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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Azul Airlines began on October 9, to sell tickets to Orlando and Fort Lauderdale in the United States, from the Viracopos airport in Campinas. The company launches its international operation with a promotional price of RS$1,500 (USD650.00) for a round trip ticket. The value is less than most airlines flights to the destinations in December when Azul started the international operations.

The first Azul’s flight started on 1 December to Fort Lauderdale, about 40 miles from Miami, Florida. The routes to Orlando began on Dec 15th.  Azul will have a daily flight to each destination and add extra flights during January and February, the high season in the tourism market. In mid-2015, the company plans to start flying to New York. The founder of Azul, David Neeleman, said the company’s proposal is to offer affordable prices for flights to the United States. “Let’s pull the market price down. I think the competition will lower the price to the same level as ours,” he said.

On international flights, Azul will use seven Airbus A330 aircraft, with about 270 seats. The company has received two of them and will receive another three during the month December. According to Neeleman, the company can use the plane for some domestic flights in the interval of an international flight and another.

Today, Azul’s domestic flights are operated by Embraer jets with up to 120 seats, and ATR turboprops with 70 seats. Jet Blue’s Airbuses are pre owned and will be renovated. As of February 2015, two aircrafts of the company stop for a month to go through renovations, which will cost $ 6 million per plane. “We will take all the seats out and put everything new,” said Neeleman.

In the new configuration, the Azul’s Airbuses will have 20 seats in business class and offer a setting called “Sky couch” in the central rows of economy class. The “Sky couch” – sofa in the sky – , has the option to raise the footrest of the four middle row of seats and turn them into a kind of sofa, allowing passengers to travel lying on the seat. “A couple and two children can travel all lying. I think this is even better than first class” compared Neeleman.

From 2017, the company will start receiving the five A350-900 aircraft with approximately 330 seats, which were commissioned this year and will be used to expand the international operations of the company. Besides Azul, Gol Arlines and American Airlines also fly from Viracopos to Miami.

From Bloomberg News

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Azul SA, Brazil ’s third-largest airline, may become No. 1 as it moves away from its regional origins with a $6.5 billion order for bigger planes funded in part with proceeds from an initial share sale.

With leases and purchases for 63 Airbus Group NV (AIR) A320neo jets, Azul is poised to operate its largest planes ever on domestic routes. Including its fleet of ATR turboprops, Embraer SA regional jets and Airbus wide-bodies, Azul could offer about 3,000 more seats than the country’s dominant airlines, Gol Linhas Aereas Inteligentes SA and Latam Airlines Group SA’s Tam unit, based on the carriers’ current fleets.

“We are going to grow the cake, not steal from our competitors,” Antonoaldo Neves, Azul’s president, said in an interview last month. “There’s no reason the market can’t double.”

Azul, the discount carrier founded by David Neeleman , filed to sell shares to the public in the U.S. and Brazil yesterday, saying it planned to use the funds for fleet expansion and to add service to high-demand locations in the U.S. and on long-haul domestic routes.

Brazil’s airline association has said domestic demand is expected  to rise to about 200 million passengers by 2020 from about 100 million currently.

Azul, which began in 2008 by flying to small, underserved cities in Brazil, has maintained its market share at about 17 percent since it bought Trip Linhas Aereas SA two years ago. It has the largest network in the country, serving 103 destinations, the company said in its filing.

The carrier is set to receive its new Airbus planes through 2023, just as Gol takes on about 100 new Boeing Co. 737 Max jets during the same period.

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“It’s not hard to imagine that their logic could be similar to ours,” said Gol Chief Executive Officer Paulo Kakinoff at an investors conference yesterday. “Our flow of the receipt of airplanes is identical.”

Tam didn’t respond to an e-mail request for comment.

Azul’s share sale comes during a period with few Brazilian offerings. The equity issuance market stagnated this year as the economy slipped into a technical recession in the first half of the year.

Azul, which means “blue” in Portuguese, has been considering an IPO since at least May 2013, only to have previous attempts scuttled by market selloffs. It last canceled plans to go public in March as the benchmark Ibovespa plummeted to an almost five-year low.

A bill to subsidize regional routes expired in Congress last week without a vote. If it had passed, it would have prompted Azul to buy new Embraer jets starting next year to serve about 15 new destinations annually. Without such a subsidy, Azul will fly bigger planes to compete with its rivals in larger cities, Neves said. The legislation is slated to be reintroduced in January.

Azul also has a letter of intent to buy 30 E2 E-Jets from Embraer, which it should sign by the end of the year, Embraer said in an e-mail on Oct. 9.

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Azul Airlines inaugural flights from Campinas Sao Paulo, Brazil has touched down in Fort Lauderdale and the celebration is on.

The airline’s founder David Neeleman and Azul’s team will be in Ft Lauderdale today for the series of events in conjunction with the Broward County Aviation Department and the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Azul will also start service to Orlando in mid December, and to New York sometime in 2015.

The fastest growing airline in Latin America, Azul has recently placed an order for about 50 new generation Airbus planes and has also filled for its IPO in Brazil and the US.

If the current expansion remains, Azul shall become Brazil’s largest carrier in the next few years. There has also been speculations that Azul might acquire Portuguese carrier TAP, which would significantly increase Azul’s international routs to Europe.

 

 

The National Civil Aviation Agency ( ANAC ) announced on the afternoon of Thursday, January 16 , that authorized 1.973 applications for new flights to meet the fans demands during the World Cup . The special air network will be in place between June 6 and July 20. In addition, about 78.000 changes in flight schedules were approved. The number corresponds to 42% of the current loop.

The route Brasilia – Guarulhos (Sao Paulo international airport) was one of the most requested and gained 288 new flights in that period. According to the President of ANAC, Marcelo Guaranys, airlines can start selling tickets for these new flights as early as this Friday (1/17).

ANAC analyzed the capacity of airports and obtained help from the airlines companies to make changes. According Guaranys, passenger volumes should be similar to that recorded in periods like Christmas and New Year’s. “We guarantee that flights are being approved within the capacity of airports,” he said .

Moreove , Anac promises to keep an eye on fares to Cup destinations. Every 15 days, the agency will verify the values ​​and, in case of abuse, notify the airline. “We will follow up with the price of tickets and Consumer Protection agencies can act in case of  abuse recovery,” said Guaranys .

In 20 years, 1.325 aircraft will be required to meet the traffic demand in Brazil, according to the Global Market Forecast 2013-2032 Airbus, presented this morning in Sao Paulo. Today, the country is served by 480 aircraft, 369 of them in a hallway and 111 models with two aisles. In Latin America, the second region of the planet in air traffic growth over the next two decades, according to projections from Airbus,the demand for aircraft will be 2300 aircraft, worth U.S. $ 292 billion. “Latin America has an average fleet age 42% below the world average.  In Brazil, where the fleet has an average age of seven years, the rate is 45 % lower than the global average, “said vice president of Airbus in Latin America, Rafael Alonso.

According to the study, the demand for aircraft over the next 20 years will reach 29.230 aircraft, worth $ 4.4 trillion. “Air traffic will double in the next 15 years, as has doubled in the last 15. And we see no reason to let that happen in the future, “said Alonso. He also welcomed the participation of the Airbus market in the region, today at 50%-and are projected to reach 54% next year, before the analysis of orders and deliveries. In 2000, according to VP of Airbus, the company’s market share in Latin America was 12%.

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The VP of Airbus in Latin America said that Sao Paulo is one of the few megacities aviation without very large aircraft (VLA, the acronym in English) service. “We know there are at least four airlines interested in flying with the A- 380 to Sao Paulo. Air France, British Airways, Lufthansa and Emirates have expressed this desire, “he said. “ It is up to the Brazilian authorities to make the adjustments so that such equipment can be used on flights to here,” he added .