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Old December 3rd, 2009, 02:54 PM   #201
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Man with cocaine capsules in stomach dies at Brazil airport

November 27th, 2009 - 8:00 am ICT by IANS

Sao Paulo, Nov 27 (EFE) A 35-year-old Italian citizen died at an airport in northeastern Brazil of a cocaine overdose after one of the 20 capsules containing cocaine that were in his stomach ruptured, media reported Thursday.

The man died Tuesday afternoon at the international airport at Fortaleza, the capital of the state of Ceara, and - according to forensic physicians - at the autopsy 17 small capsules and 3 larger ones were found in his stomach containing a total of 250 grams of cocaine.

According to police sources, the man had his permanent residence in Fortaleza, and an investigation has been opened to try and establish if he was at the airport because he had just arrived on a flight or was just about to depart.

Police will start examining the footage and photographs taken by security cameras at the airport to determine if the man was at the airport alone or had an accomplice.



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Old December 5th, 2009, 12:55 AM   #202
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Phenom 300 Wins Brazil Certification

Dec 4, 2009
Frances Fiorino [email protected]


The Embraer Phenom 300 light jet received type and production certificates from Brazil's ANAC National Civil Aviation Authority on Dec. 3.


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The aircraft, powered by two Pratt & Whitney Canada PW535-Es, can accommodate up to 10 occupants and has a design life of 35,000 flight hours. It has a top speed of 453 kt. TAS (true airspeed), a maximum range of 1,971 nautical miles (with six occupants and NBAA IFR reserves), and a 45,000-foot operational ceiling.

The Phenom 300's takeoff field length at maximum takeoff weight (MTOW) is 3,138 feet -- an improvement when compared to the original 3,700 feet. Its landing distance at maximum landing weight is now 2,621 feet --329 feet shorter than the targeted 2,950 feet.

The Sao Jose dos Campos, Brazil-based aircraft manufacturer expects the FAA type certificate to be issued in the coming weeks. Embraer's customer support and services structure is prepared for the Phenom 300's entry into service. According to Embraer, the list price of the FAA-certified Phenom 300 will be $8.14 million, under 2010 economic conditions.



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Embraer Phenom 300 Jet Achieves Certification By Brazil’s ANAC

NewswireToday - /newswire/ - São José dos Campos, São Paulo, Brazil, 12/03/2009 - U.S. certification expected shortly, followed by first deliveries.

Embraer received the type and production certificates, today, for its Phenom 300 executive jet from Brazil’s National Civil Aviation Authority (Agência Nacional de Aviação Civil – ANAC) in a ceremony held at Company headquarters, in São José dos Campos, Brazil. The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) type certificate is expected to be issued in the coming weeks.

“When we launched the Phenom 300 program, we wanted to bring an unparalleled product into the light jet category,” said Luís Carlos Affonso, Embraer Executive Vice President, Executive Jets. “Besides delivering a product with unique and innovative features for this class, we are very happy to announce that the Phenom 300 has not only met all original specification targets, but has also surpassed many performance goals.”

The Phenom 300’s maximum range, originally designed to be 1,800 nautical miles (3,334 kilometers), has been extended to 1,971 nautical miles (3,650 kilometers) with six occupants and NBAA IFR reserves. Runway performance also significantly improved over the initial targets. Takeoff field length, at maximum takeoff weight (MTOW), is now 3,138 feet, considerably better than the original 3,700 feet, while landing distance at maximum landing weight (MLW) improved to 2,621 feet, or 329 feet shorter than the targeted 2,950 feet.

For flights into and out of airports with restrictions due to high temperatures or high elevations, the Phenom 300 exceeded the range targets, resulting, for example, on a range of more than 2000 nm from Aspen, Colorado, U.S. Climb performance also surpassed expectations, allowing the aircraft to depart from sea level at MTOW and reach its operational ceiling of 45,000 feet in only 26 minutes. Powered by two fuelefficient Pratt & Whitney Canada PW535-E engines, the Phenom 300’s fuel consumption is as much as 6% better than originally estimated.

The jet’s top speed of 453 knots (True Air Speed – TAS) was validated during the flight test campaign. Certified without restrictions, the Phenom 300 is able to fly according to Visual and Instrument Flight Rules, day or night, and into known or forecasted icing conditions. The aircraft also operates well within Stage IV external noise requirements, having been certified with a cumulative margin of 24 EPNdB.

“After working hard to meet design criteria and certification requirements, we are finally approaching the first Phenom 300 delivery. The aircraft’s performance demonstrates the top quality of our engineering,” said Humberto Pereira, Embraer Vice President, Engineering, Executive Jets. “I would also like to congratulate ANAC for their professionalism and competence demonstrated during the Phenom 300 certification campaign.”

The highly intuitive Prodigy® flight deck, based on the acclaimed Garmin G1000 avionics suite, was developed from Embraer’s accumulated experience in human factors design. Its quiet and dark cockpit philosophy, combined with outstanding ergonomic features, offers full situational awareness and automation for a low workload, enabling single-pilot operation.

The interior of the Phenom 300 was certified to offer unprecedented space and comfort in the light jet category. Its windows, cabin volume, and baggage compartment are the largest among light jets. The airplane’s Oval Lite cross-section benefits passengers with greater leg and headroom, and the fully reclinable seats that can move laterally and swivel up to 180° to provide passengers with greater flexibility in the cabin. Its rear lavatory has a rigid door and is the only one in the segment that can be serviced externally.

The in-flight entertainment system offers optional individual monitors and a 10.4-inch ceiling monitor. The generous galley and wardrobe storage space add convenience for a premium travel experience.

“I want to congratulate Embraer's teams and our partners for their creativity, competence and dedication to produce this best-in-class jet,” said Affonso. “I am very glad that we succeeded in certifying the Phenom 300 less than one year after certifying the Phenom 100, and with excellent results.”

Besides its amazing comfort and performance, the Phenom 300 also raises the bar, in terms of robustness, ease of maintenance, and dispatch reliability With a design life of 35,000 flight hours, the airplane also offers other unique characteristics that rank the Phenom 300 at the top of light jet standards: SmartprobesTM, which increase reliability and reduce maintenance tasks; carbon brakes, which allow 60% less replacements; brake-by-wire system; hot bleed anti-ice on the horizontal stabilizers; and single-point refueling capability.

At the same time that Embraer received the type certificate for the Phenom 300, ANAC also issued the production certificate, which is an approval to manufacture the jet in series. The process began in June 2007, and Embraer had to demonstrate that the Phenom 300 Organization Production System (Sistema de Organização da Produção – SOP) complies with the Brazilian aeronautical rules. The main characteristics analyzed by ANAC were project and material controls, manufacturing process, final dispatch and continuous airworthiness, which are part of the Production Organization Manual (Manual de Organização da Produção – MOP).

Embraer’s Executive Jets Customer Support and Services structure is ready for the Phenom 300 to enter service. The Embraer Executive Jets service centers network currently consists of six factory-owned and more than 30 authorized service centers, worldwide.

The Company also has partnerships with renowned companies in the areas of logistics, pilot and training. The Company’s product support structure covers flight operations and technical and maintenance assistance, material support, as well as the new customer Contact Center, that minimizes down time by quickly and efficiently applying the appropriate resources to critical situations.

Effective February 1, 2010, the list price of the Phenom 300 will be US$ 8.14 million, under 2010 economic conditions, for FAA certified aircraft.

About the Phenom 300 jet
The Phenom 300 light jet accommodates up to ten occupants in a spacious and pleasant interior, designed in partnership with BMW Group DesignworksUSA. Swept wings, with winglets, and modern onboard systems were developed with outstanding flight performance in mind. A single refueling port, an externally serviced lavatory, and excellent cabin pressurization are some of the jet’s distinctive features.

The Phenom 300 is one of the fastest aircraft in the light jet category, reaching 521 mph (839 km/h, or 453 knots – KTAS), and it can fly at an altitude of up to 45,000 feet (13,716 meters). Its range of 1,971 nautical miles (3,650 km), including NBAA IFR fuel reserves, means the aircraft is capable of flying nonstop from New York to Dallas, in the U.S.; from London (U.K.) to Athens (Greece), in Europe; or from Delhi (India) to Dubai (United Arab Emirates). 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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DECEMBER 3, 2009, 10:33 A.M. ET
Brazil's Azul CEO Sees Airline's 2010 Traffic Up 50%

By Alastair Stewart

Of DOW JONES NEWSWIRES


SAO PAULO (Dow Jones)--Brazilian low-cost, low-fare airline Azul Linhas Aereas SA will transport 50% more passengers in 2010 than in the current year, continuing its swift expansion, Chief Executive David Neeleman said Thursday.

Since beginning operations in late 2008, the airline grew to take 4.4% of Brazil's $6.5 billion civil aviation market in October.

"We will continue to grow significantly faster than the overall market next year," Neeleman said on the sidelines of an industry conference in Sao Paulo.

Neeleman, founder of JetBlue Airways Corp. (JBLU) in the United States, predicted the Brazilian airline market will expand 10% to 15% in 2010, returning to pre-economic crisis growth.

Azul is maintaining its fleet expansion plans. It will add seven new Embraer (ERJ, EMBR3.BR) jets next year to its existing fleet of 14.

"But we could still expand much faster than that," he added.

The airline was struggling to raise funds for the new planes amid the wider financial crisis, but Neeleman said that the company has now secured $235 million to buy the aircraft.

Neeleman said Azul will add three new destinations in 2010 to its current domestic network of 16 cities.

The company is in "no hurry" to go public, he added. It is now privately held.

Meanwhile, it has no plans to add international routes.


-By Alastair Stewart, Dow Jones Newswires; 55-11-2847-4519; [email protected]
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Salvador (BA) will gain direct flight from Argentina
Posted on 2/12/2009 18:33:00

Bahia has just won another regular weekly flight between Buenos Aires, Argentina, and Salvador and vice versa. The flights depart every Sunday from January 3, 2010, by Aerolineas Argentinas and, as of March, every Thursday and Sunday.

"The growth of bilateral relations between our two countries and the interest in Bahia, due to demand for Argentines seeking the state, was critical to the airline," says international director of the airlines, Fabian Lombardo. On December 14, Lombardo will be in Bahia to talk to some operators.



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Embraer says Brazil sales help offset global drop

SAO PAULO, Dec 9 (Reuters) - Brazil's Embraer (EMBR3.SA)(ERJ.N), the world's third-largest aircraft maker, will likely sell a record $500 million worth of planes in Brazil this year, helping offset a tumble in global demand amid the worst civil aviation market in years, its chief executive said on Wednesday.

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Overseas demand for commercial and executive jets will remain weak during 2010, Frederico Curado told reporters at an event in Sao Paulo. But domestic business remains promising, bolstered by sales to Brazilian airlines Azul and Trip, he added.

"The market (abroad) remains rather depressed; the airlines are losing money and will keep losing money next year," Curado said.

Curado was also upbeat about prospects for sales of its Phenom-100 executive jet. Local sales will make up for about 10 percent of the company's projected revenue this year.

Revenue at Sao Jose dos Campos-based Embraer, which sells most of its planes outside Brazil, suffered this year as it sold more of its smaller, less expensive planes because of the fallout in global aviation. The company expects revenue to drop 10 percent this year, in line with previous forecasts.

Embraer shares fell 1.2 percent to 8.78 reais in mid-afternoon trade on Wednesday. They have gained 0.6 percent this year, compared with an 80 percent surge in the Bovespa index .BVSP.

Analysts including Bank of America Merrill Lynch's Ron Epstein are concerned the jet maker may need to do more than trim payroll expenses and renegotiate prices with suppliers to cope with the worst crisis in commercial aviation since the end of World War II.

Operating margins will probably hit the lowest level in a decade as measured by U.S. accounting guidelines, the analysts estimate.

Curado said he expects Brazil's state-run development bank BNDES to extend more credit to buyers of Embraer planes next year.

He estimates that BNDES will make financing available to cover 60 percent of the aircraft Embraer will deliver in 2010, up from 30 to 35 percent of sales in that category in 2009. (Reporting by Cesar Bianconi; Writing by Guillermo Parra-Bernal; Additional reporting by Luciana Lopez; Editing by Gerald E. McCormick)
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DECEMBER 9, 2009, 8:25 A.M. ET
Brazil Domestic Air Traffic Rises 38% In November

SAO PAULO (Dow Jones)--Brazilian air traffic rose sharply for the fifth consecutive month in November amid a consumer-led rebound in Latin America's largest economy.

Domestic airline traffic totaled 5.22 billion kilometers in November, up 38.4% from the year-before period, the country's National Civil Aviation Agency, or Anac, said Wednesday.

Meanwhile, domestic load factors were also significantly higher, reaching 70.8% last month compared with 62.5% in the November 2008, allowing airlines to increase margins.

Leading Brazilian carrier TAM S.A. (TAM, TAMM4.BR) registered a market share of 43.9% in November, down from 51.7% in November 2008.

Rival GOL Linhas Aereas Inteligentes SA (GOL, GOLL4.BR) saw its market share rise to 42.3% from 40.0% in November 2008, reflecting an expansion of its route map.

Meanwhile, Brazilian airlines recorded higher passenger-kilometers on international flights in November, and load factors rebounded as concerns about the H1N1 flu virus faded.

International traffic volumes rose 12.0% on the year to 1.74 billion kilometers in November. The average load factor was 72.2%, up from 65.8% in November 2008.


-By Alastair Stewart; Dow Jones Newswires; 5511 2847-4520; [email protected]
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December 10th, 2009 01:42 PM EDT
TAP Maintenance & Engineering Brazil Receives EASA Certification for Airbus A330 and A340 Airplanes

TAP Maintenance & Engineering Brazil

Rio de Janeiro, December 10, 2009. TAP Maintenance and Engineering Brazil has received certification from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) to perform heavy maintenance on Airbus A330 and A340 airplanes. This was granted last month, enabling the Company to perform maintenance on airplanes registered in Europe, and the first aircraft is already scheduled to arrive at TAP M&E Brazil’s facilities.

TAP M&E Brazil has already successfully performed the first heavy maintenance on an A330 airplane, which was delivered to Canada’s Air Transat, early in November, within the agreed-upon turn-around time (TAT). In January, the first A330 airplane registered in Europe (GS-TOG), which belong to the Company’s controller, TAP Portugal, will arrive at the hangar of TAP M&E Brazil, in Rio de Janeiro.

“Now, only the A320 family is left,” explains Engineer Nestor Mauro Koch, President of TAP M&E Brazil, when speaking of the Company’s growth strategy. “I would repeat that TAP M&E Brazil decided, since last year, to heavily invest in increasing its capability, in order to become even more competitive. The aeronautical industry is a global industry and we must be prepared to receive any model of airplane from any part of the world. In the case of Airbus, we lack only the certification for the A320 family, and the entire Company is steadily working to achieve this in the first half of 2010.”

TAP M&E Brazil is a member of the Airbus MRO Network (companies accredited by Airbus to perform maintenance on its aircraft) as an affiliate of TAP Maintenance and Engineering.

The Company is also certified by several other countries where it has customers, such as Angola, Argentina, Chile, Bermuda, Bolivia, Canada, Cuba, and Peru.
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DECEMBER 11, 2009, 4:32 A.M. ET
Brazil's Embraer Signs Accord With China's CDB Leasing

SAO PAULO (Dow Jones)--Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer SA (ERJ) said late Thursday that it signed a memorandum of understanding with China's CDB Leasing Co., or CLC, for aircraft financing and leasing.

"This agreement for aircraft financing and leasing could come to as much as $2.2 billion over the next three years," said Embraer, also known as Empresa Brasileira de Aeronautica SA. CLC is a major financial leasing company held by the China Development Bank.

"The deal is designed to enhance financing opportunities for acquiring Embraer aircraft in China and abroad, focusing on developing regional aviation in China," the company said.

-By Rogerio Jelmayer, Dow Jones Newswires; 55-11-2847-4521; [email protected]
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American in code-share deal with Brazil's GOL

FORT WORTH, Texas — American Airlines said Wednesday it will be able to sell seats on Brazil's GOL Airlines as if they were American flights.

The two carriers struck what's called a code-sharing agreement — customers can book a ticket on American but end up flying on a GOL plane within Brazil.
The airlines said they would start the changes once they get government approvals.

American flies to five cities in Brazil — Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Belo Horizonte, Recife, and Salvador — from Miami, New York and Dallas-Fort Worth. GOL said it serves 49 destinations in Brazil.

In August, the airlines began letting customers earn miles on each other's flights. Early next year, members of American's AAdvantage frequent-flier program will be allowed to redeem miles on GOL.

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Investigation Continues into Air France Crash

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Thursday, December 17, 2009

French aviation investigators admit they still don’t know why an Air France Airbus A330 crashed into the Atlantic Ocean off Brazil’s coast.

In its second report on the crash, BAE said new safety standards may be required after the crash cast doubt on the reliability of speed-measuring equipment in stormy conditions.

All 228 people were killed when the Rio de Janeiro to Paris flight crashed on June 1st.

The aircraft’s black box was never recovered.

Families of the victims say investigators told them the plane fell in less than five minutes.

Investigators have repeatedly insisted the crash was likely caused by a series of failures.
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TAM Airlines unveils its new 2010 menus devised by Helena Rizzo

BY ETN STAFF WRITER | DEC 18, 2009
TAM Airlines has launched a series of new menus for its international services, a selection of dishes which have been devised for the carrier by the highly acclaimed Brazilian chef, Helena Rizzo. Rizzo is responsible for the award winning São Paulo restaurant and city hot spot, Mani. A recent review of Mani in the Financial Times said that Rizzo’s cooking is both “delightful and clever.”

The chef’s new dishes are characterized by lightness, inspired on tea flavours and aromas, and are available on TAM’s international services as of 10 January 2010.

"TAM’s commitment to service quality is one of the supporting columns of our company’s operation,” explains Manoela Amaro, Marketing Director for the airline. “We want to continuously offer our clients the very best. The annual review and renewal of our international flight menus is part of such a commitment."

There are approximately 500 different options between entrées, main courses and desserts that are offered by TAM in its’ First Class, Business and Economy cabins on international flights. All the new options have been developed with a softness and delicate touch of herb and flower aromas mixed with flavours inspired from around the globe. "We will offer our customers a new gastronomic experience," promises Amaro.

In First Class, filet mignon rosbeef with poached pear and yogi tee-aromatized olive oil, lamb ribs with rosemary au jus and artichoke and tomato caponnata, chicken fillet stuffed with Earl Grey tea and mushrooms with jasmine rice and pak choi, are among the options available. For dessert, there is apple pie with farofa doce (a sweet peanut concoction crumbled into a fine powder), aromatized with rooitea and topped with cinnamon fudge.

For the passenger in Business Class the choices include shrimp with yogurt dressing and yin zhen sprouts, brie cheese and leek ravioli with marinara sauce, sesame crispy chicken fillet with curry sauce and coconut milk and marsala tea and jasmine rice. For dessert, one of the options is an Earl Grey tea panna cotta and lemon with raspberry icing.

In Economy Class the options could include a mix of green vegetables served with carrots and anise, meat casserole au roti sauce with mashed potatoes and sauté vegetables, or chicken drumstick with curry sauce and coconut milk and marsala tea served with white rice and peas, along with balm-mint panna cotta with a raspberry sauce.

Tea on board

Teas are not restricted to the dishes served on board. TAM has hired Carla Saueressig – the top tea-blending specialist in Brazil – to develop a special blend for its on-board service.

Saueressig has created a red-coloured drink, a colour symbolizing life and the warmth of TAM, in which fruity flavours from tropical Brazil and herbs from Amazon come together with a floral tone and a sweet vanilla base, just like the good things in life. "It conveys cosiness, comfort and the pleasure of flying with TAM", says Amaro.

2010 TAM Wine List

As well as re-launching its menus, TAM has also updated the selection of wines it serves on its international flights. The new list is the responsibility of Arthur Azevedo, CEO of the Brazilian Association of Sommeliers in São Paulo, who in addition is also the editor of Wine Style magazine and a consultant of the Artwine site.

To harmonize with the new dishes on the airline’s international menu, the sommelier has sourced wines from different countries and continents.

In First Class the Drappier La Grande Sendrée champagne, from vineyards that are more than 70 years old, is a popular choice. Among the wines, the white Luís Pato Vinhas Velhas from Bairrada, Portugal; and Boutari Moschofilero OPAP Mantínia, from Peloponnese, Greece deserve a special mention; as do the red wines such as L'Etoile de Bergey from the French region of Pessac-Léognan, in Bordeaux, produced by the Garcin-Cathiard family in limited quantities; the Spanish wine, Abadia Retuerta Cuvée Palomar, from Sardon del Duero; Cuvée Palomar, another wine integrating the elite of Spanish wines; and the I Balzini Black Label, from Tuscany, Italy.

For Business Class the Drappier Carte d'Or champagne has been selected, which is produced in the small and charming town of Urville; the white wines include Weingut Brundlmayer Grüner Veltliner, from Austria, and Selbach Oster Bereich Bernkastel Selbach Riesling QbA, from Mosel, Germany; while the red wines feature Fayat-Thunevin, from the French region of Lalande de Pomerol, in Bordeaux; and Ysios Reserva, from Rioja, Spain.

Economy class, selections include the Argentinean wines Grafigna Malbec, from San Juan, and Etchart Torrontés, from Salta.
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DECEMBER 21, 2009, 4:31 A.M. ET
Brazil Airline TAM Acquires Pantanal For $7.3 Million

SAO PAULO (Dow Jones)--Brazil's leading airline, TAM SA (TAM), said Monday that it has acquired small local airline Pantanal Linhas Aereas SA for 13 million Brazilian reals ($7.3 million).

"The effectiveness of the acquisition of the Pantanal shares is subject to the fulfillment of certain conditions, including, without limitation, the previous authorization by the National Agency for Civil Aviation, or ANAC," TAM said in a statement.

Pantanal was founded in April 1993 and operates through slots at the busy Congonhas airport in Sao Paulo.


-By Rogerio Jelmayer, Dow Jones Newswires; 55-11-2847-4521; [email protected]




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Embraer delivers 1st Super Tucano airplane to Chile’s Air Force

Monday, Dec 28, 2009

Aircraft will be used on tactical training missions



Embraer delivered the first four Super Tucano airplanes, of a total of 12, this week, to the Chilean Air Force (FACH). The contract, which was announced in August 2008, is the result of a competitive public bid let by the FACH, which chose the airplane manufactured by Embraer as the best solution for the tactical training of its pilots.

“A first delivery always has special meaning, because it represents the beginning of a longterm relationship with our customer and an opportunity to assist them with services that ensure their satisfaction,” said Orlando José Ferreira Neto, Embraer Executive Vice President, Defense Market. “The Chilean Air Force will now have the most advanced equipment, in terms of training for its pilots, and the flexibility of the best light-attack aircraft four counter-insurgency and irregular warfare.”

Embraer’s proposal, which was chosen by FACH, includes a broad Integrated Logistic Support (ILS) package and an advanced Training and Operation Support System (TOSS), covering not only the aircraft, but also the ground support stations. The FACH’s TOSS consists of three systems: a Mission Planning Station (MPS), a Mission Debriefing Station (MDS), and a Flight Simulator (FS).

Eighty-three Super Tucanos have already been delivered to the Brazilian Air Force (Força Aérea Brasileira – FAB), 25 to the Colombian Air Force (FAC), and two to the Dominican Republic, which are successfully used for border patrol, combating the drug traffic, and on combat missions. In all, 172 airplanes have been sold to seven customers.

About the Super Tucano

The Super Tucano is an innovative evolution of the world-renowned basic training Tucano aircraft, of which around 650 are in service with 15 air forces, worldwide.

The Super Tucano was designed to operate in the most complex combat settings, including night-vision capability, smart weaponry, and data link technology. Besides a reinforced structure for operations on rustic landing fields, the airplane has an advanced navigation and weapon aiming system that ensures high mission precision and reliability, even under extreme conditions and with minimal logistical support.

The turboprop is in full production on a very active and flexible assembly line, in keeping with Embraer’s ability to meet its customers’ needs and deliver aircraft within short time spans.

Besides the airplane, Embraer also supplies an advanced training and support system for the operations of the Super Tucano. TOSS (Training and Operation Support System) consists of four systems: CBT (Computer-Based Training) that improves pilot learning; FS (Flight Simulator); MPS (Mission Planning Stations); and MDS (Mission Debriefing Station) to analyze mission data and results.

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.

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Top 20 busiest airports in Brazil from 01/Jan through 30/Nov 2009:
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1º. São Paulo (Guarulhos) 19.538.970
2º. São Paulo (Congonhas) 12.414.843
3º. Brasília 11.064.968
4º. Rio de Janeiro (Galeão) 10.756.782
5º. Salvador 6.366.729
6º. Porto Alegre 5.060.372
7º. Belo Horizonte (Confins) 5.018.449
8º. Recife 4.729.442
9º. Rio de Janeiro (Santos Dumont) 4.433.419
10º. Curitiba 4.419.679
11º. Fortaleza 3.765.074
12º. Campinas 2.951.866
13º. Vitória 2.122.371
14º. Manaus 2.076.615
15º. Belém 1.994.204
16º. Florianópolis 1.884.84
17º. Natal 1.690.355
18º. Goiânia 1.524.193
19º. Cuiabá 1.499.892
20º. Maceió 999.039
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http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000...googlenews_wsj

BUSINESSDECEMBER 29, 2009
Brazilian Airline TAM Banks on Growth From New Fliers

By ALASTAIR STEWART

SAO PAULO—Brazil's leading airline, TAM SA, expects the country's domestic aviation market to grow by up to 12% next year as incomes and employment levels continue to rise in Latin America's largest economy and new promotions attract first-time, lower-income fliers.

"Economists are forecasting the economy will grow around 5% in 2010. We see the aviation market expanding double that, maybe two and a half times that," said Líbano Barroso, who on Monday was confirmed as TAM's chief executive officer after having served as acting CEO since October.


Getty Images - A TAM jetliner taxis to the terminal in Rio de Janeiro in August. TAM expects strong growth in Brazil in 2010.

Attracting first-time fliers with easy payment options is one of the keys to raising growth levels in the $6.5 billion Brazilian air travel market, Mr. Barroso said in an interview.

Brazil's domestic air traffic has nearly doubled since 2003, growing between 8% and 22% a year through 2008. This year, even though airlines had expected the economic slowdown to curtail demand, the latest data indicate passenger traffic grew 15%.

Demand has been bolstered this year by the expansion of smaller airlines, led by Azul Linhas Aéreas Brasileiras, which offered alternative routes at lower prices, prompting the main players TAM and Gol Linhas Aéreas Inteligentes to react with price cuts and expanded service. But the bedrock was the strength of internal demand throughout the economic slowdown, which was driven by rising working-class and middle-class salaries and spending.

TAM and the other airlines are now seeking to tap deeper into this up-and-coming consumer group by offering tickets in installments.

Earlier this month, TAM announced agreements with banks Itau Unibanco and Banco do Brasil to offer payment plans on tickets. Account holders can obtain tickets by making a small down payment and then making installment payments for up to four years after flying.

The goal is to make it flying an alternative to taking the bus—the most common way average Brazilians travel. Since the 1940s, Brazil has experienced mass migration from the rural northeast to far-off urban centers such as Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro in the southeast. As a result, at Christmas and other holidays it is common for workers to travel two or three days by bus to visit relatives.

Although plane tickets are still more expensive than bus fares, they offer value in time saved. The average price for a ticket for the 1,680-mile flight between Sao Paulo and Recife, for example, is between $120 and $200; the average salary in Brazil is about $770 a month.

"The fact that payments for the tickets are within people's monthly budget acts as a great stimulus," said Mr. Barroso.

Gol was the first to adopt the strategy of easy payments about four years ago. Its program now has 1.8 million members and its popularity has forced other airlines to follow suit.

Meanwhile, airlines are looking to develop alternative routes to expand their business, while finding ways to manage the crush at Brazil's hub airports in Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Brasilia.

TAM announced last week that it had bought ailing small regional operator Pantanal in a deal valued at 13 million Brazilian reais ($7.3 million). Pantanal operates three turboprops and has just 0.2% of the domestic market. But it holds a valuable asset: 196 slots at Congonhas in Sao Paulo, Brazil's busiest domestic airport.

Congonhas' proximity to Sao Paulo's business centers makes it the preferred destination for executives, which make up the majority of passengers on local flights. But heavy restrictions on takeoffs and landings at Congonhas because of a short runway and its built-up environs mean that slots are at a premium.

"We are going to beef up Pantanal in order to meet demand for smaller destinations," said Mr. Barroso, although he didn't name cities targeted for expansion.

In recent months the price war with Gol, Azul and other competitors has cooled and profit margins have improved. TAM reported third-quarter profit of 348 million reals, recovering from a loss of 663.6 million reals in the quarter last year.

Separately Monday, TAM said it has extended its partnership with the Argentine unit of Chile's LAN Airlines SA. The agreement allows TAM to sell seats on LAN Argentina's domestic flights, and the Argentine airline to do the same for seats on TAM domestic flights in Brazil.
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Salvador (BA) will gain direct flight from Argentina
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Bahia has just won another regular weekly flight between Buenos Aires, Argentina, and Salvador and vice versa. The flights depart every Sunday from January 3, 2010, by Aerolineas Argentinas and, as of March, every Thursday and Sunday.

"The growth of bilateral relations between our two countries and the interest in Bahia, due to demand for Argentines seeking the state, was critical to the airline," says international director of the airlines, Fabian Lombardo. On December 14, Lombardo will be in Bahia to talk to some operators.


What about Porto Seguro? It will be also a new flight for Aerolineas Argentinas from Buenos Aires.
And the Buenos Aires - Florianopolis seasonal route will began to be permanent.

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http://www.flightglobal.com/articles...-the-rise.html

Forecasts 2010: Business aviation on the rise?
By Kate Sarsfield


It has been a bumpy ride for business aviation over the past 12 months. The global recession, which began in the second half of 2008, tightened its grip on the industry in the first half of 2009, spreading misery from operations to manufacturing.

Nevertheless, an air of cautious optimism returned to the industry late last year prompted by an increase in activity across the most of the sectors.
"The good news is that the leading market indicators are stabilising. The bad news is that these indicators are a long way down from their peak levels," says aviation analyst Richard Aboulafia. He says it will take a number of years for the industry to return the growth levels experienced in 2007 and 2008. "The best we can hope for is some modest return to economic prosperity in late 2010, which should mean the start of a values recovery in 2011 and the first signs of a deliveries recovery in 2012," he says.

Business aircraft orders were drastically hit in 2009 as individual and corporate wealth evaporated. The world's banks added to the despair by turning off the finance tap to would-be owners as repossessions of "toxic assets" escalated to record levels.


Cessna's newest light-cabin offering, the CJ4, is set for certification in the second quarter

By the latter half of 2009 around one-third of the world's business aircraft fleet was up for sale and prices of pre-owned types had plummeted to previously unheard of levels - particularly in the medium and light business jet categories, where the values of some models had dropped by 30% in 12 months.

Airframers reacted to the adverse market conditions by slashing their workforces and revising delivery schedules to match output to demand. Some were even forced to cancel new aircraft programmes. Cessna, for example, cancelled development of its widely acclaimed Columbus business jet in July as customers pulled orders for the large-cabin type.

Two months later Hawker Beechcraft said it would delay service entry of its Premier II light business jet by at least two years to late 2011, anticipating a market rebound around the same time. Perfect timing coupled with a strong market appetite were also the key reasons behind turboprop manufacturer Piaggio's decision last year to delay the launch of a new twin-engined business jet.

Other airframers, meanwhile, declared last year their intention to stick with original development schedules for their programmes.

Gulfstream ended the year with the successful first flights of its newest business jet family member - the midsize G250 and ultra-long-range G650 - and remains on track to certificate both aircraft in 2011. Embraer is continuing to develop the midsize 500 and superlight 450, which remain on schedule for service entry in 2012 and 2013 respectively.

BUSY IN BRAZIL

The Brazilian airframer had a busy 2009 with the first flight of the Legacy 650 - a large-cabin, longer-range version of the super-midsize Legacy 600 business jet - that is set for service entry in the second half of this year. The previous 12 months also bore witness to the certification of Embraer's Phenom 300 by the Brazilian and US certification authorities and first deliveries of its 190 airliner derivative, the Lineage 1000.

Meanwhile, Dassault delivered in November the first large-cabin, wingletted Falcon 2000LX and continues to work behind the scenes on its Future Falcon super-midsize jet, a replacement for the out-of-production Falcon 50EX at the bottom of the airframer's range.

Aboulafia says there is some optimism for potential business aircraft buyers as banks have begin to lift their moratorium on lending. However, he argues: "Stabilisation isn't recovery, and recovery isn't growth. While this market was very directly affected by the broader economy, it should recover with it."
He suggests, however, that there is also the risk of a double-dip recession this year, "a so-called dead cat bounce", says Aboulafia. "If stimulus spending packages don't work their magic, and if the developed world economy stays flat or dips again for another year, that could conceivably mean a fourth year of pain for the industry. But right now, we're forecasting a three-year ordeal, with deliveries in rough shape in 2009-11."

Although 2010 holds much uncertainty for the business aviation industry, it is also likely to see a number of key milestones for airframers. Dassault will be hoping to begin in the coming weeks certification testing of its Falcon 900LX - a wingletted version of the 900EX, which it replaces - leading to certification by the end of the year.


Embraer's Phenon 300

Embraer is set to begin deliveries of the Phenom 300 shortly, while Cessna's newest light-cabin offering, the CJ4, is earmarked for certification and service entry by the end of the second quarter. Hawker Beechcraft's latest King Air upgrades, the C90GTx and 350i, are also set to enter service in the first half of the year coinciding with US certification of the Diamond D-Jet personal jet after a protracted six-year development programme.

Meanwhile, start-up airframer Emivest plans to ramp up later this year production of its SJ30 light business jet, the first of which was delivered to actor Morgan Freeman in September 2009. It remains to be seen whether fellow start-up manufacturer Grob - developer of the SPn business jet - manages to secure in the coming 12 months the necessary investment and OEM partnership to relaunch development of the light-cabin aircraft.
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JANUARY 6, 2010, 7:27 A.M. ET
Brazil's Lula Seen Choosing Dassault For Jet Fighter Pact: Report


SAO PAULO (Dow Jones)--Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva will likely ignore his air force's preference for a jet fighter made by Sweden's Saab AB (SAAB-B.SK) and chose a plane built by France's Dassault Aviation SA (AM.FR) to lead its fleet, the local O Estado de S. Paulo newspaper reported Wednesday.

Brazil's air force has completed a technical report, which showed a clear preference for Saab's Gripen NG over Dassault's Rafale and Boeing Co's (BA) F-18 for the $7 billion contract for 36 high-tech fighters, according to a report in the Folha de S. Paulo newspaper Tuesday.

However, back in September, Lula announced a clear preference for the French offer and will likely stick with this choice, the Estado reported, citing unnamed sources.

The president sees clear strategic and political advantages to the French bid, it added.

A presidential spokeswoman had no comment to make on the report. Meanwhile, the air force confirmed that it has completed its technical evaluation of the bids but has not yet presented its findings to the Defence Ministry.


-By Alastair Stewart; Dow Jones Newswires; 5511 2847-4520; [email protected]
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Embraer delivers first Lineage 1000 jet to Al Jaber Aviation



Embraer delivered the first Lineage 1000 executive jet to Al Jaber Aviation (AJA) of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, at the end of December, in São José dos Campos, Brazil. The aircraft will begin operations for on-demand charter service in March 2010. AJA will be the largest Lineage 1000 operator, with a fleet of five aircraft.

“We are delighted to hand over the first Lineage 1000 to Al Jaber Aviation, and very proud to be playing a key role in AJA’s fleet expansion,” said Colin Steven, Embraer Vice President, Marketing and Sales, Europe, the Middle East and Africa – Executive Jets. “We are especially honored by the confidence AJA has placed in our Executive Jets family. The company began operations in June 2009 with our Legacy 600 and is now expanding the fleet with the Lineage 1000.”

Al Jaber Aviation operates two Legacy 600 jets and has firm orders for four additional Lineage 1000s, plus four Legacy 450s and four Legacy 500s. “This is a very exciting time for our company, and we are eager to begin the operation of this wonderful aircraft to support our growing business,” said Dr. Mark Pierotti, Chief Operating Officer of Al Jaber Aviation. “By choosing the Lineage 1000, AJA will be able to offer its elite guests a superior level of service that has not been seen before in this region. We will be delivering new standards of excellence.”

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