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Flybondi to add a new international route to Rio de Janeiro

Flybondi will launch a new international route from the Rio de Janeiro area to Rio de Janeiro starting in October.

The new route will connect El Palomar international airport (EPA) with Rio de Janeiro Galeao international Airport (GIG).

This new route will operate three days a week with Boeing 737-800s.

Martin Ortiz reporting from Argentina.

All images by the airline.

Aviation Safety Network: American Airlines flight 251 blows its right main tires on landing at Rio de Janeiro

American Airlines (Dallas/Fort Worth) flight AA 251 from the Dallas/Fort Worth to Rio de Janeiro (Galeao) landed at Galeao on December 30 with the pictured Boeing 767-323 ER N380AN (msn 25449). The flight apparently blew one or more right main gear tires on landing and according to the Aviation Safety Network and this video, taxied to the gate. The aircraft did receive some damage according to ASN.

Video: Jose Nonato Coutinho.

American Airlines aircraft slide show (current livery): AG Slide Show

Air Canada launches year-round service to Rio de Janeiro

Air Canada (Montreal) has inaugurated new nonstop service between Toronto (Pearson) and Rio de Janeiro – Galeão International Airport with the departure of flight AC 098. The year-round flight to Brazil’s “Marvelous City” will complement Air Canada’s existing daily nonstop service to Sao Paulo and further drive Air Canada’s international expansion strategy.

Three-times-weekly service is being operated with a Boeing 767-300 ER aircraft with 24 International Business Class and 187 Economy seats.

Copyright Photo: SPA/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 767-38E ER C-GDUZ (msn 25347) departs from London (Heathrow).

Air Canada aircraft slide show: AG Slide Show

Gol to enter the Sao Paulo (Viracopos) – Rio de Janeiro (Santos Dumont) market

Gol Transportes Aereos (Sao Paulo) is entering the competitive Sao Paulo (Viracopos) (Viracopos is the home of Azul) – Rio de Janeiro (Santo Dumont) market on July 18 per Airline Route.

Copyright Photo: Christian Volpati/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-8EH PR-GGB (msn 35064) prepares to takeoff from the downtown Santos Dumont Airport in Rio de Janeiro.

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Air Canada files for Toronto-Rio de Janeiro service

Air Canada (Montreal) has filed an application with the National Civil Aviation Agency (ANAC ) of Brazil to fly from Toronto (Pearson) to Rio de Janeiro (Galeão Airport) with three weekly frequencies according to Melhores Destinos. Air Canada has proposed to start the new route on December 12. This follows the recent announcement by TAM Airlines that it wants to fly to Toronto from Sao paulo.

Under the application, flight AC 98 will depart from Toronto at 1:55 a.m. (0155) and arrive in Rio de Janeiro at 12:25 (1225). Return flight AC 99 will depart from Galeão at 9:45 p.m. (2145) and arrive in Toronto at 8:45 a.m. (0845) the following day. AC proposes to start operations with Boeing 767-300 equipment.

Copyright Photo: Reinhard Zinabold/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 767-38E ER C-GBZR (msn 25404) approaches the runway at the Lester B. Pearson International Airport in Toronto.

Air Canada: AG Slide Show

 

Gol receives permission to operate flights from Campinas to Miami via Santo Domingo

Gol Linhas Aéreas Inteligentes S.A. (Gol Transportes Aereos) (Sao Paulo) has received authorization from the National Civil Aviation Agency (ANAC) and other pertinent authorities to operate regular flights between Campinas (SP-Brazil) and Rio de Janeiro (Santos Dumont airport). Additionally, Gol announces it has received the approval to start flights from Campinas to Miami. The flight will have a connection in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, where the passenger has also the option to fly to Orlando. Operations will begin on July 18, 2014.

Campinas (SP) – Rio de Janeiro, Santos Dumont Airport (RJ)

There will be 12 flights per day between Campinas (SP-Brazil) and Rio de Janeiro (Santos Dumont Airport).

Campinas (SP) – Miami

The new flights between Campinas (SP-Brazil) and Miami via Santo Domingo, with the option to fly also to Orlando, will take place, initially, three times per week, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays.

In other news, Gol has announced that it has signed a contract to implement a codeshare and frequent flyer program agreement with TAP Portugal (Lisbon). The agreement will be submitted for the authorization of Portugal and Brazil’s governments, and is still pending the approval of Brazil’s National Civil Aviation Agency (ANAC) and Antitrust Authority (CADE).

Initially, the agreement will allow TAP Portugal, with more than 74 weekly flights from Portugal to Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Campinas, Belo Horizonte, Brasilia, Porto Alegre, Salvador, Natal, Fortaleza and Recife, to include its codes on Gol’s flights, enabling connections to other Brazilian destinations.

Copyright Photo: Rodrigo Cozzato/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-8EH PR-GTE (msn 34278) climbs gracefully Sao Paulo (Guarulhos).

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AeroMexico is coming to Rio de Janeiro

AeroMexico (Mexico City) has announced new service between Mexico City and Rio de Janeiro with four nonstop flights per week starting on June 29.

Rio de Janeiro thus becomes the second destination AeroMexico serves in Brazil and its 13th destination in Latin America.

The AeroMexico flight schedules to this Brazilian city are:

Mexico City – Rio de Janeiro*

Flight number Departure Arrival Frequency
AM 024 6:40 p.m. 06:20 a.m. Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday

Rio de Janeiro – Mexico City*

Flight number Departure Arrival Frequency
AM 025 7:55 a.m. 5:05 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday  and Saturday

* Times published are local to each country and are subject to changes without notice.

Flights between the two cities will be operated with Boeing 767 airplanes configured with 171 seats, 30 in the front Clase Premier cabin.

Copyright Photo: Terry Wade/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 767-25D ER XA-EAP (msn 24734) completes its final approach into London (Heathrow).

AeroMexico: AG Slide Show

American Airlines launches a code-share agreement with TAM Linhas Aereas, will launch new routes to Brazil

American Airlines (Dallas/Fort Worth) has announced the launch of a new code-share agreement with TAM Linhas Aereas (TAM Airlines) (Sao Paulo), increasing American’s network connectivity in Brazil and further enhancing its relationship with LATAM Airlines Group. Customers can begin booking tickets on code-share flights for travel starting on August 22.

Through the agreement, the two airlines will code-share on each other’s flights between the United States and Brazil. American’s customers will also have access to TAM flights from Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo to eight additional destinations throughout Brazil, including Fortaleza, Natal and Vitoria, and TAM’s customers will also have access to American flights from Miami, New York and Orlando, to 25 cities in the U.S., including Atlanta, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C.

The improved access provided through the relationship will also complement American’s new Brazilian service to Curitiba (CWB) and Porto Alegre (POA) from Miami, pending government approval, and Sao Paulo (GRU) from Los Angeles, all of which will be available for booking on August 18. The new service from Miami to Curitiba and Porto Alegre will launch on November 21 and the service from Los Angeles to Sao Paulo will launch on December 16. With the additional routes, American will serve nine destinations in Brazil.

TAM, which plans to join the oneworld® alliance in 2014, is a member of the LATAM Airlines Group. LATAM operates nearly 1,500 daily flights to 144 destinations in 27 countries.

Top Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. American’s Boeing 737-823 N980AN (msn 33203) approaches Los Angeles International Airport for landing.

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Bottom Copyright Photo: Bernardo Andrade/AirlinersGallery.com. TAM’s Airbus A319-132 PR-MAN (msn 1831) prepares to land at the downtown Santos Dumont Airport in Rio de Janeiro.

LATAM Airlines Group reports 1Q net income of $42.7 million, down 48.9%

LATAM Airlines Group (LAN Airlines) (TAM Linhas Aereas) (Santiago and Sao Paulo) has reported its financial results through March 31, 2013 for the first quarter:

HIGHLIGHTS

    • LATAM Airlines Group reported operating income of $114.2 million (US) for first quarter 2013, a 149.8% increase compared to the $45.7 million pro forma operating income in first quarter 2012. Operating margin reached 3.4%, an increase of 2.0 points compared to 1.4% in 2012. This result reflects a steady recovery in business operations as we advance in the process of achieving the expected synergies from the merger between LAN and TAM.

 

    • Net income reached $42.7 million for first quarter 2013, compared to a pro forma consolidated net income of $83.7 million for the same period in 2012, which represents a decrease of 48.9% mainly due to a foreign exchange gain of $133.4 million recognized at TAM during the first quarter 2012.

 

    • TAM continues to make significant progress in the turnaround of the domestic Brazil passenger operations, maintaining capacity discipline with a 9.2% reduction in ASKs during the first quarter 2013 as compared to the first quarter 2012. Healthy traffic growth of 3.4%,as well as improved market segmentation and revenue management practices have resulted in strong load factor improvements of 9.5 percentage points as compared to the first quarter 2012,reaching 77.7%. This led to a significant increase in revenue per ASK,as measured in Brazilian reais. Results in U.S. dollars were affected by a 13% depreciation of the Brazilian currency during the quarter as compared to the first quarter 2012. We remain convinced that capacity discipline and an adequate segmentation of the market will provide the basis for continued healthy load factors and a significant improvement in operating results in 2013.

 

    • We remain confident in our synergy target of between $600 and $700 million, to be fully achieved by the fourth year after the merger (June 2016). Important progress was made in recent months with the code share agreement signed between TAM and American Airlines as well as with LATAM’s election of oneworld as its global alliance. We have begun to harmonize the airlines’ frequent flyer programs,as well as advanced on cost initiatives related to contract renegotiations and process standardization. Furthermore, important synergies have been achieved through the coordination of the LAN and TAM cargo operations. We expect merger synergies to be between $250 and $300 million during 2013. However,we expect to continue to incur certain costs related to the integration process.

 

    • Total revenues in the first quarter 2013 reached $3,409.0 million compared to pro forma revenues of $3,360.2 million in first quarter 2012. The increase of 1.5% is a result of a 1.5% increase in passenger revenues and a 38.6% increase in other revenues, partially offset by a 3.2% decrease in cargo revenues. The slight increase in revenues reflects capacity reductions in the domestic Brazil passenger operations and a more challenging environment for international passenger operations, as well as weak market demand in the cargo business. Passenger and cargo revenues accounted for 84.2% and 13.5% of total revenues, respectively, in first quarter 2013.

 

  • During the first quarter 2013, LATAM received a total of 5 Airbus A320 family aircraft and 1 Boeing 767-300 passenger aircraft. Furthermore, the Company returned 1 Airbus A320-200 and sold 2 Airbus A318 aircraft.

Top Copyright Photo: Alvaro Romero/ModoCharlie.com. LAN Airlines’ Airbus A318-121 CC-CVR (msn 3390) carries special Telethon 2011 logo at Santiago. The snow-capped Andes Mountains are in the background.

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Bottom Copyright Photo: Bernardo Andrade. TAM’s Airbus A319-132 PT-TMD (msn 4192) in the retrojet color scheme climbs away from Santos Dumont Airport in downtown Rio de Janeiro. Please click on the photo for the full-size view.

Austral acquires two additional Embraer 190s

Austral Lineas Aereas (subsidiary of Aerolineas Argentinas) (Buenos Aires) and Embraer have signed a contract for the sale of two Embraer ERJ 190 jets. The Argentine airline currently operates 20 airplanes of this model.

Like the aircraft that are already in operation, Austral’s new E190s are the Advanced Range (AR) model, which allows the airline to fly on any route inside Argentina and to reach such important capital cities of Brazil as Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, nonstop. The jets are configured with 96 seats in a two-class layout—eight in executive and 88 in economy—with a modern onboard entertainment system equipped with individual monitors.

Copyright Photo: Bernardo Andrade. Embraer ERJ 190-100 IGW (ERJ 190AR) LV-CIG (msn 19000427) lands at Rio de Janeiro (Galeao).

Austral: AG Slide Show