LATAM Paraguay

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LATAM Airlines Paraguay
Latam-logo -v (Indigo).svg
IATA ICAO Callsign
LA LAP PARAGUAYA
Founded1962 (as LAP)
1994 (as LAPSA)
1996 (as TAM Mercosur)
2016 (as LATAM Paraguay)
HubsSilvio Pettirossi International Airport
Frequent-flyer programLATAM Pass
AllianceOneworld (2014-2020; affiliate)
Fleet size5
Destinations3
Parent companyLATAM Airlines Group
HeadquartersAsunción, Paraguay
Key peopleEnrique Alcaide (CEO)
Websitehttps://www.latam.com/es_py/

LATAM Airlines Paraguay (formerly known as TAM Paraguay or Transportes Aéreos del Mercosur S.A. and previously LAP - 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[edit]

The airline was established in 1962 and started operations in 1963 as Líneas Aéreas Paraguayas. After a brief period (1994-1996) as a subsidiary of the Ecuadorian airline SAETA when its name was LAPSA, in 1996 the majority of the stakes of LAP were sold to the Brazilian airline TAM Airlines and the current acronym was adopted. This is not to be confused with a Bolivia military-run passenger service, Transporte Aéreo Militar, TAM, operating mainly DC-3 and CASA 212 aircraft to domestic underserved destinations and not related to the civilian airline.

In 1994 TAM Airlines established a small subsidiary airline in Paraguay, called ARPA – Aerolíneas Paraguayas, with a fleet consisting mostly of Cessna 208 Caravan aircraft, formerly operated by TAM. On September 1, 1996, ARPA purchased 80% of the shares of the former state-owned LAP – Líneas Aéreas Paraguayas and both airlines were merged under the name TAM – Transportes Aéreos del Mercosur. Today LATAM owns 94.98% and the Paraguayan government 5.02% of the shares.

In 2008, following a branding strategy, the name TAM Mercosur was dropped and the airline adopted a corporate identity identical to its Brazilian owner, becoming TAM Airlines. 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.

Destinations[edit]

The former TAM Mercosur logo

As of January 2021, Latam Paraguay offers or has previously offered scheduled flights to the following destinations:[3]

City Country IATA ICAO Airport Notes
Asunción Paraguay ASU SGAS Silvio Pettirossi International Airport Hub
Lima Peru LIM SPJC Jorge Chávez International Airport Terminated
Santiago de Chile Chile SCL SCEL Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport
São Paulo Brazil GRU SBGR Guarulhos International Airport

Codeshare agreements[edit]

Fleet[edit]

Current fleet[edit]

The LATAM Paraguay fleet consists of the following aircraft (as of October 2019):[4]

LATAM Paraguay fleet
Aircraft Total Passengers Notes
J Y Total
Airbus A320-200 5 12 144 156 Operated by LATAM Brasil and LATAM Chile
Total 5

Former fleet[edit]

As LAP, they previously operated the following aircraft:

References[edit]

  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 Airlines Consolidates Fleet and Initiates New Air Network." Reuters. Monday 26 May 2008. Retrieved on 2 February 2009.
  3. ^ "Latam Airlines". Latam. Retrieved 6 January 2021.
  4. ^ https://airlinegeeks.com/2018/05/10/latam-paraguay-increases-its-route-offering-to-chile-and-brazil/

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