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2020 Brazilian Airlines in Review Part I: After a Lost Year, What Can 2021 Bring?

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 forward and the year review for Azul. Click here to read the 2019 recap. Looking back to AirlineGeeks' 2019 recap of Brazilian aviation and its predictions for this year, one…

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…

Brazil’s GOL Slated To Be First Airline With Commercial 737…

Brazil’s GOL Airlines will become the first carrier in the world to resume regular commercial flights with the now-infamous Boeing 737 MAX. The carrier has nearly 30 737 MAX flights scheduled in December. Per a statement from the airline, GOL’s first MAX flight will be on Dec. 9. First flights…

Brazilian Airlines Unite to Help Struggling State Amidst Blackout

Brazil's three major airlines united to help a state that plunged into crisis this week. More than a week into a blackout that left the entire state of Amapá without energy and lacking basic services, Azul Brazilian Airlines, GOL Airlines and LATAM Brasil assisted the Federation Unit by transporting tons…

Brazilian Airlines Expect Higher Demand For November Holidays

As Europe plunges into a second wave of COVID-19, putting even more pressure in the local aviation industry, Brazil — at least in that aspect — seems to be in a better situation. The sector expects to register a relatively positive month of November, with a boost provided by two…

The Story of Webjet, Brazil’s Last Low Cost/Low Fare Carrier…

Editor’s Note: This is the first article in a three-part series on Webjet. Part one was published July 20, and part two was published July 21. 2009-2011: With Massive Growth, Webjet Has Its Golden Era In January 2009, Webjet appointed Wagner Ferreira as its CEO, replacing Paulo Enrique Coco. Ferreira…

The Story of Webjet, Brazil’s Last Low Cost/Low Fare Carrier…

Editor's Note: This is the first article in a three-part series on Webjet. Part two will be published July 21, and part three will follow on July 22. The first decade of the new century brought to Brazil stable economic growth that, for years, was unseen. With millions of people…

Continuously Delayed, Brazil’s Aid Package Now Expected In September

As Brazil's domestic COVID-19 pandemic turns five months old, the largely-awaited government relief package to airlines is still a big question mark for investors and industry executives alike. While conditions of the aid are still a topic of discussion between the government and airlines since the beginning of the demand…

Azul, GOL and LATAM Brasil Negotiate Workforce Adjustments with Unions

After the initial shock caused by the arrival of COVID-19 in Brazil and the economic and social changes that were accordingly enacted, local airlines have started to take action against the longer-term effects of the economic crisis caused by the pandemic. As this includes the grounding of aircraft, capacity adjustments…

Despite COVID-19, Airline Capacity in Brazil Starts Rebounding

In the same week Brazil became the country with the second most confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the world, Azul Brazilian Airlines, GOL Airlines and LATAM, the country's three major airlines, have started to roll out their networks for June. Somewhat counterintuitively, the three reported a capacity increase compared to…