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An Azul Embraer 195 arrives at Campinas/Viracopos Airport. (Photo: AirlineGeeks | João Machado)

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 imposing restrictions that are almost analogous to lockdowns. Even though the drop doesn't seem nearly as steep as 12 months ago —  despite the health emergency now being arguably much…

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…

Eastern Airlines Announces New Route Expansion

Eastern Airlines has announced another expansion in the Northeast and in South America. The third incarnation of the famed Eastern Air Lines — stylized slightly differently from newer versions — will launch eight new routes in the new year, with the first starting in late January. Earlier in the year,…

GOL Files Complaint with Anti-Trust Authority Over Azul and LATAM…

Six months after the announcement of a codeshare agreement that surprised the Brazilian aviation market, involving the domestic networks of Azul Brazilian Airlines and LATAM Brasil, both airlines' largest competitor — GOL Airlines — finally decided to act against it. Last week, the company asked the country's Administrative Council for…

Eastern Airlines Launching Flights From Three U.S. Cities to Belo…

The third incarnation of Eastern Airlines — what was recently known as Dynamic Airways — is continuing to grow its presence in the U.S.-Latin America market. This week, the airline added to its reservation system regular flights connecting Boston, Miami and New York to Belo Horizonte, Brazil, the center of…