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.

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Brazilian airline Azul begins on May 4 operations for Europe, with non-stop flights departing from Viracopos International Airport in Campinas (SP), to Lisbon.

The route will have three weekly flights, reaching six in the high season. In the Portuguese capital, TAP will be responsible for connections to 35 countries after codeshare agreement (codeshare) signed in October.

Azul sent to Brazilian and Portuguese airport authorities the application for authorization for the operation. The last non-stop service from a national company to the European country was operated for ten years.

Blue international routes include flights between Sao Paulo and Fort Lauderdale / Miami, since December 2014; and Belém (PA) to Cayenne (French Guiana), since August 2015.

The company operates more than 900 daily flights to about 100 destinations. With a fleet of 140 aircraft and more than 10,000 employees, the company is responsible for one third of total landings in the country.


Avianca Brazil and Ethiopian Airlines have signed a codeshare agreement, allowing Avianca to put its code on Ethiopian flights to Addis Ababa, capital of Ethiopia.

In a statement, Avianca points out that the agreement with Ethiopian Airlines in the future may allow access to other markets such as destinations in China and elsewhere in Asia. On the other hand, the African company will include its code in the Avianca flights to selected cities.

“This agreement is part of our strategy to increasingly integrate Avianca Brazil to the world, with the aim of expanding the benefits to our customers, who can travel to international destinations with reliable partners, and accumulate points on loyalty program Friend “said in a statement the president of Avianca Brazil, Jose Efromovich.

Avianca also said that the two companies will announce details on all the routes involved and the implementation date of the agreement after the completion of formalities in regards to the codeshare.

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Latam Airlines Group has just announced the agreement with American Airlines and the International Airlines Group (IAG), the companies British Airways and Iberia, to strengthen the relationship between the companies. According to the CEO of Latam Group, Enrique Cueto, this is excellent news for Latin America, as it will improve the company’s customer connectivity to North America and Europe.

On a gradual implementation, significant benefits will be delivered to customers of Latam Group and its subsidiaries. Access to a network of over 420 destinations (Europe, USA, Canada and South America), best connection times, increased supply of seats, great potential for development of new routes and more direct flights to new destinations or already operated by Latam Group are some examples. It is noteworthy that all new services and options will also be available for members frequent flyer programs LANPASS and TAM Fidelidade.

“This step is necessary to ensure greater network connections to all Latin Americans and increases the possibility in the future to incorporate new routes and open more direct flights to new destinations or destinations already operated by Latam Group and its subsidiaries” explains Cueto.

For the CEO of American Airlines, Doug Parker, when major airlines work together, customers gain more options to choose when and how they wish to travel. “Passengers will benefit from more frequent flights and convenient options than either company could offer individually. Guests traveling to Latin America will soon have access to over 100 additional destinations with Latam, beyond the current network in America, which is already extensive, “he added.

The two agreements with members of the Oneworld will allow LATAM Group and its subsidiaries to increase its network to more than 420 destinations by managing a routes network between South America, the United States and Canada with the American Airlines and a network of routes between South America and Europe with IAG. The countries of South America that are part of the trade agreement between Latam and American Airlines are Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay. As for the agreement between Latam and IAG, the countries of South America considered are Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay.

“We already have a close relationship with Latam Group as members of Oneworld, and look forward to further expanding our relationship. This agreement will benefit customers by offering them easier travel to more destinations with better aligned schedules and more frequencies options. This will boost both tourism trips as well as business between South America and Europe, “said CEO of IAG Group, Willie Walsh.

According to a statement from the Latam Group, these agreements will strengthen the hub project in northeastern Brazil, for its strategic geographical position, offering great opportunities for those associations with American Airlines and IAG.

Both agreements are subject to approvals from the competent regulatory authorities in different countries. After its implementation, each airline will continue to operate their businesses independently and will keep track of each of its flights. These agreements do not involve changes in ownership or management of the airlines involved.


Embraer informed it had delivered a total of 221 aircrafts in 2015, the largest volume of the last five years, according to the company’s own calculations. Of that number, 101 jets were delivered to the airline market and the remaining 120 were allocated to business aviation. According to a statement delivered to the Brazilian Securities Commission (CVM), the company delivered 78 jets in the fourth quarter 2015, 33 in the commercial segment and 45 in the executive. The company claims to have fulfilled delivery estimates disclosed to the market with one extra aircraft than the estimated in the commercial aviation segment.

At the end of December 2015, the portfolio of firm orders totaled US$ 22.5 billion.  Embraer informs that were recorded 1,704 firm orders and 659 options in 2015. Deliveries totaled 1,191 aircrafts and firm order amount comes to 513 units.

According to Embraer, the highlights of the quarter were the signature of a firm order for 19 additional jets E175 by SkyWest, to be operated through a capacity purchase agreement with Delta Air Lines, and the confirmation of two options for additional E175 jets to KLM.



TAM Airlines will increase the number of flights from 3 to 4 from Sao Paulo to Barcelona during the summer 2016. The introduction of the 4th call will be made from April 4 to leave Brazil on Monday and return from Catalonia on Tuesday.

The operations will be carried out on the Boeing 767 with the flight code JJ8114 between São Paulo-Guarulhos (GRU) and Barcelona (BCN) on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays and the JJ8115 flight in opposite direction on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays, at the following times:

Departing from Sao Paulo (GRU) at 11:55PM arriving Barcelona at 3:53PM (nest day). On the way back, departing Barcelona (BCN) at 9:55PM, arriving Sao Paulo (GRU) at 4:30AM (nest day).