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A GOL 737-800 landing in Porto Alegre, Brazil. (Photo: AirlineGeeks | João Machado)

Azul, GOL and LATAM Brasil Negotiate Workforce Adjustments with Unions

After the initial shock caused by the arrival of COVID-19 in Brazil and the economic and social changes that were accordingly enacted, local airlines have started to take action against the longer-term effects of the economic crisis caused by the pandemic. As this includes the grounding of aircraft, capacity adjustments and related cost-cutting measures, labor cost reductions have come as a necessary side effect, as fewer crew are needed to operate the lower number of flights. And while it becomes…

Despite COVID-19, Airline Capacity in Brazil Starts Rebounding

In the same week Brazil became the country with the second most confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the world, Azul Brazilian Airlines, GOL Airlines and LATAM, the country's three major airlines, have started to roll out their networks for June. Somewhat counterintuitively, the three reported a capacity increase compared to…

Bailout for Brazilian Airlines Likely to Be Confirmed Next Week

After several weeks of discussions between companies, agents of the federal government and private banks, an agreement surrounding a bailout for airlines in Brazil is set to be closed by the end of next week, according to Brazil Journal, a local economic news website. The COVID-19 crisis fell severely over…

Azul To Resume Service at Two Cities With Codeshared Cessna…

Brazil's third-largest airline, Azul Brazilian Airlines, surprised the market in January when it announced an agreement by which it acquired Two Táxi Aéreo, a commuter airline with operations throughout Brazil. Branded TwoFlex, the company currently has a fleet of two Cessna C208 Caravan and 14 C208B Grand Caravan. After the…

Underserving Cargo Demand, Brazilian Airlines Resume Service to Some Cities

The lack of passenger demand brought by the COVID-19 pandemic has created an existential threat to airlines in Brazil. Despite a delayed initial outbreak compared to some countries, the onset of the coronavirus in the country eventually led to a drop in bookings and revenue similar to that seen abroad.…

How Airlines in Brazil Are Responding to the COVID-19

Like most large aviation markets around the world, Brazil was living within optimistic times at the start of 2020. Demand, as well as unit revenue. was growing at a healthy pace. However, the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, along with the rise of confirmed cases in the country, heavily affected…

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…

Azul Eyes Big Opportunity in Brazil with Arrival of Next-Generation…

Azul Brazilian Airlines continued its fleet renewal last week when it received its first Airbus A321neo, the first of an order of 13. The aircraft, with a capacity for 214 passengers in a single-class configuration, is Azul's largest narrowbody and second A320neo family aircraft. More than just being the delivery…

Embraer Delivers First E195-E2 to Azul

Embraer delivered on Thursday its first E195-E2 next-generation aircraft on Thursday to launch customer Azul Brazilian Airlines and its lessor, AerCap. The delivery ceremony took place at Embraer's main factory in São José dos Campos, Brazil, northeast of Sao Paulo. The E195-E2 is the next-generation equivalent of the E195, predominantly…

Azul Starts ‘Ponte Aérea’ Shuttle Between Rio and São Paulo

Last Thursday, Azul started services on the "Ponte Aérea" shuttle connecting São Paulo (Congonhas) to Rio (Santos Dumont), the most premium route in Latin America, with 16 daily flights each way. The new operations saw a big celebration at both airports. The event counted with the presence of Azul's executives…