TAM, Brazil’s largest airline headquartered in Sao Paulo is finalizing acquisition of several aircraft worth $3.2 Billion from both Airbus and Boeing.
The Airbus order involves a Memorandum Of Understanding governing the acquisition of 32 Airbus 320 aircraft. The 32 aircraft would in fact include 22 A320neo and 10 A320, Airbus announced. The A320neo is the latest ec0-friendly addition to the A320 family. This version provides significant fuel related cost savings (3,600 tonnes of CO2 per aircraft each year, and 3.5% overall savings in fuel consumption on long routes). The aircraft is said to accommodate aerodynamic wing tips-installed devices introduced as ‘Sharklets’ as well as newer more efficient engines from Pratt & Whitney (PurePower PW1000G) and CFM International (LEAP-X). The agreement would make TAM the launch operator for the A320neo in Latin American by the year 2016.
The deal with Boeing involves 2 wide body long-haul Boeing 777-300ER worth an estimated $568 Million. Boeing announces that this latest order complements previous orders for another 10 Boeing 777-300ER. TAM’s long haul fleet currently employs 4 Boeing 777-300 , 3 Boeing 767-300, 2 Airbus 340-500 and 18 Airbus 330-200.