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GOL Makes the First Move For Brazil’s Market Consolidation

Last week's news in Brazil's aviation market fell as a surprise: GOL, the country's largest domestic airline pre-COVID, is buying regional carrier MAP Linhas Aéreas, based in Manaus, for BRL28 million (approximately $5.5 million in current values). MAP was founded in 2011, and it operated a fleet of ATR 42 and 72 from Manaus, the capital of Amazonas state, Northern Brazil; in 2019, the airline received slots from the failing Avianca Brasil in São Paulo/Congonhas Airport, the country's "goldmine" for…

Azul and LATAM Brasil Suffer Falling Out Over Potential Takeover

As this week went on, another controversy, perhaps the most surprising of the year so far, surrounded the news within Brazilian commercial aviation, as talks from Azul's management were unveiled where the airline would be interested in acquiring LATAM Airlines Brasil. On Monday, the news broke that LATAM Brasil would…

Brazilian Airline Startup Itapemirim Launches First Routes

After months of preparation and a relatively quick certification process, from this week Brazil will officially add a new airline in its domestic market: Itapemirim Transportes Aéreos. The company finally received the green light from the Board of Directors of the country's National Civil Aviation Agency to explore passenger services,…

LATAM Brasil Outsources Ground Agents At Most Airports As Restructuring…

As LATAM Airlines Group reshuffles its operations and cleans up its financial situation as a part of its Chapter 11 bankruptcy process, the group's branches continue their streamlining and cost-cutting measures. The latest agreement — and one of the most relevant with respect to labour relations so far — was…

LATAM Brasil Restores More International Flying, Announces Cancún Flights

As the Covid-19 vaccination campaign in Brazil continues and the worst phase of the pandemic recedes throughout the country, airlines are closely monitoring any demand patterns that they can capture in the weeks and months ahead. And this is not limited to domestic flying. LATAM Brasil, the country's second-largest domestic…

Itapemirim Recieves Green Light by Brazil’s Aviation Regulator

As the vaccination effort rolls out and local airlines start to forecast a steady recovery of the market by the second half of the year, as of last Friday Brazil officially welcomed its newest airline. Itapemirim Transportes Aéreos announced it received the COA - Certificado de Operador Aéreo, or Air Operator…

GOL Pledges to Go Carbon Neutral by 2050

This past Thursday saw worldwide recognition of Earth Day from corporations and individuals alike. Among the celebrations and global conferences, Brazil saw for the first time an airline set its own goals and targets to go carbon neutral in the years ahead. GOL Linhas Aéreas, the country's largest airline by…

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…

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…