Brazil's TAM Airlines orders Four additional Boeing 777-300ERs

Travel News Asia Thursday, 30 August 2007

An order from Brazil's TAM Airlines for four additional Boeing 777-300ERs takes to 1,003 the number of 777s ordered since the first order of the popular widebody in 1990. The order also means that, to date in 2007, Boeing has received orders for 100 of the popular 777s.

TAM is one of Brazil's largest airlinea, flying both domestic and international routes. TAM became the first Latin American airline to incorporate the 777-300ER into its long-range fleet plan when it booked its initial order for four 777-300ERs earlier this year. TAM's first 777-300ER is scheduled to be delivered in June 2008. Prior to ordering these eight 777s, TAM was an exclusive Airbus operator.

Marco Antonio Bologna, TAM's CEO said the 777-300ER acquisitions are an important step for TAM's growth in the long-haul international market.

"The Boeing 777 provides TAM with unmatched revenue-generating capability, beginning with fuel savings and environmental benefits," Bologna said. "Further, this is a plane long-haul passengers recognize for its spaciousness, comfort and award-winning interiors."

The fuel-efficient 777-300ER twin-engine jetliner is capable of carrying 365 passengers up to 7,880 nautical miles (14,594 kilometers).

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