25 May 2010
Speaking in Sao Paulo as TAM marked its entry into the Star Alliance last week, TTG reports TAM’s UK and Ireland General Manager, Sue Faithfull, said plans were in the final stages of preparation for the launch, likely to be in August or September.
"We are determined to do it, but we still have to dot the Is and cross the Ts - initially it will be three flights a week," she said.
Faithfull admitted TAM was still talking to authorities about getting slots at Heathrow, but said she hoped to get a result very soon.
TAM will use a brand-new Airbus A340 with a three-class cabin on the route, allowing it to be a serious contender to BA, which has been the only carrier to operate the route since Brazilian airline Varig ceased flights to Europe about four years ago.
TAM currently operates daily from Heathrow to Sao Paulo, the country’s commercial centre and main air travel hub.