TAM Airlines, Brazil's largest air carrier, announced that it will cease offering first class seats on its long haul flights, starting this fall.
Travelers looking to fly between Sao Paulo and the US, Europe (Germany, Spain, France, England, Italy) and Mexico after November 1 no longer have the option of reserving a first class ticket.
"We took the decision to remove our first class seats to enable us to increase the number of business class seats and improve the service offered to passengers, after taking into consideration the average load factor of the first class," explained Jerome Cadier, chief marketing officer at LATAM Airlines Group, which owns TAM Airlines.
Eliminating first class seats will allow the company to focus on its more profitable business class. From the end of this year, the airline will begin renovating its Boeing 777 flights, which will have 56 business class seats compared to 45 currently. The new business class seats will also be more comfortable, offering 213cm of legroom in the reclined position, or 15 percent more than they do now.
TAM Airlines plans to roll out the new configuration to its entire long-haul fleet by Q1 2015.