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 domestic low-cost airline 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.


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)[edit]

On May 28, 2012, Azul announced the acquisition of Trip Linhas AéreasTRIP Linhas Aéreas, the largest regional carrier in Brazil. Azul and Trip started comprehensive code-sharing operations on December 2, 2012,[8] and all flights carry now 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.[9]


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.
Azul check-in counter at Viracopos International Airport.
Cabin view of one of Azul's Embraer 190.

As of December 2013 Azul Brazilian Airlines operated scheduled services to the following destinations:[10]

Country City Airport Notes
 Brazil Aracaju Santa Maria Airport
 Brazil Araçatuba Dario Guarita Airport
 Brazil Bauru Moussa Nakhl Tobias Airport
 Brazil Belém Val de Cans/Júlio Cezar Ribeiro International Airport
 Brazil Belo Horizonte Confins/Tancredo Neves International Airport Secondary Hub
 Brazil Belo Horizonte Pampulha/Carlos Drummond de Andrade Airport
 Brazil Brasília Pres. Juscelino Kubitschek International Airport
 Brazil Cabo Frio Cabo Frio International Airport Seasonal
 Brazil Caldas Novas Nelson Ribeiro Guimarães Airport
 Brazil Campinas Viracopos International Airport Hub
 Brazil Campo Grande Campo Grande International Airport
 Brazil Cascavel Adalberto Mendes da Silva Airport
 Brazil Caxias do Sul Hugo Cantergiani Airport
 Brazil Chapecó Serafin Enoss Bertaso Airport
 Brazil Cuiabá Mal. Rondon International Airport Focus city
 Brazil Curitiba Afonso Pena International Airport Focus city
 Brazil Dourados Francisco de Matos Pereira Airport
 Brazil Florianópolis Hercílio Luz International Airport
 Brazil Fortaleza Pinto Martins International Airport
 Brazil Foz do Iguaçu Cataratas International Airport
 Brazil Goiânia Santa Genoveva Airport
 Brazil Ilhéus Jorge Amado Airport
 Brazil Ipatinga Usiminas Airport
 Brazil João Pessoa Pres. Castro Pinto International Airport
 Brazil Joinville Lauro Carneiro de Loyola Airport
 Brazil Juazeiro do Norte Orlando Bezerra de Menezes Airport
 Brazil Juiz de Fora Francisco Álvares de Assis Airport (Serrinha)
 Brazil Juiz de Fora Pres. Itamar Franco Airport Terminated
 Brazil Londrina Gov. José Richa Airport
 Brazil Maceió Zumbi dos Palmares International Airport
 Brazil Manaus Brig. Eduardo Gomes International Airport
 Brazil Marília Frank Miloye Milenkowichi Airport
 Brazil Maringá Sílvio Name Júnior Regional Airport
 Brazil Montes Claros Mário Ribeiro Airport
 Brazil Natal Augusto Severo International Airport
 Brazil Navegantes Min. Victor Konder International Airport
 Brazil Palmas Brig. Lysias Rodrigues Airport
 Brazil Passo Fundo Lauro Kurtz Airport
 Brazil Paulo Afonso Paulo Afonso Airport
 Brazil Petrolina Sen. Nilo Coelho International Airport
 Brazil Porto Alegre Salgado Filho International Airport Focus city
 Brazil Porto Seguro Porto Seguro Airport
 Brazil Porto Velho Gov. Jorge Teixeira de Oliveira International Airport
 Brazil Presidente Prudente Presidente Prudente Airport
 Brazil Recife Guararapes/Gilberto Freyre International Airport Focus city
 Brazil Ribeirão Preto Dr. Leite Lopes Airport
 Brazil Rio de Janeiro Galeão/Antonio Carlos Jobim International Airport
 Brazil Rio de Janeiro Santos Dumont Airport Focus city
 Brazil Salvador da Bahia Dep. Luís Eduardo Magalhães International Airport Focus city
 Brazil São José do Rio Preto Prof. Eribelto Manoel Reino Airport
 Brazil São José dos Campos Prof. Urbano Ernesto Stumpf Airport
 Brazil São Luís Marechal Cunha Machado International Airport
 Brazil São Paulo Guarulhos International Airport Focus city
 Brazil Teresina Senador Petrônio Portella Airport
 Brazil Uberaba Mário de Almeida Franco Airport
 Brazil Uberlândia Ten. Cel. Av. César Bombonato Airport
 Brazil Vitória Eurico de Aguiar Salles Airport

Additionally, Azul operates dedicated executive bus services between some locations and its nearest airports, as connecting services to its flights:[11]

Furthermore, in 2010 Azul operated irregular international charter flights to Argentina.[12]


As of April 2014, the fleet of Azul Brazilian Airlines included the following aircraft, with an average age of 2.4 years:[13]

Azul Brazilian Airlines fleet
Aircraft Total Orders Options Passengers (Y) Notes
ATR 42-300/320/400 1 40
ATR 42-500/600 9 1 50
ATR 72-200/500/600 47 4 70
Embraer 175 1
Embraer 190 22 3 106
Embraer 195 53 3 120
Total 133

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. ^ "Acordo de codeshare entre Azul e Trip leva cliente a 100 destinos" (in Portuguese). Brasilturis. September 20, 2012. Retrieved September 21, 2012. 
  9. ^ Teixeira Alves, Danilo (March 6, 2013). "Cade aprova fusão da Azul e Trip com condições" (in Portuguese). Panrotas. Retrieved March 7, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Azul: Mapa de rotas" (in Portuguese). Azul. Retrieved December 15, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Ônibus Executivo". Azul Brazilian Airlines. Retrieved March 27, 2011. 
  12. ^ Reigada, Maria Izabel (June 10, 2010). "em fretamentos, Azul voa para BUE e Bariloche" (in Portuguese). Panrotas. Retrieved June 10, 2010. 
  13. ^ Fleet Azul CH-Aviation, 11 April 2014

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