Here you will find information about Brazilian Airlines, their websites, their history, updates, and also how to book their products, like the Brazil Airpass offered by TAM Airlines, GOL Airlines and TRIP for those traveling inside Brazil.

The Brazilian airline industry has changed dramatically in the last decade, going from four major players in the 90’s when it had Varig Airlines as its main international flagship carrier followed by smaller players like Vasp, Transbrasil, and TAM at the time a regional carrier.

Founded in 1927, in the southern State of Rio Grande do Sul, Varig became a major carrier with dozens of planes and a worldwide reference for quality service. Visit Wikipedia Page about Varig.

In early 2000, Varig went through a series of restructuring to try to adjust the carrier to the new reality, specially the increased competition from new low-cost carrier GOL, and tariff wars being waged by struggling carriers VASP and Transbrasil. The carrier could not recover, and the company was split in 2005, with GOL acquiring part of the company.

Transbrasil and VASP later went out of business and only two major carriers remained in the sector in Brazil, TAM which became Brazil’s Flagship carrier and GOL, focused on the domestic market and using a low cost model.

In 2008 David Neeleman, founder of Jetblue in the US founded AZUL (Blue in Portuguese), which is growing rapidly and gaining market share from GOL and TAM. Azul merged with regional carrier TRIP, and together already control 15% of the market.

In 2011, GOL acquired Webjet to gain market share and more importantly the valuable slots at Brazilian airports, and on November 2012 GOL shut down the carrier completely, and laid off most its employees.

In 2012, TAM Airlines was acquired by Chile’s LAN Airline and became part of the LATAM Group. The new company is struggling to realize all the promised sinergies promised to investors and governments. In the meantime Azul is gaining momentum and market share.

Tom Jobim Airport

China’s group HNA is purchasing a 51% stake in Rio de Janeiro’s airport from Brazilian conglomerate Odebrecht, which has been tainted by corruption scandals.

The Tom Jobim airport in Rio,  is Brazil’s second busiest airport with around 17 million passengers per year.

HNA runs airlines, airports and hotels among other operations, and in August 2016 it acquired a 23% stake in Azul Linhas Aéreas, Brazil’s third largest carrier, which recently completed its IPO in the Brazilian and American stock markets.

It will hold $8 billion stake in the airport as one half of a consortium along with Singaporean firm Changi Airports International.

HNA will hold a 51 % stake in the airport in a consortium called RioGaleao. The remaining 49% is held by the Brazilian state.

Brazilian President Michel Temer  signed a decree  allowing foreign companies to own 100 percent of local airlines, in a move to increase foreign investments in the country and improve the travel industry and the influx of tourists into the country, as expected by the Tourism minister.
On the news, shares of Brazilian carriers GOL and Azul, which started trading just the day before jumped on the stock market, on expectations that foreign companies or carriers might acquire a major part or the majority of those companies.

 

On its third IPO attempt, Brazil’s Azul Airlines, the third largest carrier in Brazil in terms of revenue, but the number one in number of cities served, raised around $650 million Dollars in New York and Sao Paulo.

The fresh infusion of cash will allow the carrier to invest in areas where it needs to further expand and compete with Brazil’s other major carriers LATAM and GOL.

Below the interview with Azul founder David Neeleman, who also founded JetBlue in the United States.

 

 

avianca-brasil
 

Avianca Brasil will fly daily from São Paulo to Miami and Santiago. The new international connections come to add to the Fortaleza-Bogota flight. The aircraft will be an A330-200 with 206 passengers in economy class (aircraft configuration 2-4-2) and 32 in executive. The flight to Miami starts on June 23 and is now on sale on all Avianca Brasil channels. It will take off from Guarulhos at 11:55 pm and will land in the United States at 7:25 am.

On the return it leaves Miami at 7:30 p.m. arriving in São Paulo at 5:00 p.m. Local times. “It is one of the best destinations, there is demand, and that is where we are going, where there are many Brazilians living and sightseeing, where there is a Brazilian culture of traveling,” said José Efromovich, founder of Avianca Brasil .

In July, the company will also fly to Santiago with the new A330, at times yet to be announced. “Brazil is the second in the list to send more tourists to Chile, and Santiago is the most popular destination, which justifies this other international route, and we announce at a good moment due to the winter season.”

Avianca Brazil will have, at first, three A330-200. One is already in Brazil and will fly São Paulo-Fortaleza to train its operations with the new equipment. The next two model aircraft will arrive in the coming weeks. The airline should also launch yet another international service this year,”however, we can not reveal,” said President Frederico Pedreira. Avianca Brasil plans to grow from 8% to 10% in revenue in a year filled with these two new routes. “There will be approximately 500 seats available daily in the round trip from Miami and Santiago, which amounts to approximately 250,000 passengers annually on both routes,” Gargioni said. The Avianca Brasil fleet consists of 47 Airbus, which make 230 daily departures.

 

28 March 2017

latam CEO

                                                                          Claudia Sender and Jerome Cadier

SAO PAULO, March 22 (Reuters) – LATAM Airlines Group SA , the biggest carrier in South America, on Wednesday named a new chief executive of its shrinking operation in Brazil, where a deep recession has battered profitability in recent years.

Brazilian Jerome Cadier, currently senior vice president of marketing for the Chile-based airline group, will take over LATAM’s operations in Brazil starting on May 1, the company said in a statement.

The unit’s current CEO, Claudia Sender, has been in charge since 2013, about a year after the Brazilian airline then known as TAM merged with Chile’s LAN. She will keep the title of president of LATAM Brasil and assume responsibilities for marketing, services and client experience for the larger group.

LATAM slashed capacity in Brazil by nearly 12 percent last year and could cut up to 2 percent again in 2017, the company said last week. Yet the group’s CEO Enrique Cueto told Reuters on Monday he expected the Brazilian market to recover in the second half of the year.

(Reporting by Brad Haynes; Editing by Bernard Orr)