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Old May 19th, 2009, 05:24 PM   #1
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The idea is to share news about the Aviation Industry in Brazil (airlines, airplane industries etc.). Feel free to add the news here too!

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Brazil's Lula in China to boost trade
http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp...ibNuO3kXqccnBg

18/May/2009

BEIJING (AFP) — Brazil's President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva arrived in Beijing on Monday with 240 business leaders for a visit aimed at boosting trade with China and promoting what he called a "new economic order."

He was due to meet Chinese President Hu Jintao and other leaders during the three-day visit, and promote oil contracts, sales of Embraer aircraft, meat exports and biofuel technology for cars, officials in Brazil said.

Lula and Hu, who were set to meet for dinner later Monday, could also touch on a proposal made by the Brazilian president to conduct bilateral trade through each nation's currency, cutting out the US dollar as an intermediary.

Lula's visit, which comes between a trip to Saudi Arabia and Turkey, will also stress political cooperation in an era that has seen a rise in the role of key emerging nations to fight the global financial crisis.

"I think the trip that I am about to embark on... is one of the most important I am going on to defend a new economic order and a new commercial policy in the world," Lula told reporters before leaving Brazil.

Roberto Jaguaribe, a Brazilian foreign ministry official, said last week the trip represented a "reorganisation of the international scene" in which the top emerging economies were playing a bigger role in world affairs.

Jiang Shixue, vice president of the Chinese Association of Latin American Studies, said Lula could follow up on the G20 summit in London in April, which agreed that global cooperation was essential for economic recovery.

"Lula may want to discuss how to reform the international financial order and promote developing countries' role, on which the two countries should develop a common stance," he said.

In comments carried Monday by China's official Xinhua news agency, Lula emphasised that a strategic partnership set up with China in 1993 "may... lead to a new global economic, scientific and trade landscape in the 21st century."

Boosting bilateral trade would also be high on the agenda for Lula when he meets with Hu Monday, and China's Premier Wen Jiabao and other top leaders on Tuesday.

China -- an energy-hungry nation that is hugely interested in Brazil's natural resources -- in March became the Latin American nation's biggest trading partner, ahead of the United States.

Brazilian exports to China -- mainly iron ore and soya products -- so far this year have grown 65 percent over the same period in 2008, a jump from 3.4 billion dollars to 5.6 billion dollars.

Jiang said that Brazil was also an important country for China on other aspects, such as its advanced biofuel technologies and aviation cooperation.

"The trade relationship that China enjoys with Brazil is more complementary than with any other Latin American country," he said.

On Brazil's part, state-run oil company Petrobras would be interested in winning deepwater exploration contracts in China, Trade and Industry Minister Miguel Jorge said last week.

Petrobras officials refused Monday to comment on potential deals to be signed during the visit, but said an announcement could be made late Tuesday.

Brazil's BNDES development bank was also keen on negotiating an 800-million-dollar credit line with Chinese officials.

Lula is due to leave Beijing for Turkey on Wednesday, a day after an official ceremony presided by Hu where several cooperation documents will be signed.

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Brazil, China Negotiate Trade Pacts
May 18, 2009
http://www.joc.com/node/411404

Talks center on aviation, banking, ports, infrastructure projects
In a visit likely to strengthen commercial ties between two major emerging nations, Brazilian president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva arrived in Beijing Monday for three days of trade and investment talks with senior Chinese officials. da Silva was scheduled to meet with Chinese president Hu Jintao and other top leaders.

Before departing for China, da Silva said that he hoped during his visit to sign agreements on banking, ports, and infrastructure projects. In a sign that the aviation sector will be a key focus, da Silva plans to visit the Chinese Aerospace Technology Agency. China already builds a licensed version of Brazil's Embraer passenger jets.

da Silva said last week that China and Brazil should conduct business with each other in their own currencies instead of the U.S. dollar. Doing so would reduce transaction costs for Chinese and Brazilian exporters and importers, especially smaller companies, he said. Brazil and Argentina have already agreed to trade with each other using their own currencies.

Last year, da Silva met with Chinese vice president Xi Jinping during Xi's visit to Brasilia, the capital of Brazil. The two countries signed an agreement in which Brazil agreed to supply up to 100 million barrels of crude oil a day to China in exchange for a loan of up to $10 billion.

Contact Alan Field at [email protected].

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Boeing, Airbus and Embraer up as aerospace stocks surge, Genesis Lease rises – Share Wrap
http://www.centreforaviation.com/new...are-wrap/page1

19th May, 2009

Shares in Boeing and Airbus parent, EADS, rose 3.2% and 3.3%, respectively, on 18-May-2009, as aerospace and related suppliers enjoyed a strong day as global equity markets rallied.

Goldman Sachs upgraded its rating on Boeing from ‘Sell’ to ‘Neutral’ and lifted its price target for Boeing stock from USD30 to USD46. It was trading at USD44.37 at the close of trading yesterday.

Airbus COO, John Leahy, commented yesterday that the manufacturer has no intention of cutting its prices in response to current economic conditions and that the manufacturer still has a record backlog (of approximately 3,600 orders).

Brazilian aircraft manufacturer, Embraer, was among the best performing aviation supplier stocks, up 7.2%, after news that aviation would be a key focus during upcoming trade and investment talks between Brazil and China. Brazil’s President, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, reportedly plans to visit the Chinese Aerospace Technology Agency and Embraer recently forecast more orders for approximately 875 aircraft from China over the next 20 years.

B/E Aerospace reported the strongest movement of the day, up 9.2%, hitting a six-month high of USD13.77. The company has climbed from a low of just above USD6.50 per share in early Mar-2009, as investors consider the likelihood of several carriers moving to reconfigure the seating arrangements in their fleets as premium traffic volumes dwindle.

Selected aviation suppliers' daily share price movements (% change): 18-May-09



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Brazil's Embraer Says No Delivery Cancellations In April
http://online.wsj.com/article/BT-CO-...30-712364.html

APRIL 30, 2009

SAO PAULO (Dow Jones)--Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Empresa Brasileira de Aeronautica SA (ERJ), or Embraer, has received no further cancellations or requests for postponement of deliveries in April and maintains its 2009 delivery forecast of 242 planes, a company executive said Thursday.

According to Chief Financial Officer Luiz Carlos Aguiar, there was a spate of commercial jet order cancellations in January, reflecting the darkening global economic outlook, but since then few clients have sought readjustments to contracts.

"It appears that we are through the critical period of heavy cancellations," Aguiar said during a conference call.

In February, Embraer, the world's No. 4 plane maker, lowered its 2009 deliveries estimate from 270 jets and announced that it would cut 20% of its work force because of an expected sharp drop-off in demand during 2009 and 2010.

Embraer made its name with its range of regional jets but has more recently moved into the business jet segment with some success.

With financing tight, the government's National Development Bank, or BNDES, has stepped into the breach, offering credit for key clients including local startup Azul Linhas Aereas Brasileiras and Aerolineas Argentinas.

According to Aguiar, BNDES will finance approximately 30% of deliveries in 2009.

Embraer, however, will no longer consider financing clients from its own coffers during the second quarter, as it did on occasion in the first quarter, in order to preserve its cash position.

Late Wednesday, the company reported a first-quarter net loss of $23.4 million, reversing a net profit of $85 million in the year-earlier period.

-By Alastair Stewart, Dow Jones Newswires; 5511-2847-4520; [email protected]

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Delta Air Lines to launch Two New Direct Flights to Brazil
http://www.asiatraveltips.com/news08...AirLines.shtml

Delta Air Lines is to launch two new direct flights between the United States and Brazil, offering more convenient access for customers traveling to the Amazon region and to two of the most popular beach destinations in the Brazilian Northeast.

Beginning 19 December 2008, Delta will offer nonstop service between Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and the Eduardo Gomez International Airport in Manaus. On 21 December, Delta will start service between Atlanta and the Fortaleza International Airport via the Guararapes International Airport in Recife.

This new service increases to 32 the number of weekly flights Delta offers between the United States and five Brazilian destinations.

“These new flights are the result of the recent limited expansion of the bilateral agreement between the governments of the United States and Brazil, which opens the door to new opportunities for tourists as well as new business ventures between the two countries,” said Christophe Didier, Delta’s vice president of Sales and Government Affairs for Latin America and the Caribbean. “We look forward to continued expansion of this agreement in the future.”

Delta currently offers daily nonstop service between Atlanta and New York-JFK and São Paulo’s Guarulhos International Airport, and between Atlanta and Rio de Janeiro’s Galeão-Antonio Carlos Jobim International Airport. Delta recently also announced the addition of a seasonal frequency between Atlanta and São Paulo, effective 20 December 2008.

Manaus is the capital of Amazonas, Brazil’s largest state and home to the region’s main port. It is the starting point for travelers who want to discover the wonders of the tropical rainforest and ecological tourism options along the Rio Negro and Amazon Rivers, the largest in the world. Recife, the capital of the Brazilian state of Pernambuco, is a gateway to famous tropical beaches and world-renowned resorts, and hosts one of the main Carnival festivals of the country.

Fortaleza, the capital of the state of Ceará, lies on the shore of the Atlantic Ocean, in the northeast of Brazil, offering 16 miles of urban beaches and an array of tourism, cultural and gastronomic options.

To kick off the new service, Delta is offering a special one-way introductory fare of $659 on the Atlanta-Manaus route, and $599 on the Atlanta-Recife-Fortaleza route for travel between 6 January and 27 March 2009. Round-trip ticket purchase required. Tickets must be purchased by 8 September 2008. Additional taxes/fees/restrictions/baggage charges may apply.

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American Airlines plans to use Boeing 757s on international routes
http://www.eturbonews.com/9181/ameri...ational-routes

May 7, 2009

Customers onboard American Airlines Flight 172 from New York (JFK) to Brussels (BRU) on Thursday, May 7, will be among the first to experience American's newly-reconfigured Boeing 757 international aircraft on a trans-Atlantic flight.

American is in the process of reconfiguring 18 of its 124 Boeing 757s for use on international routes, and Thursday's JFK-to-Brussels flight is the first to make an international journey with the new configuration. Featuring new seats, new cabin interiors, and updated inflight entertainment systems, the reconfiguration - slated for completion by the end of this year - will offer customers a comfortable international travel experience.

"American Airlines fleet of Boeing 757 international aircraft will be well-suited to serve select international routes following the refurbishment initiative," said Lauri Curtis, American's vice president - onboard service.

The 757 Business Class cabin, with a 2-2 seating configuration, features 16 next-generation, angled, lie-flat seats with drop-down armrests; the ability to slide forward-interlocking tray tables that create one of the largest workspaces in the industry; on-demand audio/video in-seat entertainment systems providing 28 movies, more than 33 hours of television programming, 16 audio channels, 50 audio CDs, 15 interactive games, and new lavatories.

The Economy Class cabin, with 166 seats in a 3-3 configuration, will receive new seats, new lavatories, new LCD monitors that replace CRT monitors, and digital media file servers that will provide better inflight video and audio entertainment quality.

The 757 international fleet will serve select trans-Atlantic and Latin American routes. Routes are subject to change, but may include New York to Barcelona, Paris Charles de Gaulle and Brussels; Boston to Paris Charles de Gaulle; and Miami to Salvador, Brazil, to Recife, Brazil.

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Domestic and International Flights Get Slight Increase in Brazil
http://www.brazzilmag.com/content/view/10748/1/

19 May 2009

Brazil saw in April a 3.5% increase in international departures from Brazilian airports when compared to the same month last year. The figure was supplied by the National Civil Aviation Agency (ANAC). According to the agency, the occupation of international flights has also grown, from 66%, in April 2008, to 69% last month.

TAM was the airline that led international trips, with 86% participation in the market. TAM and Gol are the main airlines in the aviation market in Brazil. They answer to 99.86% of the international flight market.

There was also growth in domestic departures in Brazil in April, according to the ANAC, but at a lower proportion. They expanded by 2%. The occupation of the flights, however, dropped. They fell from 66% to 63%.

The study takes into consideration the number of passengers by the number of kilometers flown. On national routes, TAM and Gol concentrate 87.97% of the market.

TAM also maintained leadership in market share on national routes. The company ended the month with 49.2% participation in domestic flights, against 42.12% in April 2008. Gol posted a 46.44% reduction, to 38.77% from April 2008 to April this year. Webjet has 3.7% of the national market and Azul 3.62%.

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From: http://www.anna.aero/2009/05/08/braz...-growth-slows/



Brazil’s rapid growth slows; Azul makes instant impression in domestic market

08/May/2009



In just five years passenger throughput at Brazil’s commercial airports has grown by almost 60% from just over 70 million passengers to over 110 million. This has been achieved despite the collapse of the national flag-carrier Varig (in July 2006) and the consequences of fatal accidents involving both of the country’s leading airlines. Growth has come primarily in the dominant domestic sector where GOL and TAM have helped stimulate demand by over 60%. International growth has been slower but still a respectable 34%.






Sao Paulo’s two airports share 30% of traffic



Sao Paulo’s two airports at Guarulhos and Congonhas handled 34 million passengers between them in 2008, virtually unchanged from the year before, and accounted for 30% of the country’s airport passengers.



Among the top 15 only Congonhas, Fortaleza, Manaus and the airport serving the capital in Brasilia reported a decline in traffic in 2008.




TAM & GOL dominate domestic market; Azul growing fast

During 2008 TAM and GOL/Varig continued to share over 90% of domestic demand as measured by RPKs. Webjet, the third largest domestic carrier, is just one-tenth the size of second ranked TAM based on RPKs.



However, in March 2009 TAM and GOL/Varig’s market share finally fell below 90% as Azul, the latest airline project from serial entrepreneur David Neeleman, grabbed a 2.2% share of the market. Not bad for an airline that only started operating in mid-December. In the first three months of 2009 the airline’s load factor has grown from 59% to 64% to 67% as the domestic market as a whole went from 71% to 61% and finally 59%. In both February and March domestic load factors were down five percentage points compared with 2008.

On the top domestic route between Congonhas and Rio’s Santos Dumont airport both GOL and TAM offer almost 200 weekly departures in each direction. On the country’s second busiest route between Sao Paulo’s Guarulhos and Rio’s Galeao airport these two carriers share around 100 weekly departures between them.


GOL at Rio: Between Sao Paulo Congonhas and Rio’s Santos Dumont airport GOL and TAM offer almost 200 weekly departures in each direction. On the second busiest route between Sao Paulo’s Guarulhos and Rio’s Galeao the two share a further 100 weekly departures!


And there he is: Azul, the latest airline project from JetBlue’s David Neeleman, has grabbed a 2.2% share of the market since launch in mid-December. Load factors were 67% by March.

Azul is based at Viracopos/Campinas airport around 100 kilometres from Sao Paulo. Unusually the airport has two three-letter codes. Azul uses VCP (for Viracopos) which indicates that the airport is part of the Sao Paulo airport system. CPQ is used by other airlines to indicate that the airport serves Campinas.




TAM still growing internationally

On international routes demand on Brazilian airlines is down 10% in the first quarter as a result of capacity reductions by Gol/Varig. TAM has now increased its market share of international traffic among Brazilian airlines to over 85% and in March its international capacity was up 26%. However load factors fell from 76% to 66% resulting in demand (RPKs) being up just under 10%.

The biggest international country markets are the USA and Argentina. Based on current scheduled capacity the leading carriers between Brazil and the US are American, TAM, Delta and United. On routes to Argentina Gol/Varig is the market leader followed by TAM and Aerolineas Argentinas.

The leading European country markets this summer are Portugal, France, Spain, Germany, Italy and the UK. Of the MEB3 airlines only Emirates currently serves Brazil with daily flights from Dubai to Sao Paulo Guarulhos.

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Luanda-Sao Paulo inaugural flight takes off
http://www.portalangop.co.ao/motix/e...1d281163c.html

May/13/09

Luanda – The inaugural flight of the Angolan Airlines (TAAG), in the Luanda/Sao Paulo/Luanda route, has left the country for that Brazilian city.

The seven-hour flight made by a Boeing 747 airplane with the capacity for more than 200 seats in various classes, includes official invited guests, among government officials, MPs, journalists and other passengers.

With this flight, TAAG increases its frequency to Brazil from six to seven per week, operating to the Brazilian cities of Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays for the new route, and to Rio in the remaining four days.

Apart from other destinations, the Angolan Airlines makes international flights to Harare (Zimbabwe), Johannesburg (South Africa), Lusaka (Zambia), Brazzaville (Congo Brazzaville), Kinshasa (DRC), Lisbon (Portugal), Sal (Cape Verde), Sao Tome and Principe, Windhoek (Namibia), Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo (Brazil), as well as to Beijing (China).

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New Flight Connection Brazil and Israel
http://www.anna.aero/2009/05/08/new-...-week-2-8-may/

El Al launched what is apparently its first new route in 10 years this week when it began non-stop flights from Tel Aviv (TLV) to Sao Paulo (GRU) in Brazil. A 777-200 will connect the two cities three times each week. Meanwhile the airline has also moved its London Stansted services to nearby London Luton (LTN). Luton will be served with six weekly 767-200 flights.



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Austria's Niki receives first Embraer 190
http://www.flightglobal.com/articles...braer-190.html

By David Kaminski-Morrow

Austrian budget airline Niki has taken delivery, in Brazil, of its first Embraer 190 regional jet.

The carrier's founder, former Grand Prix racing driver Niki Lauda, accepted the twin-engined aircraft at a ceremony in Sao Jose dos Campos, Embraer's headquarters.

Niki ordered five of the type last year under an agreement which also includes five options. The carrier plans to use the jets on routes from Vienna and Innsbruck to destinations within Europe.

At Embaer's plant:


Lauda says the type "fits perfectly" into the airline's development plans: "It is ideal for the establishment of new routes, as it keeps the start-up costs low and offers passengers the familiar comfort of a medium-haul jet."

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Niki was set up six years ago and the airline operates to such cities as Frankfurt, Munich, Milan, Paris, Rome, Moscow and Stockholm.
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From Wikipedia:
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OceanAir is a Brazilian airline based in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It operates passenger services from Rio de Janeiro to 30 destinations along the eastern length of Brazil. Its main base is Santos Dumont Airport, Rio de Janeiro.[1]

Germán Efromovich has announced the rebranding of OceanAir as Avianca Brasil in 2008. The same will happen with another airline of the Avianca Group, VIP Ecuador.[2]

OceanAir operates only national flights, but connect at São Paulo-Guarulhos International Airport with those of Avianca, which serves international destinations from its hub at El Dorado International Airport in Bogotá, Colombia.

Current Fleet:
- EMB-120 (3 aircrafts, grounded)
- F100 (14 aircrafts in operation)

Fleet Orders:
- A319 (14 orders)
- A320 (7 orders)
- A330 (7 orders)
- A350 (10 orders + 10 options)
- B787 (10 orders + 10 options)



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Aerolineas E-190 deliveries could begin in 4Q
http://www.flightglobal.com/articles...gin-in-4q.html

By Brendan Sobie

Embraer is prepared to begin E-190 deliveries to Aerolineas Argentinas late this year should the renationalised carrier finalize a pending deal for 22 E-190s.

Embraer, backed by Brazilian development bank BNDES, has been negotiating an agreement with the Argentine government during the last several months covering at least 20 E-190s. The Argentine government, which took back control of Aerolineas and domestic subsidiary Austral last year, reportedly has already signed a letter of intent for 22 E-190s and is close to signing a firm contract.

Embraer's VP of commercial aviation for the Latin American market, Luiz Hamilton Lima, says an order has not yet been placed but there is a desire to begin deliveries "as soon as possible" after the deal is completed. "We have the flexibility to accommodate them towards the end of this year, in the fourth quarter," Lima tells ATI.

Argentina's purchase of E-190s is one part of a major fleet revamp that has been in the works for several months at Aerolineas and Austral. The Argentine government is also looking at acquiring new narrowbodies and widebodies, possibly by taking over part of the Airbus order placed in 2007 by Spanish travel group Marsans, which at the time owned Aerolineas and Austral.

According to Flight's ACAS database, Aerolineas' active narrowbody fleet consists of nine 737-200s and 17 737-500s while Austral currently operates 18 Boeing MD-80s. E-190s could be used to replace about half of these ageing narrowbodies while the other half could be replaced with A320s and/or Boeing 737-800s.

"We're still negotiating with Argentina. There's a lot of interest there," Lima says. "They're completely renewing the fleet for Aerolineas Argentinas and Austral. We'll be part of that renovation."

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Brazil plane crash kills 14, including children

SAO PAULO (Reuters) -- A private plane crashed in Brazil's northeastern state of Bahia, killing 14 people, including four children, the Brazilian air force said.

The twin-engine plane was coming from Sao Paulo and crashed late on Friday about 450 miles from Salvador in Bahia state, near a luxury resort.

An air force spokesman said there was no report of survivors. The plane was owned by Roger Wright, owner of financial consulting firm Arsenal Investimentos, according to local media. Wright, his wife and two children were on board, local websites reported.

The cause of the crash was not known. The air force said the plane's black box was found and was being analyzed.

An Arsenal Investimentos spokesman would not confirm who was on board.

A spokeswoman at Brazil's National Civil Aviation Agency said the plane, a King Air B350, had been inspected and that its documents were in order.

Brazil had two major plane crashes in 2006 and 2007, raising concerns about the safety of air travel in Latin America's largest country.

In July 2007, all 187 people on board and 12 people on the ground died when a TAM airline Airbus A 320 overshot a runway at Sao Paulo's Congonhas airport.

In September 2006, a Gol airline passenger jet crashed in the Amazon jungle after it and a small private plane collided. All 154 people on board died.
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Statistics: Movement at Brazilian Airports
01/January through 30/April 2009
Source: http://www.infraero.gov.br/movi.php?gi=movi

Aeronaves (unid.): Airplane Operations (unities) - take offss and landings
Passageiros (unid.): Pax/Passengers (unities)
Aerorpoto Internacional: International Airport
Aeroporto: Airport

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Brazil-Bound! US Airways Announces Schedule for Rio de Janeiro Service and Opens Flights for Sale

TEMPE, Ariz. - (Business Wire) US Airways (NYSE: LCC) announced today that it will launch daily nonstop flights between its hub at Charlotte Douglas International Airport in Charlotte, N.C. and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil beginning December 2, 2009, pending final approval from the Brazilian government.

Customers may purchase tickets to Rio de Janeiro through US Airways’ Web site at usairways.com, by calling US Airways Reservations at 1-800-428-4322 or through their travel agent.

The new route is US Airways’ first service to South America and the airline’s fifth new international route this year. The flight will originate at the airline’s hub in Philadelphia and continue on to Charlotte and Rio de Janeiro. Service between Charlotte and Rio de Janeiro will be operated with Boeing 767 aircraft with seating for 18 in Envoy, US Airways’ international business class, and 186 in the main cabin. Schedule detail is as follows:



"This new flight offers business and leisure travelers throughout the United States easy, one-stop connecting service to Brazil,” said Suzanne Boda, senior vice president, East Coast, International and Cargo Operations. “With service to Rio de Janeiro, US Airways now flies to 56 international destinations in Europe, the Caribbean and Latin America.”

“The introduction of a nonstop flight from Charlotte, North Carolina to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil is further evidence of our state’s growing presence on the global stage,” said North Carolina Governor Bev Perdue. “North Carolina’s potential for international trade and tourism is limitless. There is much to be gained by connecting North Carolina and Brazil.”

US Airways was America’s number one on-time airline in 2008 among the “Big Six” hub-and-spoke airlines according to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) monthly Air Travel Consumer Report. US Airways, along with US Airways Shuttle and US Airways Express, operates more than 3,100 flights per day and serves more than 200 communities in the U.S., Canada, Europe, the Caribbean and Latin America. The airline employs more than 33,000 aviation professionals worldwide and is a member of the Star Alliance network, which offers our customers more than 16,500 daily flights to 912 destinations in 159 countries worldwide. And for the 11th consecutive year, the airline received a Diamond Award for maintenance training excellence from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for its Charlotte, North Carolina hub line maintenance facility. For more company information, visit usairways.com. (LCCG)

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US Airways to operate daily service from Charlotte to Rio de Janeiro in December
26 May 2009 20:12 GMT
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Air route maps

Just for a general view, these are some of the Brazilian based airlines' flight route maps (updates early May 2009).
Source: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=857794


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TRIP

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The TAM map is wrong.
Paris - Salvador, Paris - Rio and Frankfurt - Sao Paulo are missing.
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What is the cheapest fare possible to travel between Sao Paulo and say, Recife ?
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What is the cheapest fare possible to travel between Sao Paulo and say, Recife ?
Nowadays, BRL R$265, what is equivalent to USD $131 (one way), flying Azul!
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Incident: TAM A320 at Sao Paulo on May 27th 2009, pirate radio

By Simon Hradecky, created Thursday, May 28th 2009 13:31Z, last updated Thursday, May 28th 2009 13:31Z

A TAM Linhas Aereas Airbus A320-200, flight JJ-3135 from Vitoria,ES to Sao Paulo Congonhas,SP (Brazil) with 100 passengers, was an approach to Sao Paulo's Congonhas airport at around 8:50pm local (23:50Z), when communication with air traffic control broke down due to an unauthorized transmitter, obviously a pirate radio, on the frequency. The crew decided to divert to Campinas,SP (Brazil) 50nm from Sao Paulo, where the airplane landed safely 15 minutes later.

Two more TAM Airbus A320-200s on approach to Congonhas Airport within the next 10 minutes diverted due to the radio interference: flight JJ-3764 from Londrina,PR with 83 passengers also diverted to Campinas and flight JJ-3955 from Rio de Janeiro Dumont,RJ with 92 passengers diverted to Sao Paulo's Guarulhos Airport.

The airline reported, that all passengers were brought to the Congonhas Airport by bus.

Infraero, Brazil Airport Authority, confirmed, that there were communication problems caused by sources outside their control, that could only partially be controlled by changing the frequency for Congonhas control tower. No other than the three TAM flights diverted. The radio interference lasted from about 8pm to 9:30pm.

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Brazil jet from Miami hits turbulence, injuring 21
2 days ago

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A Brazilian jet liner traveling from Miami ran into rough turbulence, injuring 21 people on board.
Passengers said the plane twice went into a sharp dive Monday night, slamming people into the ceiling of the cabin. Three people suffered broken bones.
TAM flight 8095 landed safely in Sao Paulo about 30 minutes later, the airline said Tuesday.
Three people remained hospitalized.
TAM Linhas Aereas SA is Brazil's biggest airline.

Copyright © 2009 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

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Agence France-Presse - 5/28/2009 10:30 PM GMT

US pilots in 2006 Brazil mid-air accident face new charges

Two US pilots whose executive jet was involved in a 2006 mid-air collision above Brazil that brought down a Boeing 737, killing all 154 people on board, face new charges, Brazilian prosecutors said Thursday.

Joe Lepore and Jan Paladino were accused of involuntarily violating air transport safety regulations, prosecutors in the state of Mato Grosso, where the accident occurred, said in a statement.

The charges derive from technical investigations of data from the Embraer Legacy jet the two were flying when hit the doomed passenger airliner operated by the Brazilian airline Gol on September 29, 2006.

The collision sheared off part of the tail and wing of the Legacy, and sent the Gol plane plummeting into the Amazon jungle. Lepore and Paladino landed later, unhurt with their five passengers.

A Brazil air force probe concluded that errors by the US pilots and Brazilian air traffic controllers were to blame, resulting in the Legacy being at the same altitude as the Boeing.

A collaborative probe by the US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) put most of the blame on Brazilian air traffic control, though it noted that the Legacy's transponder was not functioning and its pilots failed to notice that or a long period without communication with air traffic controllers.

The technical investigations underpinning the new charges in Brazil found that the US pilots omitted that the US company they were flying for, Excelair, did not have the necessary certification for the Legacy to fly in a reduced margin of airspace around their set altitude, known as Reduced Vertical Separation Minimum (RVSM).

The Legacy also did not have its TCAS anti-collision system activated that would have warned of the imminent collision, the prosecutors said.

The US NTSB investigation, for its part, had noted that RSVM standards were being applied by Brazilian air traffic control even though the Legacy's turned-off transponder was not sending necessary altitude data.

Lepore and Paladino, who returned to the United States in December 2006 after being held for months in Brazil after the accident, were absent at the first session of the legal proceedings into the tragedy.

Brazilian authorities have rejected their request to give testimony in the United States.

The airline Gol has since last year been paying millions of dollars in compensation to the families of those killed on the Boeing.
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Nowadays, BRL R$265, what is equivalent to USD $131 (one way), flying Azul!
That's not cheap.....considering we're currently in low-cost era
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I agree!
It's a 3h non-stop flight!
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This is a nice map that tries to represent estimated flight time between cities in Brazil. Enjoy!

Clique to enlarge!


Source: http://fsbrasil.wordpress.com/mapamap/
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Jetpool Puts Carolina's First Phenom 100 To Work
Wed, 27 May '09
http://www.aero-news.net/index.cfm?C...08414ad984ec#d

Ryan Stone, CEO of air taxi operator Jetpool, LLC, reports that they have taken delivery of their first Embraer Phenom 100 jet. The company is therefore launching a 'Jetpool Shares' fractional ownership program. "The Phenom 100's ultra-efficient design hits the sweet spot of the average domestic business trip, 2-3 people traveling about 500 miles, yet costs roughly 30% less to own and operate than comparably sized jets," said Stone.

"With this new aircraft, Jetpool brings to the table a phenomenally low jet air taxi price point," Air Taxi Association President Joe Leader stated. "The value provided in on-demand jet service under $2,000 per hour brings down the cost per passenger into the range of $1,000 a round trip."

Jetpool offers three programs for the Phenom 100:



Charter - at under $2000/hour, you can get a glimpse of how a private jet might forever change your life by chartering the Phenom 100 starting this summer. By jetpooling with your colleagues, the cost of a typical roundtrip becomes comparable to the airlines yet provides a no-hassle, time-saving experience that's second to none.



Jetpool Shares - at under $1400/hour all-in, the cost of Jetpool's quarter share makes this option the perfect tool for clients who understand the benefits of private aviation, want the convenience and safety of a professionally managed shared jet, but are looking for a more affordable and tax efficient alternative at 'less than half the cost' of traditional fractional offerings. The Jetpool Shares program gives each quarter share 73 days of use per year with no hourly limits, plus the jet is locally based.



Ownership - at under $1200/hour all-in, balance your budget and your life with outright ownership of the Phenom 100, perfect for clients who need an airplane for more than 150 flight hours a year but also need to trim expenses. Jetpool handles the turnkey management of the entire operation. The low ownership cost is achieved by placing the aircraft into the Jetpool Shares program and permitting limited charter.

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Bristow Moves Into Brazil
Fri, 29 May '09
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Company Acquires Large Stake in Linder

Bristow Group Inc. has acquired 42.5% of Lider Aviacao Holding S.A. 'Lider', Brazil's largest provider of helicopter and executive aviation services.
Lider operates the largest helicopter fleet in Brazil, with 46 helicopters serving the oil and gas industry, representing approximately 50% of the oil and gas market in Brazil. Its helicopter operation is the most profitable business segment and has been growing revenues at a compounded annual rate of over 22% in the past three years. Lider's fleet has 46 helicopters and 29 charter aircraft.



"We view Brazil as the next 'North Sea' in terms of its potential for growth in offshore services requirements," said William E. Chiles, Bristow Group President and Chief Executive Officer, "The Brazilian offshore deepwater market is thriving as a result of several world-class oil discoveries and government funding initiatives to develop those discoveries. It is our objective to be a leader in each market we serve and our equity ownership investment in Lider gives Bristow a solid position in this very important market."



Mark B. Duncan, Senior Vice President, Western Hemisphere, commented, "The new sub-salt developments in Brazil, which are located approximately 200 nautical miles offshore, are expected to generate significant demand for new helicopters over the next several years. In addition, a minimum of an estimated 30 new medium and large helicopters should be needed in the Brazilian oil and gas market in the next five years to meet the expected growth in activity levels and to replace aging aircraft".

Ownership of 42.5% of Lider will provide Bristow with approximately 20% of the voting rights of Lider, complying with Brazilian aviation regulations limiting foreign ownership. Bristow will also have the right to appoint one of the five Lider board members as well as one management position.

FMI: http://www.bristowgroup.com/
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Air France plane disappears from radar screens

Aircraft travelling from Brazil to Paris with 228 people on board has not arrived in French capital and has vanished from radar screens, authorities say

Brazilian air force planes are searching the Atlantic for an Air France plane that vanished from radar screens as it flew to Paris today with 228 people on board.

Flight AF447, an Airbus A330-200, left Rio de Janeiro at 7pm local time (2300 BST) yesterday. It had been expected to arrived in Paris at 11.15am.

An Air France source was quoted as saying that there was "no hope" for those on board.

"Air France regrets to announce that it is without news from Air France flight 447, flying from Rio to Paris," Brigitte Barrand, a spokeswoman for the airline, said.

The French president, Nicolas Sarkozy, expressed his "extreme worry" and sent the junior minister for transport, Dominique Bussereau, and the environment minister, Jean-Louis Borloo, to Charles de Gaulle airport to monitor the situation.

The plane was carrying 216 passengers and 12 crew. The French authorities have set up a crisis centre at Charles de Gaulle airport.

The Brazilian air force told the Associated Press that a search was under way near the island of Fernando de Noronha.

A spokesman said the search and rescue mission was mounted after the jet failed to make regular radio contact.

According to the French media, Paris airport authorities were informed by their Brazilian counterparts that the aircraft had vanished from radar screens.

France Info radio quoted an airport authority source as saying that its absence from the radar could be a question of a transmitter failure, but that this would be a very rare occurrence.



Chris Yates, an aviation expert, told the BBC: "There is not radar coverage across the Atlantic because it is too far from radar stations.

"But the fact [the plane] has not appeared on radar when it neared land gives me cause for concern.

"Normally, aircraft crossing the oceans are in contant contact with traffic control, updating them with details of their route information or location.

"If there is an emergency on board, they declare that. So it is somewhat surprising that there doesn't appear to have been a warning."

He said that "if we are talking about an aircraft coming down over the ocean ... then survivability is quite limited".

David Gleave, another aviation expert, told the BBC: "We are running out of time for the plane to reappear, given the amount of fuel it had on it.

"Had it been a communcation problem, it would have appeared now on Spanish or French radar or Brazilian, had it turned around.

"The first thing is to find out where it is. It may have been reporting its position by satellite. It is very unusual that there is no location information."

The A330-200 model has not suffered any fatal accidents involving passengers.

However, in June 1994, an A330 owned by Airbus on a test flight simulating an engine failure on takeoff crashed shortly after leaving Toulouse, killing all seven people on board.

In October last year, a Qantas A330 on a flight from Singapore to Perth reportedly experienced a sudden change in altitude.

The crew issued a mayday call before diverting the aircraft. About 36 passengers and crew members were injured, more than a dozen seriously.

Source: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009...sappears-radar

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Very very sad!!

BBC released a time-lime of the known facts so far:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/8077304.stm

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BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) - Brazil's Air Force says it has found airplane seats and other debris floating in the Atlantic Ocean along the path that a missing Air France jet was flying.

Air Force spokesman Jorge Amaral says the seats were spotted by search planes early Tuesday morning but that authorities cannot immediately confirm they were from the plane.

Also spotted were small white pieces of debris, material that may be metallic and signs of oil and kerosene, which is used as jet fuel.

The debris was found about 390 miles (650 kilometers) northeast of the Brazilian archipelago of Fernando de Noronha.

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http://www.postchronicle.com/news/br...12235903.shtml

Crews Find More Bodies From Air France Crash
by Fernando Exman and Tim Hepher
Published: Jun 8, 2009

Searchers found 15 more bodies from a crashed Air France jet on Sunday and retrieved a large amount of debris from the plane that plunged into the Atlantic ocean in the worst air disaster since 2001.



Nearly a week after the Airbus A330 crashed on its way from Rio de Janeiro to Paris killing all 228 people on board, a total of 17 bodies have been recovered, following the discovery of two unidentified males on Saturday.

Investigators are considering the possibility the speed sensors on Flight 447 may have iced up and Air France said late on Saturday it was accelerating the replacement of speed sensors on all its Airbus long-haul planes.

Brazil's navy and air force said in a statement on Sunday night that they had retrieved seven more bodies and were transporting them along with the two corpses found on Saturday to the islands of Fernando de Noronha, 230 miles off the coast of Brazil.

Of the nine corpses, four were male and four were female, while the sex of the other body could not be identified.

A French ship picked up eight bodies on Sunday, the Brazilian military said, without giving further details.

"Hundreds of items are being found and being stored until we know where they should go," Brazilian Air Force spokesman Henry Munhoz told reporters in the northeastern city of Recife, where the bodies and debris will eventually be brought.

STRUCTURAL COMPONENTS FOUND

Brazil's military declined to give details about the debris found on Sunday, saying only that it was "structural components."

Brazilian network Globo reported on its website that a refrigerated truck used to store corpses was waiting on Fernando de Noronha. Brazilian media also said police were taking DNA samples from passengers' relatives to help identify the bodies.

Twelve Brazilian planes, one equipped with radar equipment that can detect material in the water, two French planes, one French ship and five Brazilian navy ships are searching the area about 680 miles northeast of Brazil's coast.

France also has sent a nuclear-powered submarine that should arrive on Wednesday to search for the black box flight data recorders that will be crucial to understanding why the plane fell from the sky as it passed storms on Monday.

The plane's pilots may have set the aircraft at a dangerous speed because they were relying on faulty speed readings, investigators say.

Air France said it had begun the switchover of speed sensors five weeks before the crash but only after disagreeing with Airbus over the planemaker's proposal to carry out tests before replacing them.

An Airbus spokesman declined to comment and said it could only discuss the investigation with French air authorities.

The head of France's air accident agency BEA said on Saturday it was too soon to say if problems with the speed sensors, known as pitot tubes, were in any way responsible.

LOST DATA

The agency said the A330 had sent out 24 error messages in four minutes including one indicating a discrepancy in speed data. It said similar problems had happened before.

Air France said it had first noticed in May 2008 that ice in the sensors was causing lost data in planes like the A330, but that it failed to agree with Airbus on steps to take.

According to Air France, Airbus offered to carry out an in-flight test on new sensors this year but the airline decided to go ahead and started changing them anyway from April 27.

It did not say whether the crashed plane had the new sensors but its last maintenance hangar visit was on April 16.

Some of the A330s 50 or so other operators defended the plane's safety record at an airlines meeting in Kuala Lumpur on Sunday, saying the crash was an isolated incident.

Airbus has faced problems with the speed sensors dating to at least 2001, forcing changes in equipment as well as the pilot's flight manual, according to online filings.

In 2001, France reported several cases of sudden fluctuation of A330 or A340 airspeed data during severe icing conditions and Airbus was ordered to change the cockpit manual, according to the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration.

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http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/...rticle1172656/

Why did Flight 447 head into a monster?

Experienced pilots should have avoided dangerous thunderstorm



By Paul Koring
From Monday's Globe and Mail, Monday, Jun. 08, 2009 08:06AM EDT


In the still-whirling maelstrom of speculation a week after the catastrophic end of Air France's flight 447, only a few facts have emerged, all of which point ominously to a seemingly inexplicable situation.

How did it happen that highly experienced pilots flying a very sophisticated, nearly new jetliner for a world-class airline ended up in a monster thunderstorm when the wall of violent weather should have been starkly evident on the cockpit weathers radar and when the risks are well known.

Meanwhile, the last few short coded fault reports, sent automatically by the aircraft's sophisticated flights systems to Air France, paint a frightening but incomplete picture of multiple systems failing just before the catastrophic end.

A minute of two earlier there are tenuous hints that indicate failing speed sensors – perhaps iced over – could have forced the autopilot to shut off, leaving the pilots to hand-fly the big, twin-engined jetliner in the treacherous violence of a night-time thunderstorm.

No one yet knows the cause of the crash and it will take investigators months – perhaps years – to determine the chain of events, even if they manage to recover the treasure trove of detailed information from the flight data and cockpit voice recorders, now on the sea bottom.

But violent weather seems certain to have played a role, although likely only part of a sequence of the disaster. The ill-fated Airbus 330 with 228 people on board was flying a route directly into the kind of monster storms that all pilots know to avoid. Other pilots reported thunderstorms, but nothing particularly out of the ordinary.

Still, some were huge, soaring to more than 50,000 feet, with internal aircraft-flipping gusts of more than 160 kilometres per hour and vicious cold spots that can also cause severe icing. The inside of a thunderstorm can produce what is called extreme turbulence – which bears no relation to the stomach-churning bounces that has passengers white-knuckling the arm rests.

Extreme turbulence can flip an aircraft out of control. It is defined by aviation regulators as having the potential to cause “structural damage and prolonged loss of control of the aircraft.”

As night fell over the crash site Sunday, searchers had recovered half a dozen bodies from a debris field roughly 650 km northeast of the Fernando de Noronha islands off Brazil's northern coast. The area was about 60 km south of the last electronically reported position of Flight 447, but floating objects have been at the mercy of currents and winds for almost a week.

“We're sailing through a sea of debris,” said Brazilian Navy Capt. Giucemar Tabosa Cardoso said.

France sent a nuclear submarine, the United States flew specialized listening equipment that will be towed deep underwater near the crash site in an effort to detect the signals sent by finger-sized locator beacons attached to the two bright-orange recorders, often referred to as black boxes.

Finding them will be a race against time. The beacons are supposed to function for at least 30 days but only have a range of a few thousand metres. With the precise crash site still uncertain, searchers are faced with trolling for the signals over a wide area and in depths of up to 4,000 metres.

If they are recovered, the cockpit voice recorder should reveal the pilots' last half-hour of conversation, as they considered the weather and their awareness of the sequence of faults in flight systems.

From the flight's data recorder, investigators should be able to build a detailed reconstruction of the aircraft's systems, its speed, and manoeuvres.

Far less detailed, but still very useful, data is available from fault codes, automatically generated by the Airbus 330's flight computer system, which were sent by satellite. Although the pilots last radioed air traffic control with a routine position check-in about 40 minutes before the crash, they also sent a manual text message saying their were flying in heavy or hard weather (Air France hasn't released the exact text) a few minutes before the crash. Then, in the last minutes of the flight, a flurry of fault codes, including one showing the autopilot had been disconnected, were received.

One emerging, but still tentative, theory is that the airspeed sensors – known as pitot tubes and protruding into the air stream – may have iced up, a previously known problem in high-altitude cruises of Airbus 330s.

There are several pitot tubes and the autopilot depends on them being in agreement. If there are discrepancies, the autopilot would disengage and the pilots would have been alerted to hand-fly the aircraft. Icing is a known hazard in the upper reaches of thunderstorms where upwelling chilled air can create roiling turbulence.

Air France was part way through a planned upgrade of all pitot tubes after several previous cases of ice-related failures but the aircraft that crashed had not yet been upgraded. Since the crash, the airline had said it will quickly install newer-model, icing-resistant pitots.

However, ice-blocked failure of one of more pitot tubes would not, by itself, be a catastrophic problem.

However, loss of airspeed sensors – resulting in the autopilot disengaging and leaving the crew to hand-fly in the very difficult and demanding nighttime conditions if they had strayed inadvertently into a major thunderstorm or been caught by one rapidly rising from underneath them – could create extreme conditions.

Paul Louis Arslanian, the lead investigator for the French aviation-accident investigation agency probing the crash, cautioned it was too early to draw conclusions about the role of pitot tubes in the crash, saying “it does not mean that without replacing the Pitots that the A330 was dangerous.”

Nor is it clear yet whether the crew manually disconnected the autopilot, perhaps to fly around or between the thunderstorm cells that on the night of the crash towering to more than 50,000 feet, far higher than the 35,000-foot assigned cruising altitude.

If the pilots had elected a major detour – crews sometimes fly hundreds of kilometres off planned routings to avoid the well-known risks of penetrating a thunderstorm – they would have told air-traffic control to avoid conflicts with other aircraft. So it seems likely that Flight 447's pilots believed they could dodge among the thunderstorms.

Meteorologists who have conducted a painstaking review using satellite data of the conditions along Flight 447's route at the time of the disaster have found a line a huge storms, including several very severe ones welling up at about the time the Airbus was passing. But the weather, while dire, wasn't unusual for the route and avoiding the storms would have been relatively routine for highly experienced crews.





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International Flights in Brazil Increase

International Flights in Brazil Increase
Source: http://www.homesgofast.com/view_news/1519/

‎May 20, 2009‎

There was an increase in the number of international departures from Brazilian airports in April, 2009, according to the National Civil Aviation Agency (ANAC). April saw a 3.5 percent increase in international flights when compared to the same period in 2008. The number of passengers per flight also went up slightly as well..

The two main airlines in Brazil are TAM and Gol, and together they capture most of the international flight market. TAM is the largest airline in the country, and it has some 86 percent of the international market from Brazil. The two airlines also make up nearly 88 percent of the domestic Brazilian airline market, when looking at total passenger kilometers flown. Domestic departures were up in April as well, by 2 percent according to ANAC.

TAM is the leader in market share for both international and domestic routes in Brazil. Other Brazilian airlines are Webjet and Azul, with small but growing shares of the market. Some of the many international carriers that serve Brazil are American Airlines, LAN, Air France, Lufthansa, British Airways, Delta, Emirates, Iberia, Japan Airlines, United Airlines, TACA, Mexicana, and Alitalia, among many others.
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