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BSB-2005-07 - 767-316F
FORMED AND STARTED OPERATIONS IN 1995. FORMERLY BRASIL TRANSAIR - TRANSPORTES CHARTER TURISMO. A K A AIR BRASIL, "AEROLINHAS BRASILEIRAS" AND ABSA CARGO. INTERNATIONAL, SCHEDULED & CHARTER, CARGO, JET AIRPLANE SERVICES.
AEROPORTO INTERNACIONAL DE VIRACOPOIS
RODOVIA SANTOS DUMONT KM 66, EDUARDO MAGALHAES
13055-970 CAMPINAS, SAO PAULO, BRAZIL
BRAZIL (FEDERATIVE REPUBLIC OF BRAZIL) WAS ESTABLISHED IN 1822, IT COVERS AN AREA OF 8,511,965 SQ KM, ITS POPULATION IS 165 MILLION, ITS CAPITAL CITY IS BRASILIA, AND ITS OFFICIAL LANGUAGE IS PORTUGESE.
SEPTEMBER 2000: NORBERTO JOCHMANN, PRESIDENT. DARIO MATSUGAMA, TECHNICAL DIRECTOR.
NOVEMBER 2000: ALL OPERATIONS SUSPENDED WHILE AIRPLANE IN "D" AIRPLANE MAINTENANCE CHECK AT CHILE.
MAY 2001: RESUMES OPERATIONS WITH DC-8-61F (374-45980, PR-ABA). HAS "www.absacargo.com.br" ON REAR FUSELAGE.
JULY 2001: 72 EMPLOYEES.
DECEMBER 2001: LANCHILE (LAN) CARGO ACQUIRES 73.3% OF (BSB) FOR $2.1 MILLION.
JANUARY 2002: 1 767-300F, (LAN) LEASED. INITIALLY BEING USED FOR SERVICE TO BOGOTA, CARACAS, SANTIAGO, MIAMI, AND PARIS (CDG).
FEBRUARY 2002: PLANS TO ADD 2ND 767-300F IN 2/03, AND 1 747-400B IN FEBRUARY 2005.
APRIL 2002: (http://www.absacargo.com.br).
OWNER: LANCHILE (LAN) (73.3%).
June 2003: 210 employees.
April 2005: 210 employees.
June 2005: Changes branding from ABSA - Aerolinhas Brasileiras (BSB) to "Air Brasil." (see photo of DC-8-61F).
July 2005: 767-316F (34245, PR-ABD), LAN Cargo (LCO) leased.
March 2008: ABSA Cargo Airlines (BSB) of Brazil launched a weekly, Viracopos - Valencia, Venezuela. It serves Caracas thrice-weekly.
June 2008: The USA and Brazil announced an enhanced air services agreement that will provide for a nearly +50% increase in passenger flights between the countries, while eliminating restrictions on the number of airlines that can fly the routes. "This agreement will help air carriers meet the growing demand for passenger and cargo services between the USA and Brazil," USA Secretary of Transportation, Mary Peters said. "Now more than ever, it is crucial that we give USA carriers every possible opportunity to compete and succeed wherever passengers want to fly." The previous agreement allowed only four airlines from each country to fly to the other, while the new deal removes those limits. In addition, the number of permissible weekly flights between the nations will increase in four stages to 154 from the current 105 between next month and October 2010.
USA carriers will gain access to Fortaleza, Curitiba, and three additional new cities to be selected by USA authorities. At present, American Airlines (AAL), Continental Airlines (CAL), Delta Air Lines (DAL), and United Airlines (UAL) fly to Sao Paolo and Rio de Janeiro Galeao. USA and Brazilian carriers also now will be permitted to provide certain code share services with partners from third countries.
Weekly cargo flights will increase to 35 from 24 immediately, and to 42 in 2010, while the number of cargo charters allowed, also will rise. USA cargo companies now will be permitted to transfer freight from airplanes to ground vehicles for home and office delivery in Brazil. The terms of the agreement will be applied on a reciprocal basis until it enters into force.
January 2009: LAN Cargo (LCO) reached a plea agreement with the USA Department of Justice and will pay a $88 million fine over five years to settle its portion of the wide-ranging global investigation into price-fixing and collusion that has ensnared a host of high-profile carriers. In addition, Campinas-based ABSA Cargo Airline (BSB), in which (LAN) holds a majority stake, struck a similar deal and will pay a $21 million fine over five years. Eight carriers - - British Airways (BAB), Korean Air (KAL), Air France (AFA)/(KLM), Japan Airlines (JAL), Qantas (QAN), Cathay Pacific Airways (CAT), the (SAS) Group, and Martinair (MTH) - - have paid fines totaling $1.28 billion. Several executives will serve jail time.
(LCO) said the investigation into its cargo business covered the February 2003 - February 14, 2006, period. It had established a $75 million reserve in anticipation of the penalty. It said in a statement that it "accepted" that its actions violated competition laws and that it "condemns" such behavior and "has taken the necessary measures to prevent such actions from occurring in the future."
April 2009: ABSA (BSB) launched a daily, Sao Paulo Guarulhos - Manaus service aboard a 767-300F.
August 2010: 767-316F (30780, PR-ACG), (LAN) leased, ex-(CC-CZY).
September 2010: ABSA Cargo Airline (BSB) is Brazil's second designated cargo airline operating scheduled cargo jet airplane services to domestic and international destinations throughout Latin America, Miami, and across the Atlantic to Frankfurt in code share with Lufthansa Cargo (LUB). Charter services are also operated.
Employees = 284.
(IATA) Code: M3 - 549. (ICAO) Code: TUS (Callsign - ABSA CARGO).
Parent organization/shareholders: LAN Airlines (LAN) (74%); Jochmann Participacies (13%); & TADEF (13%).
Alliances: Florida West International Airways (PAI); & Lufthansa Cargo (LUB).
Main Base: Sao Paulo Viracopos airport (VCP).
June 2011: LAN Cargo (LCO) agreed to pay $59.7 million to settle its portion of a civil class action suit brought in the USA related to cargo price fixing. The case was filed after parent, (LAN) Airlines reached a plea agreement with the USA Department of Justice over airfreight antitrust violations. Campinas-based, ABSA Cargo Airline (BSB), in which (LAN) Airlines holds a majority stake, will pay $6.3 million towards the class action settlement, bringing (LAN)'s total to $66 million. (LAN) said the payment of the full amount will be disbursed no later than June 14. The civil class action was initiated against 42 airlines.
August 2012: Following the merger of (LAN) Airlines with (TAM) Linhas Aereas (TPR) into the LATAM Airlines Group, former (LAN) subsidiary, ABSA Cargo Airline (Aerolinhas Brasileiras SA) (BSB) is now doing business as TAM Cargo (BSB). 2 767-300FERs freighters including (PR-ADY) have been transferred from (LAN) to increase the (BSB) fleet to five - - SEE PHOTO - - "BSB-767-300FER - TAM CARGO - 2012-08."
March 2013: AirFrance (AFA) and (KLM) have agreed to pay BRL14 million/$7 million to Brazil’s (CADE) as a settlement for alleged cargo cartel activity. (CADE) reporting Commissioner, Ricardo Machado Ruiz said (AFA), (KLM) and two individuals admitted liability and agreed to pay the fine, which was based on their revenues and “the extent of their participation in the alleged cartel.” The investigation, which has been ongoing in Brazil since 2006, related to fuel surcharges on cargo shipments. This is the first settlement (CADE) has signed as part of this investigation. In 2010, a draft agreement with Aerolíneas Brasileiras (ABSA) (now renamed TAM Cargo (BSB)) was rejected by (CADE)’s tribunal.
Similar cases involving a number of airlines are underway in other countries, such as Australia.
February 2014: Route Network Update for ABSA Cargo (BSB):
ABSA Cargo ((IATA) Code: M3, based at Campinas Viracopos) (BSB) network changes:
New CARGO route: Campinas Viracopos - Buenos Aires Ezeiza started February 4, 2014.
New CARGO route: Manaus - Bogotá started February 2, 2014.
(TAM) Cargo formerly ABSA Cargo (BSB) currently operates 4 airplanes and serves 2 countries, 7 destinations, 14 routes and 10 daily flights.
August 2014: (LAN) Airlines ((IATA) Code: LA, based at Santiago de Chile International) and (TAM) Linhas Aéreas ((iata) Code: JJ, based at São Paulo Congonhas) (TPR) will begin the transition into a singular brand before the end of the year (LAN)'s (CEO), Ignacio Cueto, has said. Speaking to Colombia's "El Tiempo" newspaper, Cueto said (LATAM) Group management is working hard to find a suitable name that will unify the (LATAM) brand, but which "will not necessarily be that of (TAM), (LAN), or even (LATAM)."
The (CEO) went on to add that the creation of a single brand would also better facilitate promotion of the group companies. It will also allow passengers to better identify the group's network of destinations, particularly in places where they are less well known, he said.
(LAN) and (TAM) (TPR) merged in 2012 to create the world's second largest airline by market value.
(LATAM) Airlines Group includes (LAN) Airlines and affiliates LAN Perú ((IATA) LP, based at Lima) (LPU), LAN Argentina ((IATA) Code: 4M, based at Buenos Aires Aeroparque) (LNR), (LAN) Colombia ((IATA) Code: 4C, based at Bogotá) (AIR), (LAN) Ecuador ((IATA) Code: XL, based at Quito International) (LNE), (LAN) Cargo ((IATA) Code: UC, based at Santiago de Chile International) (LCO), Linea Aérea Carguera de Colombia ((IATA) Code: L7, Bogotá), MAS Air ((IATA) Code: M7, based at México City) (MSR) and (ABSA) Cargo ((IATA) Code: M3, based at Campinas Viracopos) (BSB), alongside (TAM) (TPR) and its subsidiaries, Pantanal Linhas Aéreas ((IATA) Code: GP, based at São Paulo Congonhas), (TAM) Airlines ((IATA) Code: PZ, based at Asuncion) (LAP), and (TAM) Cargo - Táxi Aéreo Marília (based at São Paulo Congonhas).