Azul Brazilian Airlines

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Azul Brazilian Airlines
Azul Brazilian Airlines logo.svg
IATA
AD
ICAO
AZU
Callsign
AZUL
Founded 2008
Hubs

Campinas-Viracopos

Belo Horizonte-Confins
Frequent-flyer program TudoAzul
Fleet size 144
Destinations 104
Headquarters Barueri, Brazil
Key people

David Neeleman, (CEO)

Antonoaldo Neves, (President)
Revenue Increase US$ 2.2 billion (2012)
Net income Decrease – US$ 187.3 million (2012)
Website www.voeazul.com.br

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, founder of JetBlue Airways. 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 100 destinations with an operating fleet of 136 aircraft.[7] The company's business model is to stimulate demand by providing frequent and affordable air service to underserved markets throughout Brazil.

History[edit]

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,[8] 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.[9] 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.[10]

Destinations[edit]

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.

Presently Azul serves 104 destinations[11] plus some other additional locations by means of dedicated executive bus services to the nearest airports.[12]

On April 23, 2014, it was reported that Azul will begin services to the United States as soon as December 2014.[13] Those services were confirmed by the airline on August 12, 2014: the first two destinations will be Fort Lauderdale starting on December 1, 2014 and Orlando starting on December 15, 2014.[14] These will be the first scheduled international destinations of the airline.

Fleet[edit]

As of August 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][17][18] 2 6 273 (24/249)
Airbus A350-900[16] 5 TBA
ATR 42-500 10 50
ATR 72-500 14 70
ATR 72-600 36 21 70
Embraer 175 5 86
Embraer 190 22 106
Embraer 195 55 15 118
Embraer 195-E2 30 TBA
Total 144 77

Airline Loyalty program[edit]

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

References[edit]

  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. ^ www.voeazul.com.br
  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 fus da Azul e Trip com condições" (in Portuguese). Panrotas. Retrieved March 7, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Ata da reunião realizada em 6 de maio de 2014" (in Portuguese). ANAC. 6 May 2014. Retrieved 28 June 2014. 
  11. ^ "Mapa de rotas" (in Portuguese). Azul Brazilian Airlines. Retrieved 17 August 2014. 
  12. ^ "Ônibus grátis" (in Portuguese). Azul Brazilian Airlines. Retrieved 17 August 2014. 
  13. ^ "Azul vai voar de Campinas para Miami e Nova York ainda neste ano" (in Portuguese). Folha.com.br. Retrieved 26 June 2014. 
  14. ^ "Azul confirma voos para Fort Lauderdale e Orlando" (in Portuguese). Panrotas. 12 August 2014. Retrieved 17 August 2014. 
  15. ^ Fleet Azul CH-Aviation, 11 April 2014
  16. ^ a b "Brazil's Azul adds Airbus jets to start U.S. flights". Reutors.com. Retrieved 2014-04-24. 
  17. ^ "Azul recebe primeiro jato A330 e quer antecipar voo inaugural aos EUA" (in Portuguese). Valor.com.br. Retrieved 2014-06-26. 
  18. ^ http://www.cnfaovivo.com.br/#ixzz39TW7TfuX

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