TAM Airlines is the Brazilian brand of LATAM Airlines Group. The merger of TAM with LAN Airlines was completed in 2012. The company is currently the largest Brazilian airline. Before the takeover, TAM was Latin America’s largest airline. The airline operates scheduled services to destinations within Brazil, as well as international flights to Europe and other parts of North and South America.
In 1975, the Government of Brazil divided the country in five different regions, for which five newly-created regional airlines received a concession to operate air services. TAM – Transportes Aéreos Regionais S/A was the third of those regional airlines to be made operational. Its services started in 1976, and its operational area comprised parts of the Southeast and Central West regions of Brazil. In 1986, TAM – Transportes Aéreos Regionais acquired another regional airline, VOTEC. VOTEC was then renamed Brasil Central Linhas Aereas. In 1990, the Brazilian Government lifted restrictions on operational areas of regional airlines. As a consequence, Brasil Central was renamed TAM – Transportes Aéreos Meridionais. In 2000 TAM – Transportes Aéreos Regionais was merged into TAM – Transportes Aéreos Meridionais and was renamed TAM Transportes Aéreos. In 2000, the airline was renamed TAM Linhas Aéreas.The airline withdrew from the Star Alliance and joined Oneworld in 2014.