LATAM Airlines Paraguay
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IATA ICAO Callsign
PZ LAP PARAGUAYA
FoundedNovember 17, 1962 (as LAP)
September 1, 1996 (as TAM Mercosur)
May 5, 2016 (as LATAM Paraguay)
HubsSilvio Pettirossi International Airport
Frequent-flyer programLATAM Pass
AllianceStar Alliance (2010-2014; affiliate)
Fleet size5
Destinations8
Parent companyLATAM Airlines Group (94.98%)
HeadquartersAsunción, Paraguay
Key peopleEnrique Alcaide (CEO)
Websitewww.latam.com/es_py/

Transportes Aéreos del Mercosur S.A, d/b/a LATAM Airlines Paraguay (formerly known as TAM Paraguay and previously Líneas Aéreas Paraguayas) is the flag carrier and the national airline of Paraguay with its headquarters in Asunción, Paraguay.[1] Its flights operate from Silvio Pettirossi International Airport in Asunción. Its parent company is LATAM Airlines Group.

History

A former TAM Mercosur Fokker 100 taxiing at Silvio Pettirossi International Airport in 2004
A former TAM Mercosur Fokker 100 taxiing at Silvio Pettirossi International Airport in 2004

Further information: Líneas Aéreas Paraguayas

The airline was established on November 17, 1962 and started operations in 1963 as Líneas Aéreas Paraguayas. The airline then operated for a brief period between 1995 and 1996 as a subsidiary of the Ecuadorian airline SAETA under the name LAPSA Air Paraguay.

On September 1, 1996, Aerolíneas Paraguayas (a subsidiary of TAM Linhas Aéreas) purchased 80% of the majority shares of the airline, which by then both airlines were merged under the name TAM – Transportes Aéreos del Mercosur. It was then sold to TAM Linhas Aéreas later that year on October 6, which used two Fokker 100 jets to cover regional destinations.

In March 2008, following a branding strategy, the name TAM Mercosur was dropped and the airline adopted a corporate identity identical to its Brazilian owner. However, its corporate structure remained the same.[2] The airline was rebranded as LATAM Paraguay following the merger and creation of the LATAM Airlines Group and the subsequent rebranding of its member airlines. Today LATAM owns 94.98% and the Paraguayan Government 5.02% of the shares.[3]

Destinations

The former TAM Mercosur logo
The former TAM Mercosur logo

As of September 2022, LATAM Paraguay offers or has previously offered scheduled flights to the following destinations:[4]

Country City Airport Notes Refs
 Argentina Buenos Aires Aeroparque Jorge Newbery Code-share with Paranair [5]
Ministro Pistarini International Airport Code-share with Paranair
Córdoba Ingeniero Aeronáutico Ambrosio L.V. Taravella International Airport Terminated
 Bolivia Cochabamba Jorge Wilstermann International Airport Terminated
La Paz El Alto International Airport Terminated
Santa Cruz de la Sierra Viru Viru International Airport Code-share with Paranair [5]
 Brazil Brasíliaa Pres. Juscelino Kubitschek International Airport Terminated [6][7]
Curitiba Afonso Pena International Airport Terminated
Rio de Janeiro Galeão–Antonio Carlos Jobim International Airport Terminated
São Paulo Guarulhos–Gov. André Franco Montoro International Airport [8]
 Chile Iquique Diego Aracena International Airport Terminated
Santiago Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport [8]
 Paraguay Asunción Silvio Pettirossi International Airport Hub
Ciudad del Este Guaraní International Airport Terminated [9]
 Peru Lima Jorge Chávez International Airport [8]
 Uruguay Montevideo Carrasco/Gal. Cesáreo L. Berisso International Airport Code-share with Paranair [5]
Punta del Este Capitán de Corbeta Carlos A. Curbelo International Airport Terminated

a.^ Route operated by Paranair on behalf of LATAM Paraguay as wet-lease.

Codeshare agreement

LATAM Paraguay codeshares with the following airlines:

Fleet

Current Fleet

A TAM Paraguay Airbus A320-200 taking off at Ministro Pistarini International Airport in 2009
A TAM Paraguay Airbus A320-200 taking off at Ministro Pistarini International Airport in 2009

As of October 2019, LATAM Paraguay operates flights using the following aircraft:[3]

LATAM Paraguay fleet
Aircraft In
service
Orders Passengers Notes
J Y Total
Airbus A320-200 5 174 174 Operated by LATAM Brasil
Total 5

Former fleet

For the fleet of its predecessor, see Líneas Aéreas Paraguayas#Fleet.

The airline previously operated the following aircraft:

LATAM Paraguay former fleet
Aircraft Total Introduced Retired Notes
Cessna 208B Grand Caravan 2 2002 2007 Taken from Aerolíneas Paraguayas
Fokker 100 3 1996 2008

See also

References

  1. ^ "Directory: World airlines." Flight International. 30 March – 5 April 2004. 79. "Oliva 761 casi Ayolas / Meal. Lopez esq. Mayor Infante Rivarola, Asuncion, Paraguay"
  2. ^ "TAM Linhas Aéreas Consolidates Fleet and Initiates New Air Network." Reuters. Monday 26 May 2008. Retrieved on 2 February 2009.
  3. ^ a b "LATAM Paraguay Increases Its Route Offering to Chile and Brazil – AirlineGeeks.com".
  4. ^ "Latam Airlines". Latam. Retrieved 6 January 2021.
  5. ^ a b c d "Paraguay: LATAM anuncia vuelos a Bolivia en code-share con Paranair". Aeronauticapy (in Spanish). 30 June 2022. Retrieved 20 August 2022.
  6. ^ "Despegó el primer vuelo de Latam Paraguay operado por Paranair: ¡a Brasilia!". Aeronauticapy (in Spanish). 6 December 2019. Retrieved 20 August 2022.
  7. ^ "Latam Airlines cancela ruta Asunción-Brasilia". Aeronauticapy (in Spanish). 24 June 2020. Retrieved 20 August 2022.
  8. ^ a b c "Latam Airlines retoma hoy sus vuelos regulares a Paraguay". Aeronauticapy (in Spanish). 2 November 2020. Retrieved 20 August 2022.
  9. ^ "Latam Airlines se despidió hoy de Ciudad del Este". Aeronauticapy (in Spanish). 28 September 2019. Retrieved 20 August 2022.