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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SSI and Azul Brazilian Airlines’ TudoAzul today announced a new rewards program called Pontos por Opiniões.  The program offers TudoAzul advantage members the opportunity to earn award points by participating in surveys and sharing their opinions.

With close to six million members, TudoAzul is one of Brazil’s most complete advantage programs and SSI’s first loyalty program with a Brazilian company.  TudoAzul members who enroll in the free Pontos por Opiniões program will help grow and broaden SSI’s panel membership in Brazil, and provide SSI clients more access to consumer and business travelers’ opinions.  SSI’s Brazilian panel currently has more than 700,000 members.

TudoAzul members who become new members of the Pontos por Opiniões panel will receive at least 250 award points after completing their first survey.  Award points will be directly deposited into member accounts and can be redeemed for air travel.

“TudoAzul is looking forward to seeing the results of this exciting promotion with SSI.  We’re offering this opportunity so that more customers can expand their ways to earn TudoAzul points and exchange them for domestic and international airfare,” said Alex Malfitani, director of TudoAzul.  “We are proud to offer these unique benefits to our members in partnership with SSI, a world leader in data solutions and technology for consumer and business-to-business survey research.”

SSI’s business-to-business (B2B) and business-to-consumer (B2C) audiences are part of the world’s largest and most trusted proprietary sample, which means participants are carefully recruited, verified and managed according to SSI’s high standards.  SSI reaches and engages even the most challenging targets from more than 90 countries.  In fact, 62 percent of SSI research projects are multi-cultural.

“SSI and Azul Airlines enjoy a shared vision to enhance the consumer journey through innovation and unique experiences,” said Bob Fawson, SSI chief product officer.  “Through the Pontos por Opiniões program, TudoAzul members will experience a new way to earn points and contribute their opinions to help companies improve their offerings to consumers.”

About Azul

Azul Brazilian Airlines is the airline with the greatest number of destinations served in Brazil.  The company has a fleet of 141 aircraft, more than 10,000 employees, over 775 departures per day, 100 destinations being served and one-third of all the departures in the country.  The quality of its services has been proven by many national and international awards.  In 2015, Azul was named by the Official Airline Guide (OAG) as the low-cost airline with best on-time performance in the world.  It was elected by Skytrax World Airline Awards, for the sixth time in a row, as the “Best low-cost airline in South America,” and, for the first time, as the company with the best customer service team in South America.  Azul was also named by Airline Strategy Awards as the airline with the best management in the world.  In 2014, it was recognized as the best low-cost airline company in the world by CAPA – Centre for Aviation.

About TudoAzul

TudoAzul is Azul’s award-winning loyalty program and today boasts almost 6 million members.  TudoAzul offers many advantages to Azul customers, who earn up to five points per real spent on Azul.  Any available seat on Azul can be redeemed for points, with prices starting as low as 5,000 points.  Members can obtain additional benefits by reaching one of the program’s elite categories: Topázio, Safira and Diamante.  Members can also earn points by shopping at one of TudoAzul’s many partners, by transferring points from their Brazilian-issued credit cards, or by obtaining a TudoAzul Itaucard credit card, which also offers an exclusive discount of 10 percent on any Azul ticket.

About SSI

SSI is the premier global provider of data solutions and technology for consumer and business-to-business survey research. SSI reaches participants in 90+ sample countries via internet, telephone, mobile/wireless and mixed-access offerings.  SSI staff operates from 40 offices and remote staff in 20 countries, offering sample, data collection, CATI, questionnaire design consultation, programming and hosting, online custom reporting and data processing.  SSI’s 4,000+ employees serve more than 3,000 clients worldwide.

 

Source for this article:  SHELTON, Conn./PRNewswire

NEWS PROVIDED BY: Survey Sampling International (SSI)

 

 

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United and Delta already both own pieces of Brazilian airlines, with Delta holding 16 percent of Gol and United with 5 percent of Azul. But both apparently see more opportunity in South America, which makes sense considering Latin American carriers have lagged the rest of the world in profits in recent years. There’s probably more upside in the region than elsewhere.   — Brian Sumers

 

Avianca Holdings SA is studying options including the sale of a controlling stake and is set to receive bids next week from suitors including Delta Air Lines Inc. and United Continental Holdings Inc., people familiar with the matter said. The offers, due by Nov. 9, may include about $500 million in new capital for Bogota-based Avianca, plus a purchase of common stock from current shareholders, said the people, who asked not to be named because the talks are private. Copa Holdings SA also is expected to present a bid.

 

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Avianca would consider offers for a controlling stake, the people said. Alternatively, control of the airline may end up being divided among the new bidder, the Efromovich brothers, and Kingsland Holdings Ltd., a partner in the current control group. Kingsland is controlled by the Kriete family, which combined Taca, a Central American airline, with Avianca in 2010.

Colombia’s Semana magazine had reported Oct. 29 that the Efromovich brothers wouldn’t be willing to sell control, with bidders instead set to reach a 30 percent to 40 percent stake. Avianca, with a market value of about $800 million, carried 58 percent of Colombia’s domestic passengers this year through August.

The potential Avianca deal is unfolding at the same time as the Efromovich brothers have faced challenges on another front. Their Oceanair Linhas Aereas SA, which operates as Brazilian airline Avianca Brasil, missed more than $4 million in lease payments on an Airbus Group SE A330 jetliner, according to a lawsuit filed by Wells Fargo & Co.

This article was written by Michael Sasso and Christine Jenkins from Bloomberg and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

 

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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.

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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.