6-K 1 tam20080409_6k1.htm DOMESTIC MARKET SHARE IN MARCH WAS 51.4%
 
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
 

 
FORM 6-K
 
REPORT OF FOREIGN ISSUER
PURSUANT TO RULE 13a-16 OR 15d-16 OF THE
SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
 
THROUGH April 9, 2008

(Commission File No. 1-32826)
 

 
TAM S.A.
(Exact name of Registrant as specified in its Charter)
 
 


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Federative Republic of Brazil
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PRESS RELEASE    April 09, 2008 

TAM has international market share of 68.9% in March

Domestic market share in March was 51.4%

São Paulo, April 09, 2008 – TAM (BOVESPA: TAMM4, NYSE:TAM) announces operating data for March 2008, as disclosed by the Brazilian National Civil Aviation Agency (ANAC) today.

According to ANAC, TAM registered 14.0% growth in domestic RPK (demand) compared to the same period last year, and 14.6% increase in domestic ASK (supply). In March, market demand increased 13.7% and market supply increased 14.8% . TAM registered domestic market share (RPK) of 51.4%, a 0.1 p.p. increase compared to the same period in 2007. TAM´s domestic load factor was 69.3%, 5.6 p.p. higher than the market average of 63.6% .

In the international market, TAM registered 49.5% growth in RPK and 38.7% in ASK, compared to March 2007. The company attained market share of 68.9%, representing 4.8 p.p. growth year on year. TAM attained 76.4% load factor, 8.3 p.p. higher than the market average of 68.1% .

Please find below our operating data for March:

Operating data    Mar 2008    Mar 2007    Var. % 
   
Domestic Market             
     ASK (millions) – Supply    2,859    2,494    14.6% 
     RPK (millions) – Demand    1,980    1,737    14.0% 
     Load Factor    69.3%    69.6%    -0.4 p.p. 
     Market share    51.4%    51.3%    0.1 p.p. 
 
International Market             
     ASK (millions) – Supply    1,674    1,206    38.7% 
     RPK (millions) – Demand    1,279    856    49.5% 
     Load Factor    76.4%    70.9%    5.5 p.p. 
     Market share    68.9%    64.0%    4.8 p.p. 




Operating data    Jan-Mar 2008    Jan-Mar 2007    Var. % 
   
Domestic Market             
     ASK (millions) – Supply    8,480    7,454    13.8% 
     RPK (millions) – Demand    6,028    5,269    14.4% 
     Load Factor    71.1%    70.7%    0.4 p.p. 
     Market share    50.6%    48.4%    2.2 p.p. 
 
International Market             
     ASK (millions) – Supply    5,085    3,337    52.4% 
     RPK (millions) – Demand    3,906    2,390    63.5% 
     Load Factor    76.8%    71.6%    5.2 p.p. 
     Market share    67.7%    62.9%    4.8 p.p. 

Investor Relations Contact:    Press Agency Contact: 
Phone: (55) (11) 5582-9715    Phone: (55) (11) 5582-8167 
Fax: (55) (11) 5582-8149    Fax: (55) (11) 5582-8155 
invest@tam.com.br    tamimprensa@tam.com.br 
www.tam.com.br/ri     

About TAM:
TAM (www.tam.com.br) has been the leader in the Brazilian domestic market for more than three years, and held a 51.4% domestic market share and 68.9% international market share at the end of March 2008. TAM operates regular flights to 42 destinations throughout Brazil. It serves 79 different cities in the domestic market through regional alliances. Additionally, it maintains code-share agreements with international airline companies that allow passengers to travel to a large number of destinations throughout the world. TAM was the first Brazilian airline company to launch a loyalty program. Currently, the program has over 4.5 million subscribers and has awarded more than 5.2 million tickets.

Forward-looking statements:
This notice may contain forward-looking statements. These estimates merely reflect the expectations of the Company’s management, and involve risks and uncertainties. The Company is not responsible for investment operations or decisions taken based on information contained in this release. These estimates are subject to changes without prior notice.

 



 

SIGNATURE
 
 
            Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized.

Date: April 9, 2008

 
TAM S.A.
By:
/SLibano Miranda Barroso

 
Name:   Libano Miranda Barroso
Title:     Chief Financial Officer
 

 

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