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LATAM Brasil to Use Chilean 787s on Long-Haul Services

After LATAM Brasil's surprise announcement early this week that it would retire its entire Airbus A350-900 fleet, doubt was cast on the future of the airline's long-haul fleet with the downsizing caused by slashing 11 aircraft from the airline's portfolio. Today, any potential problems have likely been solved. Brazilian aviation news website Contato Radar reported that LATAM Brasil submitted a request over a month ago to the National Civil Aviation Agency (ANAC), Brazil's aviation regulator, to add the Boeing 787 Dreamliner…

GOL Presents 2020 Fourth Quarter Results, Predicts Recovery

As the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in Brazil reached the end of its first year, this time with the country in a much more complicated situation, GOL Airlines — the country's largest airline by domestic traffic — published its financial results for the fourth quarter of 2020. The airline…

Itapemirim Shows Off Its Full Livery

As the COVID-19 pandemic situation in Brazil gets more dramatic by the day, with the collapse of states' health systems and demand for flights with the country's already established airlines disappearing overnight, the country's newest airline startup, Itapemirim Transportes Aéreos, has announced its official livery. Sporting the vibrant yellow that…

Brazilian Airlines Await Vaccine as Recovery Stalls

While the months that have followed the March and April 2020 demand depression have seen a steady recovery in air traffic in Brazil, the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic — which has been razing most states' health systems — has made passenger numbers collapse again, especially with several states…

American Airlines to Fly Its 737 MAX to South America

American Airlines has its recently reintroduced Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft scheduled to fly between the U.S and South America. From March 5, the Forth Worth-based carrier will fly the single-aisle Boeing between Miami and Manaus in northeastern Brazil. The news was reported by Aviacionline, based on Cirium data. From…

Brazil’s Newest Startup Receives First Aircraft

After a year of planning, the first aircraft of the newest Brazilian airline has arrived on home soil. On the afternoon of Feb. 20, the first Airbus A320 belonging to Itapemirim Transportes Aéreos arrived in Natal on a delivery flight. The aircraft, registered PS-SPJ in honor of the new airline's…

Uncertainty Still Looms Over Travel Rebound

It has now been over a year since the Coronavirus swept across the globe and began to change many aspects of the way we live, including largely pausing non-essential travel. Whilst a year ago it would have been hard to believe that passenger numbers would remain low for so long,…

Brazilian Airlines Again Begin Transporting COVID-Related Cargo From China

After months of stoppage, this week a Brazilian airline operated the first flight in months connecting the South American country and China in the fight against COVID-19. This time, the cargo it brought back contained material for the production of 8.6 million vaccine doses, the country's next step in its…

U.K. Introduces South American and Portuguese Travel Ban

The U.K. government has announced a new travel ban in response to a new variant of COVID-19. The new travel restrictions bar entry to the U.K. for passengers arriving from 16 countries, including many in South and Central America and Portugal from Friday 15 January at 4 a.m. The measures…

2020 Brazilian Airlines in Review Part I: After a Lost…

This is part I of a two-part story about 2020 for the major airlines in Brazil in alphabetic order: Azul, GOL and LATAM Brasil. Part I gives a brief introduction about the arrival of the COVID-19 crisis within the industry in the country, the macroeconomic challenges for the country going…