay), Montevideo ( Uruguay), Caracas ( Venezuela) and Lima ( Peru). We have code-share agreements that make possible the sharing of seats on flights with international airlines, enabling passengers to travel to 72 other destinations in the U.S., Europe and South America. We were the first Brazilian airline company to launch a loyalty program. Currently, the program has over 6.4 million subscribers and has awarded more than 9.2 million tickets.