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 Azul LInhas Aereas 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 controls 20% of the entire market. Azul went public in the Brazilian and US stock market in April 2017, and is getting ready for a major expansion.

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 synergies promised to investors and governments. In the meantime Azul is gaining momentum and market share.

Azul Airlines, the fastest growing carrier in latin America just announced a new flight connecting Fort Lauderdale in Florida to Recife, in the Northeast region of Brazil.

The New flight will serve a large market in the Northeastern region of Brazil, that had to travel all the way to Southeast Brazil in order to connect to Florida.

 

It creates jobs… Airlines, airport operators, airport on-site enterprises (restaurants and retail), aircraft manufacturers, and air navigation service providers employed 270,000 people in Brazil in 2014.

On top of this by buying goods and services from local suppliers, it supported another 400,000 jobs, and when these people spend their wages, it supported a further 190,000 jobs in 2014.

Foreign tourists arriving by air to Brazil, who spend their money in the local economy, are estimated to have supported an additional 280,000 jobs in 2014. …and generates wealth The industry also supported a $25.1 billion gross value added contribution to GDP in Brazil. Spending by foreign tourists supported a further $7.8 billion gross value added contribution to the country’s GDP.

This means that 1.4 percent of the country’s GDP is supported by the air transport sector and foreign tourists arriving by air. Aviation-supported jobs and gross value added were buoyed in 2014 by Brazil hosting the football World Cup.

 

 

Click here to see full report from IATA  – Benefits-of-aviation-brazil-2017

 

 

12 August 2017

From the Sun Sentinel 

South Floridians will soon have another avenue for jetting nonstop to Brazil’s magnificent Amazon jungle and rain forest.

On Friday, Brazilian airline Azul said it plans to add service from Fort Lauderdale in December to Belem, a gateway city to the Amazon River, pending government approval.

The new route between Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and Belem International Airport will operate four times a week with 174-passenger Airbus 320neo aircraft, Azul said. It will join the carrier’s nearly three-year old Fort Lauderdale-Sao Paulo/Viracopos Campinas Airport service, which launched in December 2014 as Azul’s first U.S. destination.

“The new Belem-to-Fort Lauderdale route provides more opportunities for travelers to experience the unique cultures and outdoor wonders of both regions,” Mark Gale, CEO/director of Aviation, Broward County Aviation Department, said in a statement.

Departing flights from Fort Lauderdale to Belem will operate Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, Azul said.

The colonial city of Belem in northern Brazil, is one of the country’s most populous with about 1.4 million people, and is the capital of the Para state.

Popular tourist attractions include the Amazon Biopark Zoo, Rodrigues Alves Wood–Botanic Garden, Ver-o-Peso Market and Emilio Goeldi Museum.

In May 2017, Azul carried 15,152 passengers in and out of Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood, the latest airport records show.

Azul said Friday it also plans to re-launch service between Orlando International Airport and Belo Horizonte in December using A330 wide-body planes offering four weekly flights.

“Not only have our customers been asking for these flights, but this also strengthens our strategic positioning in these important cities,” said David Neeleman, Azul’s founder and chairman, in a statement.

The low-cost carrier ceased the Belo Horizonte service a few months after it launched in November 2015 due to insufficient demand.

“The market is better now,” said Abhi Shah, Azul’s vice president of revenue, in an interview Wednesday, of the reinstatement.

Azul also serves Sao Paulo and Recife from Orlando, its second U.S. city where it began operations in mid-December 2014.

In recent years, economic challenges in Brazil kept some Brazilians from traveling overseas, but travel demand has been on the upswing this year as conditions improved.

Today, Azul’s flights from its two Florida gateways and sole U.S. destinations “are doing well,” Shah said.

Azul’s preliminary July traffic data released Wednesday show an international load factor or occupancy of 88.8 percent, and year-to-date, of 90.6 percent. That mostly included its Florida flights and some flying to Lisbon, Portugal, he said.

The Brazilian carrier also plans to increase its frequencies between Fort Lauderdale and Sao Paulo in December from 10 weekly flights to 12, Shah added.

Improving foreign exchange rates for the Brazilian Real have allowed Brazilians to travel more overseas and increase purchases, he noted.

Azul’s partnership with JetBlue Airways also is an important factor in its U.S. growth offering “good connectivity” through Fort Lauderdale and Orlando to other key U.S. destinations, Shah said.

Outbound U.S. travelers departing the two Florida gateways can also tap into Azul’s vast domestic network of 96 Brazilian cities.

Industry analyst Seth Kaplan of trade publication Airline Weekly said air travel between Brazil and South Florida has improved substantially due to the better Brazilian economy and fewer airline seats in the market.

“Airlines have taken so many seats out of the market, that between the reduction in supply, and now an increase in demand related to the modest economic recovery, Brazilian markets are doing considerably better than was the case a year ago,” he said.

Belem — a growing domestic market for Azul — is seen as a much-needed and easier exit point for northern Brazilians to travel to the U.S., Shah noted.

From South Florida, Belem is also served with two weekly flights from Miami on Latam, Kaplan noted.

Belem, which is closer to the U.S. than Sao Paulo, makes its cheaper to operate and is a “lower-risk” service, he added. “Azul clearly feels optimistic enough about the situation to add this new service.”

Brazil’s Azul and China’s Beijing Capital signed a codeshare for Campinas-Beijing route

The agreement will allow passengers of both airlines to use the Brazil-China-Brazil route as soon as the Chinese  airline starts its planned service to Lisbon, Portugal.

Azul Linhas Aéreas flies daily to Lisbon from the airport of Campinas, in the state of São Paulo, which allows the connection to Beijing on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.

Both airlines Azul Linhas Aéreas and Beijing Capital Airlines have Chinese group HNA as a shareholder, and both operate those routes using the same airplane, Airbus 330, and

Beijing Capital Airlines’ flights between Beijing and Lisbon are due to start on 26 July.

 

Baggage in national flights started being charged June 1st for the first time in Brazil.
Released by Justice for more than a month, the airline Azul will be the first to start charging for
checked baggage on domestic flights. On domestic flights, the company created a new tariff class, called Azul.
Passengers who purchase the ticket in the new fare will not be entitled to carry luggage, only the hand bag of up to 10 kg.
If they decide to check in a suitcase of up to 23 kg, the additional amount charged will be $ 30.
In addition to the charge, the company also announced the reduction of the weight limit of the bags on flights to the United States and Europe.
Passengers who purchase tickets from now on will be able to carry two suitcases weighing up to 23 kg.
Under the old rules of Anac (National Agency of Civil Aviation), companies were obliged to accept two suitcases of up to 32 kg per passenger.
On international flights from Azul to destinations in South America, the checked baggage allowance remains in only one 23 kg bag.
In this case, however, there will be no additional charge.
In case of overweight on domestic flights, Azul will maintain the current policy of charging more per kilo.
The value changes according to the route.
In a flight between the airports of Congonhas, in São Paulo, and Santos Dumont, in Rio de Janeiro, the value is R$ 23 per kilo.
On flights to the United States, the amount charged for excess weight or extra volume will be reduced from R$150 to R$100.
In trips to Europe, the rate drops from €150 (R$ 544) to €100 (R$ 362).
For South America, excess baggage costs R$50 (€50 for flights to Cayenne, French Guiana).
Latam also reduced the luggage weight limit on international flights, also allowing only two bags of up to 23 kg each.
On flights to the United States and Europe, the excess charge varies according to the weight of the bag.
Between 24 kg and 33 kg, the value is US$ 100 (R$ 322). Between 34 kg and 45 kg, the fee charged is US$ 200 (R$ 644).

With the implementation of the measure, Azul will be the first national airline to charge for checked-in baggage.
On the eve of the start of the new rules, however, a federal court injunction prohibited collection.
Anac appealed the judicial decision and was able to release the charge again at the end of April.
After Azul, Gol will be the next to start charging for domestic flights, starting June 20.
During the release of the new measures, Azul addresses the issue not as an additional charge,
but as a discount for passengers who agree to travel without the baggage dispatch.

The problem is that ticket prices vary constantly according to the demand and date of the flights.
With this, it is not possible for the consumer to be sure if there was the discount or not.
A ticket that had the current cost of $500, for example, should be for $470 for those who did not check baggage (a discount of $30).
However, nothing would prevent companies from charging $530 with baggage and $500 with no baggage.
For the user, it would look like a discount, but in fact, there would be no discount, just an extra.