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.



Through an aircraft lease with AerCap Amsterdam LATAM Airlines received the first 787-9 Dreamliner to its fleet. With Boeing it was conducted delivery of another 787, which counts a total of 11 in the entire fleet, noting that LAN Chile already has in its fleet the 787-8.

The first flight is scheduled for March, and according to Boeing, LATAM Airlines is the first company in Latin America to operate both models 787 at the same time. Latam is scheduled to have 32 Boeing 787, including in this total 10 787- 9.

The 787-9 complements and extends the family 787. With the extended fuselage in six meters in relation to 787-8, the 787-9 will carry up to 40 passengers and fly over 450 nautical miles (830 kilometers) more with the same performance, 20% exceptional environmental less fuel consumption and 20% less emissions than the aircraft it replaces. Remember that the 787 has applications in 1070, with more than 200 of them are already flying.

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Gol revealed just a few of the last quarter results and, consequently, all of 2014. One of the highlights was the 25.7% increase in demand for international flights operated by the company, which had an average occupancy of 71%, 8.3 pp growth.

Domestic flights demand has increased by 8%, the capacity reduced by 1.7% and the load factor hit 78%, 7 pp higher compared to 2013. In total, 40 million passengers were transported in 2014, an increase of 9.5%.

The prask increased 11.3%, hitting R$18.2, the yield reached R$23.7 (+ 1.1%) and the rask rose 12.2% to R$20.3.


Avianca Holdings signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Airbus for the acquisition of 100 aircraft 320neo. According to the airline, the category is the base of fleet renewal strategy.

“After a thorough technical evaluation, we chose the A320neo for excellent fuel efficiency, comfort and security,” said the CEO of Avianca, Fabio Villegas Ramirez. “These qualities are essential for our growth prospects in the future and are key elements for the modernization strategy of our fleet.”

Airbus also celebrates the agreement made with Avianca. “We feel privileged to work with Avianca in this important agreement,” said Airbus CEO Customers, John Leahy. “We are proud of the trust Avianca placed in the  A320neo, its unbeatable productivity and efficiency in fuel management”.

In addition to Avianca, six other companies have agreed to receive A320neo in Latin America. They are: Blue Lan, Tam, Interjet, Viva Aerobus and Volaris. According to Airbus, 245 applications are in line for these airlines and more than 850 have been delivered worldwide.

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Gol Linhas Aereas just signed a Codeshare with COPA Airlines, an agreement to share flights. The partnership is pending approval of ANAC – National Civil Aviation Agency and CADE – Administrative Council for Economic Defense.

The scope of the partnership includes sharing on all flights between Copa Airline’s Hub of the Americas in Panama City and Brazil, in addition to flights leaving from Panama to more than 54 cities operated by Gol in Brazil. “This partnership with Copa Airlines complements our business in international markets and generates more benefits to our customers,” explains Cyrus Camargo, the airline Alliances Manager.

Companies also have concluded “FFP” agreement – Frequent Flyer Program, which will provide members of GOL’s loyalty program Smiles, the ability to earn and redeem miles on all eligible flights operated by COPA.

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Gol Airlines started an agreement to share flights (codeshare) with Korean Air, the largest airline company in South Korea and one of the largest airlines in Asia. The partnership is pending approval from the National Civil Aviation Agency (ANAC) and the Administrative Council for Economic Defense (CADE). “This is our tenth Codeshare agreement and our first with a Far Eastern company. Surely this partnership, when approved, will provide even more ease and convenience to passengers who need to fly several segments in destinations served by GOL, especially in Brazil, “said Cyrus Camargo, Gol Airline’s Alliances Manager.

With this partnership, Korean Air will have available flights operated by GOL, offering customers a wide variety of connections to destinations in Brazil and the Americas. The Korean company currently has partnerships with 29 airlines to 188 destinations around the world. Gol and Korean Air also entered Frequent Flyer Program agreement (“FFP”), which will provide members of its loyalty programs, Smiles Gol and the Skypass of Korean the ability to earn and redeem miles on all eligible flights operated by both airlines.