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Azul updates its five-year fleet plan

Azul S.A., the largest airline in Brazil by number cities served and flight departures, announces today its updated fleet plan. This updated forecast reflects an acceleration of the Company’s fleet transformation strategy, resulting in 100% of Azul’s domestic jet capacity coming from next-generation aircraft by 2022. As a result, Azul will have one of the most fuel-efficient, profitable and environmentally-friendly fleets in the world.

According to John Rodgerson, CEO of Azul, “we ended 2019 with 42 next-generation aircraft and could not be more excited about the economics as well as the high-quality onboard experience they offer to our customers. The A320neos and E2s are the principal pillars in our goal to significantly increase revenue and earnings while we grow responsibly over the next five years.”

This fleet plan represents the expected number of each aircraft type we plan to operate over the next five years.  Azul has the flexibility to reduce or increase these numbers depending on market conditions.

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New York is Azul’s newest international destination

Azul has made this announcement:

The statue of Liberty, Times Square and Central Park are now closer than ever for Azul customers with new daily service to JFK starting June 15, 2020.

New York will be Azul’s 3rd destination in the United States.  Azul already serves Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood and Orlando from Sao Paulo-Viracopos, Belo Horizonte and Recife.  With this new nonstop service, Azul’s portfolio of service to the US will increase to 30 weekly flights.  Sao Paulo-Viracopos, Azul’s primary hub in Brazil with this latest addition will now feature 60 nonstop destinations, 6 of those international: Fort Lauderdale, Orlando and JFK in the US, Lisbon and Porto in Portugal and finally Buenos Aires in Argentina.

This route will be served by Azul’s Airbus A330 widebody aircraft.

The flight will operate out of the international terminal at Sao Paulo-Viracopos airport and at JFK will operate out of Jetblue’s Terminal T5.  Flights are timed to provide fast and convenient connections important destinations Boston in the US and Rio de Janeiro in Brazil.

The table below shows the scheduled departure and arrival times (all times local):

Origin

Dep

Destination

Arrival

Frequency

Sao Paulo – VCP

20:30

New York (JFK)

05:30

Daily

New York (JFK)

23:30

Sao Paulo – VCP

10:30

Daily

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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 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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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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