Azul Brazilian Airlines
|Revenue||US$ 2.2 billion (2012)|
|Net income||- 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. 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 and has ordered a fleet of 76 Embraer 195 jets. The company was named Azul ("Blue" in Portuguese) after a naming contest in 2008, where "Samba" was the other popular name.
Azul currently serves more than 103 destinations with an operating fleet of 130 aircraft. 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.
The Beginning (2008–2012)
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. Azul launched operations with three Embraer 195 and two Embraer 190 aircraft (with 118 and 106 seats, respectively). 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).
Merger with TRIP Linhas Aéreas (2012-2014)
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, 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. 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.
Additionally, Azul operates dedicated executive bus services between some locations and its nearest airports, as connecting services to its flights:
- Blumenau and Navegantes – Ministro Victor Konder International Airport
- Piracicaba, Santa Bárbara d'Oeste, Sorocaba and Campinas – Viracopos International Airport
- São Paulo – Congonhas Airport, Palmeiras-Barra Funda Intermodal Terminal, Eldorado Mall, Tamboré Mall and Campinas – Viracopos International Airport
As of April 2014, the fleet of Azul Brazilian Airlines included the following aircraft, with an average age of 2.4 years:
Airline Loyalty program
TudoAzul is Azul's Frequent Flyer Program. Member accumulate points based on the airfare paid rather than on miles flown.
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