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Old October 25th, 2010, 02:55 AM   #381
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press release
Oct. 20, 2010, 7:56 p.m. EDT


LAN and TAM Announce Presentation to the Brazilian National Civil Aviation Agency

SANTIAGO, Chile & SAO PAULO, Oct 20, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- LAN Airlines S.A. (LAN) and TAM S.A. (TAM) (bm&fbovespa:TAMM4/NYSE) today announced that LAN, TAM and their respective controlling shareholders have agreed on the final transaction structure for the transaction described in the Memorandum of Understanding signed by both companies on August 13, 2010. In this context, TAM's subsidiaries (i) TAM Linhas Aereas S.A, (ii) Pantanal Linhas Aereas S.A. and (iii) TAM Milor Taxi Aereo, Representacoes, Marcas e Patentes S.A. have submitted this structure for the approval of the Brazilian National Civil Aviation Agency (ANAC).

The approval of ANAC is a mandatory requirement to complete this transaction. Both companies continue working towards implementing the announced transaction, which is still subject to the parties entering into necessary definitive agreements, and satisfaction of conditions, including regulatory and corporate approvals and actions.

Any further information about this transaction: www.latamairlines.com.

About LAN

LAN Airlines is a one of the leading passenger and cargo airlines in Latin America. The company and its affiliates serve over 70 destinations around the world through an extensive network that offers full connectivity within Latin America, while also linking the region with North America, Europe and the South Pacific, as well as 70 additional international destinations through its various alliances. LAN Airlines and its affiliates have a leading position in their respective domestic markets of Chile and Peru as well as an important presence in the Argentinean and Ecuadorian domestic markets.

Currently, LAN Airlines and its affiliates operate one of the most modern fleets in the world, with 91 passenger aircraft. LAN Cargo and its respective affiliates have a fleet of 11 dedicated freighters. The Company has one the youngest fleets in the world which has meant greater efficiency and a significant reduction in CO2 emissions, reflecting its strong commitment to environmental protections.

LAN is one of the few Investment Grade airlines in the world (BBB). The company's world class quality standards enabled its membership in oneworld(TM), an alliance of leading global airlines of which LAN has been a member for over 10 years. For information please visit www.lan.com.

About TAM

TAM Airlines (www.tamairlines.com.br), a member of Star Alliance, leads the Brazilian domestic market since July 2003 and has ended the month of September with a 42.4% market share. The company flies to 44 destinations in Brazil. With the business agreements signed with regional companies, it goes to 88 different destinations in national territory. TAM's market share among Brazilian airlines that operate international flights was of 84.5% in September. International flights include direct flights to 17 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), Cochabamba and Santa Cruz de la Sierra (Bolivia), Santiago (Chile), Asuncion and Ciudad del Este (Paraguay), Montevideo (Uruguay), Caracas (Venezuela) and Lima (Peru). Furthermore it has codeshare agreements that allow sharing seats in flights with international companies, thus allowing passengers to travel to another 78 destinations in the USA, South America, Europe and Asia. The Star Alliance network, in turn, offers flights to 1172 airports in 181 countries. TAM is a pioneer in launching a loyalty program for the airline in Brazil. TAM Fidelidade has already distributed 10.8 million airplane tickets through point redemption and is part of the Multiplus, which now has 7.2 million members.

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This press release contains forward-looking statements, including with respect to the negotiation, implementation and effects of the proposed combination. Such statements may include words such as "anticipate," "estimate," "expect," "project," "intend," "plan," "believe," "would" or other similar expressions. Forward-looking statements are statements that are not historical facts, including statements about our beliefs and expectations.

These statements are based on current plans, estimates and projections, and, therefore, you should not place undue reliance on them. Forward-looking statements involve inherent risks and uncertainties. We caution you that a number of important factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statement. These factors and uncertainties include in particular those described in the documents we have filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made, and we undertake no obligation to update publicly any of them, whether in light of new information, future events or otherwise.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT THE BUSINESS COMBINATION AND WHERE TO FIND IT:

This press release relates to a proposed business combination between Lan Airlines S.A. ("LAN") and TAM S.A. ("TAM"), which will become the subject of a registration statement and prospectus to be filed with the SEC by LAN. This press release is not a substitute for the registration statement, prospectus and offering materials that LAN and the new entity will file with the SEC or any other documents that they may file with the SEC or send to shareholders in connection with the proposed combination. INVESTORS AND SECURITY HOLDERS ARE URGED TO READ THE REGISTRATION STATEMENT, PROSPECTUS, EXCHANGE OFFER DOCUMENTS AND ALL OTHER RELEVANT DOCUMENTS FILED OR THAT WILL BE FILED WITH THE SEC AS THEY BECOME AVAILABLE BECAUSE THEY WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE PROPOSED BUSINESS COMBINATION. All such documents, if filed, would be available free of charge at the SEC's website (www.sec.gov) or by directing a request to LAN Investor Relations, at 56-2-565-8785 or by e-mail at [email protected], or to TAM Investor Relations, at 55-11-5582-9715 or by e-mail at [email protected].

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Brazil and EU certify Embraer's Legacy 650

By: Evan Sweetman
October 21, 2010
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Displaying the appropriate paper work are (l to r) Embraer vice presidents Claudio Camelier, Luís Carlos Affonso and Ernest Edwards.


Embraer has been awarded certification of its large-cabin Legacy 650 by the Brazilian Civil Aviation Agency (ANAC) and EASA, the company announced at the NBAA convention's static display yesterday.

The $25.9 million Legacy 650, an upgrade of the Legacy 600, was announced at last year's NBAA show in Orlando, Fla., where the company vowed to have the aircraft certified in a year.

"We made the promise, and kept to it," Embraer executive vice president Luís Carlos Affonso told AIN. "Our next step will be to begin delivering the aircraft at the end of the year."

Building on what the Brazilian company has created with the Legacy 600, Embraer wanted to increase range and payload without sacrificing anything else. "There are two main improvements over the 600," Affonso said. "The new avionics suite offers more flight management capability and the new engines are 10 percent more powerful. This aircraft has about 500 nautical miles more range than the 600, and we didn't compromise payload."

Structurally, the aircraft is very different from its predecessor. Many parts of the aircraft had to be reinforced to be able to carry increased loads for the range boost, which accommodates city pairs that include São Paulo to Miami, London to New York or Dubai, Dubai to Singapore and Singapore to Brazil. The 650 will carry 13 passengers in standard configuration and have a range of 3,900 nm.

"It was also important for us to maintain accessibility," Affonso said. "We are certified out of London City. Of course, the 650 won't be able to carry full fuel for that, but it can do London to Moscow. It can do the steep approaches. Another airport that is very popular with our customers is Cannes, France. That airport has a lot of landing requirements similar to London City, and we made sure the 650 could land there."

Company engineers also designed the aircraft with fuel tankering in mind when they pushed the max landing weight to 44,902 pounds. Max takeoff weight is 53,572 pounds.

Honeywell is providing the Legacy 650's Primus Elite cockpit, which includes vertical navigation and future air navigation system capability.

When speaking with customers, Embraer officials learned of their desire for a three-zone cabin. The 650's interior features a seating area for four, a table area for dining and a space at the back with a divan that folds out to nearly a queen-size bed. The aft area can be sectioned off with a curtain for privacy.

The Legacy 650 also features the largest cabin-accessible baggage compartment in its class, according to Claudio Camelier, Embraer vice president for market intelligence, corporate jets. "During the market studies, we learned that a lot of customers wanted access in flight. There are a lot of Middle Eastern customers who fly often with their families and wanted the ability to access the baggage area," he said.

While the 650 represents a large number of improvements over its counterpart, the Legacy 600, Embraer has not forgotten those customers.

"Most of what has been done with the 650–the new avionics, the sound proofing of the cabin–is being done on the 600 now," Camelier said. The company is also offering an avionics retrofit for 600 operators wanting to upgrade to the Primus Elite suite.
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http://en.mercopress.com/2010/10/22/...south-atlantic

Friday, October 22nd 2010 - 03:23 UTC

Brazil rejects any idea of NATO interfering in the South Atlantic

Brazil rejects any interference of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, NATO, in the South Atlantic or any idea of a similar organization at South Atlantic level, reports “O Estado de Sao Paulo”.


Defense Minister Nelson Jobim met with US officials


Defence minister Nelson Jobim who has been meeting with US officials made the issue “most clear” to his US counterparts, particularly any interference in the South Atlantic.
“The South Atlantic has security questions which are very different from those in the North Atlantic”, Jobim is alleged to have argued.

The newspaper also reports that Mr Jobim expressed fears that an expanded area of action for NATO, speared by the undisputed power of the United States could lead to “multilateral war actions without the support from the UN Security Council”.

In few words the message from Brazil to US officials was that “NATO can’t substitute the United Nations”.

Jobim had already anticipated those fears last September during a conference at Portugal’s National Defence Institute, with the participation of representatives from Europe, Latin America and the United States.

At the time Jobim argued that a literal interpretation of NATO’s role as an “Atlantic organization” could open the doors for intervention in any part of the world, under different pretexts.

The Brazilian minister visited Washington where he met with the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano “to reaffirm the shared commitment of the United States and Brazil to strengthening the global aviation system”, according to an official US report.

The US and Brazil signed a Joint Statement of Intent on aviation security between DHS, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and the Empresa Brasileira de Infra-Estrutura Aeroportuária (INFRAERO), a state-owned company which operates under the Brazilian Ministry of Defense.

“Together, the international community is forging a 21st century international aviation security framework that will make air travel safer and more secure than ever before,” said Secretary Napolitano. “I look forward to working closely my Brazilian counterparts to continue our unprecedented collaboration to better protect the international aviation system.”

Secretary Napolitano also applauded Brazil’s support for the International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) recent adoption of a historic Declaration on Aviation Security—forging a new foundation for aviation security that will better protect the entire global aviation system from evolving terrorist threats.
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Passengers can now make phone calls, send messages and access the Internet onboard

TAM Airlines launches OnAir Inflight Connectivity Services in Brazil

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

TAM Airlines is offering inflight mobile communications through a pioneering partnership with OnAir using its industry-leading, onboard connectivity solutions. Based on Inmarsat SwiftBroadband, the high-capacity service is now available to passengers travelling aboard TAM’s Airbus A321 operating between Sao Paulo’s Guarulhos Airport and Recife, Natal, Fortaleza and Porto Alegre. Using OnAir’s service, passengers can make and receive phone calls, send and receive text messages and access the Internet through GPRS networks from their own GSM handsets.


"With our Spirit to Serve, we are innovating yet again to offer the best service,” says TAM Airlines' Marketing Director, Manoela Amaro. “The demand for an onboard cellular was detected in research undertaken with our passengers who wish to be connected to work, family and friends while travelling.”

“We are delighted to help TAM deliver a service to their clients that will differentiate them from their competitors,” adds OnAir CEO, Ian Dawkins. “The service meets customers’ needs as they travel with TAM to and from Brazil’s fast-growing markets.”

The service allows as many as eight passengers to use their mobile phones simultaneously on a flight with no limits on data or text messaging. Mobile phones will work in exactly the same way as in international roaming and can be activated as soon as the aircraft reaches an altitude of 4,000 metres (13,000 feet). Passengers can use their smartphones onboard to access e-mails or surf the Internet and usage will be charged directly by the mobile network provider to the passenger's phone bill at rates set by his or her usual provider.

During takeoff passengers will be instructed to switch off their electronic devices. The system provides complete aircraft safety by preventing any interference between mobile phone signals, mobile infrastructures on the ground and the aircraft‘s commands. If necessary, the OnAir system can be turned off by the aircraft’s crew at any time. It is important to note that, even if devices are inadvertently left on during landing and takeoff, they cannot interfere with the aircraft’s systems.

TAM Airlines received technical approval from the Brazilian National Agency of Civil Aviation (ANAC) as well as operational certification by the Brazilian National Telecommunications Agency (Anatel) prior to installing OnAir’s services. The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has certified the system and its use was recently approved by the European Union.

TAM has already installed the system onboard an Airbus A321 equipped with 220 seats. The company plans to equip more aircraft on domestic routes with the technology starting in 2011.
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http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn...110307799.html

Brazil's middle class takes flight

By Juan Forero
Thursday, November 4, 2010



Jets land and take off at the international airport in Brazil's capital, Brasilia. New airline Azul is targeting underserved regions of Brazil. (Eraldo Peres)

IN CAMPINAS, BRAZIL At 19, a tall and gangly Mormon missionary named David Neeleman traveled to northeastern Brazil, spreading the word of God in a region so poor that he still remembers it as "very upsetting to me."

After that two-year stint, a bubbling entrepreneurial spirit led Neeleman back to the United States, where he built airlines celebrated for their innovation.

Neeleman is back in Brazil and once more looking for converts - this time to fly his new carrier, Azul.

The airline's growth, like that of many companies in this booming country of 200 million, is powered by the expansion of an increasingly prosperous middle class, known as Class C in Brazil.

"It's really gratifying to see now that you have 100 million people who are now just in . . . what we call the C class," Neeleman said in a recent interview at Azul's headquarters outside Sao Paulo.

Thirty years ago, when he was ending his missionary work, Neeleman recalled, a fraction of Brazilians, perhaps 30 million, held most of the country's buying power. In the past eight years, though, Class C - made up of households earning $650 to $2,850 a month, what would be considered lower middle class in the United States - has mushroomed by about 30 million people.

"It's that group that's really giving the growth to the economy," Neeleman said. "It's not the A and B class, the 30 million that have always existed, that have always spent money."

The millions of new upwardly mobile Brazilians are helping power an economy, the world's eighth largest, that economists predict will grow 7.5 percent this year. Their leap into the middle class has prompted Brazil's president-elect, Dilma Rousseff, who won a runoff election Sunday, to say that eradicating poverty in Brazil is feasible.

Indeed, as the popular, eight-year presidency of Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva comes to a close, this country is undergoing what sociologists call a remarkable social and economic transformation in which 20 million people have risen out of poverty since 2003. Wages went up 5.2 percent a year during his presidency, and income inequality has fallen.

Marcelo Neri, an economist who studies socioeconomic trends, said newcomers to the middle class increasingly enjoy a new stability that includes jobs in the formal economy and benefits such as health care and pensions.

A promising market

They are also buying at a record rate. Last year, 4.5 million cars were sold in Brazil, double the number in 2003. The number of credit cards issued to consumers has risen 438 percent over the past decade. Airplane boardings also jumped, from 33 million in 2003 to more than 56 million last year. That means lucrative opportunities for investors, whether they are selling washing machines, new homes or airplane tickets.

"They were used to targeting 10 percent of the Brazilian population," said Neri, chief economist at the Center for Social Policies at the Getulio Vargas Foundation in Rio de Janeiro. "Now they are spreading their reach."

From the United States, Neeleman got a whiff of the possibilities.

After founding JetBlue in 1998, he quickly won recognition for the airline's focus on providing good service at low cost. Then came a 2007 ice storm in which JetBlue blundered, stranding thousands of passengers. The airline's board blamed Neeleman and ousted him.

Neeleman began to look south for opportunities. Having built JetBlue and two other carriers, he said, it made sense to stick with airlines.

He raised $235 million for the venture from such big names as Brazil's Grupo Bozano, as well as U.S. investors who saw promise in Brazil. Because Neeleman has Brazilian citizenship - his father, an American journalist, was based in Brazil when Neeleman was born - he was not subject to restrictions preventing foreigners from holding more than a 20 percent stake in airlines.

The numbers looked promising: dozens of cities underserved by airlines and tens of millions of people who relied on the bus to get across the giant country. Americans fly seven times more often than Brazilians, Neeleman said, and yet plane tickets in Brazil were far more expensive.

"All those factors came together to spell huge opportunities," he said.

Azul, which means blue in Portuguese, began flying in December 2008, serving three cities with three planes.

Many of its potential customers do not have credit cards, so Azul set up a variety of payment options, including direct withdrawal from banking accounts. Because taxis are expensive, Azul offers free bus service from several cities in Sao Paulo state to Viracopos airport here in Campinas, the airline's hub.

"People thought, 'Travel is for the elite, we travel by bus,' " said Jason Ward, Azul's customer services director, who had worked with Neeleman at JetBlue. "So we can help them to realize that air travel is affordable, accessible, and that it's for everybody, not just for the rich."

In flight

On a recent day, Maria Jose Silva, 50, explained that she was so excited about boarding an airplane for the first time that she could not sleep the night before.

Standing in line to check in at the Azul counter in Campinas, she said that she was accustomed to a three-day bus trip to visit relatives in the far northeast. But Silva bought her Azul ticket early, and that made it cheaper than the bus.

"Something that used to take 72 hours is now only going to take a few hours," she said. "I am going to leave at 10 a.m. and get there at 1 p.m."

Azul targets medium-size cities of half a million or more, serving 25 of them with a fleet of 23 sleek, new Brazilian jets. The airline expects more than 4 million passengers this year, up from 2.2 million in 2009.

It is only a small slice of the market, which is dominated by two bigger airlines, but Neeleman said he thinks that by the end of next year Azul could fly to 35 cities and serve 6 million passengers.

"When someone flies, someone who's taken the 72-hour bus ride before," he said, "and all of a sudden they fly for the first time, they're not going back to the bus."
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Brazil's ANAC - The Brazilian Agency of Civil Aviation has just released its Annual Statistic Report for 2009.

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It is so incredible the influence that American Airlines has to Latin America

To Buenos Aires has 4 daily flights in B777
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It is so incredible the influence that American Airlines has to Latin America

To Buenos Aires has 4 daily flights in B777
True!
In Brazil, this is the current AA flight map:
http://www.gcmap.com/mapui?P=MIA-CNF...G=0.75&SU=mach
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ALTA 2010: Brazil responds to infrastructure challenge

By Brendan Sobie

Brazil plans to address its growing airport infrastructure challenge as the country's domestic market continues to expand rapidly.

The president of Brazil's civil aviation authority ANAC, Solange Paiva, told the 2010 ALTA Airline Leadership Forum the Brazilian government is "concerned about infrastructure and airports" and "in the first quarter of next year we need to make some kind of decision".

Paiva says the recent private concession to construct a new airport in Natal may be used as the model going forward to pursue other airport projects throughout Brazil. She says Brazil seeks to open up the airport sector to new players "so there's no monopoly or abuse" at existing operators and "so there's no barriers to enter the market".

Paiva pointed out the current infrastructure challenge was driven by deregulating the Brazilian market after Varig's collapse. Brazil's domestic market has since recorded some of the fastest growth figures in the world, including 19% RPK growth in 2009 and 25% RPK growth through the first 10 months of 2010. "This is the great challenge we have in aviation in Brazil - infrastructure," Pavia acknowledges.

TAM CEO Libano Barroso agrees, telling the same panel at the forum that "demand is growing fast and infrastructure is lagging that". But Barroso says the current infrastructure challenge is "a good problem to solve" given the profitable growth at Brazil's carriers.

Speaking to ATI and Flightglobal after speaking at the forum, Gol chief executive Constantino de Oliveira Junior says Brazil will need nine to ten new airports the size of Sao Paulo Guarulhos over the next 20 years "We need much more investment in airports and air traffic control to accommodate the growth," he says.

Oliveira expects the Brazilian government will start to focus on the issue as Brazil plans to host the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics. "That will be the chance for Brazil to give the world a good impression," he says.

In the meantime Oliveira says Gol is planning to focus growth outside Sao Paulo with "overflights" and expansion at other hubs such as Belo Horizonte's Confins airport. "At Confins, Brasilia and even Rio de Janeiro Gaeleao there's still room for growth," he says.

In Sao Paulo Oliveira believes a proposal to build a fourth airport after Guarulhos Congonhas and Campinas is not necessary as there is room to grow Campinas, where fast-growing low-cost carrier Azul is based and where Gol is also expanding. "In my opinion Campinas development is the right choice," Oliveira says, pointing out in addition to new terminals the alternative airport is slated to get a high-speed rail connection to downtown Sao Paulo.
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Brazil Must Address Infrastructure Shortages as Latin America Sets Aviation Priorities

Posted by Michael Gerrity 11/18/10 11:55 AM EST


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In the Latin American and Caribbean Air Transport Association (ALTA) Leadership Forum in Panama City this week, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) called on Latin American governments to address regional challenges of safety, rising taxes and inadequate infrastructure in Brazil. The Association also called for the region to take advantage of the strength gained through a decade of change to take leadership on global issues including liberalization and climate change.

"Latin America has emerged as a shining star in the industry after a decade of crisis and change. Ten years ago the region was a mess. Today it is the only region that has delivered a profit in 2009 ($500 million) and in 2010 ($1 billion). We expect profitability to extend to a third consecutive year with a $600 million return in 2011. The turnaround is the result of hard work and a willingness to change. But aviation remains a tough and dynamic business. Even more change is needed. But the position of the Latin American industry going forward is much different. The successes over the last decade give the region a platform to be a force for global change," said Giovanni Bisignani, IATA's Director General and CEO.

Bisignani outlined three strategic regional priorities:

Safety: A decade ago, the region's hull-loss rate for western-built jet aircraft was seven times the global average. By 2009 that had improved to a perfect record of zero. Four tragic accidents in the first 10 months of 2010 have seen the accident rate increase to 3.2 times higher (2.36 Western-built jet hull losses per million flights) than the 0.73 global average. "Safety is a constant challenge for governments and industry. The priorities for the region are to increase implementation of Performance-Based Navigation procedures, find solutions to runway excursions and improve congested airspace. A good example of the cooperation at work is the Latin American Civil Aviation Commission (LACAC) initiative to make the IATA Operational Safety Audit a condition for all airlines operating to, from or within Latin America. Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Panama and Mexico are already using the audit to supplement oversight capabilities. I look forward to quick progress among the remaining governments in the region," said Bisignani.

Taxes: Aviation is crucial to Latin America's economy but the tax burden continues to grow. Caribbean countries this year have proposed $287 million in tourism taxes, as well as Nicaragua and Panama. "Governments must understand that airlines are not a cash cow. As an industry, we must speak with a much stronger voice to refocus governments from taxing us to death to driving economic growth with a healthy air transport sector," said Bisignani.

Brazil: Brazil is Latin America's fastest growing aviation market but its infrastructure capability is not keeping pace with the growth in demand. Of the top 20 airports in Brazil thirteen don't have terminals that can meet today's demand. This includes Sao Paolo Guarulhos, the region's largest hub which will play a gateway role in 2014 for the FIFA World Cup and in 2016 for the Summer Olympics. "I don't see much progress and the clock is ticking. To avert a national embarrassment we must get all the stakeholders to the table and finalize a plan," said Bisignani. IATA is adding resources in Brazil and today named Carlos Ebner as Country Director to be based in Sao Paolo with effect from 1 December 2010.

With the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) meeting in Mexico later this month, Bisignani urged the region's airlines to use the opportunity to remind governments of the industry's proactive approach. "The industry is committed to improving fuel efficiency by an average of 1.5% per year to 2020, capping emissions from 2020 with carbon-neutral growth and cutting emissions in half by 2050 compared to 2005. Since 2004, airlines have saved 76 million tons of CO2. At the last International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Assembly governments committed to, among other things, cap emissions from 2020. We will go to Cancun with our homework done. No other industrial sector is so advanced in its commitments or so aligned with governments," said Bisignani who also appreciated the confirmation by UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres that aviation's international emissions should be managed by ICAO (line with the Kyoto Protocol) and in cooperation with the UNFCCC.

Bisignani also encouraged Latin America to leverage its recent success to play a leading role in global efforts on liberalization. "The combined market capitalization of LAN and TAM is about $14 billion. That is more than British Airways/Iberia ($5.5 billion), the Lufthansa Group ($10.4 billion), Air France/KLM ($5.7 billion), Delta ($11.2 billion) or Continental/United Airlines ($8.8 billion). Across Latin America we have seen the success of multi-brand, multi-national and multi-hub operations. The benefits that Latin America's consolidation is bringing to consumers with stronger carriers should make it clear to all governments that aviation's commercial freedoms should be enhanced, not restricted," said Bisignani.

"Latin American aviation is a success story of delivering profitability and developing innovative business models. This region has an enormous amount to contribute to the global industry. In the coming months we will be preparing for the Vision 2050 summit. Together with Harvard University's Professor Michael Porter, 25-30 of the greatest minds in aviation and the inspirational support of Singapore's Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew, we will look ahead 40 years. Our goal is to identify what is needed to drive an industry that will be safer, greener and much more profitable. The Latin American experience will make an important contribution to that discussion," said Bisignani.
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Monday, November 22, 2010

IATA slams poor condition of Brazil airports



The chief of the International Air Transport Association or IATA sharply criticized the poor condition of Brazil airports, saying that the situation could put the South American nation in a very bad light during the World Cup and the Olympic Games if the government does not improve capacity and renovate aging infrastructure. IATA chief executive officer Giovanni Bisignani expressed his dissatisfaction at a conference of the travel industry held on Thursday in Panama.

“Brazil is Latin America’s largest and fastest growing economy but air transport infrastructure is a growing disaster,” Bisignani said at the Latin American and Caribbean Air Transport Association conference. “To avoid a national embarrassment, Brazil needs bigger and better facilities for the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 2016 Olympics. But I don’t see progress and the clock is ticking,” he said.

The country’s airports have not been able to handle the increased passenger traffic brought about by economic progress. According to the IATA official, at least 13 out of 20 domestic terminals are beyond capacity and Sao Paulo, the country’s largest passenger hub, is already under strain. Residents and tourists have had to deal with numerous flight delays and postponements because of the situation.

Observers note that the Brazilian government is to blame for the inadequate airport infrastructure. Runways and radar equipment have not been properly maintained because of budget cuts. Training air traffic controllers and the installation of safety systems have not been prioritized. Brazil’s capability to improve its airports by the time the Olympics start has also been questioned by the International Olympic Committee. The IOC has already made it known to Brazilian authorities that the country’s airports need to be improved.
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Brazil strains to meet airport goals

By Jeremy Lemer and Andrew Downie
Published: November 18 2010 19:34 | Last updated: November 18 2010 19:34

Since Brazil won the right to host the 2014 football World Cup and the 2016 Olympics, festive exuberance has given way to sober reality: the country’s creaking airport infrastructure is a huge problem.

Airport congestion has long been an issue for Brazil. As the economy has expanded, demand for air travel has grown, stimulated by low-cost carriers that allow passengers to buy tickets on credit and in instalments – bringing air travel to the masses.

According to McKinsey, the management consultancy, the number of passengers flying each year from the main airports has jumped from 68m in 2000 to 113m in 2008. Within the next 20 years, demand could triple. But infrastructure investment has not kept pace.

“The infrastructure is not ready to cope with the kind of growth it is seeing,” says Giovanni Bisignani, head of the International Air Transport Association, an industry lobby group. “On top of this we have two big events, the Olympics and World Cup – and that is a big, big problem.”

Airports are a crucial consideration for the World Cup in Brazil since distances between host cities are substantial. “The three main priorities we have are airports, airports, airports,” said Ricardo Teixeira, president of the Brazilian Football Confederation, in July.

Infraero, the state controlled company that runs the 67 largest airports in Brazil, says it will invest heavily in infrastructure in advance of the World Cup, including plans for R$2bn ($1.16bn) of spending at Viracopos and Guarulhos airports in São Paulo alone.

But Infraero has not delivered more modest commitments in the past. Between 2007 and 2010 Infraero spent only R$819m of the R$2.8bn earmarked for investment, according to McKinsey.

Industry executives attribute weaknesses at Infraero partly to the company’s mindset.

It reports to the Brazilian ministry of defence and is dominated by public sector unions, making it authoritarian, more concerned with jobs than with results, says one person familiar with the organisation. This year, Iata notes, Infraero planned to order closure of a runway at Guarulhos airport – a decision that would have sharply reduced capacity – without consulting the important airlines. After protests, Infraero reconsidered.

As a result, the idea of privatisation – already tried and tested for roads, where about 7 per cent of Brazil’s 215,900km of local networks are operated by private entities – has gained traction in recent years.

Robert Kabel, with B&D Consulting, notes that framework legislation is already in place – although the precise model has not yet been selected.

Indeed, the government has acted on a concession at an airport, outside of Natal, northeastern Brazil. The 28-year contract requires investments of about R$650m but gives the winner rights to commercial revenues and tariffs perhaps worth R$239m by 2038. Jeff Scheferman, chief executive of ADC & HAS Airports, a consortium that owns and operates several airports in Latin America, says Brazil is an area of focus.

As well as the important airports, there are 50 or so regional airports controlled by states that could be hived off, and about six airports already in private hands – one of which, ADC, is primed to bid on.

Privatisation would solve only part of the problem. Stephen Trent, analyst with Citigroup, notes that myriad legal issues – including problems requisitioning homes – have delayed airport development. “Geography compounds the problem. In Rio, if you look at the airports, where are they going to expand? If you look to one side, you hit the Atlantic Ocean – while on the other side you hit steep mountains.”

Privatisation is of course a political decision and has been delayed by presidential elections. Even with Dilma Rousseff in place as president and her administration committed to building on the infrastructure investments of her predecessor, her attitude to privatisation is unclear.

Whatever the approach, time is running out. At a recent conference, Dr Paulo Resende, a logistics expert based in São Paulo, noted that, in Brazil, it generally takes three years for authorities to approve airport projects, and then another two years to implement them.

Constantino de Oliveira Junior, chief executive of GOL Airlines, says there are other options.

For example, money from the Ataero tax – a 50 per cent surcharge levied on all airline taxes that goes into a general tax fund – could be earmarked for airport development.

GOL is not waiting for government to act. Faced with growth restraints, the airline has begun to shift the large volume of connecting traffic to a series of mini-hubs located in the southeast, making room at the most congested airports.

McKinsey notes that extra capacity could be freed by better management. Brazil’s most efficient airport achieves 635 aircraft movements per employee. North America’s average is 741.

Authorities are optimistic. “They tell me that when you are speaking of soccer, Brazil makes miracles,” says Mr Bisignani. “I don’t know ... but clearly they don’t want to have another case like India and the Commonwealth Games.”

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The chief of the International Air Transport Association or IATA sharply criticized the poor condition of Brazil airports, saying that the situation could put the South American nation in a very bad light during the World Cup and the Olympic Games if the government does not improve capacity and renovate aging infrastructure. IATA chief executive officer Giovanni Bisignani expressed his dissatisfaction at a conference of the travel industry held on Thursday in Panama.

“Brazil is Latin America’s largest and fastest growing economy but air transport infrastructure is a growing disaster,” Bisignani said at the Latin American and Caribbean Air Transport Association conference. “To avoid a national embarrassment, Brazil needs bigger and better facilities for the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 2016 Olympics. But I don’t see progress and the clock is ticking,” he said.

The country’s airports have not been able to handle the increased passenger traffic brought about by economic progress. According to the IATA official, at least 13 out of 20 domestic terminals are beyond capacity and Sao Paulo, the country’s largest passenger hub, is already under strain. Residents and tourists have had to deal with numerous flight delays and postponements because of the situation.

Observers note that the Brazilian government is to blame for the inadequate airport infrastructure. Runways and radar equipment have not been properly maintained because of budget cuts. Training air traffic controllers and the installation of safety systems have not been prioritized. Brazil’s capability to improve its airports by the time the Olympics start has also been questioned by the International Olympic Committee. The IOC has already made it known to Brazilian authorities that the country’s airports need to be improved.

This is definetively a shame for us brazilians. Who knows this time those ******* politicians in this country wake up at stand up their asses from their chairs and start moving up toward fast and quick actions. Otherwise the country will be exposed to a tremendous shame upon the world.
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THE ASSOCIATED PRESS November 23, 2010, 2:09PM ET

Brazil airline successfully tests aviation biofuel

By STAN LEHMAN
SAO PAULO



Brazil's largest airline announced Tuesday that it has successfully conducted what it called the first experimental flight in Latin America using aviation biofuel.

TAM Airlines said in a statement that the 45-minute flight of an Airbus A320 using biofuel made from the seeds of the Jatropha curcas tree took place Monday off the coast of Rio de Janeiro.

The statement said the biofuel was mixed half and half with conventional aviation kerosene.

The experimental flight is part of a joint project between TAM, Airbus and engine manufacturer CFM International. CFM International is a joint venture of the U.S.-based General Electric Co. and France's Snecma.

The experimental flight is the first ever flown in Latin America using biofuel and the sixth worldwide since February 2008, Haldane Dodd, a spokesman for the Geneva-based Air Transport Action Group, said in a telephone interview Tuesday.

Continental, Japan Airlines, Virgin Atlantic, Air New Zealand and KLM have held similar experimental flights with biofuel produced from Jatropha and other materials such as coconut oil, algae and the camelina oil seed.

In the statement, TAM president Libano Barroso said that the airline hopes to create "a Brazilian platform for sustainable aviation bio-kerosene."

The statement added that cultivating more Jatropha does not threaten food production or supply because is not edible "and can be planted along pastures and food crops."

The statement also claimed that studies have shown biofuels made from Jatropha produce 65 percent to 80 percent less carbon emissions than petroleum-derived aviation kerosene.
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New Open Skies Deal to Liberalize Flights between the U.S. and Brazil

by STAFF on DECEMBER 6, 2010



Representatives of the United States and Brazil have agreed an Open-Skies aviation services agreement which will significantly liberalize U.S.-Brazil air services for airlines of both countries over a transition period, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT).

“This agreement means the travelers, shippers, airlines and economies of both the United States and Brazil will benefit from competitive pricing and more convenient service,” says U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.

The Open Skies agreement immediately removes restrictions on pricing and on the routes between each country that can be served by U.S. and Brazilian scheduled and charter airlines. It also provides immediately for full codeshare rights and additional charter flexibility.

Between October 2011 and October 2014, U.S. carriers will be allowed to operate significant increases in scheduled passenger flights (the DOT calls these “combination” flights, because the aircraft operating them also carry cargo in their belly holds at the same time).

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, the agreement provides for increases in all-cargo and charter flights too, including additional services to the currently restricted and highly congested Sao Paulo Guarulhos and Rio de Janeiro Galeao airports.

When the full Open Skies agreement takes effect in October 2015, airlines from the United States and Brazil will be allowed to select routes, destinations and prices for passenger, cargo and charter services based on consumer demand and market conditions and without restrictions on the numbers of flights or amount of capacity offered.

Brazil will become the United States’ 101st Open-Skies partner.

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Airbus supports TAM Airlines, Curcas and Brasil Ecodiesel to establish renewable jet fuel processing plant and biofuel ‘value-chain’ in Brazil

WEBWIRE – Thursday, December 09, 2010

Airbus together with TAM Airlines and a group of specialist companies are working to establish a bio-kerosene jet-fuel processing plant in Brazil, aiming to gradually substitute fossil fuel in aviation with biofuel. On November 22nd a major milestone was accomplished when TAM Airlines and Airbus performed the first Jatropha-based biofuel flight in Latin America, using an Airbus A320 aircraft.

The group of companies is led by Curcas which specialises in Brazilian renewable energy project development, and the Brazilian biofuel producer, Brasil Ecodiesel. In parallel, Airbus and AirBP – the jet fuel distribution unit of BP – are providing their support to the project.

“Airbus is bringing together farmers, oil-refiners and airlines to spearhead the commercialisation of sustainable biofuel production in Brazil and worldwide,” says Paul Nash, Airbus head of New Energies. “As well as analysing the suitability of potential biofuels for aviation, Airbus is also supporting life-cycle and sustainability projects to ensure that any CO2 emissions-reducing solutions have a positive ‘social’ impact and do not compete with local resources including land, food or water,” he added.

The initiative which began in 2009, involved TAM acquiring sufficient jatropha-based oil to conduct the A320 demonstration flight. The jatropha grains produced by farmers throughout agricultural areas in Brazil, were refined through an oil extraction process and exported to the US, where it was processed into bio-kerosene by UOP LLC (a Honeywell Company) to make a 50:50 blend with regular aviation kerosene.

Curcas’ CEO Rafael Abud said: “We are working on an integrated collaborative approach by putting together strong partners from the aviation and the biofuels segments with the purpose of developing a fully integrated ‘value-chain’ in Brazil, from plant sciences and feedstock development to the distribution of the fuel at the airports”. He adds: “In this initial phase we will conduct all studies necessary to verify sustainability and economic viability of producing bio-kerosene. This project strengthens the Brazilian leadership in biofuels and will produce relevant environmental and social benefits”.

Brasil Ecodiesel’s CEO José Carlos Aguilera said: “The bio-kerosene market is a reality and promises significant growth potential, especially since the European Union has included aviation as an important element for global carbon emission reductions. Our participation in this pioneering project is aligned with our plans for diversifying our biofuel portfolio”.

Notes to editors:

* The project will use diverse biomass sources as feedstock, with a special interest in the jatropha plant, grown by family farmers and large plantations in Brazil. TAM is implementing a ‘jatropha placement trial’ at its Technology Center in São Carlos, Brazil with the purpose of assessing sustainability of different production models in order to identify the best techniques and genetic material.
* The sustainability studies relating to this placement trial are sponsored by Airbus and will be conducted at Yale University in the US.
* The processing plant should start operations in 2013 with initial processing capacity of 80,000 tonnes per annum of the fuel.
* Airbus supports all industry wide efforts to reduce carbon emissions. Bio-kerosene is in the final stage of approval by ASTM in the US to be blended up to 50 percent with regular jet fuel when used in commercial flights.
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Lufthansa orders 8 Embraer 195 E-jets

By Linda Blachly | December 10, 2010


Embraer E-195. Photo: Courtesy, Embraer.

Lufthansa ordered eight more Embraer E-195s, in a deal valued at $338 million, based on list prices and January 2010 economic conditions, according to the Brazilian manufacturer. The new aircraft will be operated within the Lufthansa Regional family serving German and European destinations.

The Lufthansa Group ordered a mixed fleet of 30 E-190s and E-195s for its regional fleet, in June 2007, most of which are already in service (ATW Daily News, June 19, 2007). Deliveries of the additional eight aircraft are scheduled to commence in the first half of 2012.

LH Executive VP-Fleet Management Nico Buchholz said the E-190s and E-195s offer “highly modern, more eco-efficient aircraft that increase cost efficiency,” while at the same time offering great benefits to passengers. He noted that as European traffic becoming increasingly competitive, LH looks to maintain a “modern and highly efficient fleet.”

Embraer Executive VP-Airline Market Paulo Cesar de Souza e Silva said, “It’s good to see that strength reflected in Lufthansa’s confidence to grow its E-Jets fleet. This is an excellent showcase for the flexibility, performance capabilities and passenger comfort of the E-Jets family, particularly in the highly demanding German and Eastern European markets.”
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Embraer's Strong Orders
December 16, 2010

The gradual economic recovery is encouraging almost all the industries to open up. The airline industry, which took a big hit from the recession, is also looking for opportunities as fuel costs have more or less halved from $150 per barrel in 2008.

Empresa Brasileira de Aeronautica S.A., or Embraer (ERJ - Analyst Report), the largest Brazilian aircraft manufacturer, signed an agreement with Deutsche Lufthansa AG for eight new EMBRAER 195 jets for a total value of $338 million.

Embraer also recently delivered the first ultra large Lineage 1000 executive jet to VIP charter company Falcon Aviation Services of Abu Dhabi, UAE.

Embraer’s product portfolio supports stronger customer orders and deliveries. Embraer is experiencing strong orders for its 170/195 jet. The company is planning to deliver the mid-sized Embraer MSJ or Legacy 450 and the mid-light Embraer MLJ or the Legacy 500 by the second half of fiscal 2012 and 2013, respectively.

During the third quarter of fiscal 2010, Embraer delivered 44 aircraft, including 20 commercial jets and 24 executive jets, a decrease from 69 deliveries in the second quarter of 2010. However, the order backlog remained flat at $15.3 billion.

Embraer received five contracts for KC-390 defense aircraft in the first quarter of fiscal 2010. Hence, it is expected to sell at least 54 KC-390 defense aircraft beginning fiscal 2015. The Defense segment contributes a significant part of Embraer’s revenues. During the nine months ended September 30, 2010, the segment contributed 13.0%.

The defense aircraft contract as well as changes in the U.S. Defense budget would influence the segment. However, the 4% and 2.8% year-over-year increases in the U.S. defense budget for fiscal 2010 and fiscal 2011, respectively, would drive results in the coming quarters.

For the longer term, we reiterate our Neutral recommendation. The ADS currently retains its short-term Hold rating with the Zacks #3 Rank.
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December 15, 2010 - 03:06

Embraer to define new commertial aircraft program in 2011

Aircraft make studies new aircraft for 130-150 passengers


80 new order of commercial jets of Embraer were made during the year 2010 and revenue should be $ 5.25 billion


SPECIAL ENVOY TO SAO PAULO

Embraer, based in Sao Jose dos Campos, Brasil, is to define until the end of next year the development of two new commercial aircraft capable of carrying between 130 and 150 passengers.

The new aircraft will compete in the niche market now dominated by manufacturers like Bombardier of Canada and laki Airbus of France.

According to Paulo Cesar de Souza e Silva, vice president for commercial aviation business, studies are underway to understand the market and to better define the extension plan for the E-Jets.

"It will be a new market that Embraer would compete. We have to develop a better product than the aircraft of our competitors", he said during a meeting with reporters sponsored by the company in Sao Paulo.

Demand

According to the vice president, the future aircraft will debut with a potential sales of 6,000 units. It is not defined whether one or two new aircraft projects will actually be developed.

"About 50% of all flights taken in the world are suitable for aircraft with a capacity between 100 and 130 seats and that is why Embraer jets are well ordered in the aviation business," he said.

Embraer has four aircraft in the E-Jet Family- models: 170, 175, 190 and 195, the latter until then the largest aircraft of the Brazilian manufacturer.

Balance

It is expected to close 2010 with the delivery of 96 commercial aircraft, in a total of 242 aircraft divided among the executive, military and commercial.

According to the CEO of Embraer, Frederico Curado, the year 2010 was marked by challenges and the company's financial recovery, which could balance the books, but have not gotten a great reaction in sales due to the impact of the crisis in the international market.

Embraer will close the year with an estimated revenue of $ 5.25 billion and the sale of 80 new aircraft.

"There is still a great reaction. The company's revenue depends on the improvement of the international economy, since the purchases made by foreign firms account for between 80% and 95% of Embraer's revenue," said Fleury Curado.

The executive also said that 2011 will also be recovered, at a slow pace, but will not prevent the continued investments in new programs, such as the KC-390 military cargo, in partnership with the Brazilian Air Force.

"Furthermore, last November went down in history due to the approval of Embraer's new scope of activities of the company, which allowed the creation of a business Embraer Defense and Security, and allows the initiation of projects related to the energy sector," said .

New company

A new unit, with headquarters in Gaviao Peixoto, Brasil, will be dedicated to managing marketing activities for defense and security, including the activities of the sector.

Embraer estimates that revenues for this area should exceed BRL R$ 1.5 billion next year and may be responsible in future years for up to 20% of total annual turnover of the company.
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