Azul Brazilian Airlines

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Azul Brazilian Airlines
Azul Brazilian Airlines logo.svg
Founded 2008


Belo Horizonte-Confins
Frequent-flyer program TudoAzul
Fleet size 133
Destinations 104
Headquarters Barueri, Brazil
Key people

David Neeleman, (CEO)

Antonoaldo Neves, (Chairman)
Revenue Increase US$ 2.2 billion (2012)
Net income Decrease - US$ 187.3 million (2012)

Azul Linhas Aéreas Brasileiras S/A (Azul Brazilian Airlines; or simply Azul) is a Brazilian flag carrier based in Barueri.[1] It was established on May 5, 2008 by Brazilian-born David Neeleman, co-founder of WestJet and JetBlue, and former president of Morris Air. The airline began service on December 15, 2008[2][3] and has ordered a fleet of 76 Embraer 195 jets.[4] The company was named Azul ("Blue" in Portuguese) after a naming contest in 2008, where "Samba" was the other popular name.[5]

According to the National Civil Aviation Agency of Brazil (ANAC) in March 2013 Azul had 17% of the domestic market share in terms of passengers per kilometre flown.[6]

Azul currently serves more than 103 destinations with an operating fleet of 130 aircraft.[7] The company's business model is to stimulate demand by providing frequent and affordable air service to underserved markets throughout Brazil. On April 23, 2014, the Brazilian newspaper Folha de São Paulo reported that Azul will begin service to John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City and Fort Lauderdale–Hollywood International Airport near Miami, Florida, in the United States as soon as 2014.[8]


The Beginning (2008–2012)[edit]

JetBlue founder David Neeleman launched his third airline, Azul Linhas Aéreas Brasileiras S.A. The Brazilian domestic carrier inaugurated service on December 15, 2008 between three cities: Campinas, Salvador, and Porto Alegre.[3] Azul launched operations with three Embraer 195 and two Embraer 190 aircraft (with 118 and 106 seats, respectively).[citation needed] Another three airplanes were added in January 2009 to introduce nonstop service from Campinas (State of São Paulo) to both Vitória (State of Espírito Santo), and Curitiba (State of Paraná).[3]

Merger with TRIP Linhas Aéreas (2012-2014)[edit]

On May 28, 2012, Azul announced the acquisition of TRIP Linhas Aéreas, the largest regional carrier in Brazil. Azul and Trip started comprehensive code-sharing operations on December 2, 2012,[9] with all flights carrying only the IATA code of Azul. On March 6, 2013 Brazilian authorities gave the final approval for the merger with a few restrictions related to code-sharing with TAM Airlines and slot use at Rio de Janeiro-Santos Dumont Airport.[10] On May 6, 2014 the merger process was completed with the final approval from Brazilian authorities. That day the brand TRIP ceased to exist and all TRIP assets were transferred to Azul.[11]


An ATR 72-600 of Azul Linhas Aéreas Brasileiras, at Maringá Regional Airport, Brazil
Azul's Embraer 195 with livery of Azul Viagens, the airline's travel operator
A bus fleet provides free feeder services between selected cities and airports.

Additionally, Azul operates dedicated executive bus services between some locations and its nearest airports, as connecting services to its flights:[12]

The airline plans to launch flights to the US from Campinas beginning December 2014 [8][13] or early 2015. [14]


As of April 2014, the fleet of Azul Brazilian Airlines included the following aircraft, with an average age of 2.4 years:[15]

Azul Brazilian Airlines fleet
Aircraft Total Orders Options Passengers (Y)
Airbus A330-200[16][13] 1 5 TBA
Airbus A350-900[16] 0 5 TBA
ATR 42-300/320 1
ATR 42-500 9 1 50
ATR 72-200/500/600 48 4 70
Embraer 175 1
Embraer 190 22 3 106
Embraer 195 53 3 120
Total 133 22

Airline Loyalty program[edit]

TudoAzul is Azul's Frequent Flyer Program. Member accumulate points based on the airfare paid rather than on miles flown.


  1. ^ "CONTRATO DE TRANSPORTE AÉREO DE PASSAGEIROS." Azul Brazilian Airlines. Retrieved on February 19, 2010.
  2. ^ Matos, Marcela; Silvana Pereira (November 5, 2008). "Azul Linhas Aéreas Brasileiras recebe o CHETA e já pode pleitear as rotas que pretende operar". Azul Linhas Aéreas Brasileiras (in Portuguese). 
  3. ^ a b c "A história da Azul" (in Portuguese). Azul Linhas Aereas Brasileiras. Archived from the original on May 12, 2009. Retrieved 2009-05-16. 
  4. ^ David Neeleman Names His Brazilian Airline 'Azul'
  5. ^ Jessie Scanlon (May 6, 2008). "Braving Brazil's 'Airline Graveyard'". BusinessWeek. Retrieved 2008-06-04. 
  6. ^ "Dados Comparativos Avançados" (in Portuguese). Agência Nacional de Aviação Civil (ANAC). Retrieved May 29, 2013. 
  7. ^
  8. ^ a b "Azul vai voar de Campinas para Miami e Nova York ainda neste ano" (in Portuguese). Retrieved 2014-06-26. 
  9. ^ "Acordo de codeshare entre Azul e Trip leva cliente a 100 destinos" (in Portuguese). Brasilturis. September 20, 2012. Retrieved September 21, 2012. 
  10. ^ Teixeira Alves, Danilo (March 6, 2013). "Cade aprova fus da Azul e Trip com condições" (in Portuguese). Panrotas. Retrieved March 7, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Ata da reunião realizada em 6 de maio de 2014" (in Portuguese). ANAC. 6 May 2014. Retrieved 28 June 2014. 
  12. ^ "Ônibus Executivo". Azul Brazilian Airlines. Retrieved March 27, 2011. 
  13. ^ a b "Azul recebe primeiro jato A330 e quer antecipar voo inaugural aos EUA" (in Portuguese). Retrieved 2014-06-26. 
  14. ^ "Brazilian carrier Azul plans U.S. flights in 2015". Dallas News. April 23, 2014. Retrieved April 26, 2014. 
  15. ^ Fleet Azul CH-Aviation, 11 April 2014
  16. ^ a b "Brazil's Azul adds Airbus jets to start U.S. flights". Retrieved 2014-04-24. 

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