LONDON, England – TAM Airlines is doubling its direct overnight non-stop services to-and-from London Heathrow and Rio de Janeiro (Galeão) from three flights a week to six. The new Rio services start on 2 August 2011 and compliment TAM’s existing daily overnight Boeing 777 service between London and São Paulo, adding much needed seat and cargo capacity between the UK and South America.
TAM first introduced a direct Rio de Janeiro-London service in August 2010 and demand for extra flights has been driven in each direction by both leisure and business traffic. There are strong business links between the UK and Brazil, especially among the oil and gas industry, the banking and finance sectors, and creative industries. London (2012) and Rio de Janeiro (2016) are also the next two Summer Olympic Games host cities, and Brazil will stage the FIFA World Cup in 2014.
The TAM Airbus A330 used on the London-Rio route offers 223 seats that include a First Class cabin with just four flat sleeper seat units that have been designed for the passenger’s maximum privacy and comfort. The Airbus offers a further 36 seats in Business Class and 183 in Economy Class. Flights are overnight in both directions and the schedule is designed to maximise convenience, and the connecting services at both ends of the route.
At London Heathrow’s Terminal 1, TAM passengers can connect with the flights of its Star Alliance partners, including bmi (British Midland International), that offer a seamless connecting service to many locations in Britain, Ireland and the rest of Europe, as well as Asia. The Star Alliance is the largest alliance operating out of the core Central Area at Heathrow.
Popular bmi connections with TAM’s Brazilian services at Heathrow already include Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Manchester, Belfast and Dublin. In Rio, the London service offers good connections on TAM to-and-from a number of popular destinations in Brazil and South America.
TAM (including Pantanal, a regional airline of the TAM Group) currently serves 51 destinations in Brazil and, through agreements with regional carriers, the airline’s Brazilian network includes a further 89 airports. TAM’s flights from London also connect to services in Brazil to Buenos Aires (Argentina – Ezeiza and Aeroparque airports), Cochabamba and Santa Cruz de la Sierra (Bolivia), Santiago (Chile), Bogota (Colombia), Asuncion and Ciudad del Este (Paraguay), Lima (Peru), Montevideo (Uruguay), and Caracas (Venezuela).
TAM passengers from London to Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo all benefit from the airline’s facilities at London Heathrow’s Terminal 1, with check-in and ticketing facilities located in the redesigned main concourse. Airside, beyond customs and passport control, eligible TAM customers have use of the Star Alliance First and Business Class Lounges. TAM offers its own First Class and Business Class lounges in São Paulo (Guarulhos), and a Business Class lounge in Rio de Janeiro (Galeão).
Eligible TAM First and Business class passengers living or working within 65 miles of London Heathrow can also book a complimentary, luxury chauffeur drive transfer to-and-from Terminal 1.
The Central Area at Heathrow, where Terminal 1 and TAM are located, is the only area that has direct access to the full range of public transport: Heathrow Express and the London Connect Service, all Underground trains to Central London as well as all local and regional bus services.