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Avianca Brasil adds its first passenger Airbus A330-200, to serve Miami

Avianca Brasil, one of Brazil’s largest airlines, announced today it has taken delivery of its first passenger A330-200 aircraft. The carrier will receive two additional planes of the same family in the coming weeks, which will launch its long-haul operations from Sao Paulo international airport to Miami (USA) and Santiago (Chile).

The new Avianca Brasil aircraft are configured in two classes of service: 32 seats in Business and 206 in Economy.

The company official stated Business class customers will be offered a superior experience. The 1-2-1 seating arrangement will ensure greater privacy and comfort; seats recline to a fully-flat position. These premium travelers will have an advanced on-demand entertainment system, with a wide variety of movies, TV series and games, viewable on 15-inch touchscreens. The seats will also feature control panels, auxiliary lighting, support tables, USB connection, power outlets and adjustable head rests.

In Economy, comfortably configured in a 2-4-2 arrangement, passengers will enjoy an individual entertainment system equipped with 9-inch touchscreen monitors, plus remote controls, power outlets, USB ports, and adjustable head and foot rests.

The new jets will also feature the latest LED ambient lighting technology, designed to provide an enhanced travel experience. Pedreira informed that in the future the carrier will equip its A330 aircraft with wi-fi connection – Avianca Brasil was the first South American carrier to provide internet aboard, in September, 2016.

Miami is set to be the first destination to be launched. Ticket sales began yesterday for travels from June 23. Flight 8510 will leave Sao Paulo (GRU) at 11:55 PM, landing in the United States (MIA) at 7:25 AM. Then, Flight 8511 will depart Miami at 7:30 PM, arriving in Brazil at 5:00 AM(local times).

In July, at date yet to be announced, the company will launch the Sao Paulo – Santiago route with the new A330s.

The pictured Airbus A330-243 PR-OCX (msn 1657) was delivered on March 29, 2017.

All photos by Avianca Brasil.

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Avianca Brasil joins the Star Alliance

Uniformed Staff from Star Alliance member carriers welcoming their new colleagues from Avianca Brasil at the airline’s official joining ceremony in Sao Paulo Brazil.

Uniformed Staff from Star Alliance member carriers welcoming their new colleagues from Avianca Brasil at the airline’s official joining ceremony in Sao Paulo Brazil.

Avianca Brasil (OceanAir Linhas Aereas dba) (Sao Paulo) issued this statement:

At a special ceremony held at Guarulhos International Airport today (July 22), the Star Alliance member carriers welcomed their newest member, Avianca Brasil.

 

Avianca Brasil is the fastest growing airline in the country. From 2010 to 2014 it increased its market share from 2.6% to 8.4%. Until May of 2015 the airline continued this trend, reaching a cumulative market share of 9%.

Further growth is predicted as Avianca Brasil and the other Star Alliance carriers serving the country will connect more passengers through the main Brazilian hubs in São Paulo – Guarulhos, Rio de Janeiro – Galeão and Brasilia.

In total 13 member carriers (Air Canada, Air China, Avianca, Avianca Brasil, Copa Airlines, Ethiopian Airlines, Lufthansa, Singapore Airlines, South African Airways, SWISS, TAP, Turkish Airlines and United) now serve Brazil, which further strengthens Star Alliance’s position as the alliance with the most airlines in this market. Avianca Brasil adds 15 new destinations in Brazil to the existing 12 which the Star Alliance member carriers already served, bringing the total to 27.

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Star Alliance votes for Avianca Brazil to join the alliance on July 22

The Star Alliance has issued this statement from Warsaw, Poland touting the accomplishments of the alliance. In the report, Avianca Brazil (OceanAir Linhas Aereas dba) (Sao Paulo) has been granted membership and will join the group on July 22:

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Star Alliance member carrier LOT Polish Airlines hosted the mid-year Chief Executive Board (CEB) Meeting during which the member carrier CEOs endorsed enhancements to further improve the network travel experience offered to customers and gave the go-ahead for the inclusion of a new member in Brazil.

 

As hosting carrier, LOT outlined its new strategy – a new LOT in a new Europe – under which it plans to double in size over the next five years. In addition to three new connections to Asia – Tokyo, Seoul and Bangkok – it plans more than a dozen new European routes. Announcing the most dynamic growth in the company’s history, LOT said it was competing for leadership in the region and aimed to become the largest network carrier in New Europe.

In their joint discussions, the CEOs reaffirmed the objectives set out by the Alliance’s founding fathers more than 18 years ago, agreeing to continue to build on its key strengths – a global network, a high standard of customer service and making use of modern technology to drive business strategies.

Star Alliance’s aim at launch in May 1997 was to become the leading global airline alliance for the high value international traveller and contribute to the long-term profitability of its member airlines beyond their individual capabilities.

“As a mature Alliance with a comprehensive network and good, close relationships between our member airlines we are excellently placed to offer continuous enhancements in various ways that together improve the Alliance travel experience,” said Star Alliance CEO Mark Schwab.

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Avianca in Brazil will be added to the network as of July 22nd this year, allowing Star Alliance once again to offer its customers domestic flights in Latin America’s largest and most important market.

“We are delighted that we can include Avianca in Brazil as of next month, which, together with various new hub-to-hub services announced by individual members, signifies that we will boost network connectivity this year,” Schwab added.

The alliance continued in their meeting notes:

2015 has already seen a steady stream of route additions and more new routes will be introduced by the end of the year. These include for example further increasing choice at the Alliance’s Houston hub, with new long-haul flights by Air New Zealand, ANA and EVA Air from Auckland, Tokyo and Taipei. Air China has launched a new flight between Beijing and Montreal while Air Canada will start flying from Toronto to Delhi in December. A new Lufthansa flight from Frankfurt to Panama will establish an important link between a major hub in Europa and Latin America from late November.

Complementing the network expansions, member carriers are deepening their bilateral cooperation by signing code-share agreements. Recent examples include Air India and Air New Zealand, Air India and Avianca, Copa and TAP and EVA Air and Turkish Airlines.

In parallel to this organic network growth, the Alliance continues to monitor market developments and will seize opportunities for membership expansion if and when they arise.
With customer service improvement at the very heart of its activities, the member airlines are continuously looking for joint initiatives that will deliver a better experience – in many cases by introducing new behind the scenes technology to improve transactions between the carriers.
The most recent example of how such background changes can bring visible change for customers is demonstrated by Star Alliance’s award- winning home in London Heathrow Terminal 2, now one year old. The Queen’s Terminal, formally opened on June 23rd, 2014 by H.M. Queen Elizabeth II, uses new technology and processes that allow airlines to work together in its check-in hall, providing a highly automated and efficient service. Customer feedback on the new terminal has been extremely positive.

Dialogue with airports is essential in realising ground service improvements. “We would ask airports around the world to engage with us at a very early stage, as they redevelop terminals or build completely new infrastructures. As the experience at Heathrow shows, this can bring advantages for all,” Schwab said.

Projects are already under way at Sao Paulo – Guarulhos Airport as well as at Tokyo’s Narita Airport. In both cases the check-in halls face space constraints which cannot be resolved by expanding the current infrastructure.

Another service which is currently being rolled out across the network is Gold Track Security – a dedicated security lane for First and Business Class passengers as well as Star Alliance Gold Card holders. This Alliance product is currently available at over 25 major airports and will progressively expanded to the majority of Star Alliance hubs during the course of the year.
The CEOs also reviewed the successful implementation of several new IT systems. These use latest technologies to provide a more reliable and faster service, with better reporting systems in place to diagnose any errors and allow them to be quickly fixed.

An IT hub infrastructure forms the backbone for the majority of the systems required to deliver the Alliance customer promise. This has gradually being extended to handle different forms of business logic and further similar projects will follow. Examples to date include through check-in: which allows passengers to receive their boarding passes for their entire trip from the first point of check-in. Last year saw the introduction of two systems in the field of loyalty programmes.

The one allows faster and better exchange of the frequent flyer data, with the aim of all but eliminating the need to manually claim miles after a flight. The other system ensures the faster communication of status changes across all airlines in the Alliance, allowing customers to make use of their Gold benefits even before a new card is issued.

Schwab said: “Connecting the data networks is just as important as offering ideal flight options as part of our Airline’s schedule. Having our IT Hub infrastructure in place puts us into a unique position to provide the necessary IT technological support required for speedy implementations of new Star Alliance customer benefits.”

In closing, the CEOs reiterated that while adding new members to the Alliance no longer is of the same importance as some years ago, the Alliance business model continues to offer many opportunities for creating additional value for their individual companies. As a consequence, Alliance membership remains an important and integral part of individual member’s business plans, with each airline being able to decide how much value they wish to extract from their Alliance membership.

Copyright Photo: Rodrigo Cozzato/AirlinersGallery.com. Avianca (Brazil) (OceanAir Linhas Aereas) Airbus A320-214 WL PR-ONZ (msn 6110) with Sharklets arrives ath the Sao Paulo (Guarulhos) base.

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Synergy Aerospace Corporation signs MOU for 62 Airbus A320neo aircraft

Synergy Aerospace Corporation, Avianca’s largest shareholder and owner of Avianca Brasil (Sao Paulo), has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Airbus for 62 A320neo Family aircraft. The agreement paves the way for Avianca Brasil to base its fleet renewal and network growth strategy on the A320neo Family.

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“These 62 A320neo aircraft will make it possible for Avianca Brasil (OceanAir Linhas Aereas) to take an important leap toward growing and modernizing its fleet, while improving passenger experience,” said German Efromovich, Chairman of Synergy.

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Synergy has ordered 10 A350 XWBs, six A330-200 passenger, one A330-200 Freighter and 20 A320 Family aircraft. Avianca Brasil currently operates 38 A320 Family aircraft and one A330 Freighter aircraft.

Once the order is firm, Airbus will have sold 407 A320neo aircraft to seven customers in Latin America — Avianca, Azul, Interjet, LATAM, Synergy, VivaAerobus and Volaris. With more than 950 aircraft sold and a backlog of almost 500, nearly 600 Airbus aircraft are in operation throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. In the past 10 years, Airbus has tripled its in-service fleet while delivering more than 60 percent of all aircraft operating in the region. In May, Airbus celebrated its 500th aircraft delivery in Latin America.

Top Copyright Photo: Rodrigo Cozzato/AirlinersGallery.com. Avianca in Brazil operates the current version of the Airbus A319 and A320. Avianca (Brazil) (OceanAir Linhas Aereas) Airbus A320-214 WL PR-OCD (msn 6173) with Sharklets arrives at Sao Paulo (Guarulhos) in the new 2013 Avianca delivery.

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Avianca Brazil to partner with Byogy Renewables to produce biofuel

Avianca (Brazil) (Oceanair Linhas Aereas dba) (Sao Paulo) is increasing its partnering efforts to produce aviation biofuels in Brazil in association with Byogy Renewables. The two companies issued this statement:

Continuing its commitment to deliver price competitive, 100% replacement biofuels, Byogy Renewables and airline partner Avianca Brasil have launched a significant initiative to support advanced testing to accelerate the Byogy ATJ ASTM approval.

Unlike the confusing term drop-in fuel, which is defined as the final mixture of hydrocarbon additive products with jet fuel produced from oil, Byogy’s proprietary ATJ process produces one of the world’s first full replacement fuel that does not require blending, and also demonstrates performance characteristics better than jet fuel produced from oil. Byogy’s jet fuel is not an additive, but instead, a full replacement standalone fuel, and hence can be used at any blend ratio up to 100%.

“Our goal with our partner Avianca is to first, support the approval of the ATJ suite of process technologies in accordance with current regulations that limit blending to 50%, and then, after gaining appropriate experience testing data, work with the ASTM stakeholders to study the potential use of higher blend ratios that will in turn drive the highest level of carbon reduction possible of any renewable fuel,” said Kevin Weiss, CEO of Byogy.

The initiative will also study to validate the significant beneficial environmental impact achieved using Byogy’s ATJ to satisfy the proposed ICAO 2050 Neutral Carbon Growth mandate for the country of Brazil by leveraging the existing, and abundant sugar cane feedstock, as opposed to waiting for years before other agriculture feedstock industries are proven cost effective.

“Avianca is fully committed to supporting the Byogy ATJ fuel approval process and believes it is the best solution for Avianca to achieve carbon neutrality for its operations in Brazil,” said Captain Norberto Raniero, Vice President of Operations at Avianca.

“We believe that the increase in aviation demand will show that the only way to achieve the carbon reduction mandate, set out by the ICAO, is to use high blend ratios of renewable aviation fuel,” said Weiss. “This is probably the most significant initiative in the aviation industry as it demonstrates the evolution to a full replacement, high quality renewable aviation fuel.”

By leveraging the existing global feedstock of ethanol, Byogy is not limited to its own ability to produce alcohol and hence is not subject to the scale up risks associated with novel biological organisms. Instead, Byogy’s proven petrochemical process will capitalize on the global efforts that are currently driving the production cost of ethanol down. As Weiss states, “at some point, we will wake up from this ethanol hangover and realize that it is more important to use alcohols to produce full replacement renewable aviation fuels than it is to push higher blends of alcohols into infrastructure that cannot support it.”

Once approved by ASTM, it is anticipated that the Byogy ATJ bio-jet fuel will deliver to operators the multiple benefits including, lower fuel consumption, lower engine maintenance cost, and a significant beneficial environmental impact.

Copyright Photo: Marcelo F. De Biasi/AirlinersGallery.com. The pictured new Airbus A318-121 PR-AVK (msn 3062) prepares to depart from the tropical destination of Salvador in northern Brazil.

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Avianca Brazil is invited to join the Star Alliance, replacing TAM Airlines

Avianca Brazil (OceanAir Linhas Aereas dba) (Sao Paulo) has been invited to join the Star Alliance as part of Avianca (Bogota) membership. On December 13, the Chief Executive Board of Star Alliance agreed to extend Avianca’s membership of the Alliance to include its partner Avianca Brazil. The unanimous decision marks the first step in Star Alliance’s strategy to secure its position in the Brazilian market following current member airline TAM’s decision to leave the Alliance as a consequence of its merger with LAN.

As a first step in the integration process, experts from Avianca Brazil, the Star Alliance member carriers serving Brazil and Star Alliance management will jointly work on enhancing Avianca Brazil’s network. The aim is to facilitate seamless connections via the major hubs in São Paulo – Guarulhos and Rio de Janeiro – Galeão/Antônio Carlos Jobim.

Avianca Brazil is expected to join the alliance in 2014.

Top Copyright Photo: Rodrigo Cozzato/AirlinersGallery.com. Avianca Brazil’s Airbus A318-121 PR-ONG (msn 3438) departs from Sao Paulo (Guarulhos). Bottom Copyright Photo: Avianca Brazil.

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