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Old February 9th, 2011, 01:15 PM   #421
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Delta in code-sharing deal with Brazilian airline

Feb 7, 2011 3:28 PM GMT-0200
By The Associated Press


ATLANTA (AP) — Delta Air Lines said it has entered into a code-sharing agreement with GOL Linhas Aereas Inteligentes SA, one of Brazil's largest airlines.

The agreement will enable Delta to sell seats on 56 GOL flights between Rio de Janeiro or Brasilia and 15 Brazilian destinations. All are new destinations in Delta's South American network.

Delta expects the number of codeshare markets to increase to more than 30 by the summer.
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Old February 15th, 2011, 12:55 PM   #422
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SAA crew member arrested in Brazil

2011-02-15 10:04
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Johannesburg - Another South African Airways (SAA) cabin crew member has been caught with several kilograms of drugs at a foreign airport.

The air steward was apprehended at São Paolo airport in Brazil shortly before she was to return to South Africa as a member of the flight crew late last week.

The woman has been working for SAA for 12 years. She apparently had 5kg of cocaine hidden on her body when she was apprehended. It was not clear how officials knew she had the drugs on her.
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Old February 17th, 2011, 12:19 PM   #423
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TAM records best load factors since July 2006


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Feb 16, 2011

São Paulo, Brazil - The Brazilian National Civil Aviation Agency (ANAC) has published its operational data for the month of January 2011.

Domestic Brazilian Market: In the domestic Brazilian market, which includes data from Pantanal, TAM Airlines maintained its market leadership, accounting for a 43.4% market share due to the growth in demand (in RPK) of 17.3%, combined with an increase of 12.3% in supply (in ASKs), compared to January 2010, which resulted in an increase in load factors of 3.3 p.p. to 79.1%, the best rate since July 2006. The numbers reflect the increase of leisure passengers flying in off-peak hours and buying tickets in advance, combined with the high volume of passengers using the TAM Fidelidade loyalty program reward tickets, therefore diluting the yield.

Due to these factors, the domestic yield recorded was lower than December 2010, but the RASK (revenue per available seat kilometre) increased, due to the load factor growth mentioned above.

International market: The demand of passengers travelling between Brazil and other countries remained strong and consistent, driven by the appreciation of the Brazilian currency, the real, and by the holiday season in Brazil.

In the international market, compared to the same month last year, TAM saw a rise of 10.4% in demand with an 11.2% increase in supply that resulted in a decrease of 0.6 p.p. in load factors that registered 81.3% over the period. TAM’s market share among Brazilian carriers offering international services in January was 85.2%.

TAM recorded a strong increase in yield and RASK in US dollars when compared to the previous month.
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Embraer hits two-year high

21st February, 2011
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Shares in Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer hit their highest point in more then two years in trading on Friday, gaining 3.1%. The growth comes despite news of cuts to the Brazilian defence budget, which have the potential to affect the company's new military transport programme.

In trading among other major aircraft manufacturers, United Aircraft Corp slipped 1.1% and EADS was down 0.6%. Bombardier and Boeing shares gained 1.1%.

Selected Aerospace daily share price movements (% change): 18-Feb-2011
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Embraer charts hybrid course for fly-by-wire philosophy

By Jon Ostrower on February 1, 2011 1:00 AM



Listen to an Embraer technical briefing on the Legacy 500/450 fly-by-wire system with Fabrício Caldeira, flight control laws manager (first speaker), and chief project pilot Eduardo Camelier:
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For as long as there has been fly-by-wire on aircraft, there's been a debate about how to best utilize the electronic flight control system and where to draw the line between pilot freedom and hard and fast boundaries protecting the aircraft and its occupants. This debate is far from settled with the most famous dispute between Boeing and Airbus charting different courses through computer driven flight control actuation.

On the one hand, Boeing leaves the pilot's judgment at the forefront, allowing overspeeding, stalling and over-banking within the flight envelope. The aircraft will let the pilot know, loudly, that they are approaching, or in, a potentially unsafe condition for the aircraft. Additionally, Boeing aircraft include an auto-throttle system resulting in the back-driven motion of the throttle quadrant providing a tactile cue to pilots without referring to the EICAS.

For Airbus, fly-by-wire has resulted in hard limits on the aircraft flight envelope, preventing over-speeding, stalling, and over-banking of the aircraft. The maximum bank allowed is 67-deg, with nose-down pitch not exceeding 15-deg and a 2.5g limit. An auto-thrust system complements the A-floor protection by automatically spooling up the engines, limiting nose up pitch (angle of attack) to prevent the aircraft from stalling and providing best climb performance.

While these have generally been two polar points on the augmented flight control spectrum, Embraer has charted its own path to full fly-by-wire for its first implementation on its all-new 10-passenger mid-size Legacy 500 business jet, due for entry into service in late 2012, followed by the smaller Legacy 450 in 2013. The aircraft were designed around their respective flight control systems allowing Embraer to optimize the structural sizing based upon the built-in protections.

As it fleshed out the elements of its fly-by-wire philosophy, Embraer drew on the lessons learned from notable accidents over the years that involved human factors resulting from improper aircraft handling.

What Embraer has created is its own course for implementing fly-by-wire technology and the Legacy 500 is its first platform. The path that Embraer has laid out for itself will undoubtedly become a hallmark of its flight control philosophy and will find its way the Brazilian airframer's next generation commercial aircraft.

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The Legacy 500 finds a balance between the Airbus and Boeing philosophies as it introduces a mechanically-linked sidestick controlled all-axis closed-loop fly-by-wire for the aircraft's elevator, rudder, aileron and spoiler; a first for an aircraft of its size. Embraer first implemented fly-by-wire on the AMX in the 1980s and in the pitch and yaw axis on the E-Jet family.

So what's the difference between open and closed-loop flight controls?

Open-loop fly-by-wire controls resemble those of a conventional flight control system. When a pilot makes a control input, the flight control computer commands the surfaces to achieve a pre-determined deflection. Depending on many factors, the resulting response of the aircraft may vary. For example, on a Cessna 172, a turn of your yoke means the same deflection of your ailerons, but you'll get very different response if you're at 65kts on final or 120kts in cruise.

Closed-loop fly-by-wire controls result in a pilot input producing a pre-defined rate of roll, pitch or yaw, providing unchanged handling no matter the speed of the aircraft. The deflection of each control surface may differ throughout the flight envelope, but the resulting behavior of the aircraft is intended to be identical.



Embraer's three-axis closed-loop fly by wire allows the Legacy 500 to define the edges of its performance, while ensuring the structural safety of the aircraft. Ultimately, the 500's control laws are "flight path stable", meaning that the "system will maintain the airplane's flight path vector when sidestick is in neutral position" in the normal flight envelope with its autotrim function, says Embraer.

The "normal flight envelope" does not establish hard operating limits, but rather "soft limits" because pilots can fly beyond them if desired, though continuous sidestick back pressure is required. The borders of this normal area includes 33-deg of bank angle, a velocity of 1.1 times the stall speed, maximum operating velocities (Vmo), and +30/-15-deg pitch angle. Releasing the sidestick outside of these limits will return to the normal flight envelop.

Where Embraer has imposed hard operating limits is not on pitch or bank angle, but rather on the aircraft's design limits and ensuring controllability and safe structural loads, as defined by "design diving speed, stall (maximum angle of attack), structural load factor and maximum sideslip." For example, in overspeed situations beyond Vmo, the aircraft will automatically return to the normal flight envelope.

In the yaw-axis the closed-loop system also prevents the pilot from over-stressing the vertical stabilizer, a system designed to prevent accidents such as American Airlines 587, in which an Airbus A300 severed its vertical tail fin after flying through the wake of a Boeing 747 on departure from John F. Kennedy International Airport.

"Even if the pilot tries [intentionally] to break off his vertical fin, he can't," says chief project pilot Eduardo Camelier. "If he tries to go from one sideslip to another fast, as hard as possible, he will never break that fin off, because the closed loop drives sideslip and not an open loop control that can go above the maximum structure."

Additionally, what this means is Legacy 500 and 450 will be safely capable of a full 360-deg roll, as long as the aircraft remains within its normal operating envelope.

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Embraer opted for an angle of attack ( AoA) limiter for the Legacy 500 - first implemented on the E-170 and E-190 - which allows for a reduction in the stall speed as compared to a stick pusher, limiting airspeed to 1.23 times stall speed in approach and 1.13 at take off.

This was crucial for achieving safe performance into airports such as London City, says Fabrício Caldeira, Embraer flight control laws manager. This system also enables a max AoA for controlled flight into terrain ( CFIT) avoidance and windshear escape along with full aft stick and full throttle to reach maximum climb rate.

Embraer says it replicated the conditions of Colgan Air 3407, in which a Bombardier Q400 crashed on approach to Buffalo International Airport following a stall and improper response to a stick pusher activation. The airframer found that its AoA limiter would not allow an E-Jet to enter a to stall in similar conditions.

For approaches down to CATII minimums, Embraer eliminated the requirement for a radio altimeter on the aircraft and developed a control law for approach and flare based on flap and landing gear position.

"During the flare what's natural for the pilot is to always command a positive sidestick deflection to the aft direction," says Caldeira. "So that's the reason why we had to switch control laws, because if we didn't switch the pilot would have to push the sidestick during the flare and that's not natural."

Embraer also incorporates a back-driven auto-throttle to enable tactile and visual cues for the crew, as well as vibrating tactile, aural and visual warnings in the case of an accidental dual input on the sidestick. In this instance, the inputs from pilot and co-pilot are summed together.

Camelier says a back-driven auto-throttle was selected after reviewing Airbus incidents, such as Air France 296 and TAM 3405 where there was "confusion related to what the auto-thrust was doing."

Further, the integration of the flight control system is aimed at reducing crew workload by incorporating features once exclusively reserved for much larger aircraft, by compensating for different configuration changes in the thrust, flaps and landing gear. For example, in the event of an engine shutdown resulting in asymmetric thrust, the aircraft will maintain a "slightly divergent heading and residual slideslip" with 80% required rudder while keeping the pilot in the loop.

Ultimately, all of these flight control system features are available in normal mode, though Embraer emphasized that the Legacy 500 and 450 are speed stable by design and normal mode system failure allows the aircraft to be controlled in direct mode like a traditional aircraft, though an open-loop operation for the control surfaces.

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Lufthansa heads to Rio

Monday, 21 February 2011, 5:58 PM

Lufthansa is continuing to expand its presence in South America and next winter by adding Rio de Janeiro to its route network. The new non-stop service from Frankfurt to Brazil’s second-largest city after Sao Paolo will be launched on October 30, 2011. Flights on this new route (LH 500 and LH 501) will be operated five times weekly with an Airbus A340 configured with 221 seats in a three-class layout (First, Business and Economy). Rio de Janeiro, renowned for its Carnival and landmarks such as Sugar Loaf Mountain and Copacabana Beach, is one of the venues for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil that will also host the Summer Olympics in 2016.

“South America, with its dynamic economy, is one of the most important growth markets for Lufthansa,” says Dr. Alexis von Hoensbroech, VP hub development and capacity management Frankfurt, Lufthansa Passenger Airlines. “With the launch of the new service to Rio de Janeiro, Lufthansa will be adding a key destination, which is popular among businesspeople and leisure travellers alike, to its route network. Lufthansa is now significantly expanding its services to the region and from next winter will offer 76 flights per week to five destinations in South America. That compares with 42 flights to three destinations in 2007.”

Lufthansa is no newcomer to Rio de Janeiro. Germany’s largest airline has serviced the metropolis since 1956 until 2005. Thanks to the strong economic growth in the region in recent years, a comeback is now planned for the end of October, at the start of the 2011/2012 winter timetable. The new route will complement Lufthansa’s existing services from Frankfurt and Munich to Sao Paolo. From Rio de Janeiro, Star Alliance partner TAM offers numerous connecting flights. Brazil, and in particular the Greater Rio de Janeiro metropolitan area, which has a population of more than 12 million, is now one of the most dynamic growth markets in South America. Thanks to the expansion of Brazil’s oil and gas extraction industry, many German and international firms have set up offices in the port city, making it an increasingly popular destination for business travellers. In the run-up to the World Cup and the Olympic Games, Rio de Janeiro remains a strong tourist magnet.

Lufthansa is offering a discounted introductory fare for flights to Rio de Janeiro. A round-trip ticket from Frankfurt to Rio starts at $1007 and can be booked now.

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Legacy 650 gets FAA certification

Item by avalonairshownews.com.au at 9:49 am, Sunday February 27 2011


The Legacy 650

Embraer’s Legacy 650 large executive jet has received certification from the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

The US FAA approval follows Brazilian ANAC (National Civil Aviation Agency) and European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) certification in October 2010. “This important approval of our new long range large cabin Legacy 650 executive jet opens the way for the company to better serve not only the U.S market, but also several other countries that require FAA certification,” Executive vice president, Executive Jets, Luís Carlos Affonso said.

The Legacy 650 is an extended-range derivative of Embraer’s Legacy 600 jet. Deliveries began in November 2010, with seven already in operation.

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Saturday, March 5th 2011 - 05:47 UTC

Brazilian regulators approve LAN/TAM merger to become Latam’s largest airline

Brazil's civil aviation authority passed on Thursday the planned combination between Brazilian airline TAM and Chilean rival LAN with no restrictions, giving a boost to their project to create Latin America's largest airline and the third largest in the world.



LATAM would be between the top five global airlines


The authority known as ANAC said in the government official gazette that the process was approved “in the same mould that it was presented.” The media office of ANAC had confirmed on Wednesday the decision to award permission to TAM and its largest rival LAN.

The news comes after antitrust regulators in Chile, where LAN is based, halted in January the integration between the carriers, citing it could potentially harm competition. The combined airline, which would be named LATAM, would become Latin America's biggest airline.

The process still requires authorization from other regulatory entities in Brazil.

Shares of TAM, Brazil's largest airline, rose for a second day in Sao Paulo, gaining 1.3% to 36.04 Real. Shares of LAN rose 1.6% in Santiago.

LAN and TAM have inked the final terms of the merger to create Latin America's biggest carrier and one of the world's top 10 airlines.
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More passengers choose TAM Airlines in 2010

Friday, 11 March 2011 10:12

TAM Airlines has recorded a 13.6 per cent year-on-year increase in the number of passengers taking its flights during 2010.

Figures released by the company revealed that 29.3 million flew on domestic flights, while 5.2 million people purchased overseas trips - such as flights to Sao Paulo - with the carrier.

There was a 14.4 per cent increase in customers taking international trips, with overall revenue rising 12.3 per cent.

Those booking TAM Airlines flights might be encouraged to hear that last year the average price paid for internal voyages dropped 8.4 per cent.

Marco Antonio Bologna, TAM SA holding president, commented: "Thanks to the efforts of our 28,000 employees, the basis for a new period of growth has been built."

Overall operating profit for the Brazilian carrier in 2010 was R$977 million (£366 million).

Last month, TAM Airlines announced that it was ordering 32 jets from the Airbus A320 line to be delivered between 2016 and 2018.

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MARCH 15, 2011, 6:38 A.M. ET

Brazilian Airline GOL's February Traffic Up 4.5%

SAO PAULO (Dow Jones)--Brazilian airline GOL Linhas Aereas Inteligentes SA (GOL, GOLL4.BR) said traffic in February picked up 4.5% on robust economic growth and an increase in demand for international routes, the company said late Monday in a statement.

GOL had 2.56 billion revenue-passenger kilometers, or RPKs, last month compared with 2.45 billion RPKs a year earlier. RPK is calculated based on the number of paying passengers multiplied by the number of kilometers an airline flies.

GOL said the main reason for the growth in traffic was the improved economic outlook for Brazil and Latin America.

GOL's load factor, or the percentage of available seats that are occupied, reached 71.2% in February, up from 70.7% a year earlier.

-By Rogerio Jelmayer, Dow Jones Newswires; 55-11-3544-7071; [email protected]
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Brazil’s Airline Infrastructure Needs An Olympic Upgrade

By: Investment U | Mar 15, 2011 | Stocks: GOL, LFL, TAM,

by Tony D'Altorio, Investment U Research


Brazil won the right to host both the upcoming 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympics.

That's quite a coup for an emerging nation. Though it also poses a very serious problem.

In order for football fans to get from one event to the next, they'll have to fly. Trouble is Brazil's airport infrastructure badly needs repair.

The country risks embarrassment on a global scale if it runs out of space at its airports. That could even happen before the 2014 World Cup kicks off.

Without taking proper action, Brazil faces increasing flight delays and cancellations. And in the long term, it may experience constrained economic growth if changes don't happen soon…

Economic Growth & Air Travel in Brazil

Brazil has long dealt with airport congestion.

Rapid economic expansion has grown Brazil's airline travel right along with it. In the past two years, it rose 35% in line with the expansion of the country's middle class.

Low-cost carriers have fueled growth, as they open up new opportunities to the masses. They allow passengers to buy tickets on credit and pay in installments.

According to management consultants McKinsey:

Airline passenger numbers jumped from 68 million in 2000 to 113 million in 2008. And according to Brazilian civil aviation authorities, it rose by another 28% in the first half of 2010.
McKinsey points out thirteen of Brazil's 20 principal airports already struggling with overcrowding in both passenger areas and plane berths. Naturally, flight delays and cancellations happen frequently at such locations.
Brazil's airports currently can handle 126 million passengers per year. But estimates bump that to 146 million by 2014, with the World Cup adding another six million.
And, McKinsey adds, it will triple within the next 20 years.
Meanwhile, airport infrastructure lags far behind…

Blame Brazil's Overcrowded Airways On Infraero

Brazil's state-run Infraero deserves the blame. It runs the country's 67 largest airports, handles 97% of its air traffic and apparently can't be bothered to maintain anything.

McKinsey believes that to meet demand, Brazil needs to invest nearly $5 billion in its 20 largest airports by 2014.

Especially those serving the 12 cities hosting the World Cup.
But Infraero plans on only around $3 billion in upgrades. And even that isn't guaranteed since it doesn't always deliver on its commitments.

In fact, McKinsey reports it spent a mere 819 million Brazilian reals of the 2.8 billion earmarked for investment between 2007 and 2010.

Industry observers attribute this to Infraero's mindset. Dominated by public sector unions, it focuses much more on jobs than results.

As a result of that incompetence, Infraero increasingly risks privatization. Of course though, that idea faces a lot of political opposition, especially from the unions.

Brazil's Airline Industry Investments

The head of the International Air Transport Association, Giovanni Bisignani, says: "To avoid a national embarrassment, Brazil needs bigger and better (airport) facilities for the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympics… The time for debate is over."

Since Brazil doesn't want to be embarrassed, it needs to make a decision quickly. And when it does, two companies in particular should profit:

Gol Linhas Aereas Inteligentes SA ADR (NYSE: GOL)
TAM S.A. ADR (NYSE: TAM), which is merging with Chile's largest airline Lan Airlines S.A. (NYSE: LFL)
Their stock might not take off immediately, but they will gain altitude all the same. Expect passenger traffic to soar with the upcoming World Cup and Olympics added to the already rapid growth the airline industry is making in a robust economy.

Good investing,

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Copa Airlines Plans Panama City-Brasilia Service from June

by STAFF on MARCH 15, 2011

Panama’s Copa Airlines will begin nonstop service four times a week between Panama City and Brazil’s capital Brasilia on June 18.

Brasilia will be Copa Airlines’ sixth Brazilian destination and its 56th destination overall.

“Copa Airlines’ new nonstop Brasilia service demonstrates our commitment to establishing more routes to this important Latin American country and to continue uniting the Americas,” says Pedro Heilbron, CEO of Copa Airlines. “Our Hub of the Americas at Tocumen International Airport in Panama offers the best connectivity for flights to Central America and the Caribbean, as well as to our destinations in North and South America.”


Copa Airlines operates a large and quickly growing fleet of Boeing 737NGs and Embraer 190s. The first 737NG model in the airline's fleet was the 737-700, one of which is shown here taking off on a test flight from either Renton or Boeing Field, but Copa Airlines has come increasingly to rely on the 737-800 as the mainstay of its fleet and all its future 737 orders for for 737-800s. Copa Airlines and its subsidiary Copa Airlines Colombia also operate a fleet of Embraer 190s

The flight will operate four times a week, departing Tocumen International Airport (PTY) at 6:32 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, and arriving at Brasília International Airport – President Juscelino Kubitschek (BSB) at 2:40 a.m. local time. The return flight will depart BSB at 5:41 a.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays and will land at PTY at 9:48 a.m. local time.

Copa Airlines says it offers more flights to international destinations than any other airline from any other hub in Latin America. At the Hub of the Americas in Panama, passengers can connect to destinations throughout Latin America, North America and the Caribbean. Transit passengers not entering Panama do not need to clear customs and immigration.

A planned city inaugurated in 1960, Brasilia has a population of 2.2 million and the highest per capita income in the country. In addition to being the seat of Brazil’s federal government, the city offers numerous cultural attractions, including many museums, theaters, art galleries and parks, and festivals throughout the year, such as the Film Festival, Fashion Week, and Summer Music Festival.

Brasilia boasts 41 sports clubs, 14 shopping malls and more than 3,000 restaurants and bars. Visitors also can enjoy recreational activities at nearby Lake Paranoa.

Copa Airlines will operate Boeing 737-700s on the Panama City-Brasilia route.


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Iberia Launches Flights between Barcelona and Sao Paulo

by Debbie Boyer (SkyClub News) March 16th, 2011

Iberia will be offering flights between Barcelona and Sao Paulo with the latest Business Class product.

As summer approaches, the Spanish airline will offer two flights per week between the two cities from June 19th. The aircraft flying the route will be an A340 with Business Plus for travellers who prefer to fly in premium comfort.

Flights will leave Barcelona Airport on Wednesdays and Sundays at 21:00 in the evening, and the return flights from Sao Paulo will leave on Mondays and Thursdays at 13:50 in the afternoon.

Passengers who want to continue beyond Barcelona to other Spanish and European destinations can catch connecting flights with Air Nostrum and Vueling.

Singapore Airlines is also commencing three flights per week between these two cities on March 28thusing a Boeing 777-300ER with the latest premium class product. Passengers will therefore have a lot of choice on this route.

The A340/300s used on the new direct route have 254 seats with 36 in Business Plus Class.

Business Plus passengers have use of the VIP lounges at the airport, and a chauffeur driven car will pick them up and take them wherever they want. They also get free parking at Barcelona Airport, extra luggage allowance and priority check-in.

The seats in Iberia’s premium cabin convert into a totally horizontal bed and feature on-demand entertainment. Business guests are served Mediterranean cuisine accompanied by fine Spanish wines. They’ll be able to choose from a menu created by SergiArola, with innovative Spanish dishes. The wine cellar won the 2008 Wines on the Wing Award from Global Traveler magazine and features wines selected by CustodioZamarra.

Iberia also offers two daily flights between Sao Paulo and Madrid, plus daily flights between Rio de Janeiro and Madrid.

The airline launched flights from Barcelona to Fortaleza and Recife from the beginning of February. Iberia will also launch three weekly direct flights between Barcelona and Miami on March 29th.
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New Sao Paulo Flight Launched by Iberia


Iberia Launch a New Sao Paulo Flight

Spanish operator Iberia has continued to establish a firm network of services between Spain and South America by announcing a new flight between Sao Paulo and Barcelona. With only TAM presently offering direct flights from London, the news will be welcomed by British travellers wanting to travel to Brazil via Spain.

Iberia already offers an extensive network of services to Brazil for easy travel back and forth between the Europe and South America. Early in 2011 they revealed new services to both Fortaleza and Recife, providing more travel choice for those flying for business and leisure. The new Barcelona based service will fly twice a week, with the airline expecting strong demand from tourists and business travellers. Meanwhile Iberia are also introducing a similar twice daily service to Sao Paulo from Madrid, cementing the Brazilian city's position as a prime destination for holidays and business.

Speaking of the new service, Iberia explained "The new non-stop route between the two cities will be covered by aircraft of the Airbus A340/300 type, with 254 seats, 36 of them in Business Plus class. Outstanding among the features of Iberia's executive class on long-haul flights is a seat that converts into a totally horizontal bed." They added that such seats also include a top of the range entertainment system and incredible Mediterranean cuisine with the best Spanish wines available. So for individuals wishing to travel to the South American continent, flying with Iberia will now have an even larger choice of both seat and flight options.


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Brazil has recentely signed various open skies agreements with the United States and with the European Union. Some talks are under way for a similar agrement with Canada, and possibly with Mexico too.

Many news are out there:

WSJ: Obama: US, Brazil To Sign Open Skies Agreement
http://www.nasdaq.com/aspx/stock-mar...kies-agreement

Delta Applauds Open Skies Agreement Between U.S., Brazil
http://www.prnewswire.com/news-relea...118440769.html

EU, Brazil sign comprehensive open skies agreement
http://atwonline.com/airports-routes...agreement-0321

Brazil: Open Skies Deals Reached With EU, Canada
http://www.airliners.net/aviation-fo....main/5095155/

And so on...
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A very good PDF for download, presenting the Embraer's executive jets Phenom 100 and Phenom 300:

http://phenom.aero/resources/library...hkosh_2009.pdf
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