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.

This agreement should improve passenger flow between South America and Oceania

LAN and Jetstar Airways, Qantas affiliated company, signed a code share agreement complementing other agreements held between LAN and Qantas, enhancing connectivity between South America and Oceania.
Under the new agreement, LAN passengers will have access to 15 new destinations served by the Australian company through shared code in Australia and New Zealand. In the future, the company hopes to strengthen the alliance with the incorporation of international routes between the two countries and Southeast Asia.

It is expected that the agreement will optimize the connectivity between Auckland and major cities of Australia such as Gold Coast and Melbourne. In New Zealand, passengers can connect, also from Auckland to destinations like Wellington, Dunedin, Christchurch and Queenstown. In Australia, from Sydney, you can connect to cities such as Byron Bay, Cairns, Darwin, Hobart, Hamilton Island and Sunshine Coast, among others.

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The Latam Group has been working to increase its offer connections around the world, taking advantage of the strategic hubs located in South America.

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Azul Airlines today signed a bilateral interline agreement with US company Jet Blue Airways for the sale of tickets to destinations served by both companies. The novelty allows customers to reach their destination with just one ticket.

Initially, Azul will offer 90 destinations from Jet Blue to its customers, while the US Company Jet Blue will offer 100 cities served by the Brazilian company. The agreement includes the baggage allowance for international travel, honored on domestic flights operated by the two companies.

“The agreement between Azul and Jet Blue further extends the possibilities of flights and destinations to our customers in Brazil and the United States. The two companies have significant route networks and are recognized for excellence in customer service,” said the founder of both companies, David Neeleman. azul neeleman

Jet Blue counts with main hubs in Fort Lauderdale / Miami and John F. Kennedy in New York. Azul, in turn, has 100 destinations in its route network and offers nonstop flights from Brazil to Fort Lauderdale /Miami and Orlando in the United States. The company’s hubs involve Campinas (in the state of Sao Paulo) and Belo Horizonte.

Aeronave da Gol levantando voo no aeroporto Santos Dumont, no Rio de Janeiro. 15 /12/2014   REUTERS/Pilar Olivares

Gol’s president, Paulo Kakinoff, declared on September 17 that the company is having advanced talks with Boeing on a possibility to acquire  737-900 aircrafts. However no orders have been made so far.

“We have advanced studies with Boeing about the possibility of having the 900 aircrafts, also possibly the MAX 9, which is 900’s substitute” said Kakinoff.

Currently, the company’s fleet has aircraft versions 737-700 and 737-800.
While the 900 model has a maximum capacity of 220 passengers, the 800 holds 189 seats, while the 700 allows loading of up to 149 passengers.


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Sabre Corporation, the leading technology provider to the global travel industry, has signed a technology agreement with AZUL Airlines to expand the distribution of its flight inventory through the Sabre system and globalizing rates. The B2B e-commerce platform for travel services will provide a strategic channel in the business plans of the airline.

Under the long term agreement, Azul adopts pioneering features in the digital marketing industry for air tickets. In addition to connectivity 425,000 travel agents and hundreds of companies subscribed to Sabre in 144 countries. Mainly in markets where Sabre GDS is the main system used by agencies, and in which Azul operates and markets its flight network: Brazil, United States and Latin America.

Azul’s services are available to quote and book in real time on the digital market Sabre, comprising flights to over 100 destinations throughout Brazil. The company can also maximize marketing opportunities in the segment of business travelers; frequent flyer business destinations in the region that hire services through Sabre user agencies.

“Azul signs this agreement with Sabre in order to optimize the service offering to corporate and leisure travelers in strategic markets, and to streamline business processes and operations,” said Abhi Shah, vice president of revenue at Azul. “Travel agencies have an important contribution to our business strategy, and Sabre will reinforce this relationship to even better serve millions of travelers who choose our services.”

Among the major improvements in connectivity through Sabre GDS, Azul has technology for electronic ticketing, reservation of seats, query flight schedules, reservations and reissue confirmation via Sabre.

Azul is a major Brazilian carrier with more than 900 domestic flights and international service to Ft. Lauderdale and Orlando in the United States. This agreement marks the entry of Azul to a community of over 400 airlines using Sabre technology to market their services, rates and complementary products.

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The first A350 XWB for TAM Airlines left the Airbus paint shop in Toulouse, on Tuesday (15), revealing the aircraft with the company’s livery red, white and blue. The next aircraft production steps include the installation of engines, cabin furniture finishing and assembly of the cockpit before starting their ground tests and flight. The delivery of the aircraft to TAM is scheduled to take place in December this year.

TAM will be the first airline in the Americas to fly with the A350 XWB and the fourth to operate the model in the world. The LATAM Airlines Group, created from the combination between LAN and TAM Airlines companies Airlines, has already ordered 27 A350-900 models.

TAM will perform flights with the A350 XWB, from January 2016, between Sao Paulo and Manaus. As a result, international operations on the route Sao Paulo – Miami and Sao Paulo – Madrid will also have the equipment. The aircraft will have 348 seats, of which 318 in Economy Class and 30 in Premium Business.