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Avianca Brasil Changes Leadership Amid Financial Crisis

In a new development to recover the airline from bankruptcy protection, Avianca Brasil changed its president. Frederico Pedreira, who will be leaving the company replaced by Jorge Vianna, a former vice-president of the company. Pedreira worked for the company for eight years in different executive positions and was responsible for its network expansion to Miami, New York, and Santiago de Chile. These routes will be terminated in March 2019. Jorge Vianna, the new president, has more than 35 years of experience…

The Price is Right: How Airfare Works

Often we see passengers surprised with the fact that they are paying $700 for a 7 hours international flight and $500 for a 2 hours domestic flight. The average buyer tries to reason that an airline ticket price should be proportional to the duration of the flight. The confusion gets…

An Outlook for the Brazilian Aviation Industry

The year in Brazil started with a new government promising significant changes in the way the country does business, including fighting criminality, restructuring government spending and promoting liberalism. In addition to potentially reforming the country, those measures will probably affect the economy and consequently, the aviation industry. If the new…

Opinion: When the Customer is Wrong

Two days ago, someone sent me a video of a woman screaming at a JetBlue gate agent at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. Although I'm a journalist, I'm also a former airline agent and have been a victim of angry passengers many times to a point of losing sleep and feeling…

Avianca Crises in Brazil Urge Government to Allow 100 Percent…

After a series of events, Avianca Brazil, a subsidiary of Colombia's Avianca and known in Brazil as former OceanAir, filed for the Brazilian equivalent of Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Dec. 10, 2018. The crises in the airline intensified after two aircraft leasing companies, BOC Aviation Limited and Constitution Aircraft Leasing,…

Judge Overturns Decision after Attempt to Halt Boeing/Embraer Negotiations

A federal judge in São Paulo acted in favor of a class action moved by Brazilian congressman Paulo Pimenta and Carlos Zaratini from the worker’s party (PT) halting temporarily the merger of aircraft manufacturers Boeing and Embraer. According to the judge, the sentence was necessary to wait until the new…

United Airlines Expands Partnership with Copa and Avianca

United Airlines has reached an agreement with Latin America's Copa Airlines and Avianca, in addition to many of Avianca's affiliates, for a joint business agreement (JBA). Although pending government approval, the JBA is expected to provide substantial benefits for customers, communities and the marketplace for air travel between the United States…

Azul and Copa Airlines Announce Codeshare Agreement

Azul Brazilian Airlines and Copa Airlines announced a codeshare agreement that will connect two large networks in Latin America. Now Copa customers can use Azul’s network in Brazil with 101 domestic destinations, 52 not served by any other airline and Azul clients can use Copa’s presence in many Latin America…

Delta Highlights Newest Jet During Event Celebrating Northwest Merger Anniversary

Delta shared a sneak peek of the new Airbus A220-100 to the media Monday during an event in Atlanta to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Delta merger with Northwest. Hundreds of Delta employees lined up for their first chance to see the new aircraft. Delta CEO Ed Bastian delivered…

The New Wave of Long Haul, Single Aisle Competition

The airline industry is always looking for improvement, and every few years international agreements, new safety and operational rules, and technological advancements result in challenging competition. The reliability of the Boeing 767 and the ETOPS operation, for example, caused an early retirement for many McDonnell DC-10s and Lockheed L-1011 TriStars.…