Azul Airlines is a Brazilian low-cost carrier whose hub is based at Campinas-Viracopos Airport.
Founded in 2008, Azul Airlines has been the fastest growing airline in Brazil and has the largest airline network in the country in terms of cities served, with service to more than 100 destinations.
Azul Airlines now serves 109 destinations in Brazil, French Guiana, Portugal, the United States and Uruguay.Azul is Brazil's third largest airline, after TAM and Gol with a 32% departure share in the Brazilian aviation market.
In 2014, Azul Airline was elected for the fourth time in a row by Skytrax as the best low cost carrier in Latin America. In addition, the company was recognised by FlightStats as the company with best on-time performance in Latin America, and by CAPA as the best low cost carrier in the world in 2013.
In May 2012, Azul announced the acquisition of TRIP Linhas Aereas, the largest regional carrier in Brazil. On November 24, 2015 it was announced that the Chinese HNA Group, owner of Hainan Airlines, would invest US$450 million in Azul, becoming the largest single shareholder of Azul. This follows the US$100 million investment of United Airlines closed in June 2015.
Azul has a codeshare agreement with Star Alliance airline United Airlines and jetBlue and TAP Portugal.
Azul Airlines celebrated its expansion by launching the start of a route between Belo Horizonte to Buenos Aires Ezeiza.
Azul Airlines launched its only international route from Belo Horizonte (CNF) on 6 March, a connection to Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE), its only link to Argentina. The airline will serve the 2,211-kilometre sector daily on its E195s, with GOL being the only incumbent on the route offering a weekly rotation, a route it started the day before Azul Airlines’ inauguration.
Frequent Flyer Program
TudoAzul is Azul's Frequent Flyer Program.
Members accumulate points based on the airfare paid rather than on miles flown.
18th April 2018
Azul meeting with Amazon to discuss e-commerce
Amazon is in talks with Brazilian passenger airline Azul for e-commerce deliveries, quoting two "sources with knowledge of the matter" and calling it the "latest sign of the retailer’s big plans in Latin America’s largest economy". Amazon is determined to overcome the nations logistical challenges, according to sources, and is looking to Azul Airlines to point them in the right direction. In late March this year, Azul said that it 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".
12th April 2018
Azul announces lease of two used freighter aircraft
Azul announces the lease of two used Boeing 737-400F to support the rapid growth of its cargo business unit, Azul Cargo Express. Both aircraft are expected to be delivered during the second half of this year. As a result, Azul Cargo Express will have additional capacity and greater flexibility to provide customized solutions for its growing customer base.
"We have decided to order these freighter planes because we see the need to have some dedicated narrowbody aircraft to support the growth of our cargo business. The 737 is the only narrowbody freighter option in the market and was chosen because of the model's low ownership cost combined with its superior capacity and unbeatable reliability track record. With these planes, we'll have greater versatility based on the needs of our clients, and we will also be able to offer new services, such as air charter. With no doubt, these cargo planes will support our fast expansion," notes Izabel Reis, director of Azul Cargo Express.
The 737-400F can hold up to 20 tons of cargo. With more capacity and higher flexibility, Azul Cargo Express expects to grow revenues by 40% this year, expanding its service offering throughout Brazil. In 2017, Azul's cargo business registered a 49% revenue growth compared to the previous year.
1st April 2018
Azul Airlines new Argentian route
Azul Airlines has launched into more Argentinan destinations by adding to its Recife (REC) to its network this week, starting every week on Saturdays. The carrier will servic passengers to Cordoba (COR) and Rosario (ROS). Both inaugurated on 24 March, the 3,977- and 3,829-kilometre sectors will be operated on the carrier’s fleet of A320s, with neither city pair expected to face direct competition. Azul Airlines already has an established presence in Argentina, with the carrier linking Buenos Aires Ezeiza Airport to Belo Horizonte and Natal based on OAG schedules.
12th March 2018
US and Brazil airline JVs to progress with senate approval
US and Brazilian carriers are eager to move ahead with joint venture plans, following the approval of the US-Brazil open-skies deal by the Brazilian senate on 7 March.
The accord, which now has to be signed into law by Brazil President Michel Temer, will pave the way for airlines in both countries to apply for US anti-trust immunity in order to launch joint ventures.
Oneworld carriers American Airlines and LATAM Airlines Group first announced plans for a joint venture in early 2016, but the deal was contingent on US-Brazil open skies being ratified. Anti-trust regulators in Brazil, Colombia and Uruguay have approved the partnership, although a similar authority in Chile has yet to clear the deal.
"American applauds the actions of the Brazilian Congress to approve this open skies agreement with the US, paving the way for the approval and implementation of our joint business with LATAM," says American chief executive Doug Parker.
The planned joint venture between the two airlines will cover flights between the USA and Canada and Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay.
Brazil's Azul says it plans to pursue joint venture talks with United Airlines, which owns a 5% stake in Azul.
Both airlines have had some initial discussions, says Azul chief revenue officer Abhi Shah on an earnings call. "The next step for us is to get together with our partners at United and start talking [about a] JV," says Shah. "We had some initial discussions, now we need to accelerate that."
United did not directly comment on a potential joint venture with Azul, saying: "As with our Star Alliance partners at Avianca Brazil, our partnership with Azul offers customers easier connections when flying between Brazil and the United States and connects Brazilian customers easily and efficiently to New York City, Houston, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Las Vegas and more.”
Avianca Brazil had previously also expressed interest in a joint venture with United. The airline, which shares ownership links with Colombia's Avianca, did not respond to requests for comment.
Azul's Shah says a partnership with United will be "very complementary", pointing to the lack of network overlap. However, he says any approval by US regulators will likely take more than a year and thus does not expect any material impact on Azul in 2018.
While both LATAM and Azul appear ready to make progress on tie-ups with their US partners, Sao Paulo-based Gol indicates that it does not plan to deepen its relationship with Delta Air Lines. Delta has a 9.5% stake in Gol.
Gol says there will be "no change" in the airlines' partnership, even though the airline broadly supports open skies. The airline says that the existing bilateral air services agreement between the two countries is sufficient for demand.
A Delta spokesperson says: "Open skies supports Delta’s long-term strategy of enhanced service to Brazil and Latin America."
5th January 2018
Azul Airlines is the most punctual airline in Brazil
Brazilian airline Azul has been recognised as the most on-time carrier in Brazil and the most on-time Low cost carrier (LCC) in the whole of South America. With a punctuality ranking of 84.14%, as confirmed by the OAG worldwide punctuality rankings, it can proudly call itself the 5th most punctual LCC in the world. Punctuality is measured by the OAG by the number of flights which arrive/depart within 14 minutes and 59 seconds of their scheduled time.
15th October 2017
Azul Airlines aims to avoid crowded markets during its South American expansion
Brazilian airline Azul has maintained a positive outlook during 2017 as the economic recovery in Brazil slowly takes off and international traffic shows signs of strength. The airline is encouraged by trends on Brazil’s domestic routes, concluding that capacity adjustments have created a right-sized market. Overall, the air traffic recovery in Brazil may be slower than anticipated, but Azul's assessment is that it is moving at a steady pace.
Taking advantage of favourable international traffic trends, Azul is adding flights from Belém to Fort Lauderdale and Belo Horizonte to Orlando in Dec-2017, followed by the launch of service from Recife to Fort Lauderdale in 2018. Azul is also adding service from Recife to Córdoba and Rosario, Argentina in 2018, as it selectively adds regional routes in South America.
The airline’s strategy for expansion in South America is to look for opportunities where it can attain a viable competitive position, which means Azul is not looking to expand into already crowded markets.
26th September 2017
Ethiopian And Azul Brazilian Airlines Enter Codeshare Agreement
Africa’s largest airline group, Ethiopian Airlines and Azul Brazilian Airlines have entered a codeshare agreement effective Oct, 01, 2017. Through the codeshare partnership Ethiopian Airlines will add its flight code (ET) in Azul’s operations; hence, customers will be able to purchase tickets directly from Ethiopian Airlines sales channels to fly to seven Brazilian destinations operated by Azul. Reciprocally, Azul airlines will market on Ethiopian vast network throughout Africa and beyond.
Girma Shiferaw, A/VP Corporate Strategy and Alliance, remarked, “I wish to thank our colleagues at Azul Brazilian Airlines, for the successful conclusion of this code share agreement. The codeshare agreement will entitle our esteemed customers travelling between Asia/Middle East/Africa and Brazil, the best possible connectivity options to multiple Brazilian destinations. The agreement will also underpin people-to-people, investment, trade and tourism ties between Africa and Brazil. As a successful Pan-African carrier, we are positioned to collaborate with multiple Airlines with a common ambition and joint effort to expand our footprint to different destinations across the world, and this milestone is a good case in point.”
“The codeshare with Ethiopian Airlines will be very important to strengthen our international presence, especially for customers travelling from Africa/Middle east/ Asia to Brazil. Now they will be able to enjoy the convenience of buying tickets and issuing boarding passes, and experience the excellent service of Azul on flights from our country, “says Marcelo Bento, Azul’s alliances director.
Initially, Ethiopian Airlines may place its code in Azul’s operations from São Paulo (Guarulhos) to Belo Horizonte, Curitiba, Goiania, Porto Alegre, Cuiabá, Foz do Iguaçu and Florianopolis. The routes offer fast and convenient connections for customers leaving Addis Ababa, Ethiopia’s capital, to São Paulo. Moreover, the agreement works reciprocally; allowing both Airlines Customers to enjoy connectivity in their respective Hubs.
Ethiopian Airlines currently flies to more than 100 international passenger and cargo destinations in 5 continents, out of which 55 are in Africa. Azul, in turn, concentrates its two largest distribution centers in São Paulo (Viracopos) and Belo Horizonte with more than 200 departures for more than 80 Brazilian destinations.
13th September 2017
Azul adds seasonal Belem - Ft. Lauderdale service in NW17
Brazilian carrier Azul in Northern winter season continues to expand service to the US, as the airline recently opened reservation for Belem – Ft. Lauderdale route. Operated by Airbus A320, the airline will serve this route 4 times a week, from 10DEC17 to 16FEB18.
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18th August 2017
Azul and JetBlue announce codeshare agreement
Seamless Connections from Brazil to many destinations in the US via Fort Lauderdale and Orlando. Azul announced its new partnership with JetBlue Airways through a unilateral codeshare agreement. Azul will place its "AD" code on JetBlue flights between several destinations and JetBlue's focus cities in Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood (FLL) and Orlando (MCO). From both Florida gateways Azul operates nonstop service to the airline's hub at Sao Paulo, Brazil's Viracopos International Airport (VCP) and Recife (REC).
Customers purchasing a codeshare itinerary will benefit from having a single ticket issued by Azul that includes flights operated by both Azul and JetBlue and the customer friendly convenience of thru check-in and baggage transfer."The agreement with JetBlue is an important addition to Azul's international portfolio, expanding our service to popular destinations served by JetBlue. Our customers can now make fast and convenient connections to several cities in the US, such as Boston and New York (JFK)," said David Neeleman, Founder and Chairman of Azul. "I am extremely proud that both Azul and JetBlue are in the top 5 of the worlds' best airlines as rated by TripAdvisor so I am very excited to be able to bring these industry leading services together for our customers."
"We're pleased that customers booking Azul travel will be able to benefit from convenient connections through JetBlue's growing list of destinations from our Florida focus cities,"said Robin Hayes, president and CEO, JetBlue.
Azul is Brazil's largest airline by number of destinations served with more than 100 cities served in Brazil and abroad. In 2017, Azul was elected as the world's third best airline by TripAdvisor and was named for the seventh consecutive time by Skytrax World Airline Awards as the "Best Low-Cost Airline in South America" and for the second time as the "Best Staff in South America."
Azul offers more than 40 channels of free live TV on its flights in Brazil as well as free unlimited snacks and drinks. On international flights, operated by A330 jets, Azul offers sophisticated comfort in three classes of service – Azul Business, with lie-flat seats and direct aisle access, Economy Extra and Economy, with modern entertainment such as the Panasonic eX3 IFE system, mood lighting and the ultra-innovative SkySofa where 4 seats convert into a comfortable and spacious sofa in the sky.
JetBlue has approximately 1.000 daily flights to 101 cities in the United States, the Caribbean and Latin America. It is the leading airline in Boston, Fort Lauderdale, Los Angeles, Orlando and San Juan, and has New York as its hub of operations. JetBlue carries an average of 38 millions of customers annually. Like Azul, JetBlue offers snacks and beverages at no additional cost as well as live TV and more legroom in seats.
14th August 2017
Azul expands its international network from Brazil to the United States
Azul announces today two new markets from Brazil to Florida – Belo Horizonte to Orlando, and Belem to Fort Lauderdale (Miami). These new routes will begin in December 2017, providing unparalleled nonstop service and convenience for our customers in Belem and Belo Horizonte. In addition to the nonstop service, Azul has optimized the connectivity to Belem and Belo Horizonte and surrounding cities so that we not only offer the best nonstop, but also the best connection options to and from Orlando and Fort Lauderdale.
“I am very pleased to announce new international service from Brazil to the US. Not only have our customers been asking for these flights, but this also strengthens our strategic positioning in these important cities. In addition to the new nonstop flights, we are also optimizing connectivity as well as increasing frequencies to Fort Lauderdale and Orlando from our Sao Paulo – Viracopos hub. I am extremely happy to be able to offer almost 5 daily nonstop flights from Brazil to Florida to our customers. I want to thank both the Fort Lauderdale and Orlando airport authorities for their continued support as we grow our services from Brazil to Florida”, celebrates David Neeleman, Azul’s founder and Chairman.
19th July 2017
Azul Airlines and Beijing Capital Airlines establish codeshare for Brazil - Beijing - Brazil route
Brazilian airline Azul Linhas Aéreas and China’s Beijing Capital Airlines have signed a codeshare agreement allowing passengers of both airlines to use the Brazil-China-Brazil route as soon as the Chinese-owned airline starts flights to Lisbon, Portugal. Azul Linhas Aéreas has a daily flight to Lisbon from the airport of Campinas, in the state of São Paulo, which allows the connection to Beijing on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. Both Azul Linhas Aéreas and Beijing Capital Airlines have Chinese group HNA as a shareholder. Both carriers use Airbus 330s for the route between the airport of Campinas and Lisbon and between Beijing and the Portuguese capital. Beijing Capital Airlines’ flights between Beijing and Lisbon are due to start on 26 July.
21st June 2017
Azul Airlines voted Best Low Cost Airline in South America 2017
Azul Brazilian Airlines has been elected by SkyTrax as the best low-cost airline in South America for the seventh consecutive year. In addition, Azul was also named for the second consecutive year as the winner of the Best Airline Staff in South Americaaward. "These awards are the direct result of the incredible efforts of Azul's 11,000 crewmembers, who go above and beyond to take care of our customers every day. I thank them all for their unconditional dedication, furthering our mission, which is to make every flight the best flight for our customers." said Azul President, Antonoaldo Neves.
The Skytrax World Airline awards are one of the most widely recognized in the world, and a symbol for operational and customer service excellence in the airline industry.Held since 1998, the Skytrax Airline Awards Ceremony is based on the largest airline passenger satisfaction survey in the world, and has demonstrated its authentic reliability by not accepting sponsorship from third parties or receiving other commercial benefits.
10th April 2017
Azul Airlines voted 3rd best Airline in the world by Tripadvisor
From 12th June 2017, the Brazillian carrier plans to expand operations to Portugal. The A330 servie will increase to a daily schedule and departing from Brazil on Tuesdays and Saturdays. Azul Airlines is adding a service to Argentina, scheduling form Belo horizonte – Buenos Aires Ezeiza. The airline will operate this route with an Embraer E195 aircraft daily.
In March 2017, Azul Airlines announced it had expanded its codeshare partnership with TAP Portugal, covering service to Italy and Spain. Therefore, the planned new codeshare routes from March 2017 where Azul operated by TAP Portugal are Libson to Coruna, Alicante, Asturias, Barcelona, Bilbao, Bologna, Gran Canaria, Madrid, Malaga, Milan Malpensa, Rome, Seville, Valencia, Venice and Vigo.
In March 2017, Embraer announced that Azul Brazilian Airlines, the largest operator of the E195s current-generation in the world, will be the launch operator of the E195-E2. Azul’s contract with Embraer is for up to 50 aircraft, being 30 firm orders and 20 purchase rights. Currently, the Brazilian airline has a total of 73 E-Jets in service. The E195-E2s will be configured by Azul in a comfortable single-class layout with 130 seats and the aircraft will entry into service with the airline in the first half of 2019. The E-Jets E2 backlog has 275 firm orders, in addition to Letters of Intent, options and purchase rights covering another 415 aircraft, totaling 690 commitments from airlines and leasing companies. Embraer has 100 customers from all over the world operating the ERJ and the E-Jet families of aircraft. For the E-Jets program alone, Embraer has logged more than 1,700 orders and over 1,300 deliveries, redefining the traditional concept of regional aircraft by operating across a broad range of business applications.
All checked bags must not exceed 158 cm (62in) in overall dimensions (length + width + height) and cannot exceed 32 kilos (70lbs). The baggage allowance of 2 pieces of 32kg is valid only for purchases including international flights with Azul.
Passengers on international flights can buy up to 3 extra baggage per passenger, in addition to those already included in your free allowance.
For non-checked baggage there are also rules on size and weight: the weight limit is 5 kilos (11 lbs) and the size should not exceed 115 cm (48.2 in.)
||For carry-on bag, Azul allows a weight limit of 5kg and the sum of the width, height and depth measurements should be less than 155cm. For checked baggage, passengers in economy are allowed 2 pieces of 32 kg and checked bags must not exceed 158cm in overall dimensions. Passengers travelling in Business Light are entitled to 3 pieces of 32kg.
||Azul Airlines flies to many destinations including Alta Floresta, Altamira, Aracaju, Araguaina, Araraquara, Araxa, Barcelos, Barreiras, Bauru, Belem, Belo Horizonte, Boa Vista, Cabo Frio, Cacoal, Caldas Novas, Campina Grande, Campinas, Campos dos Goytacazes, Curitiba, Divinipolis, Feira de Santana, Fonte Boa, Fort Lauderdale, Fortazela, Palmas, Passo Fundo, Patos de Minas, Orlando, Navegantes, Marilia, Macapa, Lencois and many others.
||Azul Airlines offers a great service for its passengers. Their service offers individual entertainment screens incorporating free LiveTV at every seat, extensive legroom with a pitch of 30 inches or more, two by two seating with no middle seats, complimentary beverage and an assortment of 12 snacks. In addition, Azul Airlines offers a frequent flyer program called TudoAzul whereby members can accumulate points based on the airfare paid rather than on miles flown.
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Viracapos International Airport
Viracopos International Airport is an international airport serving Campinas, Sao Paulo, Brazil and is Azul's main hub. Airlines which operate to and from this airport include American Airlines, Copa Airlines, Gol Airlines, TAM Airlines and TAP Portugal.
The airport has one runaway and can handle nearly 10 million passengers every year.
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