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ITA Airways adds a new code share with Azul

ITA Airways today launches the new code share agreement with Azul – Linhas Aéreas Brasileiras.

ITA Airways will be able to apply its “AZ” code on domestic flights operated by Azul in 8 strategic markets: Belém (PA), Cuiabá (MT), Santos Dumont (RJ), Porto Alegre (RS), Recife (PE), Juazeiro do Norte (CE), Confins (MG) and Curitiba (PR), in connection with the Rome – Sao Paulo flight, which will initially be operated 5 times a week, and will become daily from August.

The agreement will become effective on June 10, 2022.

Marco Finelli report from Italy.

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Azul Cargo introduces the world’s first E195 Class F freighter aircraft

 

In another industry milestone, Azul Cargo introduces today, the world’s first Class F freighter aircraft. This innovative initiative was conducted in-house in partnership with LHColus Tecnologia, starting with the conceptual design development, cabin preparation, concept proof and development test flights. The final aircraft certification, received on February 1, 2022 had given the partnership with the Brazilian Aviation Authority, Anac.

The addition of this converted E195 fleet to Azul Cargo’s operation adds unmatched flexibility and cost effectiveness to its logistics operation. Benefitting from the low trip-cost of the E-195, combined with 15 metric tons of payload capability the E195 Class F is the perfect aircraft to help Azul Cargo transform logistics in Brazil.

Also, this innovation is aligned to Azul’s ESG strategy and with the commitment to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2045, as each E1 freighter reduces carbon emissions by 7,900 tons per year and has up to three times more the capacity compared to the previous versions of the E1 aircraft.

Class F Cabin
“Class F” category means that the aircraft is certified to transport cargo in the cabin, in heat and fire-resistant containers, with an innovative thermal camera fire detection system.

The prototype aircraft, PR-AXW, performed 12 proof of concept tests, 8 ground smoke barrier tests and one certification flight with ANAC inspectors.

Azul to take delivery of a new Airbus A321neo painted in a special Disney Minnie Mouse livery

2021 "Walt Disney World - Minnie Mouse" promotional livery

Azul will soon take delivery of the pictured Airbus A321-251NX that will become PR-YJF painted in a special Walt Disney World “Minnie Mouse” livery (above).

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Top Copyright Photo: Azul Brasil (Azul Linhas Aereas Brasileiras) Airbus A321-251NX WL D-AVWX (PR-YJF) (msn 10793) (Walt Disney World – Minnie Mouse) XFW (Gerd Beilfuss). Image: 956286.

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Photo: Azul Brasil (Azul Linhas Aereas Brasileiras) Airbus A321-251NX WL D-AZAR (PR-YJE) (msn 10542) (Ordem e Progresso) XFW (Gerd Beilfuss). Image: 956110.

2021 "Ordem e Progresso" special livery, will become PR-YJE

Copyright Photo: Azul Brasil (Azul Linhas Aereas Brasileiras) Airbus A321-251NX WL D-AZAR (PR-YJE) (msn 10542) (Ordem e Progresso) XFW (Gerd Beilfuss). Image: 956110.

Photo: Azul Brasil (Azul Linhas Aereas Brasileiras) Airbus A320-251N WL F-WWDY (PR-YSH) (msn 10582) (Walt Disney World) TLS (Eurospot). Image: 954883.

"Mickey Mouse", 2021 Walt Disney World promotional scheme

Copyright Photo: Azul Brasil (Azul Linhas Aereas Brasileiras) Airbus A320-251N WL F-WWDY (PR-YSH) (msn 10582) (Walt Disney World) TLS (Eurospot). Image: 954883.

Azul ends its codeshare agreement with LATAM, will pursue merger opportunities

"La Belle Azul" pink livery for breast cancer awareness

Azul issued this statement:

Azul, the largest airline in Brazil in terms of destinations and departures updates the market on its codeshare with LATAM and possible industry consolidation.

Azul believes that consolidation is an important part of the post-pandemic industry response and the Company is in a strong position to drive that consolidation.  The Company has hired advisors and is actively exploring industry consolidation opportunities in the region.

“The codeshare with LATAM was a unique solution in our pandemic response.  We also realized that industry consolidation would be important for the post-pandemic recovery and Azul would be a key part of any such activity.  At the end of the first quarter of 2021 we hired financial advisors and are actively exploring consolidation opportunities.  We believe the cancelation of the codeshare by LATAM is a reaction to that process,” says John Rodgerson, CEO of Azul.  “Azul is emerging from this crisis in a leadership position in terms of liquidity, network recovery and competitive advantages.  Our plans are unchanged and I am confident that we are in the best position to pursue strategic alternatives at this point in time,” says Rodgerson.

Azul will keep the market update of any developments.

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Top Copyright Photo: Azul Brasil (Azul Linhas Aereas Brasileiras) Airbus A330-941 F-WWYO (PR-ANV) (msn 1952) TLS (Eurospot). Image: 952080.

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Azul introduces “Ararinha Azul”

Azul Linhas Aéreas Brasileiras has painted a “Blue Macaw” tropical livery on one of its new Embraer 195-E2 jets (PS-AEF).

Embraer made this announcement:

Azul just revealed one of its new E195-E2s in a striking tropical livery. Designed by São Paulo graffiti artist Luiz Pardal, the big E2 features 3 ararinhas (Spix’s macaws) on each side of the 41.5m fuselage. The aircraft is christened “Ararinha Azul.” The native bird was considered extinct for more than 20 years, but several were recently discovered in captivity.

The livery has 58 non-corrosive paint colors of which 28 are specially blended to capture the vibrant look of Brazil’s tropical landscape. The work was completed over 10 days at Embraer’s facility in São José dos Campos. Although it may appear to be painted by hand, the process involved masking the aircraft and then applying 150 kilos of paint using automated robots.

 

Azul commissioned AzkoNobel and Tintas Coral, a Brazilian paint company, for the project. Despite the complexity of colors, the overall weight of paint used for this design is about the same as more conventional liveries. The paint is extremely durable and is designed to withstand forces that typically cause cracking – rain, cruise speed, air pressure changes, and takeoffs and landings.

When you spot the airplane at an airport, look carefully for the sparrow at the back of the fuselage. It’s Luiz Pardal’s signature mark. The word “pardal” means “sparrow” in English.

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Azul defers 59 Embraer E2 aircraft deliveries

Azul S.A. has announced that it reached an agreement with Embraer to defer 59 E2s deliveries, expected to take place between 2020 and 2023, to 2024 and beyond. These aircraft have a list price of R$24.5 billion.

Azul has acted very swiftly in adapting its business to the COVID-19 crisis. It adjusted its capacity to the new demand environment by reducing it by 90% in the month of April compared to 2019. It also made headcount and salary changes which allowed the Company to reduce payroll costs by over 50% compared to the similar period last year.

“Azul entered this crisis as one of the most profitable airlines in the world. The impact of the pandemic on the Brazilian and global economy has been unprecedented, and the timing of the recovery still remains uncertain. With the contribution of all of our stakeholders, we believe we will be able to come out of this crisis as an even stronger company. The agreement reached with Embraer to defer aircraft deliveries to 2024 is one important component of our comprehensive plan that allows us to create the liquidity runway for this crisis. With this support, we are able to ensure that we have the liquidity and the resources required to optimize the airline for the future,” said John Rodgerson, Azul’s CEO.

The Company continues to work with its partners on its fleet optimization plan and will keep the market informed of further developments.

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Azul will cut capacity up to 50%

Azul S.A., has announced that in response to the economic impact following the outbreak of COVID-19 in Brazil, the company is taking additional steps to preserve its financial position.

“While our top priority remains the health and safety of our crewmembers and customers, we continue to focus on adjusting capacity to demand and preserving our cash position during this challenging time. We ended 2019 as one of the most profitable airlines in the world. Our strong liquidity position, combined with the expertise and dedication of our team give me confidence that we will come out of this crisis a lot stronger as an airline”, said John Rodgerson, CEO of Azul.

Capacity Adjustments

We are reducing consolidated capacity by 20%-25% in March and by 35% to 50% in April and beyond until the situation normalizes. As of March 16th, all international flights, except flights leaving from Campinas, will be suspended.

The company will continue to monitor demand trends on a daily basis adjusting capacity and its network as needed and will keep the market updated on further developments.

Fixed costs reduction

In addition to flight cancelations, Azul is taking several measures to reduce its fixed costs, which represent approximately 40% of total operating cost.

  •   Executive management team salary cut of 25% until situation normalizes.
  •   Hiring freeze.
  •   Payment deferral of 2019 profit sharing.
  •   Voluntary unpaid leave program with over 600 requests approved so far.
  •   Suspension of travel and discretionary spending.
  •   Grounding aircraft.
  •   Suspending all new aircraft deliveries.

    Balance sheet and cash flow

    Azul ended 2019 with R$2.8 billion in liquid assets, including cash and cash equivalents and accounts receivables. As of December 31, 2019, the company had no restricted cash and also held deposits and maintenance reserves totaling R$1.7 billion, and long-term investments totaling R$1.4 billion.

    The company is preemptively negotiating new payment terms with its partners. In addition, the company is closing new line of credits with financial institutions to further strengthen its cash cushion.

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