Meridional was founded in 1944 and on October 4, 1945 started operating regular flights within the states of Rio de Janeiro and Espírito Santo. On December 19, 1945 one of its aircraft crashed killing all occupants, including the pilot and owner of the airline Álvaro Araújo. Months later, in March 1946, the airline declared bankruptcy.
19 December 1945: an Avro Anson Mk. II registration PP-MTA crashed in the neighborhood of Itaipu, Niterói, killing all passengers and crew, including the pilot and owner of the airline, Álvaro Araújo.
^Instituto Histórico-Cultural da Aeronáutica (1991). História Geral da Aeronáutica Brasileira: da criação do Ministério da Aeronáutica ao final da Segunda Guerra Mundial (in Portuguese) 3. Belo Horizonte and Rio de Janeiro: Villa Rica Editoras Reunidas. p. 308.
^ abcPereira, Aldo (1987). Breve História da Aviação Comercial Brasileira (in Portuguese). Rio de Janeiro: Europa. p. 290.