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Azul launches a new route from Belo Horizonte to Orlando

Azul's 2015 "Azul Viagens" special livery

Azul Brazilian Airlines, Brazil’s largest airline by cities served, yesterday (November 16) added a new daily flight from Orlando International to Belo Horizonte, Brazil, the first-ever nonstop flight on the route. Belo Horizonte is Azul’s second hub destination, where Orlando travelers will be able to connect to more than 100 destinations. The company also operates daily flights from Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood and Orlando to São Paulo. Azul Cargo services are available in all international flights.

The new daily service will depart Orlando (MCO) at 6 pm (1800), arriving in Belo Horizonte at 5:32 am (0532) the following morning. The return flight will depart Belo Horizonte at 10:18 am (1018), arriving at MCO at 4:15 pm (1615).

Copyright Photo: Andy Cripps/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A330-243 PR-AIU (msn 494) in the special Azul Viagens livery departs from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL).

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Alitalia and Etihad Airways receive European Commission approval for Etihad to save the Italian airline

Alitalia (2nd) (Rome) and Etihad Airways (Abu Dhabi) has received permission from the European Commission to permit Etihad to acquire a 49 percent share in the Italian carrier for €387.5 million and also implement their strategic partnership. Finally Alitalia has found its savior.

Alitalia and Etihad Airways jointly issued issued this statement:

Alitalia and Etihad Airways are pleased to confirm that they have received merger clearance from the European Commission under EU Regulation No. 139/2004. They can therefore proceed with the proposed strategic partnership announced in August.

Following the completion of its review, the European Commission on Friday (November 14) confirmed that the partnership complies with the European regulations on competition. In line with previous cases, the airlines undertook commitments aimed at facilitating the entry of new airlines on the Rome to Belgrade route.

The parties continue to work together with a view to completing the transaction before the end of the year.

President and Chief Executive Officer of Etihad Airways, James Hogan, said: “We are delighted to be able to move forward with this process and look forward to a positive outcome and the final conclusion of a our transaction with Alitalia.

“An equity investment in Alitalia will be beneficial not only for the both airlines, but, more importantly, it will give more choice and broader travel opportunities to business and leisure travellers into and out of Italy.”

Gabriele del Torchio, Chief Executive Officer of Alitalia, said: “This is an excellent outcome for Alitalia. This investment will provide financial stability and a foundation for impressive long-term growth for the Company and for the travel and tourism industry in Italy, in which Alitalia is a fundamental player.

Top Copyright Photo: Alitalia’s Airbus A321-112 EI-IXI (msn 494) pushes back from the gate at London’s Heathrow Airport displaying the 1960 retrojet colors.

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Bottom Copyright Photo: Greenwing/AirlinersGallery.com. Both Alitalia and Etihad have painted an Airbus A330 with these promotional Expo Milano 2015 markings.


Alitalia is asking for more money

Alitalia (2nd) (Rome) is again apparently facing a capital crunch. The Italian carrier has asked Italian banks to extend an existing loan agreement by 50 million euros ($68 million), according to Reuters quoting the daily Il Messaggero.

Etihad Airways meanwhile continues to negotiate with Alitalia about a possible equity investment.

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Copyright Photo: Marco Finelli/AirlinersGallery.com. Alitalia’s Airbus A321-112 EI-IXI (msn 494) in the 1960 retrojet livery arrives at Rome’s Fiumicino-Leonardo da Vinci International Airport hub.

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Air France-KLM defers a decision on Alitalia, seeks more information

Air France (Paris) and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (Amsterdam) stated yesterday after a board meeting that it will defer its decision on what to do with its 25 percent share in Alitalia (2nd) (Rome). The Air France-KLM Group board is seeking more information from Alitalia which continues to lose money. Meanwhile AF-KL is constrained in what it can do because the group has posted financial losses for the past two years.

Read the full analysis from the Wall Street Journal: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Karl Cornil/AirlinersGallery.com. Alitalia’s 1960 retrojet in the form of Airbus A321-112 EI-IXI (msn 494) prepares to land at Amsterdam.

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Whitejets starts a new route to Cancun from Brazil

Copyright Photo: Rurik Enriquez.

Whitejets Transportes Aéreos (Rio de Janeiro-Galeao) is a new Brazilian charter airline. The new airline is owned by José Manuel Antunes who also owns Omni Aviation of Portugal, which in turn owns White Airways (Lisbon). Whitejets launched operations on June 12, 2010 between Rio de Janeiro (Galeao) and Sao Paulo (Viracopos) and Veradero (Cuba) with an Airbus A310-300 wet leased from White Airways.

A new route to Cancun was also inaugurated on July 12 from Brazil.

Copyright Photo: Rurik Enriquez. Whitejets’ Airbus A310-304 PR-WTA (msn 494, ex PR-WTA), operated by White Airways, arrives in the early morning light at Cancun on July 12.