Category Archives: Azul

Azul receives the first Airbus A321neo in Brazil

Azul S.A., the largest airline in Brazil by number of cities served and daily departures, receives today the first Airbus A321neo ever delivered in Brazil.

Configured in a 214 seat layout and powered by CFM International’s Leap-1A engines, the aircraft is the first of 13 ordered.

The airline has chosen the A321neo to fly its high-density domestic routes and will provide customers with an industry leading inflight experience, including larger overhead bins, mood-lighting and individual touch-screen inflight entertainment.

Azul takes delivery of its first Embraer 195-E2

Azul S.A., the largest airline in Brazil by number of cities served and flight departures, celebrated a historic day today (September 12) by taking delivery of its first Embraer 195-E2 aircraft.

The company is the launch customer of this latest generation aircraft, delivered in a ceremony at Embraer’s main facility in São José dos Campos. Azul will receive another five aircraft until the end of the year and has a total of 51 firm orders.

Azul’s E2s are powered by Pratt & Whitney GTF ™ engines and are expected to deliver an industry leading fuel consumption that is 25% less fuel per seat compared to the current-generation E195. The aircraft has 136 seats (18 more than the current E195-E1 and 30 more than the current E190-E1) designed in a two-by-two configuration with no middle seat. The interior configuration also features 28 extra-legroom seats with a generous 33 inch seat-pitch that is favored by corporate customers. Each slim-line seat includes the latest generation in individual seat back entertainment, soon-to-come on board Wifi, streaming live TV and individual power outlets.Photo: Embraer.

Embraer and Azul sign pool program to support new E195-E2 fleet

Embraer has announced at the 53rd International Paris Air Show the signing with Azul Linhas Aereas Brasileiras, S.A. of a long-term Flight Hour Pool Program agreement to provide repairable component support for the carrier’s brand new fleet of Embraer E195-E2 jets, the second generation of the E-Jets family.

Azul, which placed a total order of 51 E195-E2, is the global launch customer for the new aircraft and will receive the first delivery during the second half of this year.

The multiyear Flight Hour Pool Program agreement includes material services engineering and advanced component exchanges from Embraer spare parts facilities in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, USA.

Azul joined the Embraer Pool Program in 2008, when it began operating its first generation of E-Jets, and more recently, the Repair Management Program.

With the new Flight Hour Pool Program agreement, the airline will now have coverage for its entire Embraer fleet.

Embraer’s Flight Hour Pool Program, which currently supports more than 40 airlines worldwide, is designed to allow airlines to minimize their upfront investment on high value repairable inventories and resources and to take advantage of Embraer’s technical expertise and its vast component repair service provider network. The results are significant savings on repair and inventory carrying costs, reduction in required warehousing space, and the virtual elimination of the need for resources required for repair management, while ultimately providing guaranteed performance levels.

Embraer Services & Support currently supports 100% of the E-Jets E2 delivered by offering a package of services customized for each customer and their business needs. These support programs are part of a suite of products that Embraer designed to assist the worldwide growing fleet of Embraer aircraft through TechCare.

The E195-E2 is the second of three new aircraft models that make up the E2 family of aircraft. The E190-E2 is already being operated by Norway’s Widerøe, the largest regional airline in Scandinavia, and Air Astana, a flag carrier of Kazakhstan.

Avolon delivers one Airbus A330neo to Azul

Avolon, the international aircraft leasing company, has announced the delivery of one Airbus A330neo to Azul. Avolon has 15 aircraft on lease to Azul.

This is the first Airbus A330-900 for Azul.

Photo: Avolon.

Azul signs non-binding agreement to acquire select assets of Avianca Brasil

Azul S.A, the largest airline in Brazil by number of departures and destinations, has announced today that it has signed a non-binding agreement with Avianca Brasil to acquire certain assets of Avianca Brasil for the indicative purchase price of up to US$105 million.

As provided by the Brazilian Bankruptcy and Judicial Reorganization Law, the assets will be transferred to a new entity free and clear of all debts and liabilities (“NewCo”). The proposed NewCo solely includes certain assets selected by Azul including Avianca Brasil’s operating certificate, 70 pair of slots and approximately 30 Airbus A320 aircraft.

The offer is non-binding and remains subject to a number of conditions precedent, including due diligence, regulatory and creditors approvals, and the conclusion of Avianca Brazil’s judicial reorganization. Azul estimates that the process could take up to three months to be concluded.

Azul will keep the market informed of any relevant developments.

First Airbus A320neo, delivered on October 11, 2016

Above Copyright Photo (all others by the airlines): Avianca (Brazil) (OceanAir Linhas Aereas) Airbus A320-251N WL PR-OBD (msn 7175) GRU (Rodrigo Cozzato). Image: 938772.

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Azul accelerates its fleet transformation in 2019, will grow its Airbus A320neo fleet

Azul Brasil (Azul Linhas Aereas Brasileiras) Airbus A320-251N WL PR-YRF (msn 7409) VCP (Rodrigo Cozzato). Image: 938768.

Azul, the largest airline in Brazil by number of departures and destinations, announces today a significant acceleration in its fleet transformation program.

The Company expects to add 21 next-generation aircraft this year, an increase of eight aircraft from its previous plan. These additions will be offset by the retirement of 15 Embraer E195 E1s, seven more than previously announced. Consistent with our fleet upgauging strategy, total available seat kilometers (ASKs) are expected to increase by 18% while departures should grow by only 5%.

For John Rodgerson, CEO of Azul, this acceleration is a further step in achieving Azul’s margin expansion plan. “Azul ended 2018 with a fleet of 20 A320neo aircraft, which provide significant revenue uplift to all parts of our business. The extra seats offer passengers improved connectivity throughout our network; our TudoAzul loyalty customers love the additional redemption opportunities; and our Azul Cargo business fills up the extra belly space. All of these benefits come with an impressive 29% lower seat cost than our current generation aircraft.  We are equally excited about the entry of our next-generation Embraer E2, which themselves provide a 26% lower seat cost than the current airplanes.” By the end of 2019, an industry-leading 40% of Azul’s capacity is expected be flown on next-generation aircraft.

The table below provides further detail on Azul’s updated fleet plan projections for 2019:

Azul Fleet Projection

 

Azul offers 821 daily flights to 110 destinations. With an operating fleet of 123 aircraft and more than 11,000 crew members, Azul has a network of 220 nonstop routes as of December 31, 2018.

Top Copyright Photo: Azul Brasil (Azul Linhas Aereas Brasileiras) Airbus A320-251N WL PR-YRF (msn 7409) VCP (Rodrigo Cozzato). Image: 938768.

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Azul announces a new international route to Porto, Portugal

Azul Brasil (Azul Linhas Aereas Brasileiras) Airbus A330-243 PR-AIU (msn 494) (Azul Viagens) FLL (Brian McDonough). Image: 931964.

Azul has announced a new nonstop service to Porto, Portugal starting on June 3, 2019.

The new destination will receive three weekly flights from Sao Paulo (Campinas), Azul’s main hub, which will have a total of 17 weekly frequencies to Portugal.

The Portuguese city is the second destination in Europe to receive flights from Azul after Lisbon.

The nonstop flight will be operated on an Airbus A330, with 272 seats. With the addition of this new flight, Campinas, the largest hub in Latin America, will offer nonstop service to 57 destinations, including Orlando, Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood and Lisbon.

In partnership with Aigle Azur, Azul also offers flights to Paris, France.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by the airline): Azul Brasil (Azul Linhas Aereas Brasileiras) Airbus A330-243 PR-AIU (msn 494) (Azul Viagens) FLL (Brian McDonough). Image: 931964.

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