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Regional airline of the year: TAM. (TAM Linhas Aereas, Brazil)(Company Profile)

Regional Airline of the Year:

TAM

Just when you thought you knew the definition of a regional airline, up springs one such as Brazil's TAM Linhas Aereas, one of the most versatile and creative carriers in the world airline industry and our Regional Airline of the Year for 1995.

In the U.S., a regional carrier might be defined as one that serves large hubs from small and medium-sized cities, using turboprops and some regional jets, operating in a relatively small region. In Brazil, the situation is different, at least from TAM's perspective.

TAM's route system, which stretches 2,140 mi., is about five times the size of France. TAM and its subsidiary, Brasil Linhas Aereas, serve Brazil from Sao Paulo to Belem near the mouth of the Amazon, as far south as Rio Grande, to Fortaleza in the northeast and Porto Velho in the west, using a fleet of Fokker 100 and 50s, and single-engine, 12-seat Cessna Caravans. …

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