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Old December 21st, 2010, 02:06 AM   #401
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Embraer delivers first Legacy 650 to Brazilian customer

publication date: Dec 20, 2010 | author/source: Terry Spruce

Embraer delivers first Legacy 650 large executive jet to a Brazilian customer. The businessman based in Sao Paulo will take delivery this month; he already owns an entry level Phenom 100 executive jet.

The first Brazilian registered aircraft delivery is less than two months after certification by the Brazilian Civil Aviation Authority (ANAC) and by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) in October 2010.

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TAM Taps Third-Party MRO

Dec 20, 2010

For the first time, Brazilian carrier TAM’s maintenance and engineering arm can count more customer aircraft than TAM aircraft in its hangars outside Sao Paulo. In early December, it inducted five aircraft for service simultaneously, the majority for outside customers, and on Dec. 15, it had one LAN aircraft and one Netherlands Antilles Express Fokker 100 on site. Since TAM announced membership in the Star alliance in May and its pending merger with LAN Chile in August, it has positioned the MRO unit as a separate business to prepare it for a possible spinoff or joint venture.
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TAM and GOL gain, COPA eases. US carriers horde cash

21st December, 2010
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Shares in TAM and GOL rose 2.2% and 2.3%, respectively, shrugging off a 1.06% fall in the Brazilian Bovespa index yesterday.

LAN Airlines is reportedly aiming to reduce fares on the Santiago-Sao Paulo sector as part of its push to gain regulatory approval for its acquisition of TAM, according to a Reuters report.

COPA fell 1.2%, while in the US, American Airlines rose 1.3% and US Airways gained 1.2%. According to a Bloomberg report, the six largest US carriers have amassed USD23.8 billion in cash to reduce debt levels and build a cushion against future demand shocks, citing research by Fitch Ratings and Standard & Poor’s.

North & South America selected airlines daily share price movements (% change): 20-Dec-2010

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GOL Announces Commercial Agreement with Passaredo Linhas Aereas

GOL adds six cities to its route network with Passaredo's routes, which will be available in its sale channels

SAO PAULO, Dec. 21, 2010 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- GOL Linhas Aereas Inteligentes S.A. (BM&FBovespa: GOLL4 and NYSE: GOL), (S&P/Fitch: BB-/BB-, Moody`s: Ba3), the largest low-cost and low-fare airline in Latin America, has signed a commercial agreement to sell, in all its sales channels, tickets of Passaredo Linhas Aereas, a Brazilian domestic airline that recorded growth of 130.89% last year.

Passaredo currently operates 103 flights to 20 destinations in Brazil. As a result of the agreement, GOL will add the cities of Marilia, Ribeirao Preto, Sao Jose de Rio Preto (Sao Paulo), Barreiras, Vitoria da Conquista (Bahia) and Ji-Parana (Rondonia) to its route network. GOL, operating through Passaredo, also offers eight new direct flights, including Porto Alegre (Rio Grande do Sul) to Goiania (Goias) and Uberlandia (Minas Gerais) to Rio de Janeiro (Santos Dumont Airport).

GOL passengers connecting with Passaredo flights will only need to check-in once and their baggage will go directly to the final destination.

Based in Ribeirao Preto, Passaredo Linhas Aereas began operations in 1995. Its fleet currently comprises 15 aircraft – five Embraer EMB-120s and ten Embraer ERJ-145 jets, with a capacity for 30 and 50 passengers, respectively. By July 2011, however, it will be operating 23 aircraft, with the addition of eight already contracted ERJ-145s.

"This is a strategic agreement for GOL because Passaredo is a well-known regional airline which will add important destinations to our route network, improving our penetration and offering our passengers new direct flight options", declared Claudia Pagnano, GOL's Market Vice-President.

The routes will be handled by all GOL's sales channels, available for purchase up to the day before the flight. The agreement does not include the accumulation of SMILES mileage on Passaredo flights.

For Captain Felicio, the CEO of Passaredo Linhas Aereas, the company is assuming a strategic position in the market. "GOL is an excellent partner. We believe in a strong regional aviation market, where we will be operating with penetration for one of the leading airlines in Latin America. This is the system they use in North America and Europe", he concluded.

About Passaredo Linhas Aereas

Passaredo has expanded more than any other airline in Brazil since 2004, recording annual growth of close to 100%, and currently operates 103 daily flights to 20 cities in 10 Brazilian states. It focuses on flights carrying up to 50 passengers, operating on medium-potential routes with high-tech aircraft, high fuel consumption efficiency and low-cost maintenance. Its aircraft are manufactured by Embraer and there are more than 1,200 units operating worldwide. Passaredo puts great emphasis on top-class customer service, prioritizing comfort, safety, efficiency and punctuality. Given its intention of maintaining its regional identity, the partnership with GOL will complement its operations, allowing it to offer a wider range of destinations to its clients.

About GOL Linhas Aereas Inteligentes S.A.

GOL Linhas Aereas Inteligentes S.A. (NYSE: GOL and BM&FBOVESPA: GOLL4), (S&P/Fitch: BB-/BB-, Moody`s: Ba3), the largest low-cost and low-fare airline in Latin America, offers more than 900 daily flights to 59 destinations that connect all the important cities in Brazil and 14 major destinations in South America and Caribbean. The Company operates a young, modern fleet of Boeing 737 Next Generation aircraft, the safest and most comfortable of its class, with high aircraft utilization and efficiency levels. Fully committed to seeking innovative solutions through the use of cutting-edge technology, the Company - via its GOL, VARIG, GOLLOG, SMILES and VoeFacil brands - offers its clients easy payment facilities, a wide range of complementary services and the best cost-benefit ratio in the market.

This release contains forward-looking statements relating to the prospects of the business, estimates for operating and financial results, and those related to growth prospects of GOL. These are merely projections and, as such, are based exclusively on the expectations of GOL's management concerning the future of the business and its continued access to capital to fund the Company's business plan. Such forward-looking statements depend, substantially, on changes in market conditions, government regulations, competitive pressures, the performance of the Brazilian economy and the industry, among other factors and risks disclosed in GOL's filed disclosure documents and are, therefore, subject to change without prior notice.

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DECEMBER 22, 2010, 10:59 A.M. ET

Brazil Air Workers Push Ahead With Strike Plans


SÃO PAULO—Brazilian airline and airport workers said they will push ahead with plans to start a strike Thursday after wage-hike negotiations with companies failed, workers' unions said in a statement late Tuesday.

Airline and airport workers' unions are demanding a wage increase of at least 13%, while representatives from companies offered a wage rise of 6.58%. The union didn't disclose a timetable for the strike.

Local newspaper O Estado de S. Paulo earlier reported that the Brazilian Defense Ministry is preparing measures to avoid a strike by airline and airport workers such as going through local courts and fining workers' unions in case of a strike.

A strike during one of the busiest travel periods of the year could spell trouble for Brazil's two largest airlines, TAM SA and GOL Linhas Aereas Inteligentes SA.



Brazil’s airports face holiday chaos

By Jonathan Wheatley in São Paulo

Published: December 22 2010 19:54 | Last updated: December 22 2010 19:54

Ground staff and flight crews across Brazil have threatened to bring the country’s aviation industry to a standstill from Thursday as part of a dispute over pay.

Workers at Rio de Janeiro’s city centre airport staged a wildcat strike on Wednesday, stopping work for three and half hours early Wednesday and causing flight cancellations and delays.

Government officials described the planned nationwide strike as “terrorism,” coming on the eve of the Christmas and New Year holidays.

President-elect Dilma Rousseff, who takes office on January 1, has reportedly cancelled or delayed plans to transfer oversight of the aviation industry from the defence ministry to a proposed new ministry of ports and aviation because of the sector’s renewed vulnerability to disruption.

The threat of chaos at the country’s airports has reminded many of scenes over the year-end holidays in 2006 when a “work to rule” action by air traffic controllers – provoked by a mid-air collision that killed 154 people in September that year – brought airports to a standstill.

There was similar chaos the following year when a quarter of all flights over the holidays were cancelled or delayed by overcrowding.

This year some airlines were ordered to stop selling tickets after authorities accused them of overbooking and of using flight crews for more than the permitted number of hours per week.

Staff are demanding pay rises of up to 15 per cent, while employers have offered inflation of about 6 per cent plus a half point real increase. Three hours of talks on Tuesday produced no agreement but talks were set to resume on Thursday morning before unions decided whether to call the strike.
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Old December 24th, 2010, 12:04 PM   #406
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Gol Leads Bovespa Gains as Air Workers Delay Strike

December 23, 2010, 3:23 PM EST

By Jose Sergio Osse and Alexander Cuadros
(Updates with closing prices in fifth paragraph.)

Dec. 23 (Bloomberg) -- Brazilian airline Gol Linhas Aereas Inteligentes SA led gains on the Bovespa index in Sao Paulo after aviation workers delayed until next month a planned strike that threatened to disrupt Christmas travel.

Ground personnel and flight crews across the country will work as normal today to comply with a court ruling, said Orisson Melo, president of the union of aviation staff at Sao Paulo’s Guarulhos international airport. Superior Labor Court President Milton de Moura Franca yesterday ordered at least 80 percent of employees work until Jan. 2.

The national air workers’ union had planned to walk out of their jobs today, demanding a pay increase of 13 percent, more than double what employers were originally offering. Jose Marcio Mollo, president of the Brazilian industry’s trade group, said today airlines offered workers a revised 8 percent rise.

“The decision to delay the strike was positive,” said Felipe Rocha, an analyst at Link Corretora in Sao Paulo who covers Brazilian transportation companies. “The issue is the size of the pay raise. The companies facing striking workers would be under pressure to give them a bigger raise.”

Gol, Brazil’s biggest carrier by market value, jumped the most in a month, gaining 2.4 percent to 25.10 reais at 3:15 p.m. New York time. Tam SA dropped 0.1 percent to 40.46 reais, after gaining as much as 2.3 percent intraday. Both carriers are based in Sao Paulo. The Bovespa was little changed at 68,485.96.

An air-traffic controllers’ strike in 2006 led to chaos at Brazil’s airports in December of that year, with dozens of cancellations daily and average flight delays that reached four hours.

Right to Strike

The judge capped the walkout at 20 percent of workers to balance the right to strike and the right to freedom of movement that is part of the country’s constitution, according to the ruling, which was posted on the court’s website. The ruling was issued in response to a request from the general labor prosecutor, which represents the government.

“We suspended the strike because of the court’s ruling,” Melo, of the aviation staff union, said in a telephone interview from Sao Paulo today.

‘Strained Schedules’

Mollo, of Snea, as the industry trade group is known, said by phone today that airlines boosted their pay increase offer and that operations are unlikely to be disrupted.

Delays and cancellations may arise after companies “strained our work schedules to the limit,” Gelson Fochesato, president of the union of pilots and co-pilots, said by phone from Sao Paulo today. “We’ve decided to postpone the strike to January, on a date yet to be set.”

Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, who steps down Jan. 1, yesterday urged the two sides to reach an agreement.

“I believe companies and workers should be flexible,” Lula said. “It’s neither right nor humane to keep one from travelling at Christmas.”

Government “pressure” may help bring a faster agreement on wages, Link’s Rocha said.

Airport authority Infraero and civil aviation regulator Anac planned to increase supervision and mobilize state police to ensure that “whoever wants to work, can,” Anac President Solange Paiva Vieira told reporters in Sao Paulo yesterday.

Gol planned to maintain its flights today, the company said yesterday in an e-mail. A press officer for Tam SA declined to comment and asked not to be named, citing company policy.

Christmas travel helped make airports 16 percent busier in December 2009 than in the previous month, according to Anac. The regulator estimates this December will be 12 percent busier than the same month last year.

Infraero has had a contingency plan in place for a walkout since the beginning of the month, according to its press office. Pay talks started in September.

--With assistance from Andre Soliani and Iuri Dantas in Brasilia and Laura Price in London. Editors: Jim Silver, Adriana Arai

To contact the reporters on this story: Jose Sergio Osse in Sao Paulo at [email protected]; Alexander Cuadros in Buenos Aires at [email protected]

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Francisco Marcelino at [email protected].
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Flight and ground crews suspend strike in Brazil

Dec 23, 2010 11:34 AM GMT-0200
By The Associated Press

SAO PAULO (AP) — Unions representing flight and ground crews of airlines operating in Brazil have called off a strike for higher pay.

In statements posted Thursday on their websites, the unions say the strike was called off due to a Superior Labor Court ruling that at least 80 percent of flight and ground personnel must report to work between Dec. 23 and Jan.2. If not, the unions would be fined 100,000 reals ($59,000) a day.

Pilots and flight attendants are demanding a 15 percent wage hike while the union representing ground crews wants a 13 percent raise. The National Airline Association has offered to increase salaries by 6.6 percent

The unions say the strike could be rescheduled for early January.
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Qatar Airways Signs Codeshare Agreement with Brazilian Carrier GOL

Qatar Airways is expanding its presence across Brazil following a codeshare agreement signed with one of the country’s largest airlines, GOL Linhas Aereas Inteligentes.

Under the agreement, Qatar Airways will add its QR airline code to GOL flights between Sao Paulo and 47 Brazilian destinations. Qatar Airways currently operates daily non-stop scheduled services between its Doha hub and Brazil’s largest city, Sao Paulo.

Codeshare cities within the agreement are: Aracaju, Bauru, Belém, Brasília, Boa Vista, Cuiabá, Campo Grande, Chapecó, Belo Horizonte (Confins), Campinas, Campina Grande, Curitiba, Caxias do Sul, Cruzeiro do Sul, Fernando de Noronha, Florianópolis, Fortaleza and Rio de Janeiro (Galeão and Santos Dumont airports).

Other Brazilian cities included are Goiânia, Foz do Iguaçu, Imperatriz, Ilhéus, Juazeiro do Norte, Joinville, João Pessoa, Londrina, Marabá, Manaus, Macapá, Maceió, Maringá, Natal, Navegantes, Palmas, Petrolina, Porto Alegre, Porto Seguro, Porto Velho, Presidente Prudente, Rio Branco, Recife, São Luís, Salvador, Santarém, Teresina, Uberlândia and Vitória.

Passengers on Qatar Airways’ own network will be able to seamlessly connect to and from any one of the 47 designated Brazilian cities via Sao Paulo.

Whether flying to or from Qatar Airways’ network points such as Hong Kong, Tokyo, Osaka, Singapore, Beijing, Delhi, Muscat or Dubai, the QR flight code is applied on the entire journey.

In compliance with standard regulation requirements in Brazil, both airlines have filed a joint application with Brazil’s National Civil Aviation Agency and Brazilian Antitrust Agency, seeking approval for the agreement. As such, a date for the codeshare implementation has yet to be determined.

Both airlines are also working on concluding an agreement linking their respective frequent flyer programmes – Qatar Airways’ Privilege Club and GOL’s SMILES scheme, allowing any member to earn and redeem miles on all flights operated by both carriers.

“Six months ago, Qatar Airways made an historic entry into South America with non-stop flights to Sao Paulo from Doha and, in doing so, opened up many opportunities for passengers wanting to fly from across our extensive network to Brazil,” Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker. “Today, we are delighted to extend our reach even further across Brazil, South America’s largest country through this exciting partnership with GOL and provide passengers with seamless travel options.”

Qatar Airways operates its flagship Boeing 777-200 Long Range aircraft between Doha and Sao Paulo Guarulhos International Airport, with a capacity of 42 seats in Business Class and 217 in Economy.
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"SAO PAULO (AP) — Unions representing flight and ground crews of airlines operating in Brazil have called off a strike for higher pay.

In statements posted Thursday on their websites, the unions say the strike was called off due to a Superior Labor Court ruling that at least 80 percent of flight and ground personnel must report to work between Dec. 23 and Jan.2. If not, the unions would be fined 100,000 reals ($59,000) a day."

They should be work so that the flight will not get to paralyze and I think the administrator should give what they are asking so that they will not go on strike.

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Singapore Airlines starts Brazil flights March 28

January 15, 2011, 12:37am

SINGAPORE, Jan. 14 (AFP) – Singapore Airlines (SIA) will make its maiden flight to the South American continent in March, the carrier said.

''Singapore Airlines will begin services to Sao Paulo in Brazil on 28 March,'' SIA said in a statement. ''Sao Paulo will be Singapore Airlines' first South American destination.''

It said flights will operate three times a week via the Spanish city of Barcelona. Spanish carrier Spanair will be code-sharing on the flights, SIA added.
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JANUARY 13, 2011, 11:31 A.M. ET.

Brazil Air Traffic Jumps 18.62% In December

SAO PAULO (Dow Jones)--Air traffic in Brazil rose sharply in December as a booming economy fueled demand for air travel, the country's Civil Aviation Authority, or Anac, said Thursday.

Anac said total paid air traffic grew 18.62% in December from a year earlier to 6.98 billion passenger kilometers.

For the full year of 2010, the air traffic increased 23.47% to 70.2 billion passenger kilometers.

TAM SA (TAM) remained Brazil's largest airline with 42.81% of domestic air traffic last year, down from 45.45% recorded in 2009.

GOL Linhas Aereas Intelligentes SA (GOL) stayed in second place with 39.51%, down from 41.69% in the prior year.

Small airlines such as Azul and WebJet increased their market shares but remained under 10%.

Brazil's airline industry continued to grow because of heavy discounting by Brazilian airlines and a major rise in business travel as the nation's economy reaches for 7% growth in 2010, according to Anac.

-By Rogerio Jelmayer, Dow Jones Newswires; 55-11-3544-7071; [email protected]
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GOL Turns Ten

by Staff on January 17, 2011

Brazil’s GOL Linhas Aéreas Inteligentes S.A., the largest low-cost and low-fare airline in Latin America, completed 10 years of scheduled-service flying on Saturday, January 15.

During the period GOL Linhas Aéreas Inteligentes expanded its fleet from six to 112 aircraft, captured almost a 40 per cent share of the entire Brazilian air transport market and established itself as one of the most profitable and one of the fastest-growing airlines in the world.

“GOL was founded in 2001 with the mission of popularizing air transport in Brazil and South America. Thanks to the dedicated efforts of our almost 19,000 strong workforce and highly efficient management, we have been extremely successful with our strategy of profitable and sustainable growth, based on a low-cost structure with high quality customer service,” says Constantino de Oliveira Junior, GOL’s CEO and founder. “This business model, successfully implemented by GOL for the first time in Brazil, has allowed us to offer lower fares, making air travel increasingly accessible to all.”

GOL boasts that it was the first Brazilian airline to eliminate traditional paper tickets, thereby reducing costs and simplifying customers’ travel experience. It was also the first to allow passengers to check-in entirely by cell phone and the first to permit check-in on domestic flights via iPhone for passengers without accompanying baggage. GOL also launched the buy-on-board service, which the carrier says has proved extremely popular with the public and will be expanded to more than 400 daily flights in 2011 to help boost ancillary revenue.

The airline also claims to have moved into entirely new territory by opening up the Brazilian aviation market to the country’s middle class on a large scale. In its first 10 years, the airline has carried more than 160.5 million passengers, around 10 per cent of whom were first-time flyers. Through GOLLOG, its cargo subsidiary, GOL also claims to have made delivery charges more accessible within Brazil, including express deliveries.

GOL Linhas Aéreas Inteligentes, Latin America's largest low-cost carrier, celebrated its tenth anniversary of scheduled services in January 2011. During the period, the airline's all-Boeing 737 fleet increased from six aircraft to 112 and it carried more than 160 million passengers

“Right from the beginning, we have undertaken research to discover the habits, taste and wishes of consumers from this emerging middle class in regard to air travel,” says Claudia Pagnano, GOL’s vice-president of market. “The company came into being already studying their behavior, listening to their needs and designing products to meet them. In 2005, for example, we launched Voe Fácil, a program that allows passengers top pay for their tickets in up to 36 installments.”

Adds Pagnano: “Our brand is regarded as being synonymous with accessibility. We were the first to launch creative promotions and we have maintained our commitment to offering prices that are competitive with those charged by the bus companies.”

According to the airline, certain decisions were key in ensuring the success of GOL’s strategy. One was operating a standardized fleet of Boeing 737 Next Generation aircraft, thereby reducing costs and ensuring high aircraft utilization ratios.

Second was deciding to employ the internet as GOL’s primary sales channel, not only for flying customers but also for travel agencies. Third was focusing on innovation and technology to leverage results and efficiency. Fourth was to have a highly efficient and motivated workforce to ensure excellent service quality.

“Innovation really is the secret of GOL’s success and its low-cost structure and high growth rates are due to a continuous process of reinvention and the pursuit of higher productivity, quality, safety and intelligence in the company’s processes and areas of activity,” says Ricardo Khauaja, GOL’s vice-president of management and personnel.

Adalberto Bogsan, GOL’s vice-president technical,says choosing the Boeing 737-700 and 737-800 was a highly important decision. “With their low operating costs, these aircraft play a vital role in the company’s strategy of popularizing air transport. We have one of the best daily utilization rates in the world and we offer our passengers both safety and comfort,” says Bogsan.

“In the last ten years, we have a lot to be proud of,” adds Bogsan. “Under GOL’s specifications, Boeing developed and delivered, in 2006, the Short Field Performance model, specially projected to operate on the runways of Congonhas (São Paulo) and Santos Dumont (Rio de Janeiro) airports. As a result, we gained even more competitive advantages.”

GOL is particularly proud of its Aircraft Maintenance Center, which the airline built in the Lagoa Santa area in Confins, and which it says is the biggest and most advanced maintenance facility in Latin America. The center complies with all prevailing environmental legislation and licensing conditions, being equipped with an advanced Chemical Effluent Treatment Station ETE). GOL is currently seeking certification for its Aircraft Maintenance Center from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the U.S. civil aviation regulatory agency, so that it can also perform maintenance for aircraft operated by airlines from other countries.

In addition to ordering 126 Boeing 737-800s and one 737-700 directly from Boeing, Brazil's GOL Linhas Aéreas Inteligentes also leases 737s (including some 737-800s) from leasing companies such as Dublin-based RBS Aviation Capital

One of the most important landmarks in GOL’s history was its March 2007 acquisition of VRG Linhas Aéreas (which operated as Varig), which allowed the company to increase its market presence and operate more flights than any other airline at Brazil’s busiest airports, such as Congonhas (São Paulo), Santos Dumont (Rio de Janeiro), Juscelino Kubitschek (Brasília), and Confins (Belo Horizonte).

GOL says the routes linking these airports are among its most profitable and have the highest yields because they are heavily used by business travelers. Today, says GOL, its route network is the most extensive in Latin America, the carrier operating approximately 900 daily flights to destinations in South America and the Caribbean.

SMILES, the frequent-flyer program which GOL acquired with VRG, has become a major relationship tool for GOL. The program has more than 7.4 million registered participants and more than 180 partners, including hotel chains, car-rental firms, restaurants, publishers, schools and some of the biggest banks in Brazil and South America, as well as credit card companies.

Through SMILES, GOL’s customers can accumulate miles and fly throughout the world, thanks to GOL’s commercial agreements with leading international carriers such as American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Air France and KLM – the route leaders between Brazil and their respective countries.

“In a few years, GOL has become a strong and mature company, in the forefront in all senses, including corporate governance,” says Leonardo Pereira, vice-president and CFO. “Our business is conducted in accordance with the best practices of corporate governance adopted in Brazil and throughout the world and we always seek to anticipate new tendencies and requirements. One such example was the publication of our results in line with IFRS standards as early as the fourth quarter of 2008. We were the first company in Brazil to do this.”

GOL’s shares are traded on the Level 2 Special Corporate Governance Standards segment of the BM&FBOVESPA (Securities, Commodities and Futures Exchange) and have been traded on the NYSE since 2004. The airline says it is the most profitable airline in Brazil in the past 12 months and the most profitable among Latin America’s low-cost airlines.

The carrier says it is continuing to assess expansion opportunities through launching new services within Brazil and to other high-traffic international destinations, as well as creating new products and services. Given that at least 100 million Brazilians currently are financially able to fly but have not yet done so, GOL says the Brazilian aviation market has enormous room for growth in the coming years.

GOL Linhas Aéreas Inteligentes offers more than 900 daily flights to 59 destinations connecting all major cities in Brazil and 14 destinations throughout South America and the Caribbean.

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Movimento Total de Passageiros nos Aeroportos Infraero, DAESP, Maringá e Cascavel - 2009/2008:

Aeroporto --------- 2009 --- 2008 --- Cresc. %
1º. São Paulo-Guarulhos (SP) --- 21.607.303 --- 20.400.304 --- 5,92%
2º. São Paulo-Congonhas (SP) --- 13.659.398 --- 13.672.301 --- -0,09%
3º. Brasília (DF) --- 12.213.825 --- 10.443.393 --- 16,95%
4º. Rio de Janeiro-Galeão (RJ) --- 11.796.413 --- 10.754.689 --- 9,69%
5º. Salvador (BA) --- 7.063.087 --- 6.042.307 --- 16,89%
6º. Porto Alegre (RS) --- 5.607.703 --- 4.931.464 --- 13,71%
7º. Belo Horizonte-Confins (MG) --- 5.566.779 --- 5.189.528 --- 7,27%
8º. Recife (PE) --- 5.249.831 --- 4.679.457 --- 12,19%
9º. Rio de Janeiro-Santos Dumont (RJ) --- 5.040.424 --- 3.628.766 --- 38,90%
10º. Curitiba (PR) --- 4.853.733 --- 4.281.354 --- 13,37%


TOTAL --- 129.403.007 --- 114.763.089 --- 12,76%

Brazilian Airports by Passenger Traffic (INFRAERO, DAESP, Maringá and Cascavel airports - 2010/2009):

Airport ------------------ 2010 --- 2009 --- Growth %
1º. São Paulo-Guarulhos (SP) --- 26.774.546 --- 21.727.649 --- 23,23%
2º. São Paulo-Congonhas (SP) --- 15.481.370 --- 13.699.657 --- 13,01%
3º. Brasília (DF) --- 14.149.306 --- 12.213.825 --- 15,85%
4º. Rio de Janeiro-Galeão (RJ) --- 12.229.513 --- 11.828.656 --- 3,39%
5º. Rio de Janeiro-Santos Dumont (RJ) --- 7.805.387 --- 5.099.643 --- 53,06%
6º. Salvador (BA) --- 7.540.289 --- 7.063.087 --- 6,76%
7º. Belo Horizonte-Confins (MG) --- 7.261.041 --- 5.617.171 --- 29,27%
8º. Porto Alegre (RS) --- 6.676.216 --- 5.607.703 --- 19,05%
9º. Recife (PE) --- 5.933.137 --- 5.250.565 --- 13,00%
10º. Curitiba (PR) --- 5.769.712 --- 4.853.733 --- 18,87%
11º. Fortaleza (CE) --- 5.072.786 --- 4.211.651 --- 20,45%
12º. Campinas-Viracopos (SP) --- 5.021.939 --- 3.364.404 --- 49,27%
13º. Manaus (AM) --- 2.705.131 --- 2.300.022 --- 17,61%
14º. Florianópolis (SC) --- 2.672.250 --- 2.108.383 --- 26,74%
15º. Vitória (ES) --- 2.644.729 --- 2.342.283 --- 12,91%
16º. Belém (PA) --- 2.570.899 --- 2.203.653 --- 16,67%
17º. Natal (RN) --- 2.413.416 --- 1.894.113 --- 27,42%
18º. Goiânia (GO) --- 2.348.648 --- 1.772.424 --- 32,51%
19º. Cuiabá (MT) --- 2.134.267 --- 1.671.704 --- 27,67%
20º. Maceió (AL) --- 1.425.340 --- 1.117.250 --- 27,58%
21º. São Luís (MA) --- 1.379.146 --- 984.756 --- 40,05%
22º. Campo Grande (MS) --- 1.208.765 --- 1.028.643 --- 17,51%
23º. Foz do Iguaçu (PR) --- 1.155.615 --- 807.540 --- 43,10%
24º. Aracaju (SE) --- 940.389 --- 727.679 --- 29,23%
25º. João Pessoa (PB) --- 930.450 --- 598.015 --- 55,59%
26º. Itajaí-Navegantes (SC) --- 852.487 --- 593.900 --- 43,54%
27º. Teresina (PI) --- 798.170 --- 557.798 --- 43,09%
28º. Uberlândia (MG) --- 765.395 --- 570.900 --- 34,07%
29º. Belo Horizonte-Pampulha (MG) --- 757.685 --- 598.360 --- 26,63%
30º. Londrina (PR) --- 733.157 --- 572.717 --- 28,01%
31º. Porto Velho (RO) --- 716.905 --- 561.331 --- 27,72%
32º. Ribeirão Preto (SP) --- 677.768 --- 473.200 --- 43,23%
33º. Macapá (AP) --- 540.695 --- 469.836 --- 15,08%
34º. Maringá (PR) --- 497.979 --- 319.576 --- 55,82%
35º. São José do Rio Preto (SP) --- 424.740 --- 303.466 --- 39,96%
36º. Ilhéus (BA) --- 412.572 --- 361.378 --- 14,17%
37º. Macaé (RJ) --- 410.145 --- 374.379 --- 9,55%
38º. Santarém (PA) --- 405.122 --- 364.615 --- 11,11%
39º. Palmas (TO) --- 389.217 --- 298.484 --- 30,40%
40º. São Paulo-Campo de Marte (SP) --- 361.863 --- 312.460 --- 15,81%
41º. Rio Branco (AC) --- 355.916 --- 323.114 --- 10,15%
42º. Joinville (SC) --- 289.161 --- 208.492 --- 38,69%
43º. Petrolina (PE) --- 254.161 --- 207.271 --- 22,62%

44º. Juazeiro do Norte (CE) --- 244.780 --- 247.775 --- -1,21%
45º. Marabá (PA) --- 242.415 --- 243.094 --- 251.071 --- -0,28%

46º. Boa Vista (RR) --- 242.409 --- 190.469 --- 27,27%
47º. Imperatriz (MA) --- 234.295 --- 195.181 --- 20,04%
48º. Presidente Prudente (SP) --- 213.105 --- 178.926 --- 19,10%
49º. Rio de Janeiro-Jacarepaguá (RJ) --- 134.247 --- 114.093 --- 17,66%
50º. Montes Claros (MG) --- 121.140 --- 84.999 --- 42,52%
51º. Cruzeiro do Sul (AC) --- 118.867 --- 96.778 --- 22,82%
52º. Campina Grande (PB) --- 114.258 --- 82.240 --- 38,93%
53º. Bauru-Arealva (SP) --- 97.334 --- 41.324 --- 135,54%
54º. São José dos Campos (SP) --- 84.176 --- 43.820 --- 92,09%
55º. Altamira (PA) --- 81.565 --- 70.175 --- 16,23%
56º. Araçatuba (SP) --- 78.296 --- 56.207 --- 39,30%
57º. Uberaba (MG) --- 75.391 --- 73.851 --- 2,09%
58°. Cascavel (PR) --- 75.149 --- 56.555 --- 32,88%
59º. Sorocaba (SP) --- 63.243 --- 58.342 --- 8,40%
60º. Carajás (PA) --- 68.618 --- 39.609 --- 73,24%
61º. Curitiba-Bacacheri (PR) --- 60.678 --- 30.897 --- 96,39%
62º. Marília (SP) --- 54.120 --- 41.089 --- 31,71%
63º. Tabatinga (AM) --- 43.884 --- 35.806 --- 22,56%
64º. Bragança Paulista (SP) --- 43.196 --- 32.335 --- 33,59%
65º. Tefé (AM) --- 32.209 --- 20.462 --- 57,41%
66º. Campinas-Amarais (SP) --- 29.246 --- 26.971 --- 8,43%
67º. Corumbá (MS) --- 28.070 --- 27.973 --- 0,35%
68º. Belém-Júlio César (PA) --- 27.491 --- 25.078 --- 9,62%
69º. Criciúma (SC) --- 23.213 --- 9.873 --- 135,12%
70º. Belo Horizonte-Carlos Prates (MG) --- 22.431 --- 16.924 --- 32,54%
71º. Jundiaí (SP) --- 19.607 --- 19.112 --- 2,59%

72º. Itanhaém (SP) --- 16.189 --- 18.210 --- -11,10%
73º. Araraquara (SP) --- 12.344 --- 8.524 --- 44,81%
74º. Ubatuba (SP) --- 11.858 --- 8.815 --- 34,52%
75º. Bauru (SP) --- 11.173 --- 10.275 --- 8,74%
76º. Campos dos Goytcazes (RJ) --- 10.004 --- 7.446 --- 34,35%
77º. Pelotas (RS) --- 8.163 --- 6.195 --- 31,77%
78º. Assis (SP) --- 8.154 --- 7.081 --- 15,15%

79º. Piracicaba (SP) --- 6.554 --- 6.888 --- -4,84%
80º. Lins (SP) --- 4.520 --- 6.405 --- -29,43%

81º. Ponta Porã (MS) --- 4.479 --- 3.495 --- 28,15%
82º. Paulo Afonso (BA) --- 3.718 --- 3.837 --- -3,10%
83º. Barretos (SP) --- 3.611 --- 3.642 --- -0,85%

84º. Franca (SP) --- 3.221 --- 3.068 --- 4,99%
85º. Uruguaiana (RS) --- 3.144 --- 2.786 --- 12,85%
86º. Andradina (SP) --- 2.941 --- 2.493 --- 17,97%
87º. Parnaíba (PI) --- 2.612 --- 2.046 --- 27,66%
88º. São Carlos (SP) --- 2.461 --- 1.433 --- 71,74%
89º. Votuporanga (SP) --- 2.377 --- 1.955 --- 21,59%
90º. Bagé (RS) --- 2.269 --- 1.837 --- 23,52%
91º. Ourinhos (SP) --- 1.716 --- 1.318 --- 30,20%
92º. Tupã (SP) --- 1.419 --- 952 --- 49,05%
93º. Juiz de Fora (MG) --- 965 --- (0) --- (0)

94º. Avaré-Arandu (SP) --- 735 --- 1.073 --- -31,50%
95º. Botucatu (SP) --- 722 --- 588 --- 22,79%
96º. São Manoel (SP) --- 716 --- 739 --- -3,11%
97º. Dracena (SP) --- 635 --- 486 --- 30,66%
98º. Presidente Epitácio (SP) --- 632 --- 791 --- -20,10%
99º. Penápolis (SP) --- 520 --- 405 --- 28,40%

INFRAERO --- 154.322.438 --- 128.135.616 --- 20,44%
DAESP --- 1.793.153 --- 1.316.113 --- 36,25%
Maringá --- 497.979 --- 319.576 --- 55,82%
Cascavel --- 75.149 --- 56.555 --- 32,88%

TOTAL --- 156.688.719 --- 129.827.860 --- 20,69%

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Amazing annual growth
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Google translated from Spanish into English:

Expected to transport 80,000 passengers in its first year

Iberia has today premiered its flights from Barajas to Fortaleza and Recife (Brazil)

Launches a special offer from 239 euros one way on the occasion of its launch


Iberia inaugurates today its flights from Madrid-Barajas to the Brazilian cities of Fortaleza and Recife will operate three frequencies per week - Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays - route which expects to carry 80,000 passengers in its first year of operation.

The new route will be operated by an A340-300 with capacity for 254 passengers, which will offer the class 'Business' newly enhanced Plus, whose seats are converted into fully horizontal beds.

For the first flight to both cities, with the airline doubled the number of destinations offered in Brazil, its fate "most important in Latin America", already has an occupancy rate of 90%, the airline said.

Iberia will fly on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays between the Spanish capital and two cities, at times that allow connections to or from any of the 36 Spanish and 38 European destinations the airline operates from Madrid-Barajas.

On the other hand, will leave Fortaleza at 17.45 to arrive at Recife at 19.15, from which will depart at 21.15 hours and arrive in Madrid at 9.25 am the following day.

BRAZIL, THE fastest growing destinations.

Brazil is consolidating as well as the fastest growing destination this year for the airline and the largest of its network in Latin America. Currently, Iberia operates two daily flights between Madrid and Sao Paulo, and one day between the Spanish capital and Rio de Janeiro.

Iberia said that the opening of this new route will boost European investment in the Northeast of Brazil, which is the fastest growing region in the country, with lots of investment plans. It will also allow the arrival of more tourists to the area and provide family-trips between the two cities in Brazil and Europe.

In 2010, the Spanish airline carried more than 492,000 passengers between Europe and Brazil, about 7% more than in 2009.

The introductory offer to travel to these cities from 239 euros per leg.

Surf, windsurf, kite board or body board equipments are included in the free baggage allowance on flights operated by Iberia.

On the occasion of the inauguration of the new route, Iberia has launched a bid to fly to Fortaleza and Recife for 239 euros each way, with fees and taxes, buying round trip.

In addition, transport equipment surf, windsurf, kite board and body board is included in the free baggage allowance for passengers flying with Iberia from Africa and Europe to these two new destinations.

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Vídeo and photos of the first landind of the IBERIA's A340-300 at Fortaleza International Airport (FOR/SBFZ):



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Iberia launches its flights to Fortaleza and Recife

02/02/2011 10:52 (14:06 minutes ago)

The FINANCIAL -- Iberia will launch on February 2 its flights from Madrid to Fortaleza and Recife.

The load factor of the Spanish carrier first flight to both Brazilian cities surpasses the 90%-mark. The new route will double the number of Iberia’ destinations in Brazil. The airline expects to carry some 80,000 passengers on the new route in the first year of operation.

Iberia will offer three weekly flights on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays, linking the Spanish capital and both cities. The schedule allows good connections to passengers travelling from / to 36 Spanish and other 38 European destinations via Madrid.

The flight will leave Madrid at 12:05 and will arrive at Fortaleza at 16:25. From there it will start at 17:45 to Recife, landing there at 19:15. At 21:15, the flight will leave from Recife, landing at Madrid Airport at 09:25 next day.

The route will be operated using 254-seat Airbus A340/300s, equipped with the new Business Plus seating class, recently improved, with seats that turns into totally horizontal beds. An exquisite gastronomic service and on demand inflight entertainment system are other features of Iberia’s Business long haul class.

The flights to Fortaleza and Recife consolidates Brazil’s status as Iberia’s most important Latin American destination, and the one expected to grow the most in 2011. Iberia currently offers two daily return flights between Madrid and Sao Paulo as well as one daily flight to Río de Janeiro. In 2010, the Spanish airline carried 492,000 passengers between Europe and Brazil, nearly 7% more than in the previous year.

Surfing, windsurfing equipment, kiteboard and body board can be carried free of charge on Iberia flights (not applicable on flights numbers IB 7XXX, IB5XXX and IB4XXX) for passengers starting its journey in Africa and Europe to those new destinations in Brazil.
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I heard about a direct connection between CNF and CDG (Paris), operated by TAM starting from mid 2011, have you got any news about this new project? Cargo at Confins will have a great future, the Belo Horizonte area has a lot of industries demanding new international connections, in particular Italy. A very good connection could be CNF-MXP (Milan Malpensa, Italy) connecting two important business cities.

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SOURCE:Air Transport Intelligence news

New search for missing AF447 to start in March

By David Kaminski-Morrow

French investigators have detailed plans for a fourth attempt to locate the wreckage of the Air France Airbus A330-200 lost over the Atlantic in mid-2009.

The Bureau d'Enquetes et d'Analyses says that Air France and Airbus will co-fund a $12.5 million hunt for the aircraft.

It will use resources from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and use three Remus 6000 autonomous underwater vehicles from the specialist vessel Alucia.

Brazilian ports at Suape, Recife and Fortaleza have been identified by WHOI as base points from where the search will be mobilised.

The vessel is scheduled to leave Seattle on 9 February and arrive in Brazil on 14 March, departing for the first leg of the search on 18 March.

This will last about a month, while two other similar search departures are scheduled for 25 April and 2 June.

WHOI says that the area searched so far covers 7,000km² but that there is an unsearched area of interest covering 10,000km².

In its presentation today the BEA also says that it is making preparations to engage in a separate fifth phase of the operation, a state-funded recovery effort, if the hunt is successful.

Air France flight AF447 had been operating from Rio de Janeiro to Paris on 1 June 2009. Its flight recorders have not been recovered, and the accident remains unexplained although there is evidence that the aircraft suffered loss of reliable airspeed data while flying through storm clouds.
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Embraer certified for toilet-seat takeoffs and landings

Brazilian and European regulators have approved use of the aft toilet seat (right) in Embraer's Phenom 100 jet for takeoffs and landings. (Embraer)

Now you can sit on the toilet in Embraer's Phenom 100 executive jet while the plane is taking off and landing, the Brazilian plane maker announced Tuesday.

Brazilian and European regulators approved the new belted toilet seat, allowing the jet to accommodate up to seven people, Embraer said. It said it expects U.S. Federal Aviation Administration approval "in the coming weeks."

"This much-awaited product improvement comes to enhance the Phenom 100's seating capacity, and is a result of listening to our customers," Maurício Almeida, Embraer vice president, Programs – Executive Jets, said in a news release. "Embraer is committed to offering unique, customer-centered solutions, and continues to work hard to further improve this successful and highly popular airplane."

In order to be certified for takeoff and landing, the seat needed such modifications as a belt and reinforcements to the aft bulkhead divider, along with testing to ensure it could protect a passenger in an impact of up to 21 times the force of gravity.

But this doesn't mean you can go while you go, so to speak. The takeoff and landing configuration has the seat's lid down.

I'm thinking the person who gets the toilet seat isn't going to be the highest-ranking executive on board.

Existing Phenom 100 owners will be able to retrofit their jets with the new seat later this year, Embraer said.
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