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Boeing delivers Brazilian TAM Airlines' First 777-300ER

Travel News Asia Latest Travel News Podcasts Tuesday, 19 August 2008

Boeing has delivered the first of eight Boeing 777-300ER (Extended Range) jetliners ordered by TAM Airlines, Brazil's largest carrier. TAM is the first Latin American airline to operate the 777-300ER, a long-range, twin-engine jetliner, powered by General Electric's GE-90 Series engines. The delivery also marks TAM's first acquisition of a new Boeing airplane.

The airline's new 777s feature the Boeing Class 3 Electronic Flight Bag (EFB), a hardware and electronic data package used by pilots that replaces traditional flight manuals and provides operational and safety benefits. TAM is the first South American carrier to incorporate a Class 3 EFB, which is fully integrated into a commercial airplane's avionics. The EFB features an Onboard Performance Tool, using sophisticated calculations to help the airline optimize its payload for airport and weather conditions and applicable regulations and policies.

TAM plans to operate its 777-300ERs on international flights within South America and connecting South America with Europe and North America.

"These acquisitions reinforce our policy of operating a young fleet that provides more passenger comfort in our quest for TAM 'Service Excellence'. The 777-300ER also supports TAM's two other pillars of excellence upon which our company measures performance -- 'Technical-Operational Excellence' and 'Excellence in Management'," said Captain David Barioni Neto, TAM's CEO.

The fuel-efficient 777-300ER is capable of carrying 365 passengers up to 7,930 nautical miles (14, 685 kilometers).

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