TAM recently unveiled the details of their new first class product, which can be found on their four new delivery 777-300ER aircraft. Purely in terms of the colors I think this is one of the nicest first class cabins. What makes TAM pretty unique is that they have only one row of first class on their entire longhaul fleet, so that’s a maximum of four passengers in the cabin. TAM primarily flies their 777s between Sao Paulo and London/Frankfurt, so that’s where you have the best chance of finding the new product.
The bad news is that TAM is probably the stingiest airline in the world with premium cabin award space, and even though they belong to the Star Alliance, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a first class award seat on them on any route released to their Star Alliance partners. Conversely, LAN, the largest airline in South America airline (and a member of OneWorld), is extremely generous with releasing award space. Now that LAN and TAM are merging, I sure hope LAN’s policy sticks, or else we’re totally screwed as far as award space to South America goes.
I’m curious, has anyone ever seen TAM longhaul first class award space available to Star Alliance partners?
(Tip of the hat to Pedro)