FORMED IN 1962. A K A LAPSA & TAM PARAGUAY. D B A "TRANSPORTES AEREOS DEL MERCOSUR TAM PARAGUAY." DOMESTIC, REGIONAL & INTERNATIONAL, PASSENGER & CARGO JET AIRPLANE SERVICES.
OLIVA 761 CASI AYOLAS/MCAL. LOPEZ ESQ
MAYOR INFANTE RIVAROLA
LUQUE, AEROPUERTO SILVIO PETTIROSSI
Paraguay (Republic of Paraguay) was established in 1811, ir covers an area of 406,752 sq km, its population is 5 million, its capital city is Asuncion and its official language is Spanish.
NOVEMBER 1995: WAS PRIVATIZED IN LATE 1994 BUT ONLY RESUMED FLYING IN FEBRUARY 1995. NEW OWNERS PAID $22 MILLION FOR 80% STAKE IN AIRLINE WHICH NOW SERVES 8 SOUTH AMERICAN DESTINATIONS PLUS MIAMI. TO ADD MADRID IN 1996.
CURRENTLY OPERATES 2 737-200'S, 1 A310 & 1 A320.
SEPTEMBER 1996: SAO PAULO BASED AIRLINE TRANSPORTES AEREOS MARILIA (TSZ) PURCHASED 80% OF (LAP) FROM (SAE). CHANGES NAME TO "TRANSAMERICA LINHAS AEREAS." PLANS TO RETURN 2 737-200'S TO INDIGO AVIATION, 1 A310-200 TO (ILF), AND USE F 100'S ON SHORT-HAUL ROUTES, SUSPENDING LONG-HAUL UNTIL LATE 1997.
OCTOBER 1996: 5 F 100'S (11422; 11441; 11443; 11452; 11471), (TSZ) WET-LEASED UNTIL THE END OF 1997.
JUNE 1998: CODE SHARE WITH AEROLINEAS ARGENTINAS (ARG) TO BUENOS AIRES.
JULY 1998: THE GOVERNMENT IS OFFERING TO SELL 20% CONTROLLED BY (TAM) (TPR) SAO PAULO'S ROLIM AMERO, SO THE AIRLINE CAN BE 100% PRIVATE. (IST) SOLD TO (SAETA) FOR $22 MILLION, THEN SOLD TO (TAM) (TPR) FOR $27 MILLION. ORIGINALLY 20% HELD FOR EMPLOYEES WHO DID NOT EXERCISE THEIR OPTION.
APRIL 1999: NOW KNOWN AS "TRANSPORTES AEREOS DEL MERCOSUR (TAM) PARAGUAY."
170 EMPLOYEES. SITA: ASUSKPZ.
JUNE 1999: (FAA) SAFETY OVERSIGHT STILL RATES PARAGUAY REGULATORY AUTHORITY AS CATEGORY 3, WHICH DOES NOT MEET (ICAO) INTERNATIONAL SAFETY STANDARDS AND PREVENTS FLIGHTS TO THE USA.
OCTOBER 1999: (VASP) (VSP) MAY SELL ITS 50% IN (LAP) TO CONTINENTAL AIRLINES (CAL).
DECEMBER 1999: 1 ATR42-300 (77) DELIVERY.
APRIL 2000: 170 EMPLOYEES.
SEPTEMBER 2001: A K A (TAM) TRANSPORTES AEREOS DEL MERCOSUR.
170 EMPLOYEES. (http://www.tam.com.py). SITA: ASUSKPZ.
May 2005: USA and Paraguay signed a full "open skies" agreement that will allow carriers of the 2 countries to operate between them without restriction.
June 2005: Transportes Aereos del Mercosur (LAP) as the national airline of Paraguay operates domestic and international, scheduled and charter services.
543 employees (including 34 Flight Crew (FC); 52 Cabin Attendants (CA); & 27 Maintenance Technicians (MT)).
(IATA) Code: PZ - 692. (ICAO) Code: LAP (Callsign - PARAGUAYA).
Parent organization/shareholders: (TAM) Linhas Aereas (TPR) (80%); & Paraguay Government (20%).
Alliances: Iberia Airlines (IE); (LAN) Airlines; (PLUNA) Linhas Aereas Uruguayas (PLU) and (TAM) Linhas Aereas (TPR).
Domestic, scheduled destinations: Ciudad del Este, and Asuncion.
International, scheduled destinations: Buenos Aires; Cochabama; Curitiba; Florianapolis; Iguassu Falls; Montevideo; Punta del Este; Santa Cruz; Santiago; and Sao Paulo.
July 2006: (TAM) (TPR)'s subsidiary based in Asuncion (Paraguay) will begin daily service on the following international routes on July 10th:
Asuncion to Sao to Rio to Buenos Aires;
Buenos Aires to Sao to Rio to Assuncion.
May 2007: (TAM) (TPR) and (LAN) announced agreement on a formalized business alliance for services in South America to be implemented "within the next months" that apparently will include code sharing, linking loyalty programs and lounge sharing. "(TAM) (TPR) will expand its flight [offerings] in South America to include a more complete and diversified network for its passengers. In addition, clients of (LAN) Alliance companies will enjoy the ease of traveling routes operated by (TAM) (TPR) and (TAM) Mercosur (LAP), with multiple hours and frequency options," the companies said. Passengers will be able to travel "with a single ticket from the beginning to the end of the route." The alliance apparently will not cover flights to the USA and Europe. (TAM) (TPR) has a 50.7% market share in the Brazilian domestic market, where its network comprises 48 destinations. It also operates to Buenos Aires and Santiago, and plans to launch daily flights to Caracas in the next 6 months. (TAM) Mercosur (LAP) serves Asuncion and Ciudad del Este in Paraguay, Cordoba in Argentina, Montevideo in Uruguay, and Santa Cruz de la Sierra and Cochabamba in Bolivia. The (LAN) Alliance serves 15 destinations in Chile, 12 in Peru, 10 in Argentina, 2 in Ecuador and 15 in other Latin American countries and the Caribbean.
May 2008: (TAM)'s Paraguay subsidiary, formerly known as (TAM) Mercosur and now called (TAM) Airlines (LAP), said it has consolidated its fleet and is operating 3 dual-class A320s outfitted with 144 economy (Y) and 12 business (C) class seats on all flights. It has discontinued use of 108-seat F 100s.
August 2008: (TAM) (TPR)'s Paraguayan subsidiary, formerly known as (TAM) Mercosur and now called (TAM) Airlines (LAP) said that it will cut -120 employees and transfer 133 to (TAM) (TPR) as part of an "administrative restructuring."
February 2013: Paraguay media are reporting the government will soon announce the creation of a new state-owned carrier, according to President Federico Franco.
Paraguay has not had its own flag carrier since Sol Del Paraguay Airlines was grounded in August 2012. The only major local carrier is (TAM) Airlines (LAP), which is part of Brazilís (TAM) (TPR) and under control of the Brazilian capital.
Separately, American Airlines (AAL) is considering establishing a hub operation in the capital city of Asunción, taking advantage of geographical location and potential market in Paraguay and the Northern Argentina plus Southern Brazil regions, a carrier spokesperson told local media. (AAL) operates 4x-weekly, Asunción to Miami services with plans to increase to daily in the near future.
(LAN) Airlines ((IATA) Code LA, based at Santiago de Chile Arturo Merino Benítez International (SCL)) (LAN) and sister carrier, (TAM) Linhas Aéreas ((IATA) Code: JJ, based at São Paulo Congonhas International (CGH)) (TPR) have been banned effective February 15 from operating to Bolivia according to statements made by the Bolivian Transportation Ministry, without giving reasons for the announcement. (LAN) Perú ((IATA) Code: LP, based at Lima Jorge Chávez International (LIM)) (LPU) currently offers 2 daily triangle flights from Lima Jorge Chávez International (LIM) to both La Paz El Alto (LPB) and Santa Cruz Viru Viru International (VVI) with A319-100s. (LAN) Airlines operates from Santiago de Chile Arturo Merino Benítez International (SCL) to La Paz, 4x-weekly and to Santa Cruz 3x-weekly, both via Iquique Diego Aracena International (IQQ) using A320-200s. In addition, (TAM) Airlines ((IATA) Code: PZ, based at Asuncion Silvio Pettirossi International (ASU)) (LAP) offers 4x-weekly flights between Asuncion Silvio Pettirossi International (ASU) and Santa Cruz, providing the only link between Paraguay and Bolivia. Despite the announcements, (LAN) and (TAM) (TPR) flights to Bolivia currently still seem to be operating as normal.
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 2nd 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).