TAM Airlines, part of LATAM Airlines Group, has added Toronto as its fifth gateway in the U.S. and Canada, launching a new service from Toronto Pearson International Airport to São Paulo’s Guarulhos International Airport with a connection through New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK). The milestone was celebrated with an event at Pearson with airport officials, LATAM Airlines Group executives and VIP guests.
The two new TAM Airlines flights from Toronto Pearson to New York (JFK) will operate five times a week as an extension of existing TAM flights already linking JFK with Guarulhos International Airport in São Paulo.
"The new Toronto-JFK extension connects Canadian travellers to our network of nearly 115 destinations in South America," Pablo Chiozza, senior vice-president of LATAM Airlines Group told PAX. "We hope this route will open up new opportunities for Canadian travellers seeking [to experience] South America’s unique destinations and cultures."
TAM Airlines will operate modern Boeing 767-300ER aircraft from Toronto. The aircraft is configured with 191 seats in Economy Class and another 30 in Premium Business, featuring seats that recline up to 180 degrees full flat. The airline will also be offering flights to destinations like Santiago, Chile on the Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner, as well as the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, starting in July 2015.
Chiozza said that LATAM Airlines Group is currently working on bolstering their relationships with partner airlines in Canada via SPA and codeshare agreements, in an effort to maintain the momentum of the company's growing network.
TAM Airlines is the only Brazilian airline operating in Canada.