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Brazil's TAM poised to add Frankfurt to network with Lufthansa code shares as Varig quits Star Alliance


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By Rainer Uphoff

 

TAM of Brazil is preparing to relaunch its São Paulo to Frankfurt route in the "near future" as long as it can reach a commercial partnership with Lufthansa which is no longer tied to TAM's local rival Varig following the carrier’s exit from Star Alliance a month ago.

 

The airline previously operated a multistop route from São Paulo to Frankfurt and then on to Zurich for a short time in 2001.

 

A TAM source tells Flight: "Frankfurt is an interesting destination for TAM, but we are not going to repeat our previous experience when we found that it was a connection centre, with only a small proportion of the traffic really originating or ending there. With an adequate partner, Frankfurt would become a priority for our network development.”

 

The source does not identify Lufthansa by name but makes clear that TAM expects Varig to withdraw from the route soon from the route after losing access to the Star Alliance hub in Frankfurt.

 

He says: “We discovered that it was impossible to operate that route profitably without a strong partner and that remains true for any carrier on the route.”

 

A final decision has not been taken, says the source, but he adds that it is “looking good” for a partnership to be created on the route.

 

A further indication that Varig will withdraw is that the leases on its remaining intercontinental aircraft – a pair of Boeing MD-11s – are due to expire within a month. Although the airline has made no comment on the situation, there is currently no sign of an agreement on replacement aircraft in that class.

 

Fonte: Flight International

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Fiquei impressionado de ver como a Flight fez uma tradução do artigo do Valor que foi postado ontem aqui e não adiciona nenhuma informação útil.

 

Ou seja a Flight também publica AFA

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Fiquei impressionado de ver como a Flight fez uma tradução do artigo do Valor que foi postado ontem aqui e não adiciona nenhuma informação útil.

 

Ou seja a Flight também publica AFA

 

Não vejo AFA nenhuma na notícia. A TAM analisando uma possível volta a Frankfurt e tb no cometário com relação a devolução dos MD11 da Varig e sua indefinição no recebimento de novas aeronaves...

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É AFA porque:

 

Varig nega veementemente esta informação e credita a boato espalhado pela concorrencia.

 

Quem quiser checar a info pode ligar para a assessoria de Imprensa (21) 3814-5983

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É AFA porque:

 

Varig nega veementemente esta informação e credita a boato espalhado pela concorrencia.

 

Quem quiser checar a info pode ligar para a assessoria de Imprensa (21) 3814-5983

 

Em nenhum momento a notícia afirma que a Varig vai deixar de operar a rota, apenas diz q há indicações que isso possa ocorrer devido à falta de aeronaves...

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