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Old November 12th, 2009, 03:10 PM   #181
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U.S. audit approves 100% the Brazilian aviation

An audit of the regulatory authority of civil aviation in the United States, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in the areas of Airworthiness, Operational Safety and Empowerment of the National Civil Aviation Agency (ANAC), provided 100% approval of the Brazilian aviation without be raised any recommendation or non-compliance in the regulatory processes and monitoring of these areas.

In practice, according to ANAC, this means the maintenance of Brazil as Category 1 country that maintains air traffic with the United States, enabling companies in Brazil to fly to that country without restriction from the FAA. Currently, TAM is the only Brazilian company with regular flights to the United States, a total of 53 per week. Four U.S. companies (American Airlines, Continental, Delta and United Airlines) achieve more than 96 weekly flights between the two countries. Other Brazilian companies may also ask the ANAC allowing flights to the United States, according to their business strategies.

This is the second audit of the FAA in Brazil, as part of the "International Aviation Safety Assessments (IASA, which can be translated as Operational Safety Assessment International Aviation). The first occurred at the time of the Civil Aviation Department (CAD), before the creation of ANAC. The most recent, closed in October 2009, brought to Brazil a team of five inspectors from the regulatory U.S., which was received by the Brazilian regulatory agency.

In May this year, Brazil received the ICAO audit, which increased 62.6% to 87.3% the assessment of the country in compliance with international civil aviation in Brazil. According to the Organization, Brazil ranks 9th among all the countries audited and, considering only the members of the G-20, the Brazilian position is the 5th place. The protocols of ANAC - which represent 70% of the ICAO audit - attended 84.0% of requirements. Were also evaluated two bodies of the Air Force, the Department of Air Space Control (Decea) and the Center for Research and Prevention of Aeronautical Accidents (Cenipa).

With respect to airports, are also occurring in the country since August technical visits by representatives of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), an agency of the United States government that deals with the security at airports. The visits are part of a bilateral agreement between Brazil and the United States to exchange experiences on the requirements of security against criminal acts by the ICAO. Already been visited airports Confins (MG), Fortaleza (CE), Recife (PE), Galleon (RJ) and Guarulhos (SP) and are scheduled agendas to Brasilia (DF), Salvador (BA) and Manaus (AM). To date, representatives of the TSA demonstrated to be satisfied with the infrastructure and procedures used in aviation.
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Old November 14th, 2009, 01:25 PM   #182
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Embraer thrives on regional niche markets

Embraer has built more than 600 planes in the E-jet family that comprises E-Jet 170, 175, 190, 195 operated by 54 airlines, including four in the Middle East.

By Duraid Al Baik, Associate Editor Published: 00:00 November 14, 2009



Embraer, the Brazilian aircraft manufacturer, has built more than 600 of its E-jet models, comprising the E-Jet 170, 175, 190, 195 operated by 54 carriers. Image Credit: Duraid Al Baik , Gulf News


Amman: Embraer's becoming the third largest passenger plane manufacturer in the world, after Boeing and Airbus, was due to its focusing on specific market segments that the two other giant builders have ignored.

Embraer's bid was, however, only won after 40 years of building aircraft. While conventional manufacturers got bigger and bigger in their designs, the Brazilian builder instead focused on jets that accommodate up to 120 passengers. The aircraft, which was considered at its launch as a gamble in the world of giant carriers, has become highly demanded in different markets, including North America and Europe. Airlines wanting to expand their services to cover smaller destinations with convenient frequencies found the solution with Embraer. That niche in the market was what helped Embraer to succeed in the past five years: Proving the right sized aircraft for the right market.

The outcome of the filling-the-gap strategy adopted by Embraer was a family of four medium-sized passenger planes equipped with state-of-the-art technology and modern, luxury features that among other characteristics managed to redefine short-haul transportation in many parts of the world.

Embraer has built more than 600 planes in the E-jet family that comprises E-Jet 170, 175, 190, 195 operated by 54 airlines, including four in the Middle East.

More importantly, the E-Jet has reduced the cost of seats by up to 50 per cent. It is now cheaper to buy this aircraft and operate it than any other aircraft, especially when servicing small destinations with high frequencies.

The only possible disadvantage for passengers who are used to wide-bodied aircraft is the small cabin. Embraer argues, however, that the two-by-two seat configuration increases the overall trip comfort since E-jet offer up to 17 per cent more personal space per passenger than any other competitor aircraft. The cabin height of two metres allows more than 99 per cent of the world population to stand upright in the aisle and move freely in the plane.

Middle East potential

For many reasons, including the recent global credit crunch, Embraer is eyeing the promising Middle East region, according to Jose Luis Molina, the company vice-president for Europe, Africa and the Middle East.

Molina told Gulf News, the signs seen today suggest that the recession may be over, but there are still chances of a W shaped economic recovery. However, he said the Middle East economies were less affected by the crisis than in other parts of the world because oil revenue is still priced at reasonable levels.

"The result to this is investments in airport infrastructure in the region are very much on track and the airline industry in the region is thriving," he said.

He said the recent decrease in the amount of pre-owned aircraft available for sale in the international market is encouraging manufacturers like Embraer to be optimistic, but prices are still depressed.

"The used aircraft market has been supplying regional carriers looking for replacements of their fleets or enhancement of their passenger and cargo-carrying capabilities with low-priced planes that are ready for immediate handover," he said.

Other factors

But this is not the full picture. Molina said the concerns in today's aircraft market are not how much an aircraft will cost to buy and operate, despite these being important factors in buying a new jet. Another factor has come into the picture with the economic downturn: Focusing only on the cost per seat is unwise because flying empty seats and cancelling flights is quite risky as passengers will start to look for a different carrier.

"The answer to this problem was smaller aircraft with more frequencies that cater to the passengers' needs and with no compromises in safety and luxury," Molina said, adding that the solution came from Embraer.

In addition, he said the Embraer family of E-Jet is the right choice for extreme climates like that of the Middle East. "The aircraft have been tested in the cold regions near the Arctic circle and the heat of the deserts and proved over the recent years that they can resist tough climatic conditions. The combination of high temperatures and sand storms creates serious difficulties for aircraft operators in the region."

But Embraer proves that the reliability of its planes in the region are equal or greater than the world fleet average.

Saudi Arabian Airlines operates 15 Embraer 170s with the first delivery made four years ago. It has been doing very well on local routes stretching from Tabuk in the north to Nejran in the south. The reliability of the Embraer fleet schedule in Saudi Arabia was 99.52 per cent which means that less than five flights in 1,000 were subject to cancellations or delays greater than 15 minutes for technical reasons. The completion rate was as high as 99.93 per cent or less than one out of 1,000 flights cancelled for technical reasons.

Other members of the E-Jet family are operating on local and regional destinations. Royal Jordanian operates five Embraer 195s and two 170s to destinations as far as the Armenian capital of Yerevan. Egypt and Libya have Embraer aircraft as well with a total number reaching 50 this year covering 162 destinations.

With a range of between 2,000 and 2,400 nautical miles, the E-jet is suitable for the majority of airlines serving mid-sized markets with adequate aircraft capacity.

Molina said an example of how regional airlines were able to improve both flexibility and profitability of their operations by adding Embraer to their fleets was the Egypt Air case on Cairo-Luxor flights.

Good move

"In 2006, Egypt Air used to have only three flights a day between Cairo and Luxor in each direction. The airliner was operating Airbus 320 on the route at six , eight and 22 hours. In 2007, the airline changed its daily schedule to have seven flights per day with one Airbus 320 at 6am, one Boeing 737-500 at 7am followed by four Embraer 170 flights at 8am, noon, 5pm and 10pm. The seventh flight is serviced by Boeing 737-500 at midnight.

"Egypt Air found this combination of jets plying between the two destinations very profitable and satisfactory to the needs of its passengers. The schedule is still on for the third consecutive year," Molina said.

He said Embraer operations in the Middle East have become more reliable with four spare-parts centres in Amman, Cairo, Jeddah and Riyadh and a training centre and flight simulator in Jeddah. The training centre facilities including the simulator are opened for other Embraer clients in the region through special arrangements.

Molina announced that plans are underway to open a full service centre in the region with Dubai or Abu Dhabi amongst other options being reviewed by the manufacturer to host the facility.

Amman Soon after reaching my seat on Embraer E-Jet 195 at Amman International Airport, I asked a well-dressed Jordanian sitting next to me if he feels the plane that is getting ready to fly us the 40-minute journey to the Red Sea Port of Aqaba is safe.

I should admit that I was a bit nervous as such a trip was my first-ever experience with these kind of jets. I spent the previous day learning about the plane and the manufacturer at a day-long seminar organised by Embraer in Amman through which a group of specialised journalists were listening and discussing issues with the executives of the company and the Royal Jordanian officials using the plane.

My question to my neighbour was just a desperate way to share my concerns and calm my worries through someone who seems to have more experience than mine with such jets.

In a straightforward tone, the man replied that he trusts Jordanian pilots for their skilful handling of the aircraft and the passengers and has had no problem at all with Airbus planes. He added that he goes to Aqaba on this flight weekly and he had never met with an uncomfortable experience regarding safety in the past.

"That is exactly why I asked you this question," I said. "The plane that is going to fly us today to Aqaba is not an Airbus. It is Embraer E-jet 190 and has nothing to do with any other famous manufacturer. The plane is built in Brazil and it is one of 600 aircraft built by the manufacturer and fly all over the world. Have you ever heard about Embraer?" I asked.

My flight mate, who told me later that he works as a lawyer and owns his legal consultancy firm in the country's capital, challenged me indirectly through his strange look at me to prove my statement about the brand of the plane. I looked around for something that proved what seemed to him as a surprising declaration and quickly pulled the emergency instruction card from the seat pocket in front of me. I pointed at the name of the plane printed on top of the page in red and bold font: Embraer E-jet 190, and then relaxed back into my all-leather fancy seat. The lawyer replied: Oh my God.

First flight

A few minutes later, the pilot announced the start of the trip to Aqaba stating clearly the brand of the jet. He flew up to 18,000 feet, offering both window and aisle-seat passengers a rare chance to see the unique topography of this part of the country throughout the trip. The take-off and landing along with the time of cruise passed peacefully to an extent that the discussions between me and my fly-mate lawyer was not interrupted till the other 86 passengers stood up to disembark from the plane.

At Al Aqaba Airport and after disembarking from the jet, I noticed that the name given to plane by the Royal Jordanian was Umm Qais (the Mother of Qais), that leaves no indications about the origin of the jet and has become a part of the local scenario in Jordan.

Embraer facts

Established in 1969 by the government and privatised in December 1994
Third-largest commercial aircraft manufacturer
One of Brazil's top three exporters since 1999
17,000 employees worldwide, 94.7 per cent of them based in Brazil
Annual revenue equal to Dh22.2 billion
Backlog orders worth of Dh73.4 billion
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NOVEMBER 10, 2009, 6:43 A.M. ET
Brazil Gol Airline Raises '09 Revenue Passenger Kilometer View


SAO PAULO (Dow Jones)--Amid an increase in demand and a hike in fares, Brazilian airline GOL Linhas Aereas Inteligentes SA (GOL) has revised upward its guidance for 2009 revenue passenger kilometers, or RPKs, the company said Tuesday in a statement.

Gol is expecting an RPK increase of 14% this year, compared with its previous view of only 3%.

RPKs are the number of paying passengers multiplied by the number of kilometers they fly.

In the third quarter, GOL registered RPKs of 6.1 billion, up 31.3% from the year before. In the first nine months of the year, the company's RPKs totaled 16.3 billion, up 6.1% from the same period of 2008.

-By Rogerio Jelmayer, Dow Jones Newswires; 5511-2847-4521; [email protected]
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Embraer Welcomes New E-Jet Customer in Kazakhstan


NewswireToday - /newswire/ - São José dos Campos, São Paulo, Brazil, 11/17/2009 - EMBRAER 190 jets will enable Air Astana to develop new markets.



Embraer is pleased to welcome the expanding Kazakhstan flag carrier Air Astana to its E-Jets family of customers. The airline will operate two EMBRAER 190 jets out of Almaty, Kazakhstan, under a newly ratified agreement with the U.S. aircraft leasing company Jetscape, Inc., based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. This deal is already included in Embraer’s firm order backlog for the third quarter of 2009.

“We are very proud to have Air Astana join our E-Jets family of 55 customers in 38 countries, and to become the first operator of an E-Jet in Central Asia,” said Mauro Kern, Embraer Executive Vice President, Airline Market. “Air Astana is a burgeoning airline, just like Kazakhstan, which is one of the world’s fastest growing economies. It is a pleasure to support them, and we look forward to a long-term, evolving relationship.”

Both EMBRAER 190s – configured in a dual-class layout, featuring nine seats in first class and 88 in economy – are scheduled for delivery in the first quarter of 2011.

“The EMBRAER 190 is a proven aircraft that has become a favorite with passengers, worldwide. Its range, efficiency and size are ideal for Air Astana and will enable us to further grow our domestic and Central Asia network,” said Peter Foster, President of Air Astana. “The aircraft’s seating capacity will efficiently complement our narrowbody jet fleet, flying where it would be uneconomical to deploy larger aircraft, as we continue to position ourselves as the region’s airline of choice in terms of network and service. We expect to expand our EMBRAER 190 fleet in the future.”

About Air Astana
Air Astana, based in Almaty, Kazakhstan, is the national airline of Kazakhstan. Its mission is to provide quality domestic and international air service with the highest standards of safety and service, by using modern generation aircraft to serve and complement the needs of Kazakhstan, one of the world’s fastest growing economies. In 2008, Air Astana was admitted to the register of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Operational Safety Audit (IOSA), one of only a small number of airlines in the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) to have achieved this milestone. Today, the company operates a fleet of 21 aircraft with an average age of seven years, serving more than 50 domestic and international routes.

About Jetscape
Jetscape was founded in 2000 and specializes in commercial aircraft leasing, management, remarketing and advisory services, providing innovative, custom-tailored solutions to owners and operators, worldwide. Jetscape currently owns and manages 21 aircraft with 16 airline operators in 10 countries.

About the EMBRAER 170/190 Family of E-Jets
The EMBRAER 170/190 family of E-Jets consists of four commercial jets with 70 to 122 seats, featuring advanced engineering design, efficient performance, outstanding operating economics, low emission levels and a spacious cabin.

The E-Jets have a maximum cruising speed of Mach 0.82, can fly at 41,000 feet (12,497 meters), and have ranges of up to 2,400 nautical miles (4,448 km). The high degree of commonality among the four aircraft – EMBRAER 170, EMBRAER 175, EMBRAER 190 and EMBRAER 195 – results in exceptional savings for carriers, in terms of crew training and costs of spare parts and maintenance. Another key feature of the E-Jets is the state-of-the-art fly-by-wire technology, which increases operating safety, while reducing pilot workload and fuel consumption.

The EMBRAER 170/190 family provides superior comfort with its double-bubble fuselage design, which includes two main passenger entrances and two service doors that minimize aircraft turn-around time. The E-Jets offer much more space for passengers, in a single or dual-class layout, than other aircraft with similar seating capacities.

The E-Jets have achieved outstanding success, with nearly 900 firm orders logged and over 600 jets in operation, worldwide. This proven family is helping airlines to rightsize low load factor narrowbody routes, to replace older, inefficient airplanes, and to develop new markets with lower operating costs, greater efficiency, and outstanding passenger comfort. For more information about Embraer’s commercial jets, visit EmbraerCommercialJets.com. To better understand the benefits of these aircraft, when substituting older jets, visit eforefficiency.com/.

Embraer (Empresa Brasileira de Aeronáutica S.A. - NYSE: ERJ; BM&FBovespa: EMBR3) is the world’s largest manufacturer of commercial jets up to 120 seats, and one of Brazil’s leading exporters. Embraer’s headquarters are located in São José dos Campos, São Paulo, and it has offices, industrial operations and customer service facilities in Brazil, China, France, Portugal, Singapore, and the United States. Founded in 1969, the Company designs, develops, manufactures and sells aircraft for the commercial aviation, executive aviation, and defense segments. The Company also provides after sales support and services to customers worldwide. On September 30, 2009, Embraer (embraer.com.br) had a workforce of 16,986 employees – not counting the employees of its partly owned subsidiaries – and its firm order backlog totaled US$ 18.6 billion.

This document may contain projections, statements and estimates regarding circumstances or events yet to take place. Those projections and estimates are based largely on current expectations, forecasts on future events and financial tendencies that affect Embraer’s businesses. Those estimates are subject to risks, uncertainties and suppositions that include, among others: general economic, political and trade conditions in Brazil and in those markets where Embraer does business; expectations on industry trends; the Company’s investment plans; its capacity to develop and deliver products on the dates previously agreed upon, and existing and future governmental regulations. The words “believe”, “may”, “is able”, “will be able”, “intend”, “continue”, “anticipate”, “expect” and other similar terms are supposed to identify potentialities. Embraer does not feel compelled to publish updates nor to revise any estimates due to new information, future events or any other facts. In view of the inherent risks and uncertainties, such estimates, events and circumstances may not take place. The actual results can therefore differ substantially from those previously published as Embraer expectations.
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GOL Linhas working on sustainable fuel program
- The Associated Press
Published: 11/16/09


NEW YORK — Brazilian carrier GOL Linhas Aereas Inteligentes S.A. has joined a group that unites airlines and technology providers to develop sustainable aviation fuels for commercial use.

The company said Monday it also is investing in reducing its future fuel costs.

GOL offers roughly 800 daily flights to 49 destinations that connect Brazil to destinations in South America and the Caribbean.
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Latin America/Caribbean market “showing signs of recovery”
18th November, 2009

The Latin American and Caribbean Air Transport Association (which comprises 38 member airlines operating more than 800 aircraft in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Cayman Islands, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Curacao, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Netherlands Antilles, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Venezuela and Uruguay) stated Sep-2009 traffic revealed that the Latin American and Caribbean market is “showing signs of recovery”.

Third consecutive month of pax growth in Sep-2009, but yield weakness remains

For the third consecutive month, passengers carried by member airlines increased on a year-on-year basis, up 10.8% to 10.3 million passengers. The industry also showed year-to-date increases in traffic (RPKs), capacity (ASKs) and load factors, up by 8.4%, 6.5% and 1.2 ppts, respectively.

ALTA passenger number growth, RPK growth and ASK growth: Aug-2008 to Sep-2009

Source: Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation & ALTA


ALTA passenger load factor and passenger number growth: Aug-2008 to Sep-2009

Source: Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation & ALTA

However, ALTA stated that yields are still down by approximately 10-20% for the region, depending on the carrier.

Latin American and Caribbean Air Transport Association (ALTA) traffic: Oct-2009

Source: Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation & ALTA

Domestic passenger numbers in the countries that make up the grouping have also now been growing for three consecutive months, with Sep-2009’s growth the first month of double-digit growth since Aug-2009. This compares to a trough of -12.3% in May-2009.

Domestic markets strong within the region

Domestic traffic in terms of RPKs remained the strongest area of traffic growth in Sep-2009, up 16.0% year-on-year, on a capacity (ASKs) growth of 11.2%, reflecting the strength and size of the domestic markets within the region (domestic traffic represented 43% of the total traffic to, from and within the region during the month and 69% of total passenger numbers).

Meanwhile, extra-Latin America traffic and passenger growth of 6.8% and 1.6% was seen in the month, as carriers in the region continue to restructure their international operations.

ALTA traffic (RPKs) by region: Sep-2008 to Sep-2009

Source: Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation & ALTA

LCCs have a quarter of capacity within Central and Southern America

LCCs within the region currently have a 27.4% capacity (seats) share of the intra-regional market, a significant improvement from just 2.5% in 2001.

Central and South America intra regional capacity (seats per month), LCCs as a percentage of the total: Jan-Aug-2001 to Jan-Aug-2009

Source: Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation & OAG Facts

Brazil one of the fastest growing Latin American/Caribbean regions

Within this region, Brazil is one of the fastest growing markets, with ten Brazilian airports featuring in the 20 fastest growing airports according to ALTA, in its ‘Latin American and Caribbean Capacity Analysis 2009’, which covers 2008 data.

Fastest growing airports in Latin America (by flight added, domestic and international): 2008

Source: ALTA

Brazil also has five of the twenty largest airports in the Latin America/Caribbean region, led by airports in Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Brasilia. Rio de Janeiro-Sao Paulo, meanwhile, remains the busiest city pair in the whole region, with more than double the capacity of the second city pair, Mexico City-Monterrey, which is the fastest growing domestic city pair in Latin America. There are, on average, 86 daily services between Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, with over 4.2 million seats.

Largest airports in Latin American and the Carribbean (all services): 2008

Source: ALTA

Propensity for travel remains low in Brazil

However, Brazil’s propensity for travel still remains low compared to its neighbouring countries: Brazil’s population of 190 million took roughly 100 million flights in 2008 – a proportion that lags several other Latin American countries, including Panama, Costa Rica, Jamaica, Colombia, Mexico, Chile, Venezuela and others.

Selected Latin American countries’ GDP per capita^ and propensity to travel* by air

*Flights per capita (‘000), Aug-2009
^ GDP at purchasing power parity (PPP), per capita: 2008
Source: Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation & International Monetary Fund World Economic Outlook Database Apr-2009, Laura Jackson, OAG

Brazil's LCCs and start-ups gaining market share

However, this propensity is expected to grow, with Brazil’s start-up carriers, led by Azul Linhas, Webjet and Trip, expanding their presence in the domestic market over the past 12 months.

Brazil’s smaller carriers predominantly serve the country’s large, yet under-penetrated, secondary and leisure markets, which present significant opportunities for future expansion.

Azul captures 4.4% market share, exceeding 2009 targets

David Neeleman (JetBlue Founder)-led Azul, Brazil’s most recent start-up, has already captured 4.4% of the domestic market in Oct-2009, to become the third largest airline in the country, according to Brazil’s National Civil Aviation Agency (ANAC).

Azul, at the commencement of operations, stated it planned to gain a 3% domestic market share in Brazil by the end of 2009 by offering fares 15-20% lower than its two main competitors, full service TAM and LCC GOL. The carrier reached this target just half way into the year, with no slowdown in sight.

GOL and TAM remain dominant

However, GOL and TAM still remain the dominant players in Brazil.

GOL had a 42% capacity (seats) share of the domestic market, with TAM holding a 45% share in Oct-2009, with LCCs now dominating the domestic market with 50% capacity share, a significant improvement from just 2% in 2001.

Brazil domestic capacity (seats per month), LCCs as a percentage of the total: Jan-Aug-2001 to Jan-Aug-2009

Source: Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation & OAG Facts

Strong Brazil domestic traffic figures in Oct-2009

Brazil’s total domestic market traffic (RPKs) increased 42.0% year-on-year in Oct-2009, while international traffic rose 11.9%, despite significant international capacity rationalisation by GOL/VRG.

These positive domestic traffic developments in the past few months have continued to create speculation that Brazilian air travel demand will recover in 2H2009 and 2010.

This also coincides with an expected economic recovery in the Brazilian market, with President, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, on 17-Nov-2009 stating that Brazil’s economy may have expanded approximately 9% in 3Q2009, adding that the economy is growing at a “Chinese pace”.

Budget Minister, Paulo Bernardo, added that the government may revise its forecast for economic growth for 2010 from the current forecast of 4.5% to 5%.

Load factors on the improve

Brazilian carriers have also reported significantly improved load factors (+11.0 ppts on domestic operations) to slightly below 73%, as the traffic gains exceeded the 20.5% capacity (ASKs) increase in the month. Individual carriers’ load factors ranged from 30.8% (SOL) to 94.4% (PUMA Air).

GOL increased domestic capacity by 15.5% in the month, as it directed most of its seats towards the domestic market, and away from its international operations (international capacity was down 22%), in line with its focus on increasing the profitability of its network.

ANAC domestic traffic highlights for Oct-2009

Source: Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation & ANAC
^ *Azul only commenced operations in Dec-2008

GOL continues to scale back international expansion; adding codeshare partnerships to cover international operations

GOL, which posted its third consecutive quarter of profitability in 3Q2009, with a net profit of USD46 million, is continuing to restructure its route network, with the carrier consolidating its international network, including suspending services to European, North American and certain South America destinations, shifting focus toward its domestic network and the Caribbean. According to GOL CEO, Constantino de Oliveira, approximately 90% of the carrier’s revenue is generated from domestic routes.

As GOL cuts back on international operations, the carrier is continuing to seek new partnerships to feed its domestic operations.

Yields on the improve

Another positive sign in the Brazilian market is that yields are showing signs of improvement, despite the highly competitive domestic market.

GOL, in its Oct-2009 traffic release, stated its average net yield was maintained at close to BRL17.00 cents, with sales for Nov-2009 and Dec-2009 “already showing clear signs of a recovery”.

The LCC added that the “highly competitive price scenario” began to ease off in the first week of October, although this was the period in which the majority of tickets were sold in the month.

Looking forward, GOL added that yields are “expected to initiate a gradual recovery” in the final quarter of 2009, “especially in November and December, given that demand is continuing to grow in a second half where the outlook is distinctly more optimistic than in the first”.

Similarly, TAM, in its traffic release for the month, stated that as of the last week of September, we initiated a readjustment movement of our yields and, as a result, we observed a growth between 5 and 10% in October in comparison to the previous month”.

TAM added that its international market has presented a “more rational and stronger recovery”, with the carrier estimating yield growth of 10-15% for Oct-2009, compared to Sep-2009 levels.

GOL aiming for profitability in 2009 by focusing on growing domestic market

GOL expects to be profitable this year as a result of its network reorganisation and the (finally) successful integration of VRG/GOL operations, as well as the introduction of ancillary charges.

However, possibly the most positive sign for GOL is the large increase in domestic market growth that the LCC is now anticipating. GOL, upon the release of its 3Q2009 financial results, stated domestic demand may grow by as much as 14% in 2009, a dramatic increase from the previous estimates of between 2% and 4%.

According to CFO, Leonardo Pereira, “demand has been stronger than we imagined. Things that were unthinkable a few months ago are happening now.” Mr Pereira added, “there’s an increase in demand generated by a reduction in ticket prices, but a larger part of the demand growth comes from the economic recovery”.

This is particularly beneficial for GOL, which is now increasing its focus on the domestic market.

GOL 2009 and 2010 Consolidated Guidance

Source: Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation & GOL

TAM also seeing improved domestic growth

TAM, which reported a net profit of USD201 million in the three months ended Sep-2009 (compared to a loss of USD383 million in the previous corresponding period), added that it has been “observing a strong demand recovery since the end of the third quarter of 2009”.

Like GOL, TAM added that the domestic market presents even higher growth prospects than its revised estimates (TAM believed growth would be between 1-5%, which it has now upgraded to 7-10%).

TAM 2009 Guidance

Source: Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation & TAM

Outlook: GOL and TAM to remain dominant in the major centres, but facing new pressure from Azul

GOL and TAM will remain the dominant carriers in Brazil, with their access to key business markets and travelers, through their control of the majority of landing slots at the country’s major airports.

According to TAM, the 12 major airports in Brazil account for 90% of revenues in the domestic Brazilian market, with TAM and GOL controlling 92% of operations at these airports. This has prompted TAM to state, “we have a strong presence, which will be tough to budge”.

However, Azul Founder, David Neeleman, remains optimistic that Azul will fill a need in the market, focusing on leisure travelers and secondary markets, and its rapid growth and rising market share support this.


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Airports Call For Management And Ownership Flexibility
Thursday, 19 November, 2009 - 07:55

Sao Paolo, Brazil, 18 November 2009 - Speaking to airport executives attending the ACI Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) annual conference, ACI World chairman James C. Cherry delivered a strong cautionary message in his keynote speech: "Airports have become businesses just like any other, with private companies building, operating and owning airports in various parts of the world. In ACI's latest economic survey, there are more than 200 companies doing this to varying degrees. "Today, around half of LAC airports are operated under some kind of private agreement, for the most part a concession type agreement. This rapid move towards privatization is very much in keeping with global trends. At the same time, airport ownership has been a subject of growing debate in this region, as it is throughout the world, and the ownership issue will be critical to the future growth and success of airports here. "I endorse the ACI-LAC recommendations regarding concession agreements which include clarifying the government's role and responsibilities and ensuring government regulations are flexible so they do not unduly hinder airport operators from adapting to changing market conditions. It is important to ensure a better sharing of risks between the concession holder and government, and establishing a neutral and independent regulatory body to enforce the concession contract on a transparent basis." Cherry also addressed the importance of airport and airline relations. "In today's economic climate, airlines and airports need to cooperate more than ever to weather the turbulence. In fact, I believe that we are entering a new era of cooperation in aviation, to the mutual benefit of all parties involved. And I do mean cooperation, not capitulation! "While we are working more harmoniously with aviation bodies and airline organizations, we have not shied away from defending our position on such issues as airport charges and the privatization and commercialization of airports - fending off suggestions that governments should increase regulations regarding the allocation of our costs, the levels of our charges, or our profits. This would be a step backwards in view of the changing airport ownership models." ACI World Director General Angela Gittens spoke of the challenges that airports face in terms of growth and capacity. "Despite the economic recession of the past year, strong signs of domestic traffic growth are emerging in China, India and Brazil -- driven by lower fares and economic growth supported by government stimulus programmes. With the exception of Mexico which has been hit harder by the recession in the United States in terms of trade and tourism and the H1N1 virus, other Latin America-Caribbean countries are reporting robust domestic growth as well. "According to the IMF, the Latin America region is expected to return back to economic growth after a rather mild and short recession compared to other regions in the world. As per capita income increases, flying becomes more affordable and the route networks expand to less connected communities. The momentum of domestic traffic growth spills over to international traffic as consumer and business confidence rises. So the strength seen in Brazil's domestic market will be a driver of growth across the region. And we must be ready with adequate facilities." Commenting on the impact of traffic expansion, Gittens observed, "Brazil will host both the World Cup and the Olympic Games within only two years, in 2014 and 2016 respectively resulting in ever more strain on ground infrastructure. The investment in Brazilian airports alone within the next 5 years is forecasted to reach US$ 5 billion. And there will obviously be a knock-on effect on neighboring countries due to the increase in tourism arrivals throughout Latin America over the next 5 to 10 years as a result of these two major events. "The focus of airport management has shifted from hosting airlines to accommodating passengers. In the Latin America Caribbean region, passenger numbers have doubled since 2001, while the number of low cost seats in the same period has increased almost eight-fold leading to a regional market share of low cost carriers (LCC) close to 30%, in Brazil it is now 50%. We have seen similar developments in other regions. In North America LCC growth has been spearheaded by Southwest and JetBlue, in Europe by Ryanair and EasyJet, and in Asia Pacific driven by Air Asia. It is now definitely this region's turn with GOL leading the pack. Such a shift portends fundamental changes and challenges for airport operators." Gittens highlighted several challenges ahead: airport competitiveness, airport revenue generation, capital intensive nature of the airport business, and evolving relations with airlines. "Airports are caught between rapidly occurring capacity crunches and the need to invest. On the other hand, they come under tremendous cost pressures to remain competitive and compatible with the new airline business model and passenger expectations. But it is not only about capacity. The change affects operations, terminal equipment and passenger processing, and it increases pressure to introduce new technologies to improve cost efficiencies and expedite processes." Her closing advice to airport operators: "Let safety be your guiding principle and security your constant challenge; let economics be your foundation; let technology be an enabler and let sustainability be your future."

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http://h2foz.com.br/modules/noticias...?storyid=12926[/QUOTE]

Pluna is now operating direct international flight from Montevideo to Foz do Iguaçu

The first passengers coming ashore in Montevideo's international airport in Foz do Iguaçu on flight 228, a CRJ 900 aircraft, at 14.15 on Wednesday. The inaugural flight of the airline Pluna brought journalists and travel agents, who were welcomed by tourism authorities in Foz, including the Municipal Secretary of Tourism, Felipe González, and the superintendent of Bureau of Itaipu, Gilmar Piolla.

"In less than a year, we increase the number of daily flights from nine to 17," said Piolla. And new flights awaiting the release of ANAC - National Agency of Civil Aviation. Companies and Web Jet Blue already confirmed their interest in operating flights to Foz do Iguaçu, while Trip announced it will expand the number of flights. "The expectation is that in one year are 25 daily flights," said Piolla.

In the case of Pluna, from now on will be two weekly flights in both directions. The company will operate the new line with modern Bombardier jets, with capacity for 90 passengers. The trip route Foz-Montevideo and vice versa takes about an hour and a half.

Still according to him, the new line will make the region more attractive tri Falls visitors to South America and other parts of the planet. "Montevideo has fast connection with other major mainland cities like Santiago, Lima, Buenos Aires and Cordoba, which could bring tourists to Foz do Iguaçu starting from the Uruguayan capital," he said.

Visitors from other continents will also benefit from new. According Piolla as Montevideo has a hub (center of commercial operations) with flights of four international airlines, the new line will make passengers coming from countries with large tourist market, as the United States, Spain, Japan and China, for example, no longer need to go through other Brazilian cities before arriving in Foz do Iguacu, leaving to spend time with connections in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo.

Service

In Foz, Pluna will offer two weekly flights on the route Montevideo / Foz: Wednesdays and Saturdays, with arrival scheduled for 13:40 and departure at 14.15. It arrived on flight 228 and to the Uruguayan capital on flight 229.











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Boeing May Lose $7.5 Bln Brazil Sale as Envoy Stalls

By Joshua Goodman

Nov. 19 (Bloomberg) -- Boeing Co. may lose a $7.5 billion jet fighter sale to Brazil unless the U.S. Senate lifts a four- month delay in confirming President Barack Obama’s nominee for ambassador to Latin America’s biggest country, a former top U.S. diplomat to the region said.

Bernard Aronson is one of nine ex-Assistant Secretaries of State for the Western Hemisphere who yesterday sent a letter urging Senator George LeMieux, a Florida Republican, to stop blocking a vote on career diplomat Thomas Shannon’s nomination. Aronson said the delay may help France’s Dassault Aviation SA beat Boeing in the competition to sell Brazil 36 warplanes.

“This will cost thousands of U.S. jobs,” said Aronson, who served as top envoy to the region from 1989 to 1993 for Presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton. “It’s an insult to Brazil to tell them they’re not important enough to have an ambassador like so-called advanced countries but that we want them to buy our planes over the French.”

Boeing is working to prevent Dassault from winning a contract that analysts estimate could be valued at as much as 5 billion euros ($7.5 billion). The Chicago-based company delivered its final offer for the F/A-18 Super Hornets in October, after French President Nicolas Sarkozy traveled to Brazil and won a promise from his counterpart, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, to open exclusive talks to buy Dassault’s Rafale jet.

‘Damaging Message’

Yesterday’s letter urges LeMieux to stop using Senate rules to prevent a vote on Shannon, saying it “sends a damaging message” to Brazil and all of Latin America. The eight other signatories occupied the post under six presidents since 1976.

Aronson, 63, is a co-founder and managing partner of Acon Investments LLC, a Washington-based private equity group that manages $600 million in U.S. and Latin American assets. He confirmed the authenticity of the letter, which was provided by a Senate aide, and that of a similar letter from the nine to Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell.

Shannon became the State Department’s top diplomat for Latin America in 2003. He left the post this month after trying to end the political crisis arising from the Honduran military’s ousting of President Manuel Zelaya, an ally of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, and holding talks with the Cuban government of Raul Castro on direct mail service and migration.

“Events in Honduras and the influence of totalitarians like Chavez and Castro have begun to cast a shadow on the promise of constitutional democracy throughout the region,” LeMieux said in an e-mailed statement.

His spokesman, Ken Lundberg, said LeMieux discussed his concerns with Shannon last week and submitted written questions to which he hasn’t received a reply.

Fighter Competition

“Boeing acknowledges the great support from State and the local embassy in Brazil during the F-X2 fighter competition,” Mike Coggins, who is overseeing the sale for Boeing, said in a e-mailed statement.

Boeing fell 59 cents, or 1.1 percent, to $51.43 in New York Stock Exchange Composite trading today.

Sarkozy won Lula’s backing for the Rafale in exchange for a promise to grant Brazil exclusive resale rights in Latin America, build some of the planes locally and buy 10 military transport aircraft from Sao Jose dos Campos-based Empresa Brasileira Aeronautica SA.

Boeing’s Integrated Defense Systems has offered to build 24 of the 36 planes in Brazil in partnership with Embraer and transfer technology allowing the company to become a supplier to its civilian aircraft line. Sweden’s Saab AB’s is a third finalist competing for the deal with its Gripen aircraft.

Michel Merluzeau, an aviation analyst at Seattle-based market research firm G2 Solutions, estimates the eventual contract could be worth 5 billion euros ($7.5 billion).

‘Vital Importance’

In the letter, the diplomats bring attention to Brazil’s “vital importance” to advancing U.S. interests on issues including trade and investment, immigration, public health, energy, the environment, counter-narcotics, nuclear non- proliferation and counter-terrorism. Brazil is Latin America’s largest economy.

LeMieux’s put his hold on the nomination immediately after Senator Jim DeMint, a South Carolina Republican, lifted his own three-month objection on Shannon and his nominated replacement, Arturo Valenzuela.

DeMint said he decided to lift his objections after receiving assurances the U.S. would recognize the outcome of the scheduled Nov. 29 presidential election in Honduras regardless of whether the deposed Zelaya is reinstated.

Shannon brokered a deal last month in Tegucigalpa between Zelaya and acting President Roberto Micheletti to have the Honduran Congress decide whether to restore Zelaya four months after he was ousted by the military and taken at gunpoint to Costa Rica.

Zelaya has said the accord unraveled after Congress delayed a vote on his restoration. Congress decided yesterday it won’t vote on the issue until after elections, legislator Antonio Rivera said today in a phone interview.

In August, Florida Governor Charlie Crist chose LeMieux, his former chief of staff, to serve out the U.S. Senate term of Republican Mel Martinez, who resigned.

To contact the reporter on this story: Joshua Goodman in Rio de Janeiro [email protected]

Last Updated: November 19, 2009 17:43 EST
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Brazil airline company to test sugar-based aviation fuel

November 19th, 2009 - 10:03 am ICT by IANS

Rio de Janeiro, Nov 19 (EFE) Brazil’s Azul Airlines will conduct a demo flight by 2012 to test a sugar-based aviation fuel manufactured by a US firm, the company has announced.
The flight will mark the culmination of a project to evaluate the technical and sustainability aspects of the renewable jet fuel produced by the US company Amyris Biotechnologies Inc.

The decision on the test flight was announced Wednesday in a joint press conference by the representatives of Azul, Amyris, Brazilian aircraft maker Embraer and General Electric that will make the engine for the plane.

The fuel has been developed by Amyris, a multinational firm that currently is conducting tests at a pilot plant in the southeastern Brazilian city of Campinas.

The first manned test flight will be carried out with a mixture that includes conventional petroleum-derived jet fuel and a still-undefined percentage of a sugarcane derivative.

The goal of the project is “to accelerate the introduction of a renewable jet fuel that could significantly lower greenhouse-gas emissions and provide a long-term sustainable alternative to petroleum-derived jet fuel”, the companies said in a joint statement.

“This is a big and innovative step taken by the air transport industry in the fight against global warming,” Azul president David Neeleman said at the conference.

Embraer’s environmental director, Guilherme Freire, said air transport is responsible for almost two percent of greenhouse-gas emissions worldwide and that figure is expected to rise to three percent by 2050.

The new fuel was already tested by the US Air Force Research Laboratory, the Southwest Research Institute, GE Aviation and other industry participants, but has not yet been tested on a commercial aircraft.

GE’s director of commercial development, Claudio Loureiro, said even though other airlines have already conducted tests with vegetable-based fuels, Azul would be the first to perform a demo flight with one derived from sugarcane.

He added that Continental Airlines currently is developing a project in partnership with Boeing to test another vegetable-based fuel, although the particular raw material to be used has not been announced.

The general director of Amyris’ Brazilian subsidiary, Roel Collier, said research carried out to date has shown that the use of sugarcane as a raw material for aviation fuel is both economically and environmentally viable and sustainable.

He added that engines running on alternative fuels can perform just as well as those powered by conventional, petroleum-derived jet fuel.

Even though the certification process is lengthy, Amyris is confident it can begin producing its patented renewable jet fuel on an industrial scale beginning 2013.

Amyris hopes to use Brazil as a platform for the production and export of sugarcane-derived fuel and therefore plans to complete the purchase of ethanol-processing plants in the coming days, Collier said.

In addition to being the world’s largest producer and exporter of sugarcane and sugarcane-derived ethanol, Brazil also has the world’s largest fleet of flex-fuel cars, which run on any combination of gasoline and ethanol.



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Theirs also an ongoing expansion in the domestic market. TAM will inaugurate Porto Alegre-Salvador service. Thus filling an important missing market, the South-North East services. Also GOL will start in December flights from Belo Horizonte - Recife and Belo Horizonte - Maceio.

Other TAM expansion includes new routes such as Fortaleza-Manaus.

Interesting to note that Brasilia is more connected domestically than Sao Paulo, wouldn't have guessed that. I do think that Boa Vista and Macapa are far too isolated and warrant a service to either Brasilia or Sao Paulo as they are the only two capitals that aren't connected to either.
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Theirs also an ongoing expansion in the domestic market. TAM will inaugurate Porto Alegre-Salvador service. Thus filling an important missing market, the South-North East services. Also GOL will start in December flights from Belo Horizonte - Recife and Belo Horizonte - Maceio.

Other TAM expansion includes new routes such as Fortaleza-Manaus.

Interesting to note that Brasilia is more connected domestically than Sao Paulo, wouldn't have guessed that. I do think that Boa Vista and Macapa are far too isolated and warrant a service to either Brasilia or Sao Paulo as they are the only two capitals that aren't connected to either.
Yep! Some real missing nonstop routes are:
- Fortaleza/Manaus/Fortaleza
- Salvador/Porto Alegre/Salvador
- Belo Horizonte/Fortaleza/Belo Horizonte
- Porto Alegre/Belo Horizonte/Porto Alegre
- Salvador/Belém/Salvador
- Recife/Belo Horizonte/Recife
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GOL LINHAS AEREAS INTELIGENTES SA
GOL raising fares for the first time in a year as Brazil's economy recovers



BY LAURA PRICE | NOV 25, 2009


Gol Linhas Aereas Inteligentes SA, Brazil’s second-biggest airline, is raising fares for the first time in a year as the national economy shows signs of recovery, Chief Executive Officer Constantino de Oliveira Jr. said.

The carrier is charging passengers an average 12 percent more in the fourth quarter than in the previous three months, Oliveira said in an interview in London today. Fares are still “well below” year-earlier prices, he said.

Brazil’s gross domestic product will grow 5 percent next year after an estimated expansion of 0.2 percent in 2009, according to a weekly central bank survey. Gol’s yields, or average fare per kilometer flown, plunged 30 percent in the third quarter as the Sao Paulo-based airline sought to win customers from larger competitor Tam SA and discounters such as David Neeleman’s Azul Linhas Aereas Brasileiras.

“What’s important is to improve yields,” Oliveira said. “Yields have gone very low, but there’ll be a recovery without damaging the rise in demand our low fares have brought.”

Gol fell 1 percent to 21.97 reais in Sao Paulo trading, compared with a 1.3 percent decline in the Bovespa index. The shares have more than doubled this year, beating a 77 percent gain in Brazil’s benchmark Bovespa.

“They need to increase prices even more because the amount they reduced prices in the third quarter wasn’t equivalent to 12 percent,” said Cesar Mezomo, a senior analyst at Victoire Finance Capital in Sao Paulo. “It’s a first step toward future price increases. They’ve shown the worst is behind them.”

Market Forecast

The airline raised its market outlook for 2009 a week ago after posting a third-quarter profit that beat analysts’ estimates. Gol is forecasting a 14 percent jump this year in domestic traffic, or passenger numbers multiplied by the distance flown, following an earlier prediction of 2 percent to 4 percent industry growth.

A GDP expansion of 5 percent may lead to a 12 percent to 15 percent increase in Brazilian traffic next year, based on carriers’ past performance, Oliveira said today.

A gain in the real against the dollar and a decline in jet- fuel prices helped Gol post net income of 77.9 million reais ($45 million) in the third quarter, compared with a year-earlier loss of 510.7 million reais.

Gol is likely to post a “small” charge in the fourth quarter related to unwinding fuel-price hedging contracts, Chief Financial Officer Leonardo Pereira said in the interview after he and Oliveira gave a presentation to investors. The fourth- quarter cost from the hedges will be smaller than the 40.5 million reais of the third quarter, Pereira said.

Fuel Hedges

Crude oil in New York has averaged $60.39 a barrel this year after reaching a record of $145.45 in July 2008. Gol has about 30 percent of its jet-fuel needs hedged in the fourth quarter at $64.25 a barrel, Pereira said.

“What we’ve learned, and what the world has shown, is that you don’t earn money from derivatives,” he said. “Derivatives have to be something to help you protect yourself. We’re going to protect at least 20 percent of the company’s fuel consumption over the next few years.”

Gol has six grounded Boeing 767-300 planes, which it’s considering making available for chartered flights to reduce the $500,000-a-month maintenance fee, the finance chief said. The company reduced the number of aircraft on the ground to six in March from 14 in September 2008, he said. Most of the aircraft contracts expire in 2013.

Snack Fees

The airline in June began charging for snacks and beverages on 14 of its domestic routes, according to its Web site. Passengers get one snack and a nonalcoholic beverage free, and can pay 10 reais for a sandwich, from 3 reais for additional drinks to 15 reais for a sandwich, drink and a snack, according to the Web site.

The company may boost the snack service to 450 flights by July and eventually to 700, after Brazilian clients responded positively, Oliveira said. Gol won’t rule out cost-cutting options such as charging for the use of toilets on board or eliminating check-in desks at airports, he said.

Michael O’Leary, chief executive officer of Dublin-based airline Ryanair Holdings Plc, which posted a profit of 250.5 million euros ($371.9 million) in the second quarter, said in February that his company might start charging passengers to use toilets on its planes.

Gol now gets about 10 percent of its revenue from sources other than tickets and may increase that, Oliveira said. The company won’t charge for baggage, like Ryanair, because of consumer-protection laws in Brazil, he said.

“We plan to increase our ancillary revenue,” the CEO said. “Something we discuss a lot is how will the airport of the future be? If you imagine that with the evolution of technology, biometrics and other initiatives, this could eventually lead to an airport without the need for check-in desks.”

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Pax traffic ranking in Brazilian airports - Official data from 01/Jan/2009 through 31/Out/2009 (growth. %)
Source: http://www.infraero.gov.br/movi.php?gi=movi

1º. São Paulo (Guarulhos) 17.602.907 ( 2,9% )
2º. São Paulo (Congonhas) 11.134.429 ( -2,8% )
3º. Brasília 9.967.589 ( 15,5% )
4º. Rio de Janeiro (Galeão) 9.735.376 ( 11,0% )
5º. Salvador 5.754.713 ( 15,7% )
6º. Porto Alegre 4.544.820 ( 12,2% )
7º. Belo Horizonte (Confins) 4.488.601 ( 10,3% )
8º. Recife 4.266.105 ( 10,1% )
9º. Rio de Janeiro (Santos Dumont) 3.993.085 ( 32,3% )
10º. Curitiba 3.959.585 ( 9,1% )
11º. Fortaleza 3.401.673 ( 18,4% )
12º. Campinas 2.604.290 ( 185,4% )
13º. Vitória 1.927.257 ( 15,1% )
14º. Manaus 1.869.639 ( 18,4% )
15º. Belém 1.806.721 ( 0,4% )
16º. Florianópolis 1.686.448 ( -3,1% )
17º. Natal 1.531.382 ( 12,9% )
18º. Goiânia 1.366.164 ( 4,4% )
19º. Cuiabá 1.349.483 ( 16,3% )
20º. Maceió 901.563 ( 14,3% )
21º. Campo Grande 834.010 ( 20,4% )
22º. São Luís 793.120 ( 7,9% )
23º. Foz do Iguaçu 628.286 ( -2,2% )
24º. Aracaju 587.674 ( 4,8% )
25º. Belo Horizonte (Pampulha) 479.884 ( 2,2% )
26º. Navegantes 472.607 ( 39,8% )
27º. João Pessoa 465.237 ( 26,6% )
28º. Uberlândia 458.388 ( 8,6% )
29º. Londrina 457.665 ( 8,1% )
30º. Porto Velho 450.991 ( 30,2% )
31º. Teresina 448.942 ( 15,6% )
32º. Macapá 384.030 ( -7,8% )
33º. Macaé 312.339 ( -3,3% )
34º. Santarém 299.779 ( -7,3% )
35º. Ilhéus 294.403 ( -12,1% )
36º. Rio Branco 267.594 ( 5,4% )
37º. São Paulo (Campo de Marte) 251.718 ( 14,6% )
38º. Palmas 241.773 ( 11,4% )
39º. Juazeiro do Norte 203.559 ( 53,9% )
40º. Marabá 199.785 ( -4,8% )
41º. Joinville 175.807 ( -17,0% )
42º. Petrolina 170.385 ( 34,1% )
43º. Imperatriz 162.106 ( 10,9% )
44º. Boa Vista 156.510 ( -8,3% )
45º. Rio de Janeiro (Jacarepaguá) 93.217 ( 39,0% )
46º. Cruzeiro do Sul 78.714 ( 7,5% )
47º. Montes Claros 68.367 ( -6,0% )
48º. Campina Grande 66.467 ( 23,1% )
49º. Uberaba 62.428 ( -18,2% )
50º. Altamira 57.777 ( -1,4% )
51º. São José dos Campos 36.237 ( -17,2% )
52º. Carajás 32.339 ( 16,1% )
53º. Tabatinga 27.979 ( 3,3% )
54º. Curitiba (Bacacheri) 27.765 ( -4,8% )
55º. Corumbá 24.192 ( -3,8% )
56º. Belém (Júlio César) 19.963 ( -20,2% )
57º. Tefé 16.497 ( -8,4% )
58º. Belo Horizonte (Carlos Prates) 13.829 ( 24,8% )
59º. Criciúma 8.343 ( -0,3% )
60º. Campos 6.047 ( 28,0% )
61º. Pelotas 4.746 ( -10,1% )
62º. Paulo Afonso 2.981 ( -10,6% )
63º. Ponta Porã 2.806 ( -11,2% )
64º. Uruguaiana 2.220 ( -14,0% )
65º. Parnaíba 1.781 ( 29,2% )
66º. Bagé 1.652 ( -5,1% )
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Embraer Takes Phenom 100 and Legacy 500 to AeroExpo 2009 in Mexico


NewswireToday - /newswire/ - São José dos Campos, São Paulo, Brazil, 11/27/2009 - The Company will showcase two of its executive jets at the event.


Embraer and Lomex Aeronáutica, its authorized sales representative for Mexico, will attend the seventh International Aviation Trade Show & Convention (aeroexpo.com.mx), in Acapulco, Mexico, December 3-5.

The Company will show the Phenom 100 entry level jet at the Acapulco International Airport (ACA) static display area. At the same place, a full-size mock-up of the midsize Legacy 500 jet will be exhibited for the first time in Mexico.

“Embraer is pleased to participate in AeroExpo 2009, showing its commitment to the growing market in Mexico by displaying both the Phenom 100 jet and Legacy 500 mock-up,” says Ernest Edwards, Embraer Vice President, Marketing and Sales, USA, Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean – Executive Jets.

The biennial event will be held at the Fairmont Acapulco Princess Hotel, Resort & Convention Center, in the Diamante Zone, where Lomex and Embraer also have a booth (B7). A press conference will be held at the convention center on December 3, at 2:00 pm, in Conference Room #3 (Princess Room), on the Mezzanine, providing journalists with a complete program update of Embraer’s executive aviation products.

About AeroExpo
AeroExpo is one of the most important and representative Mexican aviation shows. From its first edition in 1997, AeroExpo was established as a non-profit organization, reverting much of the profits of each event to improve air safety conditions in the country.

In 2007, the show brought in more than 8,000 visitors and over 150 exhibitors from around the world. Companies interested in the Mexican aviation market have an opportunity to take advantage of the growing business possibilities in this sector. Aircraft spare and repairable parts, aviation services (including overhaul), airport systems, and airport ground equipment are some of the most attractive market segments, and most of the key international aircraft manufacturers and suppliers will be present.

About the Phenom 100 executive jet
Premium comfort, outstanding performance and low operating costs are key design drivers of the Phenom 100 best-in-class jet. The aircraft offers pilots and passengers unprecedented comfort and style in its category. Developed in partnership with BMW Group DesignworksUSA, the innovative interior design and relaxing ambience are enhanced by large windows and the most ample cabin in its class.

The pilot-friendly cockpit and docile flying qualities of the new aircraft enable single-pilot operation. Drawing on Embraer’s engineering experience, the Phenom 100 was designed for high utilization and availability. For added safety and reliability, the jet offers a standard antiskid brake-by-wire system.

The jet accommodates four passengers in the club seat configuration. The rear baggage compartment has a capacity of 53 cubic feet (1,501 liters), which is sufficient for transporting golf and ski bags and equipment. Additional storage space in the aircraft nose and interior wardrobes adds up to another 16 cubic feet (453 liters), totaling 71 cubic feet (2,010 liters) throughout the jet.

Based on Garmin’s all-glass, fully-integrated avionics suite, the Prodigy® flight deck offers Phenom jet operators more advantages than any other avionics suite on today’s market. The cockpit features three interchangeable 12-inch displays – two Primary Flight Displays (PFD) and one Multi-Function Display (MFD). The system integrates all primary flight, navigation, communication, terrain, traffic, weather, engine instrumentation, and crew-alert data, and presents the composite information on these three brilliant, sunlight-readable color high-definition screens.

Two Pratt & Whitney Canada PW617F-E engines power the jet, with 1,695 pounds of thrust each. Its range with four occupants is 1,178 nautical miles (2,182 kilometers or 1,356 miles) with NBAA IFR reserves (35 minutes of holding and 100 nautical mile alternate). The aircraft is capable of flying at 41,000 feet (12,497 meters), attained by a direct climb, even when fully loaded. In addition, the Phenom 100 is designed to perform short-field takeoffs or landings and to fly at a maximum cruise speed of Mach 0.70, or 390 knots True Air Speed (TAS).

These characteristics allow customers to fly nonstop from New York to Miami (U.S.); from London (U.K.) to Rome (Italy), in Europe; or from Brisbane to Melbourne, in Australia.

About the Legacy 500 executive jet
Launched in 2008, the midsize Legacy 500 set new paradigms in its category. The interior was designed in partnership with BMW Group DesignworksUSA, and offers unequaled comfort and style. The aircraft will have the largest and quietest cabin in its class. A flat-floor stand-up (six-foot) cabin, excellent pressurization, and vacuum lavatories are other highlights of the Legacy 500, complementing its superior performance and low operating costs.

The new-generation Rockwell Collins Pro Line Fusion™ avionics system will provide extensive situational awareness with a highly intuitive interface. Honeywell’s HTF7500E state-of-the-art engines incorporate the latest technologies for meeting performance requirements with improved efficiency, in terms of fuel consumption, facilitated maintenance, low operating costs, and reduced noise and pollution emissions. The jet will be the fastest in its category and the only one equipped with cutting-edge fly-by-wire electronic flight controls that increase operating safety and passenger comfort, while reducing pilot workload and fuel consumption.

The Legacy 500 will carry up to nine passengers. It is designed for a range of 3,000 nautical miles (5,560 km) with four passengers, or 2,800 nautical miles (5,190 km) with eight passengers, and Mach 0.80, both including NBAA IFR fuel reserves. These characteristics will allow customers to fly from New York to Los Angeles (U.S.); or from Moscow (Russia) to Mumbai (India). For more information on Embraer Executive Jets, visit EmbraerExecutiveJets.com/.

Embraer (Empresa Brasileira de Aeronáutica S.A. - NYSE: ERJ; BM&FBovespa: EMBR3) is the world’s largest manufacturer of commercial jets up to 120 seats, and one of Brazil’s leading exporters. Embraer’s headquarters are located in São José dos Campos, São Paulo, and it has offices, industrial operations and customer service facilities in Brazil, China, France, Portugal, Singapore, and the United States. Founded in 1969, the Company designs, develops, manufactures and sells aircraft for the commercial aviation, executive aviation, and defense segments. The Company also provides after sales support and services to customers worldwide. On September 30, 2009, Embraer (embraer.com.br) had a workforce of 16,986 employees – not counting the employees of its partly owned subsidiaries – and its firm order backlog totaled US$ 18.6 billion.

This document may contain projections, statements and estimates regarding circumstances or events yet to take place. Those projections and estimates are based largely on current expectations, forecasts on future events and financial tendencies that affect Embraer’s businesses. Those estimates are subject to risks, uncertainties and suppositions that include, among others: general economic, political and trade conditions in Brazil and in those markets where Embraer does business; expectations on industry trends; the Company’s investment plans; its capacity to develop and deliver products on the dates previously agreed upon, and existing and future governmental regulations. The words “believe”, “may”, “is able”, “will be able”, “intend”, “continue”, “anticipate”, “expect” and other similar terms are supposed to identify potentialities. Embraer does not feel compelled to publish updates nor to revise any estimates due to new information, future events or any other facts. In view of the inherent risks and uncertainties, such estimates, events and circumstances may not take place. The actual results can therefore differ substantially from those previously published as Embraer expectations.


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Hawaiian Airlines, GOL and TAM down; WestJet up
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North and South American carriers’ stocks were down with the wider market following the half-day of trading on Wall Street on Friday (27-Nov-2009). The Dow was down 1.5% at the end of trading, pulling the AMEX Airline Index down 1.0%. The negatives from Dubai were softened by a 2.5% drop in oil prices, to USD76.05, after dropping to a seven week low (-7.1%) earlier in trading.

After being closed on Thursday for Thanksgiving, the market was down on Friday on news Dubai's investment arm, Dubai World, may default on USD60 billion in debt. According to Economic Outlook Group Chief Global Economist, the action "should be viewed as a momentary setback in the on-going recovery of global capital markets". A number of analysts have concluded the potential default may not be as disastrous for the economy as the Lehman Bros’ collapse in Sep-2008, easing the drop in wider market slightly before the end of trading.

Investors were meanwhile impressed with positive holiday retail sales during the Thanksgiving break, a sign of improved consumer confidence. Numbers were up although individual spend was down.

Hawaiian Airlines (-3.1%) suffered the largest fall in stock price on Friday, along with Brazilian carriers, GOL (-2.3%) and TAM (-2.3%), despite a 1.0% rise in the Bovespa. WestJet (+1.4%) meanwhile saw the largest improvement, as the TSX Index rose 0.2%.

TAM one of top 10 Brazilian companies with best practices of information transparency and disclosure according to Standard & Poor’s
TAM (-2.3%) announced on Sunday that a recent Study from Standard & Poor’s shows that it is among the top 10 Brazilian companies with the best practices of information transparency and disclosure. The average score amongst companies in the Bovespa Index is 66.1%. For S&P, this average T&D score is absolutely satisfactory, especially when compared to those in other researched emerging markets.

Analyst warns US carriers not free from potential bankruptcy just yet
In an interview with the Associated Press over the weekend, Analyst, Will Randow forecast US airline RASM to be up 5% year-on-year entering 2010, compared to a 5% to 10% drop in 4Q2009. However, carriers are not out of the woods just yet, according to the analyst, with the economy still weak, especially considering unemployment and oil prices still reasonably high.

Mr Randow, who recently commenced covering US carriers for Citi Investment Research rates Southwest (-1.2%) and JetBlue (-0.4%) as ‘Buy’, and American Airlines (+0.2%) and Air Canada (-0.8%) as ‘Hold’.

North & South America selected airlines daily share price movements (% change): 27-Nov-09
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Brazil’s ANAC Grants Additional STC for ALERTS System

Appareo Systems, LLC is pleased to announce that it has received an additional Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for the ALERTS Flight Operations Quality Assurance (FOQA) system. Agência Nacional de Aviação Civil (ANAC), Brazil’s national civil aviation agency has issued the STC for the Eurocopter AS350 and has granted earlier STC’s for Bell 206 and 407 aircraft. ALERTS has previously been granted STCs for the same aircraft types in the United States and Canada.

ANAC has validated FAA STC SR02686CH and issued their own STC 2009S08-01 against it. ALERTS – Aircraft Logging and Event Recording for Training and Safety – is a comprehensive FOQA and Flight Data Management (FDM) system designed for light and legacy aircraft where more traditional flight data recorders are too large and costly to be viable choices. As a comprehensive system, ALERTS makes an effective FOQA/FDM program available to operators of any size. The STC is a document that is granted by ANAC when the applicant has received approval to modify an aircraft from its original design.

“Appareo Systems is pleased that the ANAC has issued this STC for the ALERTS system,” said Ben Wright, Appareo Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “With this certificate, Brazilian operators of the popular AS350 will be able to enjoy the same safety and training benefits that the ALERTS system has shown in other light helicopters around the world.”

The STC applies to the airborne portion of the ALERTS System, the GAU 2000 & RMS 2000. The GAU 2000 is a lightweight unit that gathers flight data with an integrated GPS and a sophisticated inertial sensing suite. Requiring only aircraft power and ground and weighing roughly two pounds, the GAU 2000 can be mounted in nearly any type of aircraft. The gathered flight data is recorded to an SD memory card and an internal crash hardened memory and is later transferred to the software portion of ALERTS, which automatically analyzes the data for any events that are outside of standard operating procedures. These events are then forwarded to the system administrator for further action. Additionally, all recorded flight data is stored in a database that can generate detailed reports on any aspect of the fleet’s performance, further improving safety, pilot training and efficiency.

As a leader in FOQA/FDM solutions for light and legacy aircraft, Appareo Systems will continue to advance the ALERTS system’s capabilities and seek additional aircraft certifications in the future.

About Appareo Systems, LLC
Founded in 2001, Appareo Systems, LLC is a vibrant and growing company with significant experience in electronics design and engineering. Appareo creates high-value commercial products and custom engineering services through the innovative application of cutting-edge technology. Appareo Systems is based in Fargo, ND.

Appareo’s innovations have been lauded by industry associations, independent media outlets, university programs and private pilots alike – they have charted new territory in flight safety by bringing innovative products designed for light and legacy aircraft to a market where none have existed in the past.


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TAP Maintenance & Engineering Brazil Receives FAA Certification for Heavy Maintenance on the New EMBRAER 170 and EMBRAER 190 E-Jets

TAP Maintenance & Engineering Brazil

Rio de Janeiro, November 30, 2009. Already the holder of numerous certifications from the world’s main aviation agencies for heavy maintenance and component overhaul of the three principal airplane manufacturers – Airbus, Boeing, and Embraer – TAP Maintenance & Engineering Brazil has now received, last week, another important certification that expands the Company’s business scope: the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) certification for the new Embraer’s E-Jets, EMBRAER 170 and EMBRAER 190 family.
With its emphasis on full customer satisfaction, TAP M&E Brazil increasingly invests in the technical growth of its personnel and in developing its capacity for handling both aircraft and components, in order to better serve its customers. In October, the Company was also certified by the Brazilian agency (ANAC - National Civil Aviation Agency ) for this same Embraer’s fleet and due to the bilateral agreement that ANAC has with Transport Canada Civil Aviation (TCCA), TAP M&E Brazil is automatically approved to perform maintenance on airplanes registered in Canada.
The market for these Embraer jets is highly potential to TAP M&E Brazil. Besides the Brazilian companies that operate these aircraft, such South American countries as Argentina and Colombia, for example, have also made orders. Embraer, besides its own Service Center in Brazil, also has a network of Authorized Service Centers, worldwide, which are able to handle all planned maintenance activities, as well as component and accessory repairs.
TAP M&E Brazil has already had the new Embraer jets in its hangars, when it painted two Embraer 190s belonging to Azul Linhas Aéreas, at the end of 2008, and it signed a General Terms Agreement (GTA) with the airline, thus showing its intention to be responsible for the general maintenance of its fleet. TAP M&E Brazil has been certified for performing maintenance on Embraer’s EMB 120, ERJ 135, ERJ 145, and Legacy models for a long time.
Investing in personnel growth and training continues to be part of TAP M&E Brazil’s development strategy, says Company President Eng. Nestor Mauro Koch: “TAP M&E Brazil is the only fully capacitated independent MRO provider in Latin America, that is, we are certified to perform maintenance on aircraft and components for the entire Boeingfamily, all Embraer models, and in various Airbus models. We will continue investing in our Company’s development, involving technological and process improvements, personnel training, and certifications, in order to maintain the same level of quality that we offer the market, and gain even greater confidence from our clients.”
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ICAO Conference endorses use of alternative fuels for aviation
Posted on: 30 Nov 2009 at 11:11 AM in Airline News • Travel Events News



A global framework on the development and implementation of alternative fuels for aviation worldwide was adopted by a conference convened by the International Civil Aviation Organization as part of aviation´s ongoing efforts to systematically reduce the impact of aviation emissions on the environment.

The Global Framework on Aviation and Alternative Fuels (GFAAF) is a dynamic web-based document that will serve as a global platform for the sharing of information, best practices and future initiatives by ICAO Member States and the air transport industry. It will be located on the ICAO website and updated continually.

The formation of the GFAAF is part of a Declaration and related recommendations adopted by the Conference, to be brought to the climate change talks scheduled in Copenhagen next month. The Declaration will subsequently be presented to the Organization’s triennial Assembly in the fall of 2010.

The Conference welcomed initiatives underway worldwide and endorsed the use of sustainable alternative fuels for aviation, particularly the use of drop-in fuels in the short to mid-term. Drop-in fuels use existing aircraft and airport infrastructures already in place. They can be produced from a wide variety of feed stocks, enabling many regions to be candidate production locations and placing aviation in a position to be the first sector to be able to use sustainable alternative fuels globally.

One of the recommendations calls for ICAO to organize a meeting of States, financial institutions, fuel producers, feedstock producers, aircraft manufacturers, and operators to consider the critical issues of cost and financing infrastructure projects dedicated to aviation alternative fuels and incentives to overcome initial market hurdles.

“Within 10 years, 10% of the fuel used by international aviation could come from sustainable alternative sources. This will not only substantially reduce the impact of aviation emissions on the environment but will also help address issues of economics and supply security,” said Raymond Benjamin, Secretary General of ICAO.

The Conference on Aviation and Alternative Fuels was hosted by Government of Brazil and held in Rio de Janeiro from 16 to 19 November.

For additional information, www.icao.int/CAAF2009/Docs.htm.
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Turkish Airlines Starts direct flights to Dakar and Sao Paulo
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WEDNESDAY, 02 DECEMBER 2009


Turkey's national air carrier Turkish Airlines (THY) will start direct flights to Senegal's capital city Dakar and Brazilian city of Sao Paulo as of March 28.
THY said Istanbul-Sao Paulo-Istanbul and Istanbul-Dakar-Istanbul direct flights will take place three times a week.

The Istanbul - Dakar - Sao Paulo - Istanbul flights that started March 29, 2009 will be separated in the 2010 Summer Schedule. Istanbul will be connected to those two destinations with direct flights.

Turkish Airlines passengers can fly direct Istanbul - Sao Paulo - Istanbul and Istanbul - Dakar - Istanbul flights from 28 March 2010.

The schedule will be as follows;



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