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PP-OSL waits for the flight back to Cuiabá. (Photo: AirlineGeeks | João Machado)

Trip Report: Crossing Brazil’s Midwest with ASTA’s Grand Caravan

On the same day AirlineGeeks visited ASTA Linhas Aéreas' headquarters and hangar in Cuiabá, Brazil, the company started a new route -- a very welcomed coincidence. The new flight would connect the airline's base to Nova Mutum, a short 126-mile route. Nova Mutum is a city in central Mato Grosso with a population of just over 45,000. The city counts with huge plantations of soybeans, corn and cotton, as well as creations of cattle and chicken. Its robust economy make…

Abu Dhabi Sovereign Fund to Invest at Airline Start-Up in…

Itapemirim Group, one of Brazil's largest passenger bus companies, is about to start up its own airline, named "Ita," backed by one of Abu Dhabi's sovereign wealth funds. The news was announced this week by the company owner, Sidnei Piva, to Folha de São Paulo newspaper. According to Piva, the…

Air Nostrum Will Fly Domestic Routes in Brazil

The Spanish regional operator Air Nostrum met with Brazilian authorities showing interested in flying domestic routes in Brazil. This is a part of a recent effort by the Brazilian government to attract foreign airlines and increase airline competition. In 2019 Brazil approved a law allowing 100 percent foreign ownership of…

Outrage in Brazil as Historic C-47/DC-3 is Shockingly Scrapped

The Brazilian aviation community was put in shock this Friday upon the news of the scrapping of a historic Douglas C-47/DC-3 in Rio de Janeiro. Emerged images of the destroyed aircraft, one of the most famous remaining DC-3s of the country, spread quickly on social media and generated a huge…

Flybondi Starts Flights to São Paulo

Flybondi, Argentina's first ultra-low-cost and currently third largest airline of the country, started operations connecting Buenos Aires to São Paulo/Guarulhos this Friday. This is the third destination of the airline in Brazil, following Rio de Janeiro (Galeão) and Florianópolis. The flight will be operated three times a week with the…

Azul Signs Agreement to Acquire Major Commuter Airline in Brazil

Azul, Brazil's third-largest airline, announced this Tuesday it reached an agreement with Two Táxi Aéreo, by which it acquires the latter in a transaction worth BRL123 million — equivalent to 29.761 million dollars in current values. The partnership is pending a further sale contract and regulatory approvals. Two Táxi Aéreo,…

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…

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…

Trip Report: Flying on a Qatar Airways 777-200LR from São…

Qatar Airways and its main hub Hamad International Airport recently announced an expansion to the airport that would increase its capacity in time for the 2022 World Cup and make it a destination without itself. En route to Doha, AirlineGeeks was invited by Qatar Airways to fly in its newest…

Avianca Announces Codesharing with Gol

Colombian carrier Avianca has announced that it has reached a codeshare agreement with Brazilian carrier Gol. The agreement between the two carriers comes a few weeks after Avianca announced another codeshare agreement with another Brazilian carrier, Azul. It is worth noting that the two new codeshare arrangements with Brazilian carriers…