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Azul's Rio employees celebrated the new operations along with airline executives. (Photo: AirlineGeeks

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 such as the CEO, John Rodgerson, the CFO, Alex Malfitani, and Jason Ward, EVP for people and customers. Both check-in areas were decorated with balloons, and all Azul exmployees were…

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…

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…

GOL Trials Hub-and-Spoke Operations in Brazil with Regional Carrier

As the fight for slots at Congonhas Airport near Sao Paolu develops, there is one airline in this history which called the most attention: Passaredo Linhas Aéreas. The small carrier, which currently operates six ATR 72-500 and maintains a large debt, seems to be outlining a bigger operation with its…

GOL Trials Hub-and-Spoke Operations in Brazil with Regional Carrier

As the fight for slots at Congonhas Airport near Sao Paolu develops, there is one airline in this history which called the most attention: Passaredo Linhas Aéreas. The small carrier, which currently operates six ATR 72-500 and maintains a large debt, seems to be outlining a bigger operation with its…

Azul May Buy Brazilian Regional Carrier to Secure Additional Congonhas…

While Avianca Brasil's slots may have been auctioned last week, the discussion may not yet come to an end. As legal uncertainty looms over the validity of this auction, the slot sale could be reverted. The main fight is over the slots in the oversaturated Congonhas Airport in São Paulo,…

Trip Report: Flying on Azul’s A320neo from Campinas to Porto…

After AirlineGeeks joined Azul Brazilian Airlines on its inaugural Airbus A330neo flight from Sao Paulo to Recife and back, it was time to test out another next-generation Airbus aircraft in the airline's fleet, the Airbus A320neo. The next-generation variant of Airbus' popular A320, the A320neo brings increased efficiency to the…

GOL Chief Executive Rebukes Criticism by Azul in Slot Spat

In the latest episode of a continuous conflict among airlines in Brazil, the chief executive officer of Gol Transportes Aéreos, Paulo Kakinoff, rebuked comments by Azul Brazilian Airlines' CEO saying that Gol wants to keep Azul from competing on routes between Congonhas Airport in downtown Sao Paulo, and Santos Dumond…