TAM Linhas Aéreas has applied to the ANAC ( Brazilian equivalent of CAA ) to increase its Rio De Janeiro - London flights to Daily. The airline presently operates thrice weekly services to London Heathrow on board Airbus A330-200 aircraft.
The decision to increase flights, apparently, comes as a form of head-to-head competition with oneworld carrier British Airways, who presently operates three weekly Rio - LHR flights on board Boeing 777 aircraft. Back in March, TAM requested permission for three additional weekly GIG-LHR flights ( which were approved ) following which, BA immediately increased its own GIG-LHR flights from three to six.
TAM presently approved GIG-LHR flights ( effective August 2011 )
JJ8088 GIG 0035 LHR 1605 123-567 332
JJ8089 LHR 2115 GIG 0515+1 123-567 332
TAM newly applied seventh weekly flight
JJ8106 GIG 0035 LHR 1605 ---4--- 332
JJ8107 LHR 2115 GIG 0515+1 ---4--- 332
British Airways present GIG-LHR schedule
BA249 LHR 1315 GIG 2055 1--4-6- 777
BA248 GIG 2245 LHR 1400+1 1--4-6- 777
BMI British Midland International airline presently codeshares with TAM on its GIG-LHR flights.