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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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TAP Portugal puts its first Airbus A320neo delivery of 2019 into service, expands at Porto

"Padre Américo", TAP's first A320neo, delivered April 7, 2018

TAP made this announcement:

On March 2, TAP debuted its new Airbus A320neo CS-TVB, with flight TP1699 from Lisbon to Funchal. This is the first model of this jetliner to arrive at the company this year.

The new Airbus A320neo, which is now part of the TAP Medium-Haul fleet, offers 174 seats. By the end of this year, TAP will receive 37 new airliners of the four Airbus models: A320neo, A321neo, A321LR, and A330neo.

TAP plans to receive 71 new aircraft by 2025, making it one of the most modern fleets in the world. The TAP fleet currently includes two Airbus A320neo, five Airbus A321neo, and three Airbus A330neo.

Above Photo: TAP/SpotterBR. Last week, the Airbus A330neo flew for the first time from Lisbon to Brasília.

In other news, TAP has announced an increase in the number of departures from Porto. Recently, TAP had announced new flights between Porto and Newark, moving from the current two flights per week to six weekly flights.

TAP flights between Porto and Newark will be operated by one of the most modern jetliners in the world: the Airbus A321 Long Range, an aircraft that offers high levels of comfort, efficiency, and technology. Flights between Porto and São Paulo will take place on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

With these new flights from Porto Airport, TAP will operate 288 connections per week. This includes 19 direct flights from Porto to Brazil, the US and Europe.

TAP’s new destinations from Porto – Brussels, Lyon and Munich – represent a 34% increase in direct connections from Porto to Europe, compared to last year. TAP’s investment in Porto is only possible thanks to the expansion of its fleet.

Top Copyright Photo: Sister aircraft: TAP Portugal – Air Portugal Airbus A320-251N WL CS-TVA (msn 8043) LHR (Rolf Wallner). Image: 944440.

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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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Frontier Airlines announces six new routes from Denver to Billings, Boston, Burlington, Green Bay and Mobile

"Choo, the Pika"

Frontier Airlines has announced it will add six new nonstop flights from Denver International Airport to Billings, Montana, Boston, Massachusetts, Burlington, Vermont, Green Bay, Wisconsin, and Mobile, Alabama, as well as Chicago O’Hare International Airport to Mobile, Alabama.

Service is seasonal, and frequency and times are subject to change.

Following is a summary of the new service:

Routes and Frequency:

BILLINGS (BIL) to/from DENVER (DEN)

Frequency: Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday

Aircraft: Airbus A320

Service Start: May 30, 2019

Seasonal

BOSTON (BOS) to/from DENVER (DEN)

Frequency: Daily

Aircraft: Airbus A320

Service Start: April 30, 2019

Seasonal

BURLINGTON (BTV) to/from DENVER (DEN)

Frequency: Monday, Wednesday, Friday

Aircraft: Airbus A320

Service Start: May 1, 2019

GREEN BAY (GRB) to/from DENVER (DEN)

Frequency: Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday

Aircraft: Airbus A320

Service Start: May 23, 2019

Seasonal

MOBILE (BFM) to/from DENVER (DEN)

Frequency: Monday, Wednesday, Saturday

Aircraft: Airbus A320

Service Start: May 1, 2019

Seasonal

MOBILE (BFM) to/from CHICAGO (ORD)

Frequency: Wednesday, Saturday

Aircraft: Airbus A320

Service Start: May 1, 2019

Seasonal

With these additions, Frontier will have 98 nonstop routes from Denver International Airport.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by the airline): Frontier Airlines (2nd) Airbus A320-251N WL N331FR (msn 8329) (Choo, the Pika) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 945361.

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Frontier to restore some routes from Denver

Frontier Airlines (2nd) Airbus A320-251N WL N338FR (msn 8402) (North, the Harp Seal) PHL (Tony Storck). Image: 944794.

Frontier Airlines has announced the addition of new non-stop service from Denver International Airport (DEN) to Baltimore-Washington International Airport (BWI), Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL), and Bradley International Airport (BDL) in Hartford, Conn. Service will begin in March 2019.

Following is a summary of the new service:

DENVER (DEN) to/from BALTIMORE-WASHINGTON (BWI)

Depart DEN 12:35 p.m. Arrive BWI: 6:07 p.m.

Depart BWI: 6:57 p.m. Arrive DEN: 9:09 p.m.

Aircraft: Airbus A320

Frequency: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday

Service Start: March 14, 2019

Seasonal

DENVER (DEN) to/from FORT LAUDERDALE (FLL)

Depart DEN 11:51 p.m. Arrive FLL: 5:47 a.m.

Depart FLL: 7:30 a.m. Arrive DEN: 10:01 a.m.

Aircraft: Airbus A320

Frequency: Daily

Service Start: March 14, 2019

Seasonal

DENVER (DEN) to/from HARTFORD (BDL)

Depart DEN: 7:00 a.m. Arrive BDL: 12:50 p.m.

Depart BDL: 1:40 p.m. Arrive DEN: 4:07 p.m.

Aircraft: Airbus A320

Frequency: Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday

Service Start: March 28, 2019

Seasonal

Top Copyright Photo (all others by the airline): Frontier Airlines (2nd) Airbus A320-251N WL N338FR (msn 8402) (North, the Harp Seal) PHL (Tony Storck). Image: 944794.

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easyJet orders additional 17 Airbus A320neo aircraft

easyJet (UK) Airbus A320-251N WL G-UZHB (msn 7705) (NEO) ZRH (Rolf Wallner). Image: 943811.

Airbus has reached an agreement with easyJet that extends the airline’s fleet plans into 2023, exercising purchase rights to firm orders for 17 A320neo aircraft.

This takes its combined order for the NEO to 147 (including 30 A321neo) and means easyJet has ordered 468 A320 Family aircraft  to date.

The aircraft are configured with 186 seats in a single class configuration and powered by CFM International LEAP engines.

easyJet currently operates a fleet of 316 A320 Family including 17 A320neo and three A321neo, making it the world’s largest airline operator of Airbus’ single aisle aircraft. easyJet serves over 130 European airports in some 31 countries operating over 1,000 routes.

The A320neo family is the world’s best-selling single aisle aircraft with more than 6,200 orders from over 100 customers since its launch in 2010. It incorporates latest technologies including new generation engines and Sharklet wing tip devices, which together deliver more than 15% in fuel savings from day one and 20% by 2020 with further cabin innovations. The A320neo also offers significant environmental performance with nearly 50% reduction in noise footprint compared to previous generation aircraft.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by easyJet): easyJet (UK) Airbus A320-251N WL G-UZHB (msn 7705) (NEO) ZRH (Rolf Wallner). Image: 943811.

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Flynas becomes first Saudi carrier to receive the Airbus A320neo

First Airbus A320neo for Flynas

Flynas, Saudi Arabia’s first low-cost airline, has begun taking delivery of its first of 80 Airbus A320neo Family aircraft. This follows an agreement signed in January 2017, with deliveries scheduled to take place from 2018 to 2026.

Flynas is the first operator in Saudi Arabia to acquire the A320neo and currently operates a fleet of 30 A320ceos. The A320neo, powered by CFM LEAP-1A engines, will support Flynas’ expansion plans while providing greater operational efficiency and passenger comfort.

Saudi Arabia is the largest domestic aviation market in the Middle East. Since its inception in 2007, Flynas has set ambitious growth plans that continuously develop its fleet in order to carry more passengers. In 2017, the airline carried more than 6.4 million passengers and over 3 million passengers during the first half of 2018.

The A320neo Family is the world’s best-selling single aisle aircraft with over 6,200 orders from more than 100 customers since its launch in 2010. It incorporates latest technologies including new generation engines and Sharklet wing tip devices, which together deliver more than 15 percent in fuel savings from day one and 20 percent by 2020 with further cabin innovations. The A320neo also offers significant environmental performance with nearly a 50 percent reduction in noise footprint compared to previous generation aircraft.

Top Copyright Photo: Flynas (Nasair) (Saudi Arabia) Airbus A320-251N WL F-WWDF (HZ-NS22) (msn 8443) TLS (Eurospot). Image: 944066.

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