Category Archives: Azul

Azul and Turkish Airlines enhance cooperation with frequent flyer agreement

Azul and Turkish Airlines have announced the enhancement of their cooperation with a frequent flyer agreement between the two airlines’ loyalty programs. Starting today, members of Azul’s loyalty program TudoAzul and members of Turkish Airlines loyalty program Miles&Smiles will have access to exclusive benefits and the ability to earn and redeem points when flying on each airline. This new frequent flyer agreement builds upon the very successful codeshare agreement between Turkish and Azul that was implemented in December 2017. Via this codeshare agreement customers traveling on a connecting itinerary between the two airlines can enjoy a seamless travel experience and connect to over 100 destinations in Brazil.

“Azul has proven itself to be a critical connecting partner for international airlines that fly into Brazil. With an unparalleled network of over 100 domestic destinations, airlines flying into Brazil can access an unrivalled portfolio of destinations and experiences for their customers when they partner with Azul for their domestic connectivity in Brazil“, says Abhi Shah, Chief Revenue Officer at Azul.

The Director of Marketing for Turkish Airlines, Ahmet Olmustur, also celebrated this new agreement. “We are very happy to amplify our strategic partnership with Azul. This clearly demonstrates that the codeshare we put in last year is working and that our customers are asking for even closer cooperation between our two airlines”, confirmed Olmustur.

The codeshare between Azul and Turkish allows a single ticket to be flown on both airlines the convenience of thru baggage and thru check-in. In this way, customers traveling on Turkish Airlines long-haul flights into Brazil have access to over 100 domestic destinations with the Azul network. At the same time Azul customer leaving Brazil can connect to the Turkish Airlines global network via their long haul flights.

“We are delighted to expand our partnership with Azul” said Ahmet Olmuştur, Turkish Airlines’ Chief Marketing Officer, that was present at the ceremony today. “This signing shows that the codeshare agreement, we made at the end of last year with Azul, was a great success that led up to bring our existing collaboration on a higher level.”

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Embraer and Azul sign a Letter of Intent for 21 additional E195-E2 jets

Embraer and Azul Linhas Aéreas Brasileiras S.A. announced today, at the Farnborough AirShow 2018, a Letter of Intent (LOI) for a firm order of 21 E195-E2 jets. This contract has a value of USD 1.4 billion. The order will be added to Embraer’s order book as soon as the firm contract is completed.

This order is additional to an order for 30 E195-E2 jets signed by the airline in 2015, which will raise Azul’s total order to 51 Embraer E2 aircraft. Azul is the launch operator of the E195-E2 and will receive the first aircraft in 2019.

Image: Embraer.

United Airlines increases its economic stake in Azul to 8.0%

Azul's 2014 Brazilian flag livery

Azul S.A. issued this statement:

Today (April 27, 2018), Azul is announcing that current shareholder United Airlines has just concluded a private preferred share transaction with Hainan Airlines. The transaction increased United’s economic stake in Azul from 3.7% to 8.0%.

 

Azul and United today connect via their gateways in Sao Paulo – Guarulhos (GRU), Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood, Florida (FLL) and Orlando, Florida (MCO).

In Brazil connecting customers have access to the largest domestic network in the country, serving more than 100 cities.

Copyright Photo: Azul Brasil (Azul Linhas Aereas Brasileiras) Airbus A330-243 PR-AIV (msn 532) (Brazilian flag livery) FLL (Brian McDonough). Image: 940993.

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Azul announces the lease of two Boeing 737-400F freighters

Azul has announced the lease of two used Boeing 737-400F freighters to support the rapid growth of its cargo business unit, Azul Cargo Express. Both aircraft are expected to be delivered during the second half of this year. As a result, Azul Cargo Express will have additional capacity and greater flexibility to provide customized solutions for its growing customer base.

“We have decided to order these freighter planes because we see the need to have some dedicated narrowbody aircraft to support the growth of our cargo business. The 737 is the only narrowbody freighter option in the market and was chosen because of the model’s low ownership cost combined with its superior capacity and unbeatable reliability track record. With these planes, we’ll have greater versatility based on the needs of our clients, and we will also be able to offer new services, such as air charter. With no doubt, these cargo planes will support our fast expansion,” notes Izabel Reis, director of Azul Cargo Express.

The 737-400F can hold up to 20 tons of cargo. With more capacity and higher flexibility, Azul Cargo Express expects to grow revenues by 40% this year, expanding its service offering throughout Brazil. In 2017, Azul’s cargo business registered a 49% revenue growth compared to the previous year.

Azul intends to open flights to up to 35 new cities in the coming years

Azul Linhas Aereas Brasileiras ATR 72-212A (ATR 72-600) PR-ATH (msn 991) VCP (Marcelo F. De Biasi). Image: 908285.

Azul has made this announcement:

The arrival of air service to a city gets the attention of local business people and entrepreneurs; it also sparks the interest of someone planning a holiday or work trip, and consequently supports and boosts the local economy. With this vision, Azul plans to expand its network by up to 35 new cities in the coming years in various regions of Brazil, as well as to select international destinations.

On March 24, the company debuted its newest destinations: Rosario and Cordoba, both in Argentina.

The list of potential new cities also includes Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Caruaru, Mossoró, Serra Talhada, Guarapuava, Toledo, Umuarama, Pato Branco, among others.

The vast majority of the markets will be served with ATR 72-600 aircraft (top), which have capacity for up to 70 passengers and are best suited for short-haul flights. The Company’s guidance for 2018 already contemplates the addition of eight to ten new destinations, representing less than 5% of the capacity growth expected for this year.

Jaguaruna, for example, a city where the company began operations at the end of 2016, has already reached the milestone of nearly 90,000 passengers flown in just over one year. The gradual growth of the base is directly related to Azul’s connectivity and to the company’s extensive network, the largest in the country, which allows passengers to travel to over 100 destinations in Brazil and abroad. Through our codeshare flights with our partners, customers can also travel anywhere in the world by connecting through the United States and Portugal.

Copyright Photo: Azul Linhas Aereas Brasileiras ATR 72-212A (ATR 72-600) PR-ATH (msn 991) VCP (Marcelo F. De Biasi). Image: 908285.

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Correios (Brazil’s Postal Service) and Azul to operate Boeing 737-400F freighters

Azul Brazilian Airlines and Correios (Brazil’s Postal Service) in December 2017 signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) for the creation of a private integrated logistics solutions company with a new business model, to contribute significantly to Brazil’s growth.

The new company will have a 50.01% ownership stake of Azul and 49.99% of Correios, and will offer integrated logistics services for cargo transportation, willing to become the best logistics platform for e-commerce in the country.

With the existing demand already served by Azul and Correios, the new company will handle roughly 100 thousand tons of cargo per year. Both companies will have cost savings, operating efficiency and revenue gains, improving the service offer to the consumer.

The memorandum of understanding will be submitted to the Brazilian authorities and appropriate government bodies for approval. Only after their consent, the new company will be established and its activities are expected to begin in the first half of 2018.

The entity is expected to operate Boeing 737-400F freighters. It is now recruiting pilots.