Tag Archives: Azul Brasil (Azul Linhas Aereas Brasileiras)

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.

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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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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.

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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.

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