SAO PAULO, Brazil (July 31, 2008) – TAM and TAP Portugal are broadening the codeshare agreement signed between the two companies to offer daily connections between Portugal and Argentina. The partnership allows TAP to sell, with its own code, the flights operated by TAM to Buenos Aires, Argentina, via Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro.
With the start of this new phase of the partnership between TAM and TAP, passengers can check-in and send their luggage just once in Lisbon or Porto and have quick connections in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro to continue to Buenos Aires, reducing the total travel time.
The partnership agreement, in effect since September 2007, also extends to the TAM Loyalty and TAP Victoria programs, as well as including the entire services network made available by the two companies, creating multiple options for accumulating or exchanging points or miles.
“Broadening the agreement between TAM and TAP will be more convenient for passengers traveling between Portugal and Argentina. We hope to extend this new phase of the partnership to other South American destinations,” stated Paulo Castello Branco, TAM vice president of Planning and Alliances.
“The success of our partnership is evident,” pointed out Jose Guedes Dias, TAP director of Alliances and External Relations. “The gradual broadening of our cooperation demonstrates the commitment of both companies to ensure our clients have services even more convenient and special in terms of quality and reach. The mutual synergy of the TAP and TAM networks allows us to ensure the most convenient connections between Portugal and Brazil and now also to Argentina”.
TAP believes that strengthening its cooperation with TAM will result in a considerably better service and range of options offered to its clients, which reflects the company’s main objective of anticipating and satisfying the growing needs of its passengers.