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.

hnagrup241115The announcement that the Chinese HNA Group is investing US$450 million in Azul Airlines immediately becomes the largest single shareholder of the Brazilian company, entitled to sit on the board. Created on May 2, 1993, the HNA Group has assets valued at US$80 billion and is the 99th largest company in China, entering the Top Fortune 500 for the first time with operating revenues of US$26 billion (464º place in ranking).

Its fleet in early 2015 counted with 630 aircraft flying to more than 210 cities in China and abroad. The group annually carries 68 million passengers and operates, via its aviation division, companies like Hainan Airlines, Tianjin Airlines, Deer Jet, Lucky Air, Capital Airlines, West Air, Fuzhou Airlines, Urumqi Air, Yangtze River Express, My Position, Africa World Airlines and Aigle Azur, among others.

The group also has the HNA Capital divisions (in finance and insurance), HNA Tourism (with 89 travel agencies, a luxury cruise company, Henna, the Transforex, foreign exchange, among other businesses), HNA Hospitality Group (with 440 hotels in China and abroad, the main brand Tangla Hotels and Resorts), HNA Airport Group (which manages eight airports, with flow of almost 40 million passengers), HNA Real Estate (real estate sector, operations in more than 40 cities), HNA Retailing (with department stores such as Xian Minsung , Supermarkets Joindoor and Shanghai Jiadeli and over 330 business), and HNA Logistics.

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The Chinese Group HNA signs agreement to become a shareholder of Azul Linhas Aéreas Brasileiras through investment of 1.7 billion reais a share of 23.7 percent of the airline’s economic value, obtaining the right to sit on the Board of directors.

The investment brings Azul Corporate ratings by more than 7 billion Reais and, according to Azul, makes it the most valuable airline in the Brazilian market.

“This investment will bring significant benefits to Azul in various aspects such as: strengthening of the cash flow; continued fleet renewal plan, improvement of products and services to our customers, in addition to debt repayment,” the company said in a statement on Tuesday.

According to the founder of Azul, David Neeleman, the investment may cause the Brazilian airline to enter the Asian market through interline agreements and codeshare.

The HNA Group is a conglomerate that operates in the aviation sector, industry, tourism, logistics and finance, with a significant presence in the aircraft financing.

The agreement with the Chinese group occurs after the US United Airlines, the group United Continental, announced in June this year to purchase 5 percent of Azul for $100 million, and after a consortium led by Neeleman win the race to purchase 61 percent of the former Portuguese TAP, which should help the Brazilian airline to gain capillarity.

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Azul Linhas Areas inaugurated on Monday, November 16, a new international route connecting the cities of Belo Horizonte (MG) and Orlando (United States). In a statement, the company informs that the flight will be operated three times a week until November 30, with the number of weekly flights going up to five between first and December 13.

From December 14 to February 14, the flight will become daily and, as of February 15, the route will have up to four calls per week. With the new route, Azul becomes the only airline to offer nonstop flights to Orlando from the capital of Minas Gerais.

“We are proud to debut today an unprecedented route in the country. Florida, especially Orlando and its many parks, it is always a good choice for Brazilian tourists, representing a significant demand to the American state,” said, in a statement, the president of Azul, Antonoaldo Neves. “We expect to reap good results with this operation, which will apply to all Minas Gerais state and dozens of other cities in the whole Brazil, marking the company’s breakthrough in the international market.”

Azul highlights that will have two daily flights to Orlando and Fort Lauderdale/ Miami between December and February departing from the Viracopos International Airport in Campinas.


Along with the financial statement for the third quarter of the year, Gol also announced strategic adjustments in their domestic and international route network. The highlight is the company’s operations to Miami and Orlando in the United States, which will be operated seasonally from February 19. Scheduled flights to Punta Cana, departing from Guarulhos, remain operating normally.
The company also said it still follows studying the feasibility of continuing its operations to Caracas, Venezuela. At this time, the flights are maintained and their frequency reduced to once a week. However, the airline is also considering new destinations in Latin America, among them, Havana, Cuba.

“These adjustments are aimed at improving the use of company resources in the most sought routes. A standardized fleet of Boeing 737 aircraft allows Gol work its network flexibly and dynamically allocating its aircraft in different parts operated by the company, whether short or long distance, and according to the need of the company, “the company said in a statement.

Domestically, the company will have direct flights from Santos Dumont Airport, in Rio de Janeiro to Navegantes and Florianopolis in southern Brazil. More cities will also be linked to Porto Seguro with direct flights departing from Belo Horizonte, Rio de Janeiro and Brasilia. From Campinas, the company will have operations to Natal, Fortaleza, Salvador, Recife and Maceio.

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Azul Airlines and United Airlines announced the expansion of their cooperation through the implementation of a codeshare agreement. The codeshare agreement offers customers flying on both companies a unified service of reservations and ticketing, including boarding pass and baggage check until the final destination. Loyalty programs of both companies were also included in the expansion. This is the first international codeshare agreement of the Azul.

Azul put its code AD on United flights for eight US cities, offering convenient departures from various cities in Brazil to Chicago, New York, Houston, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Boston, Washington and Las Vegas.

Connections to other cities in the United States are also available from Fort Lauderdale / Miami and Orlando. United put its UA code in Azul flights to six destinations in Brazil beyond São Paulo International Airport in Guarulhos, offering convenient connections to Goiania, Belo Horizonte (Confins), Curitiba, Porto Alegre, Rio de Janeiro (Santos Dumont) and Brasilia.

Loyalty programs:  TudoAzul members can earn and redeem miles on United’s MileagePlus program, in buying tickets through Azul’s sales channels. MileagePlus members can now earn and redeem TudoAzul points since last year.

In June 2015, Azul and United announced a strategic long-term partnership in which United acquired approximately 5 percent Azul’s stake for $100 million. In August, Azul and United announced an interline agreement, providing together six thousand daily flights to over 350 destinations around the world.