MAH4546 From Sweden, joined Jan 2001, 34128 posts, RR: 70 Posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 4052 times:
Maybe some of our TAM experts can shed more light. Brief article from the Spanish media confirming TAM plans to begin A330 service between Miami and Asuncion, although nothing else is said. Nothing in the article on if the flight will be non-stop or just simply extending the A330 on the MIA-GRU flight to ASU. Another article suggest that the flight will be TAM Mercosur flight, Paraguay's national airline owned 80% by TAM and 20% by the Paraguay government. I would assume that the way the flight is operated would be similar to how LAN Chile and LAN Ecuador operate, in which TAM will operate the flight, but it will only be a TAM Mercosur coded flight.
TAM currently flies three daily flights between Miami and Manaus, Salvador, and Sao Paulo, and plans to add a daily service to Rio de Janeiro this winter.
Donzilasse From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 247 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 3914 times:
With TAM in desparate need of more widebodies I cannot imagine that this would be anything else than an extension from GRU. Could also be a plane change there because I doubt that it would be necessary with 332 service. Maybe Felipe or JJMNGR knows more about this.
TAM also are starting up the GIG/CDG route and wants to start a GIG/MIA as well so their widebodies will be busy.
Luisca From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 3505 times:
I still dont get how ASU doesn't have a direct, reliable connection to MIA, it is the capital of a country for crying out loud. ASU probably has the worst air service in the entire American continent.
I know CM was interested in serving ASU and even applied for authority for PTY-ASU but the high fee structure and the travel agent commission thing scared them away and CM dropped the idea. PTY-ASU was going to happen and the idiotic Paraguayan government made sure it didn't.
The poorest countries in Cntral America have multiple daily connections at least to Miami and to many other countries in the continent. ASU is happy if they see a cessna landing there.
LipeGIG From Brazil, joined May 2005, 11501 posts, RR: 57
Reply 11, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 3459 times:
Quoting 2travel2know (Reply 10): IMHO JJ ASU-MAO-MIA would work fine with A320, then just have another JJ plane in MAO to connect to/from BEL and FOR
The problem is that ASU-MAO is not a good market, and MAO nowadays takes care of a single A320. Better for Tam to upgrade ASU-GRU (using an A319 or A320) and provide connections. With the new service GIG-MIA TAM probably will look to add markets for their GRU-MIA service as they will use CNF, BSB, VIX and SSA thru GIG.
New York + Rio de Janeiro = One of the best combinations !
Laxintl From United States of America, joined May 2000, 28018 posts, RR: 50
Reply 12, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 3418 times:
Quoting Luisca (Reply 9): I still dont get how ASU doesn't have a direct, reliable connection to MIA, it is the capital of a country for crying out loud. ASU probably has the worst air service in the entire American continent.
I guess you dont know much about Paraguay. The country continues to isolate itself economically from most of the world plus there is really no tourism industry to speak of.
While most of Latin America moves ahead with vibrant consumer societies Paraguay continues a backwards trek almost reminiscent of East European countries such as Bulgaria or Romania during the cold war years.
From the desert to the sea, to all of Southern California
Carmenlu15 From Guatemala, joined Dec 2004, 4763 posts, RR: 28
Reply 16, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 3276 times:
Quoting Luisca (Reply 9): I know CM was interested in serving ASU and even applied for authority for PTY-ASU but the high fee structure and the travel agent commission thing scared them away and CM dropped the idea. PTY-ASU was going to happen and the idiotic Paraguayan government made sure it didn't.
Coyoteguy From Mexico, joined Oct 2001, 450 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 3230 times:
Interesting, I did not know that TAM is doing MIA-Salvador nowadays, looks like it is only once a week on Sundays, but is a great option for getting there directly without going all the way down to GRU. And I love Salvador...
2travel2know From Panama, joined Apr 2005, 3580 posts, RR: 3
Reply 19, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 3206 times:
Quoting Brasuca (Reply 17): There is TAM BRASIL (JJ) and TAM MERCOSUR (PZ). I was talking about Tam Mercosur bringing two A32X for a supposedly ASU-XXX-MIA flight.
Then why not let JJ fly FOR-BEL-MIA and PZ fly ASU-MAO-MIA? IMHO, there may be a market for ASU-MAO, look why there is (was) VVI-MAO by LB and VVI doesn't even have a Duty Free Zone like ASU (Ciudad del Este) and MAO have.
MIAMIx707 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 3105 times:
Does Paraguay currently have any airlines of its own?
Back in the good 'ol days MIA had flights from LAP with a DC10 and DC8s. Then in the mid 90s Lapsa (in cooperation with Saeta) flew to MIA with one or two A320s (not sure how many they used) One had Lapsa colors in one side only.
Lapsa also had an A310, where did that one fly to?