History

Under LATAM, we will continue the path of leadership initiated several decades ago

1929

Linea Aerea Nacional de Chile (LAN) founded by Comandante Arturo Merino Benítez.

1946

First LAN international flight: Santiago-Buenos Aires.

1956

Start of LAN services to Lima.

1958

Start of LAN services to Miami.

1961

TAM-Taxi Aéreo Marília created by five charter flight pilots.

1970

LAN begins flights to Europe.

 

1975

Foundation of TAM-Transportes Aéreos Regionais by Capitan Rolim Adolfo Amaro.

1976

Launch of TAM services in Brazilian cities, especially Mato Grosso and São Paulo.

1983

Constitution of Linea Aerea Nacional – Chile Limitada, through CORFO

1985

LAN becomes a joint stock company.

1986

TAM acquired Brasil Central Linhas Aéreas-VOTEC, a regional airline that served the North and Central West regions of Brazil.

1989

Start of privatization of LAN: the Chilean government sells a 51% stake to local investors and Scandinavian Airlines System (SAS).

1990

Brasil Central renamed TAM-Transportes Aéreos Meridonais.

1993

Launch by TAM of TAM Fidelidade, Brazil’s first frequent flyer program.

1994

Privatization of LAN completed with the acquisition of a 98.7% stake by its current controllers and other shareholders.

1996

Acquisition by TAM of Lapsa airline from the Paraguayan government and creation of TAM Mercosur; start of São Paulo.

Start of São Paulo – Asuncion flights.

1997

LAN lists on the New York Stock Exchange, becoming the first Latin American airline to trade ADRs on this important market.

1998

Arrival of first A330; first TAM international flight from São Paulo to Miami.

1999

LAN’s expansion begins: start of operations of LAN Perú.

2000

LAN joins the oneworld alliance.

2001

LAN Alliance with Iberia and inauguration of Miami cargo terminal.

Creation of TAM Technology Center and Service Academy in São Paulo.

2002

LAN Alliance with Qantas and Lufthansa Cargo.

2003

LAN continues its expansion plan: start of operations of LAN Ecuador.

2004

Launch of new corporate image as LAN Airlines S.A.

Start of TAM flights to Santiago.

Launch of the new executive class for flights to Paris and Miami.

2005

Further step in LAN’s regional expansion plan: start of operations of LAN Argentina.

TAM S.A. lists on the BOVESPA stock market.

Start of flights to New York and Buenos Aires.

2005

2006

Launch of new LAN Premium Business Class.

TAM S.A. lists on the NYSE.

Start of flights to London and, through agreement with Air France, to Zurich and Geneva.

2007

Implementation of low-cost model in domestic markets.

Capital increase of US$320 million.

Start of TAM flights to Milan and Córdoba; authorization from Brazil’s National Civil Aviation Agency (ANAC) to start flights to Madrid and Frankfurt.

2008

Completion of renewal of LAN’s short-haul fleet with aircraft from the Airbus A320 family.

TAM receives its first Boeing 777-300ER.

2009

Start of cargo operations in Colombia and domestic passenger operations in Ecuador.

Launch of Multiplus Fidelidade.

2010

Acquisition of Colombia’s Aires airline.

TAM officially joins Star Alliance.

2011

LAN and TAM sign binding agreements related to the business combination of the two airlines.

2012

LATAM Airlines Group is born as a result of the business combination between LAN and TAM.

Issuance of 2.9 million shares.

2013

Capital increase for US$ 940.5 million.

2014

TAM joins oneworld alliance, which becomes LATAM Airlines Group global alliance.

LATAM launches its 2015- 2018 Strategic Plan.

2015

LATAM is Born: The New Brand for LAN Airlines, TAM Airlines and Affiliates.

EETC structured bond issue for US $ 1,020MM: First in Latin America.

2016

Capital increase of US $ 608 million with which Qatar Airways acquires 10% of the total of paid and subscribed shares of LATAM.