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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After a short postponement of what had been foreseen, Azul received the approval of the Brazilian and Argentinean airport authorities, and will begin, on March 6, operations in Buenos Aires. The new route, which will have daily flights and nonstop, will depart from Confins, in Belo Horizonte, to the airport of Ezeiza, in the Argentine capital.

“Buenos Aires is one of the most sought-after destinations among Brazilians, and with our wide air network in Belo Horizonte, we will capillarize this operation in a way never seen before,” said company president Antonoaldo Neves. According to him, Azul works in strengthening the international network and will offer the best experiences to its clients.

The flights will be operated with the Embraer 195 jets, which have a capacity for up to 118 passengers. The daily departures of Belo Horizonte will occur at 12:15 p.m., with arrival in Buenos Aires scheduled for 3:45 p.m. The return happens at 4:25 pm, with an estimated landing at 8:05 pm in the capital of Minas Gerais.

With the endorsement of the operation, Buenos Aires will be Azul’s seventh international base – the rest are Fort Lauderdale / Miami, Orlando, Lisbon, Montevideo and Cayenne. Flights to Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia, have already been requested, also scheduled to begin in March this year.

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After launching its first A320neo in November 2016, Avianca Brasil has just started operations on its second model, the most advanced in the category. The company arrives, with the new jet, to a total of 44 units, all of the manufacturer Airbus.
The news helps the company maintain the brand of the youngest middle-aged aircraft among the Latin American operators, following on to the permanent renewal plan of the fleet, says Frederico Pedreira, president of Avianca Brasil. “Our goal is to use it as a flagship in the next few years to continue offering the best product in Brazilian commercial aviation,” he added, predicting that other model aircraft will be received throughout 2017.

The A320neo features advanced technologies such as the LEAP-1A CFM International engine, which produces on average 50% less noise and saves 15% of fuel. Equipped with the Space Flex cab, the aircraft is configured with 165 seats.

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On December 16, LATAM Airlines Peru operated its first direct flight between Lima, Peru and Barcelona, in a Boeing 767 aircraft with a capacity of 232 passengers. It departed from Jorge Chavez International Airport in Lima, and landed at El Prat airport in Barcelona at 02:05pm (local time). The operation between the two cities happens three times a week.

The Lima-Barcelona route will complement the non-stop daily flights of the LATAM Airlines Group and its subsidiaries between Sao Paulo/Guarulhos and Barcelona. In addition to these routes, the company also offers flights from Lima, Sao Paulo, Santiago and Guayaquil (Ecuador) to Madrid, where passengers can connect to Barcelona through Oneworld partner companies. As an option, the LATAM Group also operates direct flights to four other European cities from Latin America: London, Paris, Frankfurt and Milan.

LATAM estimates that more than 63.500 passengers will fly annually for the new Lima-Barcelona service. The flight will be operated by Boeing 767-3 airplanes with 216 economy class seats and 16 executive class seats, offering 180 degree reclining seats. The seats in all classes feature in-flight entertainment systems with individual touch screen, offering a wide selection of movies, TV series, music and games. Premium Business passengers will be able to enjoy priority airport services, large lie-flat seats and a menu of newly designed wines that showcase Latin American products.


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Azul Linhas Aéreas now completes eight years of history, and since the inaugural flight São Paulo-Salvador, the airline has carried more than 150 million passengers, in a number of more than 1.5 million takeoffs, between national and international flights.

To celebrate the date, the company held this morning, at Viracopos International Airport, in Campinas – Azul’s largest operations hub -, a party with crew and customers.

“We are closing a special year for the company, despite the country’s economic scenario. Contrary to many expectations, we have expanded our international presence, and with the arrival of the A320neo, we have consolidated a diversified fleet that serves all types of airports and demands and allows us to operate in unique markets. We expect a 2017 of many achievements in this sense, with news already announced. We want to express our sincere thanks to each of our more than ten thousand crew members, who work daily to build a better and better company, towards the goal of being the best airline in the world “, celebrates the president of Azul, Antonoaldo Neves.

Check below the achievements that are part of the aerial trajectory:

The debut of flights to Lisbon with the A330 jets (which also operate frequencies for the United States) and the beginning of the offer of flights with the aircraft A320neo. Today, Azul operates in more than 100 cities, with a fleet that also includes Embraer 190, Embraer 195 and ATR 72-600.

As a result of the work of its crew, Azul was recognized as the most punctual low cost airline in the world in 2015 by the Official Airline Guide (OAG). For the sixth time in a row, Azul was awarded by Skytrax as the best low cost airline in South America and, for the first time, as the best customer service team in the same region. The company also won the title of airline with the best management in the world by the Airline Strategy Awards.

In addition to the launch of flights in Lisbon, which guarantee arrival to several other European destinations through codeshare, Azul has already announced operations for Buenos Aires (Argentina) and Santa Cruz de la Sierra (Bolivia), which will have nonstop connections from Belo Horizonte and Cuiabá, respectively.

Azul Cargo’s main highlight this year was the expansion of its operations, with new stores and partnerships that expand the capillarity of the shares of the cargo unit. Furthermore, the arrival of the A320neo jets will increase the cargo carrying capacity in the aircraft hold.

Azul Viagens, in turn, registered an increase in the number of hotels available, reaching almost every region in the world, in addition to entering the cruise market and opening 12 new stores.

For the next few months, Azul will increase the seating offer, with 3,500 extra high season summer flights, which will involve all regions of Brazil and overseas. The largest operation will be concentrated in the airports of São Paulo (Viracopos) and Belo Horizonte, where the company has its two main distribution centers

The presence of the A320neo, which started operations on December 1, will also gain strength in the air network, with new flights by the end of February next year for all regions of Brazil. Two units have already been inserted in the route, and by the end of the year there will be four. In all, Azul has ordered 63 units, which will be gradually incorporated into the fleet until 2023.

Dec 13 Gol Línhas Aéreas Inteligentes SA agreed to sign a leniency accord with federal prosecutors after an internal probe found the Brazilian airline wired money to firms under investigation in a sweeping corruption scandal.

In a Tuesday securities filing, Gol did not specify whether the payments were illegal although it said it agreed to pay 12 million reais ($3.6 million) in fines and penalties under terms of the agreement.

The settlement follows inquiries by tax authorities into payments for online advertising made to companies with ties to Eduardo Cunha, the former head of the lower house of Congress, who was arrested in October on bribery charges.

At the time, prosecutors said payments to those companies from holdings by the Constantino family, which founded Gol, did not appear to correspond with services of comparable value.

Henrique Constantino, one of four brothers who built the airline into Brazil’s second biggest after LATAM Airlines Group SA left the board in August after he was targeted in the graft investigation shaking the country’s establishment.

Prosecutors will present terms of the Gol accord to other government agencies concerned with the matter, according to the filing.

(Reporting by Guillermo Parra-Bernal and Gabriela Mello; Additional reporting by Brad Haynes; Editing by Jeffrey Benkoe) – Reuters.comGOLlinhasaereas