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A Flybondi 737-800 in Rio de Janeiro/Galeão Airport. (Photo: AirlineGeeks | João Machado)

Flybondi Starts Flights to São Paulo

Flybondi, Argentina's first ultra-low-cost and currently third largest airline of the country, started operations connecting Buenos Aires to São Paulo/Guarulhos this Friday. This is the third destination of the airline in Brazil, following Rio de Janeiro (Galeão) and Florianópolis. The flight will be operated three times a week with the airline's Boeing 737-800, which has 189 seats. Additionally, a fourth weekly flight will be started from March. As part of its aggressive marketing strategy, the new flight was celebrated with…

Embraer Studies Turboprop Development With Boeing

Embraer, the world's third-largest commercial aircraft producer and leader of the regional jets market is in "advanced stages of studying" a new model of passenger turboprop in cooperation with Boeing, stated Reuters this Monday. According to the global news agency, the size range of the aircraft would be similar or…

Azul Bumps E195-E2 Order to 75, Announces Flights to New…

This week has been hectic for Azul in Brazil. Days after announcing it reached an agreement to acquire regional carrier TwoFlex, its CEO, John Rodgerson, announced the airline increased its Embraer E195-E2 order from 51 to 75 aircraft. The news was announced by Azul's CEO, John Rodgerson, upon a meeting…

LATAM to Start Offering Premium Economy on all Narrowbody Flights

LATAM Airlines Group, Latin America's largest airline, announced this Wednesday it would start offering a new premium class on all its Airbus A320 family operations, branded as "Premium Economy." LATAM will be the first major airline in South America to offer a premium product on narrowbody short-haul flights, a practice…

Azul Signs Agreement to Acquire Major Commuter Airline in Brazil

Azul, Brazil's third-largest airline, announced this Tuesday it reached an agreement with Two Táxi Aéreo, by which it acquires the latter in a transaction worth BRL123 million — equivalent to 29.761 million dollars in current values. The partnership is pending a further sale contract and regulatory approvals. Two Táxi Aéreo,…

Iran Admits It ‘Unintentionally’ Shot Down Ukrainian 737 in Tehran

In a military statement publicized by its state media this Saturday, Iran admitted it "unintentionally" shot down the civilian 737-800 of Ukraine International Airlines in Tehran last Wednesday, reported the Associated Press. https://twitter.com/AP/status/1215845397614276611 According to the statement, reports the AP, the aircraft was mistaken as a so-called "hostile target" after…

2019 Brazilian Airlines in Review: What Will 2020 Bring?

2019 was a hectic year for the Brazilian aviation industry, with plenty of ups and downs. Even though the economy is doing good, with the country steadily recovering from the largest recession in its history, Brazilian airlines have faced several challenges this year. Each company faced its very own arduous…

Air Kiribati Receives its First ‘Game Changer’ E190-E2

An aircraft delivery this past week represented a landmark for Kiribati's state-owned flag carrier Air Kiribati. The airline received its first Embraer E190-E2 of an order of two and two further purchase rights. The aircraft, it is said, can strongly help the economic development of the isolated country. The aircraft…

Indigo Partners’ JetSMART Starts Operations in Brazil

On Friday, Chilean ultra-low-cost carrier JetSMART operated its first flight in Brazil, connecting Santiago to the Northeastern capital of Salvador. This is the first of four weekly operations, which from the end of the summer season, will become two. This is the first of three new routes to South America's…

Azul Starts Year-Round Service Between its Belo Horizonte Hub and…

Azul, Brazil's third-largest airline, started this week a year-round service connecting its hub in Belo Horizonte/Confins Airport to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, as announced in August. The flights are set to operate three times a week, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. This service is Azul's second route between Confins and the…