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Old December 6th, 2007, 09:58 AM   #181
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Brazil Airlines To Reimburse Fares For Delays Under Govt Plan
5 December 2007

SAO PAULO (Dow Jones)--Brazilian airlines will have to reimburse passengers up to 50% of their fare, if their flight is delayed, according to new rules proposed by the Defense Ministry to avoid a repeat of the chaos seen at Brazilian airports over the peak summer period last year.

The reimbursements will be made on a sliding scale, starting at 5% of the fare for flights that are 30 minutes late or more, in cases where outside factors weren't to blame, according to the proposal laid out by Defense Minister Nelson Jobim late Tuesday.

For every hour delay, the airline must return 10% of the fare to the passenger, up to 50%.

If approved by President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, the new rules will be put into a government decree.

Meanwhile, the National Civil Aviation Agency, or Anac, will have the right to suspend airline flights for particular routes, known as slots, if the company cancels over 10% of flights during one month, according another major rule change proposed. At present, airlines lose slots, if over 25% of flights are canceled during a period of three months. This rule change must go to public consultation before being implemented.

The Defense Ministry wants to avoid a repeat of the chaos seen at Brazilian airports in the last high season, which runs from Christmas through the summer months until March.

Last year, mass cancellations and delays were the norm as the airlines and the airports struggled to cope with a surge in demand.

Leading airline TAM S.A. (TAM) was accused of massively overbooking flights.

Brazil's civil aviation industry has been growing quickly over the past five years fed by an increase in the number of flights and greater customer spending power.

However, the growth has exposed shortcomings in the Brazilian air infrastructure at airports and the air traffic control system.

Meanwhile, two major air crashes over the past 15 months have added to the chaos and led the government to impose restrictions on the use of Sao Paulo's Congonhas airport, Brazil's busiest. The government also forced airlines to reallocate routes away from Congonhas, which they used as a domestic hub.

To obtain reimbursement of fares on delayed flights, passengers must wait 30 days for the National Civil Aviation Agency to publish its bulletin on delayed flights, according to the proposal.

It will be the first time passengers has compensation guaranteed by law in Brazil.

Jobim also announced the government would raise fees for keeping airliners on the ground at Sao Paulo's Congonhas airport and Guarulhos international airport in order to free up overloaded facilities.

The government plans to charge 403.31 Brazilian reals ($224.06) for a stay of over 166 minutes, whereas before the fees were insignificant, in order to encourage airlines to divert traffic from Congonhas to other airports in Rio de Janeiro and Minas Gerais.

The airport rule changes must still be put to a public consultation.

Shares in Brazil's leading airlines suffered on news of the restrictions. Shares in TAM S.A. (TAM) were 1.3% lower at BRL49.39, while shares in GOL Linhas Aereas Inteligentes (GOL) were 1.2% down at BRL46.75 on the Sao Paulo Stock Exchange, or Bovespa. In contrast, the benchmark Ibovespa index was 1.9% higher at 64,671 points.
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Old December 6th, 2007, 05:47 PM   #182
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Brazil is a huge aviation market in South America, you know? So obviously there'll be more news from there.

Colombia's Aviation Regulator Oks 39 New International Routes
4 December 2007

BOGOTA (Dow Jones)--The Colombian aviation regulator authorized the country's airlines to fly 39 new international flights per week.

Avianca, the biggest carrier, obtained most of the new routes. It will be able to operate 26 new international routes, including three flights per week from Bogota to London and three more to Frankfurt, routes that likely will begin in August next year, Avianca's press officer Yaneth Benitez said Tuesday.

Avianca is returning to both cities after cutting service to them in 2001.

Aeronautica Civil, as the regulator is known, authorized Avianca to fly immediately seven times a week from Bogota to New York, five times from Bogota to Orlando and once from Bogota to Los Angeles.

Starting in October next year, Avianca will fly Bogota-Washington flights six times per week and once a week from Bogota to Los Angeles.

The regulator, though, denied Avianca the Bogota-Panama route.

Avianca is controlled by Brazil's Synergy Group, which pulled the company out of U.S. bankruptcy protection in 2004 and took a 100% stake in the company between 2004 and 2005.

Separately, AeroRepublica, the local unit of Copa Holdings S.A.(CPA) was authorized to fly immediately seven times a week from Bogota to Miami via Barranquilla or Cartagena.

AeroRepublica will also be able to fly five times a week from Cali to Miami via Medellin, starting in April 2008.

Copa Holdings is controlled by U.S. based Continental Airlines Inc. (CAL). In addition, the regulator granted local carrier Aires five flights a week from Bogota to New York immediately and, beginning in April, two more to the same destination.
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Old December 6th, 2007, 06:11 PM   #183
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Brazil is a huge aviation market in South America, you know? So obviously there'll be more news from there.
Thanks dude! We'll be watching!
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Old March 15th, 2008, 10:37 PM   #184
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Embraer Moves and Improves

It's smooth sailing for Embraer, except for that pesky dollar that keeps losing value.

Embraer's fourth quarter sales jumped 72.7% to $1.9 billion from $1.1 billion reported in last year's corresponding period. The company's earnings also enjoyed a leap of 61.5% to $200.9 million, or $1.08 per share, from $124.2 million, or 67 cents per share. Embraer, based in Brazil, is the world’s fourth-largest airplane manufacturer.

The market's reaction was initially positive, but its shares fell throughout the day on the fall out from Bear Stearns' bailout. Still, the company was trading up 0.8%, or 35 cents, to $42.14, in late-afternoon trading, a relatively high measure for the day.

Stephen Trent, an analyst at Citigroup, thought the fourth-quarter results were very good. "Certainly if you look at the operational side they had an adjusted EBITDA margin that was better than our forecast, even though the (Brazilian) real strengthened against the dollar in the same timeframe. That demonstrates one of the benefits of having higher jet deliveries--it leads to higher fixed cost coverage."

Trent also had strong expectations for the upcoming year. In his view, 2007 was characterized by an effort to strengthen the company's throughput and sort its production and delivery mechanisms. In 2008, Trent believes the company's margins will begin to improve as it moves up the learning curve on some of their newer products.

Trent offered a note of caution on the weakening U.S. dollar though.

"If the Brazilian real strengthens widely against the dollar it creates some downside risk," Trent said. "But overall you'll get strong delivery providing higher fixed cost cover rate and you see in some cases an increase in the list of its current products which helps offset the risks of its currency problems."

Source: Forbes.com
link: http://www.forbes.com/manufacturing/..._manufacturing
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Old July 26th, 2008, 09:33 AM   #185
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Brazil lack airport facilities for 2014 World Cup: association
23 July 2008
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Brazil lacks the necessary airport facilities to host the 500,000-plus tourists expected to head to the country for the 2014 World Cup of football, a grouping of private aircraft owners said Wednesday.

"Our airport infrastructure can't handle the 2014 World Cup," the vice president of the Brazilian General Aviation Association, Adalberto Febeliano, told a media conference.

He explained that the 500,000 figure was based on tourist projections for the 2010 World Cup to be held in South Africa. The number of football fans heading to Brazil in 2014 would likely be bigger, he said.

Each of the fans in Brazil will take between six and 14 flights to catch the games played in various cities, generating an extra four million passenger movements through airports during the tournament, he said.

That would effectively double the number of passenger movements normally recorded per month in Brazil, and demands a big investment in expanding airport facilities, Febeliano said.

"We have to find urgent solutions for the obstacles in the sector, such as the saturated Sao Paulo airports and the operation of other air terminals that exceed their capacity," he said.
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Old September 17th, 2008, 11:48 AM   #186
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Report: Brazilian air force jet, commercial airliner nearly collided over Amazon in June
16 September 2008

BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) - A Brazilian air force plane and a commercial jet nearly collided as the airliner was landing in an Amazonian city in June, a local television station reported, the latest blow for a beleaguered air system.

The airliner belonged to Gol Linhas Aereas Intelligentes SA, the same company that saw a jet crash in the Amazon in 2006 after it collided with an Embraer Legacy 600 executive jet, killing all 154 people on board.

The "Fantastico" show on the Globo television network reported Sunday that the Boeing 737 belonging to Gol nearly collided with the propeller-driven air force plane as the airliner tried landing in Rio Branco, a city in the Amazonian state of Acre.

The Brazilian air force confirmed the incident in a statement and said an investigation faulted the air traffic controller who was guiding the air force plane and the airliner. It wasn't clear why the incident was not made public earlier.

"The Gol passed above us here, it almost hit us," an unidentified voice in the air force plane said on audio played on Fantastico.

The air force statement said there was no connection between the most recent incident and the 2006 Gol airliner crash in Mato Grosso, another Amazonian state. An investigation continues into that crash.

In a statement, Gol said its pilots followed all safety regulations and did nothing wrong in the most recent incident.

Brazil has been plagued by air traffic woes in the past few years.

In July 2007, a TAM Linhas Aereas Airbus A320 skid off a runway while landing in a rainstorm in Sao Paulo, killing all 187 people on board and 12 on ground.
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Old November 25th, 2008, 05:15 PM   #187
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Spanish owner of Argentina's largest airline says may sue in nationalization spat
25 November 2008

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) - The Spanish owner of Argentina's largest airline says it will sue if the Argentine government expropriates the carrier before reaching an agreement on its value.

Vicente Munoz is the director of Madrid-based Grupo Marsans, which controls Aerolineas Argentinas and its subsidiary Austral.

He told Buenos Aires-based Mitre radio Tuesday that the possible expropriation being debated in congress would be an illegal "confiscation."

Munoz says the government appears to be imposing a low valuation on the airline and is backing away from a deal to let an independent party assess the value.

He says Marsans will sue Argentina in an international court if the government doesn't pay what the air carrier is worth.
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Old December 27th, 2008, 06:10 PM   #188
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Brazil's Aviation Authority Calls In Airline GOL Over Delays
26 December 2008

SAO PAULO (Dow Jones)--Brazilian aviation authorities said Friday they called in executives of local low cost airline GOL Linhas Aereas Inteligentes (GOL), or GOL, to discuss the large number of delayed flights reported in the past week.

GOL registered delays in over 50% of its flights between Dec. 20 and Dec. 23, according to Brazilian airport authority, or Infraero, data.

The delays were caused by insufficient deployment of ground staff, according to Infraero, leading Defense Minister Nelson Jobim to criticize the operator for reducing staff.

However, GOL denied that a lack of ground staff was at the root of the problem.

In a statement Tuesday it said: "the number of employees working throughout the delays were consistent with the company's operational needs."

It added that the isolated problems it experienced on Dec. 20 and 21 are now "completely resolved."

The volume of delays across the whole civil aviation system were much reduced on Dec. 24 and 25 and early Friday, Infraero said.

The debacle brought back unpleasant memories of chaos seen at Brazilian airports in 2006 when overbooking and a creaking infrastructure led to mass cancellations and thousands of passengers stranded at airports.

GOL shares were 0.2% lower at 10.35 Brazilian reals ($4.35) in early afternoon trading on the Brazilian Stock Exchange, or Bovespa. The benchmark Ibovespa index was 1.4% higher.
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Old April 11th, 2010, 09:46 PM   #189
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Brazil´s International Routes Maps

Brasil<>Africa



GIG-LAD
GRU-LAD
GRU-JNB
FOR-RAI


Brasil <> Asia



GRU-TLV
GRU-DOH
GRU-DXB
GRU-JFK-NRT
GRU-LAX-ICN


Brasil<>Europe




SSA-MAD
SSA-FRA
SSA-LIS
SSA-MXP
FOR-FCO
FOR-MXP
FOR-LIS
CNF-LIS
VCP-LIS
NAT-LIS
NAT-MXP
MCZ-FCO
BSB-LIS
REC-LIS
MCZ-MXP
GIG-OPO
GIG-LIS
GIG-MAD
GIG-LHR
GIG-CDG
GRU-ZRh
GRU-OPO
GRU-LIS
GRU-MAD
GRU-CDG
GRU-FCO
GRU-MXP
GRU-LHR
GRU-AMS
GRU-MUC
GRU-FRA
GRU-IST


Brasil <> Central America




PTY-GIG
PTY-GRU
PTY-CNF
PTY-MAO
GIG-GRU-CCS-AUA
GIG-GRU-CCS-PUJ
GIG-GRU-CCS-SDQ


Brasil <> North America



GRU-YYZ
GRU-MEX
GRU-JFK
GRU-EWR
GRU-MCO
GRU-MIA
GRU-ATL
GRU-DFW
GRU-IAH
GRU-LAX
GRU-ORD
GRU-IAD
GIG-IAD
GIG-JFK
GIG-MIA
GIG-ORD
GIG-IAH
GIG-CLT
SSA-REC-MIA
FOR-ATL
MAO-ATL
MAO-MIA
CNF-MIA
BSB-ATL



Brasil <> South America




GRU-EZE
GRU-BOG
GRU-SCL
GIG-EZE
GIG-SCL
GRU-LIM
GIG-LIM
GIG-ASU
GRU-ASU
GIG-ASU
GIG-ROS
GIG-COR
GIG-MVD
GRU-MVD
GIG-CCS
POA-LIM
SSA-AEP
GIG-AEP
GRU-AEP
LPB-GRU
VVI-GRU
POA-COR
POA-ROS
POA-AEP
POA-EZE
POA-MVD
CCS-GRU
GRU-AGT
FLN-EZE
FLN-MVD
CWB-MVD
CGR-VVI
IGU-MVD
CWB-ASU
BEL-PBM
BEL-CAY
BVB-GEO
LIM-CUZ-RBR

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Old April 11th, 2010, 11:58 PM   #190
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Air China flies GRU-MAD-PEK, and Turkish stops over in Dakar on its IST-GRU route.
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Old April 12th, 2010, 12:10 AM   #191
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Air China flies GRU-MAD-PEK, and Turkish stops over in Dakar on its IST-GRU route.
GRU-IST is directly now and AirChina no longer flies to Brazil,it has a code-share with Lufhtansa(between Frankfurt and São Paulo) and then Frankfurt-China is made by AirChina or Lufhtansa.
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Old April 12th, 2010, 12:22 AM   #192
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São Paulo parece ser a cidade brasileira mais ligada ao mundo.
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Old April 12th, 2010, 12:30 AM   #193
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Air China has reinstated its GRU route via Madrid since last December. Though according to their timetable a codeshare with LH and JJ exists through Frankfurt.

CA907 北京(00:05)圣保罗/瓜鲁柳斯国际机场(14:20)---4--7 330
CA908 圣保罗/瓜鲁柳斯国际机场(17:30)北京(05:00)---4--7 330
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Old April 12th, 2010, 12:42 AM   #194
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Gol flies Curitiba - Asunción daily.
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Old April 12th, 2010, 06:50 AM   #195
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Air China has reinstated its GRU route via Madrid since last December. Though according to their timetable a codeshare with LH and JJ exists through Frankfurt.

CA907 北京(00:05)圣保罗/瓜鲁柳斯国际机场(14:20)---4--7 330
CA908 圣保罗/瓜鲁柳斯国际机场(17:30)北京(05:00)---4--7 330
True. Update the map, please.
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Old April 12th, 2010, 09:02 PM   #196
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Air China flys to Beijing through Madrid
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Old April 13th, 2010, 12:49 AM   #197
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From 1 August, you can add GIG-FRA. After 2 years abstinence this already historic route (even the Hindenburg was scheduled on flights between FRA and Rio) will be back
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True. Update the map, please.
Ok.
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Old April 13th, 2010, 01:09 PM   #199
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From 1 August, you can add GIG-FRA. After 2 years abstinence this already historic route (even the Hindenburg was scheduled on flights between FRA and Rio) will be back
Really??!?!Which company?
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Old April 13th, 2010, 07:17 PM   #200
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I believe he is talking about TAM.
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