Here you will find information about Brazilian Airlines, their websites, their history, updates, and also how to book their products, like the Brazil Airpass offered by TAM Airlines, GOL Airlines and TRIP for those traveling inside Brazil.

The Brazilian airline industry has changed dramatically in the last decade, going from four major players in the 90’s when it had Varig Airlines as its main international flagship carrier followed by smaller players like Vasp, Transbrasil, and TAM at the time a regional carrier.

Founded in 1927, in the southern State of Rio Grande do Sul, Varig became a major carrier with dozens of planes and a worldwide reference for quality service. Visit Wikipedia Page about Varig.

In early 2000, Varig went through a series of restructuring to try to adjust the carrier to the new reality, specially the increased competition from new low-cost carrier GOL, and tariff wars being waged by struggling carriers VASP and Transbrasil. The carrier could not recover, and the company was split in 2005, with GOL acquiring part of the company.

Transbrasil and VASP later went out of business and only two major carriers remained in the sector in Brazil, TAM which became Brazil’s Flagship carrier and GOL, focused on the domestic market and using a low cost model.

In 2008 David Neeleman, founder of Jetblue in the US founded AZUL (Blue in Portuguese), which is growing rapidly and gaining market share from GOL and TAM. Azul merged with regional carrier TRIP, and together already control 15% of the market.

In 2011, GOL acquired Webjet to gain market share and more importantly the valuable slots at Brazilian airports, and on November 2012 GOL shut down the carrier completely, and laid off most its employees.

In 2012, TAM Airlines was acquired by Chile’s LAN Airline and became part of the LATAM Group. The new company is struggling to realize all the promised sinergies promised to investors and governments. In the meantime Azul is gaining momentum and market share.

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The official date of entry of Avianca Brazil in the Star Alliance, joining the International Avianca, will be on July 22 and the ceremony will be attended by presidents of other alliance member companies. The Star Alliance is the largest airline alliance worldwide and has names like United Airlines, Tap, Lufthansa, Turkish, Air Canada Cup, Ana and Air New Zealand. The International Avianca is part of the alliance since 2012.

Starting July 1, the Brazilian low-cost carrier will add three weekly flights to its daily nonstop schedule between Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and Sao Paulo/Campinas Airport.

The extra flights are expected to operate on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, an airport spokesman said.

Azul also plans to ramp up its schedule with three weekly flights from Orlando International Airport to Sao Paulo/Campinas between July 1 and Aug. 9, for a total of 10 weekly flights between the destinations.

Nearly six months ago, Azul — Brazil’s largest airline based on cities served — extended international operations to the U.S. with flights between Fort Lauderdale and Sao Paulo on Dec. 2 followed by service from Orlando on Dec. 15.

From December through March, Azul carried 68,524 passengers in and out of Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, the latest airport records show.

“The flights have been doing well so far,” Azul Founder and CEO David Neeleman told North Miami-based airline industry website Airways News. “Brazilians love America. They really love South Florida, and they love to travel.”

On Nov. 16, Azul will also launch new service between Orlando international Airport and Belo Horizonte — its second hub destination in Brazil.

“We’re so excited to have received such a warm welcome since our first Orlando flight six months ago and we look forward to welcoming US travelers to Belo Horizonte,” Neeleman said in a statement announcing the new route.

Between Nov. 16 and Dec. 13, the Orlando-Belo Horizonte flight will operate five times a week, with departures from Orlando at 8:15pm for arrival in Brazil at 7:35 a.m. the next morning. Effective Dec, 14, the new service will operate daily.

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Azul Airlines announced a new international route from Orlando to Belo Horizonte due to start November 16. Nowdays, the company only has international flights from Campinas, to Orlando and to Fort Lauderdale, also in Florida.

“Confins airport in Belo Horizonte is our second largest hub. With direct flights to Orlando we will connect even more Brazilian cities to the United States, very conveniently, “said Marcelo Bento, director of Planning and Alliances for Azul.

The flights will be operated on Airbus A330 jets, which will undergo a process of modernization (or retrofit on the industry jargon). The company says the jets to operate the route out of Minas Gerais have already received the new interior.

Azul offers over 30 direct destinations out of Confins, in more than 80 daily departures. The company plans to offer the new flight to Orlando for customers in over 20 cities: Altamira, Belem, Porto Seguro, Brasilia, Sao Paulo (Congonhas), Fortaleza, Sao Paulo (Guarulhos), Governador Valadares, Goiania, Imperatriz, Ilheus, Ipatinga , Montes Claros, Natal, Porto Alegre, Recife, Rio de Janeiro (Santos Dumont), Sao Luis, Salvador, Teixeira de Freitas, Uberaba, Uberlandia, Campinas, Vitoria da Conquista and Vitoria.

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LATAM Airlines Group has selected Sabre Corporation as its booking and check-in system provider, and solutions that optimize the operations of all its affiliated airlines.

In 2012, LAN Airlines and its respective affiliates have implemented passenger reservation system SabreSonic Customer Sales & Service (CSS). As part of the new agreement, TAM will migrate to the SabreSonic CSS technology, creating a unified reservation system for all LATAM Group.

In addition to implementing the SabreSonic CSS, LATAM Airlines Group and all its affiliates will have full access to solutions for business planning, revenue management and projection route networks through the Sabre portfolio AirVision. A wide range of solutions for crew management and airports, scale and flight operations will be available in the Sabre portfolio AirCentre.

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LATAM Airlines Group announced last April 17, the conclusion of a study, which considers the creation of a main hub in the northeast coast. Three cities are being looked at to host it: Fortaleza, Natal and Recife. The main goal is to expand the activities of the Group companies on flights between South America and Europe, considering the strategic geographical position in the Northeast.

Regardless of the specific city, the new hub will result in better connectivity for the entire north-central Brazil. Today, the supply of the national aviation is more concentrated in the Southeast, South and in Brasilia. The project brings opportunities for new flights, destinations, routes and connections for the entire area of the Federal District, especially the North and Northeast Regions.

The new hub focuses on significant expansion of connectivity options for passengers for flights within Brazil, as well as connections with Latin America and major European centers.

“The project will expand the reach of the operations of Latam in Brazil, in South America and in the international market, especially increasing served destinations in Europe. Will also strengthen the Group’s leadership in Latin America and increase the connectivity offered to customers optimizing the flow of passengers and cargo cover to / from Brazil and other markets, “says Claudia Sender, chief executive of TAM SA and TAM Linhas Aereas.

The feasibility of the implementation of the new Hub Northeast is the result of growth opportunities generated by the creation of LATAM Airlines Group. The union of TAM and LAN promotes options for strengthening and the expansion of operations of the Group companies.

The new hub operations will be conducted with the fleet that LATAM Group has already contracted, and there will be no need additional aircraft orders.

The criteria for the definition of the cities are: geographic location, airport infrastructure and its development potential, and also providing a better customer experience. The chief executive of TAM SA points out that factors such as the existence of adequate infrastructure and cost competitiveness will guide this setting and will determine the realization of this project as it will bring the necessary basis for the success of the initiative.

It is expected that such decisions be taken until the end of 2015 and it is estimated to start operating in December 2016.