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Old January 8th, 2010, 06:14 PM   #221
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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]
Ridiculous. They should go for Gripen. Lula's party will lose my vote solely because of this in Sept if they go for the French plane.
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Old January 10th, 2010, 02:45 PM   #222
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Helibras To Upgrade Brazilian Army Panthers

Jan 8, 2010
By Elyse Moody




Eurocopter’s Brazil subsidiary Helibras will upgrade 34 Brazilian Army Aviation AS365K Panther helicopters with new engines and avionics.

The modifications, slated to take place at a rate of four helicopters per year between 2011 and 2021, should extend the fleet’s service life by at least 25 years. Eurocopter did not disclose the value of the Dec. 24 contract but says it is Helibras’ largest service contract to date. The Helibras Engineering Center will equip the Panther fleet with new Turbomeca Arriel 2C2 CG engines with full authority digital engine control, Rockwell Collins’ Pro Line 21 digital radio communications systems, and a glass cockpit with enlarged primary flight, navigation, tactical and other displays.

The Helibras Engineering Center was created in late 2008 to assemble 50 EC725 helicopters. Creation of the center, in turn, is part of a broad strategic agreement with France that includes the acquisition of nuclear and conventional submarine technology, technical assistance for Brazil’s space program and the possible purchase of the advanced Rafale fighter, which is currently competing for a Brazilian air force requirement.
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Old January 10th, 2010, 02:46 PM   #223
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JANUARY 8, 2010, 8:30 A.M. ET
Brazil Airline GOL Registers 34.8% Jump In December Traffic

SAO PAULO (Dow Jones)--Brazilian airline GOL Linhas Aereas Inteligentes SA (GOL) registered another sharp jump in traffic during December as the local economy continued to pick up and the airline increased capacity.

Meanwhile, profitability continued to rise as the recent price war between GOL and its principle rival TAM SA (TAM) ended.

GOL registered revenue passenger kilometers, or RPKs, of 2.83 billion in December, up 34.8% from the year before and 15% higher than in November.

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

GOL's load factor rose sharply in the last year, reaching 76.3% in December compared with 64.7% in the same month the year before.

The December figures seal a much improved performance by GOL in the fourth quarter. RPKs rose 38.0%, while load factors reached 73.4%, up from 59.5% in the same period the prior year.

The recent global economic slump hurt Brazil less than most, but there was a marked slowdown in the economy at the end of 2008, which was reflected in GOL's operating figures.

International RPKs rose 23.9% on the year in December, with the ongoing recovery after the sharp decline in demand caused by the outbreak of swine flu last year.

December yields, the average price paid to fly one kilometer, showed the company is charging more. Yield was slightly above 0.19 Brazilian reals, continuing the gains seen in recent months.

GOL and TAM have dominated the domestic aviation market for the last couple of years, jointly holding a market share of 85%, but they face increased competition from smaller airlines, such as start up Azul Linhas Aereas Brasileiras and WebJet.

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


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Fantastic thread I read it all the time, keep it up Ruifo!
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Old January 12th, 2010, 09:18 PM   #225
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Dassault under pressure to cut Rafale fighter price
Tue Jan 12, 2010 10:01am EST

* Rafale seen 30-50 pct more expensive than Gripen

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* Low production rate makes undercutting difficult

* Still likely to come out on top thanks to politics

By Lionel Laurent

PARIS, Jan 12 (Reuters) - Dassault Aviation's (AVMD.PA) Rafale fighter plane stands a good chance of winning its first-ever export contract with Brazil but it may have to make more price sacrifices, analysts said on Tuesday.

The Rafale, which analysts estimate could cost upwards of $100 million, is at a price disadvantage when compared with rival planes such as the Swedish-made Saab (SAABb.ST) Gripen NG, which is seen as cheaper by some 30 to 50 percent.

The Boeing (BA.N) F-18, the third finalist in the bidding process, is also said to be cheaper than the Rafale.

A member of the Brazilian government told Reuters on Monday that if Dassault reduced the Rafale's price, it would "close the deal soon." [ID:nN11154873]. Brazil wants 36 jets.

A spokesman for Dassault denied the Rafale was at a price disadvantage when compared with "equivalent" planes, adding the Gripen could not be considered equivalent because it only had one engine and weighed less than the Rafale.

He added price was only one of the factors involved in choosing combat aircraft, highlighting technology transfer, strategic partnerships and operational considerations.

He would not disclose the offer price of the Rafale.

Despite the perceived price pressure on Dassault, analysts are still confident the Rafale has a 50 to 75 percent chance of winning a deal with Brazil, thanks in part to political ties between France and Brazil.

"(A deal) would be on the basis of some kind of long-standing 20-year political agreement to do various things between the two countries as opposed to a pure one-off sale," said Doug McVitie, founder of consultancy Arran Aerospace.

Brazil has a strategic defence agreement with France worth billions of dollars, including the local assembly of helicopters and submarines.

Unlike the Rafale, which is a finished product, the Gripen NG would be developed with Brazilian participation, according to an air force report cited by local newspapers.

The deal could initially be worth more than $4 billion.

DASSAULT TOO SMALL?

The relatively low rate of Rafale production, approximately one a month, also leaves little room for manoeuvre for Dassault to cut the price tag, analysts say.

"If you compare the (Rafale) production to that of Eurofighter or potentially the F-35, clearly Dassault is producing far, far less," said Rupinder Vig, an analyst with Morgan Stanley. "Their ability to undercut is going to be very difficult."

The Rafale's high-specification design explains its high price tag, but it might also make it unnecessarily powerful for Brazil's needs, argued Nick Cunningham, an analyst with Evolution Securities.

"It's sort of questionable whether developing countries can justify the unit cost (of aircraft like the Rafale), and whether regionally there is a sufficient threat for them to need aircraft offering that kind of performance," he said.

Dassault has a market capitalisation of some 5.5 billion euros and is expected to make a net profit of 285 million on revenues of 3.695 billion. EADS (EAD.PA) has a stake of 46.32 percent while family holding Marcel Dassault owns 50.55 percent.

The first Rafale flew in 1986 and is available in three versions. It is used by the French Airforce and Navy

(Reporting by Lionel Laurent, editing by Marcel Michelson)
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Embraer Delivers 244 Jets in 2009

NewswireToday - /newswire/ - São José dos Campos, São Paulo, Brazil, 01/12/2010 - With this result, Company surpasses 2009 goal.



Embraer delivered 91 jets to the airline, executive and defense markets during the fourth quarter of 2009 (4Q09), totaling 244 airplanes for the year, surpassing the guidance of 242 deliveries. The Company’s firm order backlog totaled US$ 16.6 billion on December 31, 2009.

In 4Q09, Embraer delivered 23 E-Jets and three ERJ 145 jets to the airline market; six Legacy 600 super midsize jets, 52 Phenom 100 entry level jets, two Lineage 1000 ultralarge jets, and the first Phenom 300 light jet to the executive jets market; and one ERJ 135 jet, two Phenom 100 jets, and one EMBRAER 190 jet to the defense market.

In the commercial aviation segment, in 4Q09, Embraer signed contracts with Oman Air, in the Persian Gulf, for the sale of five EMBRAER 175 E-Jets, and with Austria’s NIKI Luftfahrt GmbH airline, which confirmed purchase rights for two more EMBRAER 190 EJets. During the last three months of the year, Embraer welcomed Kazakhstan’s Air Astana, that will operate two EMBRAER 190s in Asia, via a leasing contract with U.S.-based Jetscape, Inc.

In the last quarter of 2009, Embraer began delivery of the Phenom 300 light executive jet, which was certified in December by the Brazilian National Civil Aviation Agency (Agência Nacional de Aviação Civil – ANAC) and by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in the United States. In October, Embraer launched a new executive jet – the Legacy 650, in the large category – and announced the first order by Aircraft Asset Management AAM GmbH, from Germany, for two of this aircraft model. Another highlight was the growth in the number of deliveries of the Phenom 100 entry level jets – 52 aircraft in 4Q09.

For the defense market, Embraer announced a contract signed with the Royal Thai Navy for the sale of a second ERJ 135 jet. The Brazilian government received its second EMBRAER 190 jet, configured for missions by the President of the Republic, after the first airplane had been delivered in September. In December, Embraer began delivering the Super Tucano to two customers: two aircraft went to the government of the Dominican Republic, which ordered eight airplanes, and another four went to the Chilean Air Force (FACH), which will receive 12 airplanes.

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 December 31, 2009, Embraer (embraer.com) had a workforce of 16,853 employees – not counting the employees of its partly owned subsidiaries – and its firm order backlog totaled US$ 16.6 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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Brazil 2009 air travel posts biggest rise in 5 yrs
* Air travel showed unexpected resilience in 2009
* Load factor at main airlines rose despite crisis
* Airline stocks up, trumping Bovespa decline (Adds details of report, background, byline)


By Guillermo Parra-Bernal


SAO PAULO, Jan 13 (Reuters) - Air travel in Brazil, the largest Latin American aviation market, posted its biggest increase in five years in 2009, reflecting the country's resilience to the worst downturn in global civil aviation in decades, the government said on Wednesday.

Air travel, as measured by the number of passengers transported per kilometer, soared 17.7 percent last year to 56.26 million from 47.81 million in 2008, the Brasilia-based civil aviation regulator ANAC said in an e-mailed statement. In 2005, air travel grew by 22 percent.

Load factor ratios, a widely used gauge to measure occupancy rates at airplanes, as well as available seats rose from 2008 despite an early tumble in the first three months in 2009 as uncertainty over the extent and duration of the global economic recession paralyzed the industry, ANAC said.

The uptick in demand might have also allowed smaller carriers to win more slots and cater to an increased base of customers, the regulatory agency added.

"Heightening competition is favorable for passengers, who have more options and can choose based on timeliness, price and other factors," the statement added.

The industry's load factor rose to 66.75 percent from 65.5 percent in 2008, the agency said.

Sao Paulo-based TAM (TAMM4.SA) remained the market's leading airline for domestic flights with a 45.4 percent market share, down from 50.3 percent a year earlier.

Gol Linhas Aereas (GOLL4.SA), Brazil's No. 2 air carrier, lost market share last year, falling to 41 percent from about 42.4 percent in 2008. Smaller airlines, led by WebJet and Azul, had their combined market share rising to about 13 percent from 7.3 percent in 2008, according to ANAC.

The improved outlook for civil aviation in Brazil reinforces expectations that ticket fares will be hiked early in 2010 because of strong demand for regional travel and a strengthening currency that is boosting disposable income for air travel.

TAM rose 0.2 percent to 41.79 reais, and Gol ticked higher 0.2 percent to 27.6 reais, bucking a decline in Brazil's benchmark stock index, the Bovespa .BVSP.

(Additional reporting by Cesar Bianconi in Sao Paulo; Editing by Phil Berlowitz and Richard Chang)

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TAM focuses on signing GDS agreements

TAM has signed an agreement with Sabre and is negotiating with Amadeus and Travelport to make its entire content in the Brazilian market available through the global distribution systems (GDS) operated by the three companies.

The airline indicated that it expects its full content to be available in the three GDSs by the end of the first half of 2010.

TAM plans to extend the options available to its travel agents and corporate customers in Brazil for issuing TAM tickets.

The company will continue to use the e-TAM portal, its own distribution channel based on Amadeus’ technology platform, to make its content available in Brazil. e-TAM will offer the same information contained in the Sabre, Amadeus and Travelport GDSs.

TAM’s vice president of commerce and planning, Paulo Castello Branco, said that the new partnerships will operate as an important tool to expand the company’s content distribution within the domestic market.
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Have anyone here have an idea of the flights TAM would operate for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, they said before that it would be charters (not starting scheduled flights). Have some of these flights opened for sale yet?
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Have anyone here have an idea of the flights TAM would operate for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, they said before that it would be charters (not starting scheduled flights). Have some of these flights opened for sale yet?
I don't have fresh news...

But in August/2009:

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TAM nixes South Africa launch for 2009
By Lori Ranson

Brazilian carrier TAM has opted to postpone flights from Sao Paulo to Johannesburg, South Africa originally scheduled for launch this year.

TAM in April won approval from Brazilian authorities to inaugurate flights between the two cities, and explained it planned a launch for the second half of this year.

During a recent earnings call carrier CFO Libano Miranda Barroso said TAM has decided to delay the launch to preserve cash flow, explaining that "several initial costs are related to new destinations".

In November of 2008 TAM said it was leaning towards the Sao Paulo-Johannesburg market as its only new destination in 2009, and Johannesburg would have been TAM's first destination in Africa.

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21/Sep/2009
Tam delaying its initial flight to South Africa

The announcement that Tam were about to begin flying to South Africa on the 2nd half of 2009 never turned a reality. The company is now estimating its São Paulo to Johannesburg operation will only begin shortly before the FIFA World Cup 2010.

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JANUARY 18, 2010, 11:55 A.M. ET
Brazil Petrobras Sets Monthly Record For Aviation Fuel Sales In Dec

RIO DE JANEIRO (Dow Jones)--Brazilian state-run oil firm Petroleo Brasileiro (PBR, PETR4.BR) set a monthly record for aviation fuel sales in December, the company said Monday.

Petrobras said its Petrobras Distribuidora unit sold 310,383 cubic meters of aviation fuel in December, topping the previous record of 289,988 cubic meters set in July.

Driving the record sales was an increase in airline traffic in December, Petrobras said. Key areas included an increase in fuel sales to local discount carriers WebJet and Azul, as well as the start of flights to Rio de Janeiro's Galeao international airport by US Airways (LCC).

Petrobras Distribuidora's aviation fuel unit ended the year with a market share of 60%, the company said.

Petrobras shares traded 1.8% higher at 36.39 Brazilian reals ($20.59) at 1645 GMT, outpacing the broader market as measured by the Ibovespa stocks index. The Sao Paulo Stock Exchange's main index was up 1.0% to 69,697 points.


-By Jeff Fick, Dow Jones Newswires; 55-21-2586-6085; [email protected]


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Brazil's TAM unit Multiplus plans $721.2 mln IPO
Tue Jan 19, 2010 6:40am EST

* TAM mileage unit Multiplus may raise $721.2 mln in IPO
* Multiplus to use proceeds to buy TAM tickets for awards
* Multiplus stock to begin trading Feb. 5



SAO PAULO, Jan 19 (Reuters) - Multiplus SA, which manages the mileage program for Brazil's largest airline TAM Linhas Aereas (TAMM4.SA)(TAM.N), may raise as much as 1.28 billion reais ($721.2 million) in an initial public offering, seeking to benefit from growing appetite for emerging-market stocks.

Multiplus, launched in June after expanding TAM's frequent-flier program to include retailers, hotels and other types of services, plans to use the majority of proceeds to buy tickets issued by TAM to give as awards for its clients.

The company plans to sell 39.3 million shares, equivalent to a 25 percent stake, in a primary offering at a price range of 18 reais to 24 reais.

The offering might increase by 13.8 million shares if underwriters exercise their option to sell additional stock to meet demand. Multiplus expects its shares, listed under the "MPLU3" symbol, to begin trading on Feb. 5 at the Sao Paulo stock exchange.

The IPO comes as TAM, Gol Linhas Aereas (GOLL4.SA) and other Brazilian airlines recover from a slump in travel demand amid the worst crisis in civil aviation since 2001. Analysts have said the third quarter marked a turning point for local airlines, which will benefit from future demand for passenger and cargo transport as well as growing tourism in and out of Brazil.

Multiplus' offering would be the third in Brazil in 2010 as companies look to benefit from a surge in stock prices.

There is also ample cash for stock offerings. According to research firm EPFR Global, emerging-market stock funds had inflows of $2.5 billion in the second week of January after a record $70 billion in net inflows in 2009.

Besides offering free TAM tickets in exchange for air miles, Multiplus also has agreements with retailers such as bookseller Livraria Cultura and the Brazilian unit of Wal-Mart Stores (WMT.N) that allow clients to exchange points for CDs, books and home appliances.

The company hired BTG Pactual, the investment bank founded by billionaire Andre Esteves, as lead underwriter for the offering. Credit Suisse (CSGN.VX) will also help manage the IPO, TAM said in a securities filing.

($1=1.768 reais) (Reporting by Elzio Barreto; Editing by Lisa Von Ahn)
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TAM Partners with Brussels Airlines

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THURSDAY, 21 JANUARY 2010


TAM celebrated an agreement with Brussels Airlines, an airline company which is part of Star Alliance, to allow the members of the TAM Fidelidade program to accumulate and redeem points in flights operated by the Belgium company.

The Brussels Airlines passengers who use the Miles & More program already count with this benefit in the TAM flights since February 2008. The new partnership becomes effective on January 20th, 2010.

"We are establishing partnerships with the main air companies of the world to increase the benefits offered to our clients. With Brussels, we are taking another important step towards TAM integration with Star Alliance", says the TAM's Commercial and Planning Vice-President, Paulo Castello Branco.

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Embraer Signs Preliminary Agreement With Gulf Air


NewswireToday - /newswire/ - São José dos Campos, São Paulo, Brazil, 01/21/2010 - Airline would become the sixth operator of the E-Jets family in the Middle East.



Embraer and Gulf Air signed a preliminary agreement, today, during the Bahrain International Airshow, by which two EMBRAER 170 jets would be operated by the airline through an operating lease.

“We are absolutely delighted to be selected by this renowned Gulf region airline, in this milestone year of its 60th anniversary,” said José Luis Molina, Embraer Vice President, Europe, the Middle East and Africa – Airline Market. “We now look forward to concluding the final contract and having our E-Jets form an important part of Gulf Air’s growth plans.”

Both EMBRAER 170 jets – configured in a dual-class layout, featuring seven seats in business class and 60 in economy – would be scheduled for delivery in the first quarter of 2010. The aircraft also come with a state-of-the-art In-Flight Entertainment (IFE) system for maximum cabin convenience.

“As Gulf Air takes another step forward in a new strategic direction, I am delighted to have been able to sign this important agreement here, today, at the Kingdom of Bahrain’s first International Air Show,” said Samer Majali, Chief Executive Officer of Gulf Air. “We are introducing a new concept in regional travel. The realignment and expansion of our regional and international network, and our fleet, will reinforce our position as the carrier with the largest number of Middle East connections through our Bahrain Airport hub. And to deliver this, we need aircraft that are flexible and can meet these demands.”

About Gulf Air
Gulf Air (www.GulfAir.com) was founded in 1950, and is one of the oldest airlines in the Middle East. The national carrier is owned by the Kingdom of Bahrain, through Bahrain Mumtalakat Holding Company. Its goal has remained constant – a commitment to the latest aviation technology and an adherence to traditional Arabian hospitality. The airline offers customers the unique advantage of the largest network in the Middle East with nonstop flights, while providing seamless onward connections to other destinations. Gulf Air’s current network stretches from Europe to Asia, serving over 40 destinations, worldwide, with a fleet of more than 30 aircraft. The airline enjoys codeshare agreements with 15 airlines around the world, offering a wider choice of flights that can be booked directly with Gulf Air.

Parallel to the dynamic growth plans of the Kingdom, as laid out in its “Vision 2030”, Gulf Air has embarked on a business strategy to upgrade its fleet over the next five years, in order to further strengthen its presence as a leading international airline.

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 right-size low load factor narrow-body routes, replace older, inefficient aircraft, and 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 December 31, 2009, Embraer (embraer.com) had a workforce of 16,853 employees – not counting the employees of its partly owned subsidiaries – and its firm order backlog totaled US$ 16.6 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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TAM ends the year of 2009 as leading Brazilian carrier for both domestic and international flights
Friday, 22 January 2010

The Company recorded a market share of 43.1% in domestic operations, and 84.5% in the International services from Brazil in December

TAM ended 2009 with the participation of 43.1% reached in December, and 45.6% as the total accumulated during the whole last year in domestic flights and kept its Brazilian market leadership according to data published by ANAC (National Civil Aviation Agency). The company also kept its noteworthy leadership in the international line sector operated by Brazilian air line companies, closing the year of 2009 with a market share of 84.5% in the last month, and 86.5% as the total accumulated from January to December

TAM grew as much as 20.7% in the domestic market demand in December, measured in RPKs (revenue-passenger-kilometers) which express the quantity of kilometers flew multiplied by the total number of paying passengers traveled in comparison to the same month of 2008, while the demand of seats increased by 14.6%. The load factor of its aircrafts in domestic flights was 69.6%, 3.5 percental points above the same period of 2008.

In the annual comparison, the Company reached growth of as much as 6.5% in the domestic demand in 2009, despite the negative impact caused by the international economic crisis regarding business trips which represent 75% of the Company passengers. In the same period the offer of seats increased by 10.4%. The effect caused by the crisis reflected in the flight occupation rate, which receded 2.4 percental points, from 68.2% in 2008 to 65.8% in 2009.

In the international operations, the demand in TAM RPKs grew 12% in last December with relation to the same month of 2008, while the offer of seats increased by 6%. In the total accumulated in 2009, the demand grew as much as 14.2%, and the offer 19%, when compared to 2008. The load factor reached the milestone of 75.5% last December, surpassing by 4.2 percental points the occupation of the same month last year. In the total accumulated from January to December, the occupation rate receded 3 points percent when compared to 2008 under the effect of the world's economic crisis.

TAM (www.tamairlines.com) is a leader in the Brazilian domestic market since July 2003, and ended the month of December, 2009 with a market share of 43.1%. The company flies to 42 destinations in Brazil. With agreements signed with regional airlines, TAM serves 82 different destinations within Brazilian territory. The participation of TAM among Brazilian airlines that operate international flights was of 84.5% in December, 2009. TAM's international operations encompass direct flights to 18 destinations in the United States, Europe and South America: New York, Miami, and Orlando (USA); Paris (France); London (England); Milan (Italy); Frankfurt (Germany); Madrid (Spain); Buenos Aires (Argentina); La Paz, Cochabamba and Santa Cruz de la Sierra (Bolivia), Santiago (Chile), Asuncion and Ciudad del Este (Paraguay); Montevideo (Uruguay); Caracas (Venezuela); and Lima (Peru). Moreover, TAM has codeshare agreements that allow passengers to fly to other 72 destinations in the United States, South America and Europe. TAM is the pioneer in the launching of a frequently flyer program in Brazil, and TAM Fidelity Program has currently 6.4 million associates and has awarded over 9.2 million airline tickets through the redemption of points.
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Old January 22nd, 2010, 04:49 PM   #236
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Statistics: Pax Movement at Brazilian Airports
01/January through 31/December 2009


Source:
- http://www.infraero.gov.br/movi.php
- http://www.infraero.gov.br/upload/ar...erac._1209.pdf

1º. São Paulo-Guarulhos (SP) --- 21.607.303
2º. São Paulo-Congonhas (SP) --- 13.659.398
3º. Brasília (DF) --- 12.213.825
4º. Rio de Janeiro-Galeão (RJ) --- 11.796.413
5º. Salvador (BA) --- 7.063.087
6º. Porto Alegre (RS) --- 5.607.703
7º. Belo Horizonte-Confins (MG) --- 5.566.779
8º. Recife (PE) --- 5.249.831
9º. Rio de Janeiro-Santos Dumont (RJ) --- 5.040.424
10º. Curitiba (PR) --- 4.853.733
11º. Fortaleza (CE) --- 4.211.399
12º. Campinas-Viracopos (SP) --- 3.364.245
13º. Vitória (ES) --- 2.342.283
14º. Manaus (AM) --- 2.307.423
15º. Belém (PA) --- 2.201.439
16º. Florianópolis (SC) --- 2.107.528
17º. Natal (RN) --- 1.881.580
18º. Goiânia (GO) --- 1.694.303
19º. Cuiabá (MT) --- 1.671.704
20º. Maceió (AL) --- 1.115.686



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Full chart
01/January through 31/December 2009


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

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Old January 26th, 2010, 12:18 AM   #237
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Embraer’s Legacy 450 and Legacy 500 Programs Move Forward

NewswireToday - /newswire/ - São José dos Campos, São Paulo, Brazil, 01/25/2010 - Man-Machine Interface (MMI) Advisory Board of experts weighs in on development program.


Embraer’s midlight Legacy 450 and midsize Legacy 500 executive jet development programs continue moving full ahead. The concepts were presented at the 2007 National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) Annual Meeting and Convention, in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S. The Company maintains its unflagging commitment to developing these aircraft.

The second Man-Machine Interface (MMI) Advisory Board, formed by seasoned pilots and aircraft owners from around the world, was held at Embraer’s headquarters in São José dos Campos, Brazil, in the second half of 2009. The majority of the Board’s previous suggestions were implemented in the final projects of the jets, confirming Embraer’s commitment to design aircraft that meet market demands. As a result of one of the suggestions, the Company now offers a broader range of finishing materials. Guided by six different thematic panels, customers can select the interior configuration that best matches their interests, from among millions of possible combinations.

During the MMI meeting, the Audio and Video Cabin Management System (AV/CMS) – Honeywell’s Ovation® Select™ Full Digital, Hi-Definition, Hi-Fidelity, Hi-Speed Cabin Connection Suite – had its graphical user interface tested in a “Voice of Customer” session, which was dedicated to learning the board’s impressions regarding the system’s functionality and appearance.

“As we begin producing the first parts for the Legacy 450 and Legacy 500 jets, we are always open to learning from our customers,” said Luís Carlos Affonso, Embraer Executive Vice President, Executive Jets. “Listening to our customers has been an Embraer trade mark. I believe this is the right attitude to have when designing products that respond to market needs, and are intended to always provide customers with a remarkable ownership experience.”

Various manufacturing processes are in the testing phase. Quality and maturity tests are also being conducted to evaluate the aircraft equipment under critical flight situations, such as vibration and high altitude. Extreme conditions are simulated in advanced testing chambers at supplier and Embraer facilities. This procedure will ensure that certain part designs are already mature when the prototypes begin their test flights.

Embraer steadily advances in the development of avionics and fly-by-wire flight control systems. Rigs are used to simulate the features of the Rockwell Collins Pro Line Fusion™ avionics, as well as the aircraft flight control system. Through the use of computational flight simulation, fly-by-wire control laws are tested and verified by pilots and engineers well before any airplane prototype is built.

Production has begun on the Legacy 500’s first parts. The nose and main landing gear forgings arrived at Heroux-Devtek, in Canada and began to be machined. Meggitt performed the first forgings for the wheels and brakes. Belgium’s Sonaca began the first trials for stretching the rear fuselage panels at its facilities in the city of Gosselies. The selection of suppliers continues.

Embraer’s commitment to the environment is built into the design of the Legacy 450 and the Legacy 500. The aircraft will comply with worldwide certification limits for aviation noise and emissions, as established by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Committee on Aviation Environmental Protection (CAEP), and with very significant margins.

The certification process is well underway with Brazil’s National Civil Aviation Agency (Agência Nacional de Aviação Civil – ANAC), the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in the U.S., and the European Aviation Safety Association (EASA).

About the Legacy 450 and Legacy 500 executive jets
Based on concepts presented in 2007 and formally launched in 2008, the midlight Legacy 450 and midsize Legacy 500 set new paradigms in their respective executive jet categories. Their interiors were designed in partnership with BMW Group DesignworksUSA, and offer unequaled comfort and style. These aircraft will have the largest and quietest cabin in their classes. A flat-floor standup (6-foot) cabin, excellent pressurization, and vacuum lavatories are other highlights of the Legacy 450 and Legacy 500, complementing their 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 stateof-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 jets will be the fastest in their categories and the only ones 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 450 is designed to carry up to nine passengers. Its range will be 2,300 nautical miles (4,260 km) with four passengers, or 2,200 nautical miles (4,070 km) with eight passengers, and Mach 0.78, both including NBAA IFR fuel reserves, meaning the jet will be able to fly nonstop from London (U.K.) to Moscow (Russia) or Rabat (Morocco); from Delhi (India) to Dubai (United Arab Emirates) or Hong Kong; or from Jakarta (Indonesia) to Calcutta (India).

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 nonstop from New York to Los Angeles, in the 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 December 31, 2009, Embraer (embraer.com) had a workforce of 16,853 employees – not counting the employees of its partly owned subsidiaries – and its firm order backlog totaled US$ 16.6 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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Old January 27th, 2010, 02:53 AM   #238
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St. Maarten moves to boost presence in South America

~ Possible year-round flight coming ~


PHILIPSBURG--St. Maarten tourism officials, led by Commissioner of Tourism Frans Richardson, will embark on a key South America trip tentatively scheduled for this coming weekend, to further enhance the island’s presence in the ever-growing Latin American tourism market.

Marketing contracts for that region have just been approved and Richardson, who is expected to be joined by St. Maarten Tourist Bureau Head Regina Labega, will meet with key wholesalers of Argentina and Brazil’s largest tour operator CVC during the trip.

The Daily Herald has also learned that Richardson will announce shortly some major news about year-round airlift from South America, the agreement for which is being finalised.

The ABAV Tradeshow held in Brazil in October 2009, while presenting many positive opportunities for St. Maarten, made one aspect crystal clear for tourism officials from St. Maarten: the destination is lagging behind in its positioning strategy as it relates to the vital South American market.

Curaçao, Aruba and Barbados, through securing agreements with Brazil in particular, managed to secure the services of Gol and TAM airlines, using Venezuela as a hub, something St. Maarten is yet to do.

Some other Caribbean destinations have also invested heavily in the South American market.

Since the October tradeshow, however, Richardson has been adamant about “catching up” with regional competition by securing agreements with Brazil, which in turn would enhance St. Maarten’s efforts to meet objectives as a year-round tourism destination.

St. Maarten will also take its new branding strategy to Brazil to capitalise on what tourism industry experts call a large and growing consumer market with favourable demographics. Richardson often explains that the concept behind the branding can be summed up in one statement: “It’s all in our name.”

Working with the spelling of “St. Maarten,” Richardson hopes that the recently-launched campaign will capture audiences across South America, with positive adjectives purposefully misspelled with “capital double A’s” followed immediately by the words “St. Maarten.”

The campaign identity, created by advertising agency Tambourine, will be visible in all logos, videos, print and outdoor advertising, specialty marketing items, brochures and stationery. There will also be an image gallery featuring all new photography from an extensive on-island photo shoot completed recently by Tambourine.

Founded in 1972, CVC is headquartered in Santo André, Brazil. It is the largest tour operator in Latin America, with 900 employees selling travel packages to more than 2,000,000 passengers a year.




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Brazil: twin-engine plane crashes, two dead

Posted on26 January 2010 at 10:41. Tags: accident, bandeirante, belem, brazil, crash, para, plane



In the northern Brazil state of Para, a twin engine aircraft with 10 passengers on board fell to ground on Monday, two of the occupants died.

The plane, a Bandeirante used by an air taxi company, crashed in the town of Senador Jose Porfirio, southwest of Para, some 450km from the city of Belem.

Spokesmen for the Fire Department, reported that “there were at leasttwo dead.”

Although the aviation authorities, spoke only of the survivors.
Rescue teams were in the area of the incident and Air Force officials opened an investigation to find the causes of the accident.
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Air France and KLM extend their offer in Brazil thanks to their growing partnership with GOL

28/01/2010 12:04 (01:51 minutes ago)
The FINANCIAL -- GOL, Latin America’s largest low cost and low fare airline, Air France and KLM, as one of the global leaders in air transport, extended on January 12th their joint offer in Brazil thanks to new code-share flights operated by GOL.



"Air France customers have now access to flights operated by GOL departing from Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo international airports to six domestic destinations in Brazil: Brasília, Belo Horizonte, Curitiba, Florianópolis, Salvador and Vitória. Connecting flights are offered at the same airport. Seven other destinations will be added soon. With this code-share agreement, Air France offers its passengers travelling from Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia more destinations and more connecting opportunities to Brazil," Air France informed.

KLM and GOL also signed a code-share agreement, aiming at offering the Dutch airline domestic and regional flights as well as flights to Buenos Aires, Argentina*, operated by GOL departing from Guarulhos international airport.

GOL will benefit from global Air France and KLM sales channels, improving the number of passengers and the load factor on flights operated by the Brazilian airline.

Brazil represents a key market for the Group, together Air France and KLM currently operate 31 flights per week from Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Amsterdam-Schiphol to São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro.

Christian Herzog, Americas Senior Vice President Air France KLM says: "This growing partnership with GOL demonstrates once again our willingness to develop our position in Brazil. It offers our customers travelling to and from Brazil a larger choice of destinations and schedules, which reflects our group’s strategy: to ensure the best possible services between Europe and the rest of the world”.

Pieter Elbers, Senior Vice President Network and Alliances KLM says that Air France and KLM offer excellent services between Brazil, South America’s largest economic power and tourist destination, and Paris-Charles de Gaulle & Amsterdam-Schiphol, and the rest of Europe, Africa, Middle East and Asia. "By developing our network and airline partnerships, we will also be able to cope better with the economic crisis.”

The three airlines have already implemented the integration agreement of their frequent flyer programmes. Thanks to this partnership, over 6.5 million members of the GOL frequent flyer programme SMILES and the 15 million AIR FRANCE-KLM Flying Blue members, are already earning miles and having access to award tickets on the networks of the three airlines. Together, the three airlines offer 3,300 daily flights to around 300 destinations in 114 countries, with complementary networks.
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