Monday, August 18, 2008

Brazil's TAM Airlines takes delivery of first Boeing 777-300ER

TAM Boeing 777-300ERTAM Airlines, Brazil's largest airline, has taken delivery of its first Boeing 777-300ER passenger aircraft. According to Boeing, TAM is the first Latin American airline to operate the 777-300ER, "the world's largest, long-range, twin-engine jetliner." The delivery also marks TAM's first acquisition of a new Boeing airplane.

Boeing says that the new aircraft, which is powered by General Electric's GE-90 Series engines, also features the Boeing Class 3 Electronic Flight Bag (EFB), a hardware and electronic data package that replaces traditional flight manuals and provides operational and safety benefits. TAM is the first South American carrier to incorporate a Class 3 EFB, which is fully integrated into a commercial airplane's avionics. The EFB features an Onboard Performance Tool, using sophisticated calculations to help the airline optimize its payload for airport and weather conditions and applicable regulations and policies.

TAM has seven more B777-300ER aircraft on order from Boeing. TAM plans to operate its B777-300ERs on international flights within South America and connecting South America with Europe and North America.

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