TAM Airlines began in 1961, with the name Taxi Aereo Marília (Marília Air Taxi). In 1971, one of the airline's pilot's buys 33% of the airline's shares. In 1976, the pilot founds an airline with the name Transportes Aereos Regionais (Regional Air Transport).  Both TAM and TAR Airlines were combined in 2000.  This formed the TAM Airlines that we know of today. In 2010, LAN Airlines and TAM Airlines were also combined. They formed the LATAM Airlines Group.