About TAM and LAM

In 2012, LAN Airlines S.A and its subsidiaries in Peru, Argentina, Colombia and Ecuador, LAN CARGO and subsidiaries, and TAM Linhas Aereas S.A and its business units TAM Transportes Aereos Del Mercosur S.A and Multiplus S.A merged to form LATAM Airlines Group S.A. and adopted a single brand: LATAM.

This partnership has created one of the biggest Latin American airline groups in the world in terms of network connections, providing air services to around 140 destinations in 25 countries, operating more than 1,400 flights a day and transporting 67 million passengers a year.

The company has a presence in 6 domestic markets in Latin America: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru, as well as international operations in Latin America and Europe, the United States, the Caribbean, Oceania and Africa.

With one of the youngest and most modern fleets in the world (aircraft are an average of less than 7 years old), the LATAM Airlines Group has 334 aircraft, including the Boeing 787, Airbus A350, A321 and A320 neo, all of which are the most modern in their class.

The LATAM Airlines Group is listed on the Dow Jones Global Sustainability Index and is a member of the Oneworld alliance.

The company’s shares are listed in Santiago, as well as on the New York Stock Exchange, in the form of ADRs.

TAM: history 

In 1976, Captain Rolim Amaro founded TAM under the name Transportes Aéreos Regionais. With its headquarters in Sao Paulo, the company began operating regular services and soon became the largest airline in Latin America.

In 1990 the airline changed its name to TAM-Transportes Aéreos Meridionais.

The first international flight, from São Paulo to Miami, took off in 1998 and TAM flights to Paris began one year later. 2006 saw its first flights to other European capitals: Frankfurt, Milan, Madrid and London.

Since 2010 it has also formed part of the international Star Alliance.

Find out more about TAM’s history here

LAN: history 

LAN Chile (Línea Aérea Nacional de Chile) airline was set up by Captain Arturo Merino Benítez in 1929 to provide passenger, cargo and postal air services. After 60 years of service, the airline was privatised and 51% of the company was sold to domestic investors and Scandinavian Airlines System. In 1997 its shares were listed on the New York Stock Exchange and it became the first Latin American airline to be traded in ADRs.

In 2000 the airline joined the Oneworld alliance, giving it a global reach, and in the same year, upgraded its fleet with 27 new Airbus aircraft. In 2004 the company underwent a change of corporate image, becoming known as LAN Airlines S.A. to provide uniformity across the group’s airlines.

Find out more about its history here

Where do we fly to? 

LATAM offers a network of 140 destinations in 24 countries which continues to grow, providing more links and better connections. In Spain, the airline offers daily direct flights from London to Brazil, connecting with 115 destinations in Latin America. Passengers have access to the biggest network of connections and destinations in Latin America, with highly competitive fares, shorter journeys and stopover times.

No other airline group offers more flights to as many destinations in a single region as the LATAM Airlines Group.


The history that LAN and TAM have made together has been based on punctuality, service quality and the reach of their network.

As a result they are highly rated by passengers all over the world. They have also won the prize for “Best Airline in South America” at the Skytrax World Airline Awards on several occasions.

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