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An overview of Congonhas, Brazil's most premium airport. (Photo: Thiago Trevisan | @trevisan26_aviation)

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 conditions. However, all of them could count on a crucial tailwind; the Brazilian economy is back to a sustainable path, which heats the demand after years of continued struggles. Brazil'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…

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…

Azul Receives First Airbus A321neo

Brazilian airline Azul received the first Airbus A321neo of Brazil. Configured with 214 seats and powered by CFM International's LEAP-1A engines, the aircraft is the first of 13 units ordered. The company will operate the A321neo on high-density domestic routes promising its customers a distinctive product, including larger luggage compartments,…

Trip Report: Onboard Azul’s First E195-E2 Flight

One month after having its first Embraer E195-E2 delivered, Azul started commercial flights with the new generation regional jet on Thursday, making a roundtrip between its hub in Campinas and Brazil's capital city of Brasília. PR-PJN, named "Sou Azul" and still the only E2 in Azul's fleet, was designated to…

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…

Azul to Start Belo Horizonte-Fort Lauderdale Flights in December

Azul Brazilian Airlines has officially announced their newest operation to the United States, connecting their hub in Belo Horizonte (Confins) to Fort Lauderdale, in Florida. The new flights are set to be year-round and will start by December 16, with three weekly flights on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. [caption id="attachment_34452"…

Azul to Start Belo Horizonte-Fort Lauderdale Flights in December

Azul Brazilian Airlines has officially announced their newest operation to the United States, connecting their hub in Belo Horizonte (Confins) to Fort Lauderdale, in Florida. The new flights are set to be year-round and will start by December 16, with three weekly flights on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. [caption id="attachment_34452"…

Azul to Start “Ponte Aérea” Shuttle Service Between Rio and…

After months of lobbying, discussions and even open verbal fights in the media, Azul finally announced the opening of sales for their operations in the Rio/Santos Dumont-São Paulo/Congonhas "Ponte Aérea" sector, Brazil's most desired route. This comes less than two weeks after the distribution of Avianca Brasil slots in Congonhas…