TEN YEARS AGO THIS MONTH, TAM was awarded the right to fly trunk routes in Brazil. It was a major step for the airline, which had begun life as a regional carrier in 1976 during the era of fare and route regulation. Henceforth TAM could serve the top markets nationwide, competing head-to-head with the country's leading carriers: Varig, Vasp and Transbrasil. Owing to the drive and commitment of its visionary founder, the late Capt. Rolim Adolfo Amaro, TAM already enjoyed a reputation as a ...

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