SAO PAULO, Brazil (August 7, 2008) – This year, beginning September 19, TAM will operate a new daily flight linking Rio de Janeiro directly to Miami. The new flight will be operated by a Boeing 767-300 aircraft configured for the Business and Economy classes and with a capacity for up to 205 passengers.

The flight will leave Confins airport, in Belo Horizonte (Minas Gerais state), at 7:30 p.m., arriving at 8:25 p.m. at Tom Jobim International Airport (Galeao airport), in Rio de Janeiro, and then take off at 11:05 p.m. and fly directly to the Miami International Airport in Florida, landing at 6:30 a.m. the following day. The return journey will be by a flight leaving Miami at 10:05 p.m. and flying directly to Rio de Janeiro (Galeao airport), where it will arrive at 7:10 a.m. and take off at 9:30 a.m. to land in Belo Horizonte (Confins airport) at 10:35 a.m.

This will be TAM’s fourth daily flight to Miami and the only one without connections or stops from Rio de Janeiro. In all, there will be 28 flights weekly between Brazil and Miami. At present there are two daily flights from São Paulo (Guarulhos airport) to Miami, and on Sundays, one of them makes a stop in Salvador (Bahia state), both on the way to Miami and on the flight back. In addition to this, there is the daily flight from Manaus (Amazonas state) to Miami. All flights make connections with incoming and outgoing flights.

“Rio de Janeiro, as the second-largest Brazilian market, is able to make this new flight a great success. Increasing our service to this public is part of our search for excellence in our services,” said Paulo Castello Branco, TAM’s vice president of Planning and Alliances.