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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…

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…

Trip Report: An Intercontinental Odyssey in Times of COVID-19 (Part…

This is Part Two of a two-chapter story about international travel during times of COVID-19. This article reports the second and third legs -- the transatlantic flight from São Paulo to Frankfurt with LATAM Brasil, and a hop from Frankfurt to Florence with Lufthansa CityLine. Part One is available here.…

Trip Report: An Intercontinental Odyssey in Times of COVID-19 (Part…

This is Part One of a two-chapter story about international travel during times of COVID-19. This article introduces the routing, flights and reports the first leg -- a domestic widebody sector from Porto Alegre to São Paulo/Guarulhos with LATAM Brasil. The second part should be published in the next few…

LATAM Strengthens Domestic Connectivity Within South America

With the resumption of 11 routes in domestic markets across Brazil, Chile, Colombia and Peru, LATAM Airlines Group reported that the operational estimate for January 2021 would be 40% compared to the same period of the previous year. These new routes would add 770 daily domestic and international flights connecting…

LATAM Brasil, Qatar Airways Further Expand Codeshare

As international demand keeps flat during the COVID-19 pandemic crisis, airlines are trying to increase their reach to find any demand possible. As such, this Monday, Qatar Airways, Qatar's state-owned flag carrier, announced in a press release it is further increasing its codeshare agreement with LATAM Airlines Brasil, Brazil's second-largest…

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…

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…

Negotiations Between LATAM Brasil, Flight Crews for Wage Reductions Advance

Less than three weeks after LATAM Brasil's flight crews allowed the National Union of Aeronauts (SNA) and the airline to resume negotiations for permanent wage reductions, a deal is starting to take shape. This week, LATAM Brasil, which has just recently recovered its second place in Brazil's domestic market share…