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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From 4 to 8 September, GOL Linhas Aéreas will provide 84 extra flights to meet the increased demand during the Independence Day holiday, celebrated on September 7. The main highlight is the route between Brasilia, the Federal District, and Aracaju, in Sergipe, created exclusively for the period.
In total, the company will offer more than ten thousand additional seating for 17 cities with much of the Departures  from Sao Paulo (Guarulhos and Viracopos Airport), Rio de Janeiro (RIO Galeão), Confins (Minas Gerais) and Porto Alegre (Rio Grande do Sul), to the main capitals of the Northeast, such as Salvador (BA), Maceió (AL), Recife (PE) and Natal (RN).

“The addition of operations during the holiday weekend fulfills the company’s mission to unite people and reduce distances and better serve our customers traveling to rest on tourist sites,” said Eduardo Wakami, GOL’s executive manager of Planning.

Travel will be held on Boeing 737-700 and 737-800 aircrafts, with the largest number of seats with the “A” rating for comfort by ANAC.

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Azul Linhas Aereas Brasileiras expand its presence in Guarulhos, in São Paulo, with the addition of daily flights and nonstop bound to Ribeirao Preto, Uberlândia and Juiz de Fora (Zona da Mata). The company requested the National Civil Aviation Agency (Anac) the operation of new routes, which will premiere on October 26. With the new features, customers will have the Azul international connection option with direct flight to Orlando departing from Guarulhos, which begins on December 15. That way, it will be possible to fly to more than 350 destinations served by United Airlines – Azul already sells United Airlines air tickets.
After ANAC’s approval, Azul will operate three daily flights to Ribeirao Preto, two to Uberlândia and one to Juiz de Fora. This way, the company will approach 60 connections per day in Guarulhos and will reach 21 cities nonstop from São Paulo terminal, which will also enhance the options for domestic connections – the international airport of São Paulo is the third largest base for Azul, positioned behind Campinas and Belo Horizonte (Confins) Airports only).

“The reinforcement of our operations in Guarulhos Airport will provide more connectivity with domestic destinations, besides the international flights Azul and United. It is also an important additional option especially for those seeking to do business in the largest metropolis of the country or connect to different regions of Brazil through our third largest operations center, “said the director of Planning and Alliances for Azul, Marcelo Bento.
The new flights will be operated by modern turboprop ATR 72-600 with 70 seats.

Azul will debut the second daily frequency to Joinville, Santa Catarina from Guarulhos on October 26. The new operation also depends on the approval of ANAC and will be held by ATR 72-600 (a twin-engine turboprop short-haul regional airliner built by the French-Italian aircraft manufacturer ATR).

 

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After two years of studies and discussions, TAM and LAN begin to retire their original brands. “It was not easy,” said Mauricio Amaro, son of Captain Rolim and chairman of LATAM group. “TAM brand has a 40 years tradition, the LAN brand, 80 years.” Enrique Cueto, CEO for the group, commented on the difficulty of Chileans in to let go the star, the symbol of LAN for 50 years.

It was announced today, in a simultaneous event in Brazil and Chile, the new joint brand that forms the LATAM group. And the new brand is just … LATAM.

To the expectation created around the brand, the lack of novelty name is frustrating. But the choice makes sense: the name joins the original marks and still means “Latin America” ​​- an important quality of a company that has subsidiaries in Argentina, Peru, Ecuador, Paraguay and Colombia.

If the new name has a downside, it is to sound bad in Portuguese: jokes with brass and old-can now are commonplace when passengers have any melee on board.

The Individual brands LAN and TAM will not disappear immediately; the new brand was announced, but not yet released. The first aircraft painted with the new brand should be inaugurated in the first half of 2016. LATAM website will start selling tickets next year.

The integration between both companies is happening quickly. From November on, the flight Sao Paulo-Milan will be originated in Santiago and operated by the current LAN airplanes. The future hub that will be located in the Northeast region (the city has not been determined yet), will serve as a flights distribution center for the various South American bases in the group.

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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.