Air Minas Linhas Aéreas
|Hubs||Belo Horizonte/Pampulha - Carlos Drummond de Andrade Airport|
|Headquarters||Belo Horizonte, Brazil|
|Key people||Urubatan Helou Teixeira|
Air Minas Linhas Aéreas was an airline based in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil. It operated passenger services from Belo Horizonte to destinations in the states of Minas Gerais and São Paulo. The airline was grounded on May 30, 2010 and lost its operational license on September 20, 2011.
The airline was established in 2002 by the businessman Clésio Andrade. In the end of 2005 it was bought by Urubatan Helu Teixeira for U$10 Million. The new owner has other transport interests including Brazil's largest courier company Braspress Transportes Urgentes.
Originally a general aviation company, Air Minas started its operations as a regular regional carrier on August 16, 2006. Its first service linked Belo Horizonte-Pampulha to Divinópolis, Varginha, and São Paulo-Guarulhos. In October of the same year, the services were extended to Bauru. In February 2007 Air Minas reached Araçatuba, Cuiabá and Rondonópolis and in May São José dos Campos, Campinas-Viracopos and Uberlândia.
The airline suspended all operations on May 30, 2010 for a major operational restructuring and on September 20, 2011 Air Minas lost its operational license. The fleet moving to CGR - Campo Grande Airport for stored, the former Skywest planes are sold to SETE (Brazil) and an African Operator. The former United Express plane sold to SETE, and 3 remanescent aircraft sold to Venezuela regional startup Albatros.
In May 2010, before suspending its scheduled flights, Air Minas operated services to the following destinations:
- Belo Horizonte – Pampulha/Carlos Drummond de Andrade Airport
- Ipatinga – Usiminas Airport
- Montes Claros – Mário Ribeiro Airport
- São Paulo – Guarulhos/Gov. André Franco Montoro International Airport
- Uberlândia – Ten. Cel. Av. César Bombonato Airport
- Uberaba – Mário de Almeida Franco Airport
Destinations terminated before suspension of services
Araçatuba, Campinas-Viracopos, Cuiabá, Divinópolis, Rondonópolis, São José dos Campos, Varginha
The fleet of Air Minas Linhas Aéreas included the following aircraft configured in all-economy class (as of June 2010):
|Aircraft||In Fleet||Passengers||Years of operation|
|Embraer EMB 120RT Brasília||6||30||2002–2010|
- "Air Minas (Brasil)" (in Portuguese). Aviação Brasil. Retrieved 20 May 2010.
- Ribeiro, Luiz (13 May 2010). "Empresa aérea suspende voos em Minas" (in Portuguese). Estado de Minas. Retrieved 19 May 2010.
- "Air Minas no chão" (in Portuguese). Valor Online. 27 May 2010. Retrieved 27 May 2010.
- Andrade, Artur Luiz (27 May 2010). "Air Minas explica motivo de suspensão de voos" (in Portuguese). Panrotas. Archived from the original on 29 May 2010. Retrieved 27 May 2010.
- "ANAC: Ata da reunião deliberativa realizada em 20 de setembro de 2011" (in Portuguese). ANAC. 20 September 2011. Retrieved 2 October 2011.
- "Frota atual das empresas brasileiras" (in Portuguese). Aeromuseu. 1 June 2010. Retrieved 3 June 2010.
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