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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The Company foresees seats offer 1.6% lower compared to the 2nd half of 2014.

Gol airline is registering an increase in the yield indicator (which measures fares in the third quarter) after the metric hit the “valley” in the previous three months, said on Monday (27) Chief Financial Officer for the company, Edmar Lopes.

Nevertheless, Gol is seeing a significant lower activity in regards to the corporate businesses and is reducing the number of seats as a whole in the domestic market in the second half by 1.6%.

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Avianca Brazil officially joined the Star Alliance, the largest group of airlines in the world. From now on, the Brazilian company’s flights have agreements with other 28 airlines, which together cover 1.330 airports in 190 countries. It is possible to make connecting domestic flights of Avianca for international flights from 12 airlines: Air Canada, Air China, Avianca (Colombia), Copa, Ethiopian, Lufthansa, Singapore, South African, Swiss, TAP, Turkish and United, which are the companies flying to Brazil.

Another important novelty is that as of today clients from the program Amigo can issue tickets to all 28 member carriers flying and accumulate points in each of them. The opposite is also true: the flights of Avianca can now render miles in several different programs and one can also issue domestic tickets.

To celebrate the date, the company held an event at the Air Base of Sao Paulo, next to Guarulhos airport, which brought together presidents and representatives of all the participating Star Alliance member carriers. Also, it was unveiled a new Airbus A320-branded global alliance.

“We are proud to now be part of the largest airline alliance in the world. It took us two years of dedication to this challenge. We changed our technology platform, trained professionals and improved internal processes to ensure the best services to our customers. We are thrilled to put Brazil back on the map of Star Alliance”, said the president of Avianca Brazil, Jose Efromovich.


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TAM Airlines will reduce its domestic operations by up to 10% and can cut up to 2% of its workforce. The announcement was made by the company on Monday (20), explaining that the measure is due to “a challenging economic environment in the country.”

The cut in operations will be gradual, according to the company. Thus, the supply in the domestic market should fall between 2% and 4%. According to a statement sent to the Brazilian Securities Commission (CVM), however, TAM will not fail to operate in any of the current destinations. All destinations will be maintained.

The company says the job cuts will not reach the crew, given “the medium-term growth plans,” and promises to support laid-off with outplacement.

Abear, business association in the airline industry, said in April that companies should have lower profits in 2015 if the current downward trend in prices continues.

According to the entity, the slow economic activity caused the corporate demand (purchases made by companies or business) fell “brutally” from the normal proportion of 70% to 50% at this moment, getting even smaller in some flights.

In the first quarter of this year, Latam – consolidated company that includes TAM and LAN – posted a net loss of $ 40 million.

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The suspense is over. Gol announced in Confins Maintenance Center, Minas Gerais, its new visual identity. The brand comes with the arrival of the 100th Boeing acquired by the carrier.

With robust and more modern look, the novelty was presented by the president of the air company, Paul Kakinoff. “Our logo brings the feeling of unity, the bond to unite people, destinations and stories,” he said, referring to the company’s name.

The 100th Gol Boeing, a 737-800, came straight from Seattle (United States) to Confins without any paint on its fuselage. Once in Brazil, the aircraft received new paint, which includes the new logo. Another novelty presented was the inclusion of Brazil Brand, developed by Embratur. “We are a Brazilian company,” said Kakinoff.

NEW SEATS

The president of Gol also revealed that from 2016 all the company’s aircraft will have new seats made from ecological leather, which receive the traditional orange and gray colors. He also reinforced the Wi-Fi system on board, which will start from next year, in addition to distributing organic snacks, which will start to be made at the end of July.

According to Kakinoff, Gol has an average of ten orders for Boeing aircraft s per year until 2023.

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GOL will receive investments of US $ 146 million of its parent company, the fund FIP Volluto, and Delta Air Lines. Some details of the transaction were disclosed by the company in a conference call: Delta will invest $ 56 million and will increase its stake in Brazilian company from the current 3% to 9%. The fund Volluto will invest US$ 90 million, corresponding to 61% new shares.

The US Company will also guarantee a loan of $300 million from third parties and will have actions of Smiles program, which belongs to GOL Airlines. Many details of the operation, however, will still be defined.