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Old July 11th, 2009, 01:33 PM   #41
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Brazil considers airline industry changes

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Brazil considers airline industry changes
Thursday, 09 July 2009

Brazil will lift foreign capital limits in Brazilian airline companies to 49 per cent – up from a current cap of 20 per cent – if the government okays a draft bill from the Civil Aviation Advisory Council.

The Council, an airline sector advisory agency, also has recommended a shift away from the current concessionary model for operators of domestic routes in favour of companies applying for route authorisation.
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Old July 14th, 2009, 12:54 PM   #42
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Boeing, Saab, Dassault Wooing Brazil for US$ 4.5 Bi for 120 Fighter Planes

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Monday, 13 July 2009


Boeing Co, which is US Defense contractor, says that it is prepared to have Brazilian companies supply a "big portion" of components for its Super Hornet jetfighter, creating as many as 5.000 local jobs, to sell 36 of the warplanes to Brazil. The pledge comes as Boeing maneuvers against competitors France's Dassault Aviation and Sweden's Saab AB.

Jim Albaugh, head of Boeing's Defense unit, said agreements have been signed with 27 Brazilian companies that are capable of producing parts for the F/A-18, including EMBRAER, the world's fourth-largest airplane maker.

"A big portion of the F-18 will be built in Brazil," said Albaugh in an interview in Brasília. "For every dollar that goes toward that airplane, that money will come back to Brazil as manufacturing, software, avionics, and electronics".

Brazil, Latinamerica's biggest economy is beefing up its military after years of neglect and seeking to rebuild its arms industry. Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva is expected to award the contract, which analysts say could be worth as much as US$ 4.5 billion, as early as next month.

Two other contenders are also poised for the contract. Sweden Saab AB, maker of the Gripen warplane is prepared to shift as much as 50% of future Gripen production to Brazil, Bob Kemp, marketing chief for the US$ 50 million fighter plane was quoted last week by the Brazilian press.

But the toughest is France's Dassault Aviation. The Dassault Mirage 2000 is currently Brazil's most-advanced warplane. French officials have "clearly stated their openness" to cooperate with Brazil in the technology field, Yves Robins, deputy corporate communication of Dassault Aviation, said in an interview this week.

Under the tender guidelines, probably for 120 fighter planes, the company that wins the contract is required to transfer technology to Brazil equal to the full purchase price of the planes.

"Our main goal is technology access," Brazil's Defense Minister Nelson Jobim has repeatedly stated.

French Dassault has been Brazil's top arms supplier since 1978, when President Jimmy Carter banned US arms sales to Latinamerica, fearing an arms race among the reigning military juntas. The policy was reversed in 1997.

Besides French President Nicolas Sarkozy has lobbied strongly for the deal, which would be the Dassault's Rafale's first international sale. During a visit last December, Sarkozy signed contracts worth 8 billion euros to build 50 Super Cougar helicopters and five submarines.

Lula da Silva invited Sarkozy as Brazil's guest of honor at its independence day September 7. After meeting him in Paris last week, Lula da Silva said he hopes to sign new Defense accords at that time.

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Old July 14th, 2009, 12:57 PM   #43
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Boeing Ready to Buy F-18 Parts in Brazil to Win Sale (Update1)

By Andre Soliani and Joshua Goodman
http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?p...d=an4rlqRq6eAk

July 10 (Bloomberg) -- Boeing Co. is prepared to have Brazilian companies supply a “big portion” of components for its Super Hornet jetfighter, creating as many as 5,000 local jobs, to sell 36 of the warplanes to the Latin American nation.

Jim Albaugh, the head of Boeing’s defense unit, said agreements have been signed with 27 Brazilian companies that are capable of producing parts for the F/A-18, including Empresa Brasilieira de Aeronautica SA, the world’s fourth-largest airplane maker. The pledge comes as Boeing maneuvers against competitors Dassault Aviation SA and Saab AB to win the sale.

“A big portion of the F-18 will be built here,” Albaugh, 58, said today in an interview in Brasilia. “For every dollar that goes toward that airplane, that money will come back to Brazil as manufacturing, software, avionics, and electronics.”

Boeing, the second-biggest defense contractor in the U.S., is counting on foreign military sales to make up for an expected slowdown in orders from the Pentagon. At the same time, Brazil, Latin America’s biggest economy, is beefing up its military after years of neglect and seeking to rebuild its arms industry. Through the 1980s, Brazil was the world’s 11th biggest weapon exporter.

Foreign Bids

Brazil’s tender for the fighter jet is the fourth-biggest foreign bid Chicago-based Boeing is competing for this year, Albaugh said. Defense sales provide about half of Boeing’s revenue. Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva is expected to award the contract, which analysts say could be worth as much as $4.5 billion, as early as next month.

Competition is stiff. Saab AB, the Swedish maker of the Gripen warplane, is prepared to shift as much as 50 percent of future Gripen production to Brazil, Bob Kemp, marketing chief for the $50 million plane, said July 7.

The other contender is Paris-based Dassault Aviation SA, which is pitching the Rafale. Dassault’s Mirage 2000 is currently Brazil’s most-advanced warplane. French officials have “clearly stated their openness” to cooperate with Brazil in the technology field, Yves Robins, vice-president corporate communication of Dassault Aviation, said in an interview this week.

Under the tender guidelines, the company that wins the contract is required to transfer technology to Brazil equal to the full purchase price of the planes.

‘Technology Access’

“Our main goal is technology access,” Brazil’s Defense Minister Nelson Jobim said yesterday.

That favors Boeing’s competitors who are less burdened by U.S. restrictions on arms exports, said Richard Aboulafia, vice president at Teal Group, a Fairfax, Virginia-based consultancy. U.S. rules may include demands for on-site inspections and approval of any sales to third parties over the plane’s 40-year flying life, he said.

“Certainly it’s a process that you have to go through with the United States and it can be a process that takes time,” Albaugh said. “But ultimately our customers get what they need, get what they want.”

To replace its aging fleet, Brazil may order total of 120 fighter jets. India plans to order 126 warplanes, while Denmark may buy as much as 42 and Greece 40, Albaugh said.

The sale is Dassault’s to lose, said Alexandre Barros, head of Early Warning, a Brasilia-based political risk firm. The French have been Brazil’s top arms supplier since 1978, when President Jimmy Carter banned U.S. arms sales to Latin America, fearing an arms race among the reigning military juntas. The policy was reversed in 1997.

‘No Qualms’

“The French have no qualms about transferring a lot of technology,” said Barros.

French President Nicolas Sarkozy has lobbied for the deal, which would be the Rafale’s first international sale after failed bids in Morocco, South Korea and Singapore. During a visit last December, he signed contracts worth 8 billion euros ($11 billion) to build 50 Super Cougar helicopters and five submarines.

Lula invited Sarkozy as Brazil’s guest of honor at its independence day Sept. 7. After meeting him in Paris this week, Lula said he hopes to sign new defense accords at that time.

The F/A-18’s biggest advantage against the Dassault is a longer track-record, especially in environments like coastal Brazil, said Aboulafia.

Economies of Scale

Currently the F/A-18 is being produced at a rate of 43 per year, compared to 13 per year for the Rafale and 5 for the Gripen, so Boeing is able to win on cost per unit, Aboulafia said.

The Gripen is the weakest of the three candidates, says Michel Merluzeau, an aviation analyst at G2 Solution in Kirkland, Washington. Deliveries and production for the single- engine plane are falling, making its survival dependent on more financing. Sweden’s annual defense spending of $5.5 billion is less than 1 percent the $623 billion U.S. market, he said.

Boeing rose 0.8 percent to $39.65 in New York Stock Exchange composite trading. The stock has dropped by more than half since Feb. 28, 2008, the day before the company lost a $35 billion U.S. tanker competition to a group including rival European Aeronautic, Defence & Space Co. The stock has also been hurt by delays to the company’s newest commercial aircraft, the 787 Dreamliner.



To contact the reporter on this story: Andre Soliani in Brasilia at [email protected]
Joshua Goodman in Rio de Janeiro [email protected]

Last Updated: July 10, 2009 16:49 EDT
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Old July 14th, 2009, 09:43 PM   #44
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Market share participation of the largest airlines drops in 1st half of 2009
14/July/2009 13:07

ANAC announced today the commercial aviation comparative data for the first half of the year. According to the survey, between the months January and June, Webjet was the only Brazilian company that has won more market share, in comparison to the same period of 2008. The airline, which dominated in 2008 only 1.65% of the market, now has 4% of the share.

The Gol/Varig Group had a decrease in participation from 44.11% to 40.66%, while Tam declined to 49.15% in the first half of 2008 to 47.90% this year. OceanAir also recorded a decrease in participation from 3.21% to 2.74%. As Azul did not operate in the first half of 2008, the combined company's market share reached 2.81% this year.

In the international flights market share, the scenario was quite different for Gol/Varig, which in the first half of 2008 had 28.03% of market share and now has only 13.86%. Tam has already had an increase of 15.41 percentage points in participation in the first half of 2008, reaching 86% market share.

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Old July 16th, 2009, 06:03 AM   #45
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Webjet recover recovery and 3rd in the Blue national destinations



Webjet recover recovery and 3rd in the Blue national destinations
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After losing the third place in the national market share in May (2009), Webjet has recovered and the rival Azul falls one position to the 4th place, according to market data released this Tuesday by ANAC (National Civil Aviation Agency).

According to the survey, Webjet, which belongs to the holding company CVC and also operates in low-cost segment, saw its market share rise from 3.99% to 4.28% from May to June (2009). The results of Azul worsened during the period from 4.16% in May to 3.71% in June.

Combining the results from January to June, the difference between the market shares of Webjet and Azul, which began operating at the end of 2008, is almost the same. Last month the benefit was 3.95% against 2.49% of Azul. Now it is 3.87% from 2.42% before the rival.

In the month, Gol/Varig reduced the distance to the leader TAM, which got 48.44% of the market share - close to 48.56% from May. Constantine Junior's company summed up 45.70% of the segment in the month, a strong improvement on the 40.33% the previous period. Between January and June, the participation of TAM is 48.02% against 41.22% of Gol/Varig.

Webjet operates in 11 airports in Brazil and is headquartered in Rio de Janeiro. The company began operations in 2005.

Azul operates in thirteen Brazilian cities, but has no vacancies for landings in the two main airports of Sao Paulo - Congonhas and Cumbica. That makes Viracopos, in Campinas, 100 km from Sao Paulo, the center of its attention to the largest market in Brazil.
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Turkish Airlines plans to start direct flight in April

Turkish Airlines plans to start direct flight in April
22/July/2009, by Thais Hernandes
http://www.mercadoeeventos.com.br/sc...78&IndSeguro=0


It is planned for April of next year the opening of direct flight São Paulo-Istanbul. Information is from the director of Turkish Airlines for Brazil, Atagün Kutluyüksel, which together with the executive Paulo Oliveira and José Eduardo Assolini, visited on the afternoon of Wednesday (22/07) of the headquarters of "MERCADO & EVENTOS" and "FOLHA DO TURISMO". At the occasion were present the Vice-President, Roy Taylor, and the Director of International Marketing, Rosa Masgrau.

"Before flying to Brazil, he found that the country was far away. Today, flying here, we realize that it is closer than imagined. Currently a flight between Brazil and Turkey takes 15 hours (stopping over Dakar, Senegal). And with the direct frequency time will be even smaller, around 13 hours, "said Atagün Kutluyüksel.

The airline, which operates in Brazil since March this year, when it launched the Sao Paulo-Istanbul flight with stopover in Dakar, also plans soon to increase the frequency of three times per week to seven.

To promote the destination in Brazil, as well as the flight, 18 famtours already been made in four months. "Finish the year with 25 travel agents, operators and journalists held," said the director. He also said that the Turkish Airlines currently has 140 aircraft and in the next 10 years, has 250.
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Avianca and SAM fusion will be defined this week, Efromovich goes for VarigLog

Business of carriage of passengers, cargo and mail from the Colombian-Brazilian businessman German Efromovich, controller of the group Synergy and Avianca, take flight.


In 2008, he acquired the Colombian-Dutch airline Tampa Cargo to expand the services of mail and cargo holds because of the fleet of Avianca and other airlines did not provide sufficient capacity.

Moreover, because it considers the key chain in the aviation business, is also owner of the land transport company Transmeta.

Now Efromovich signed an option that will bear fruit if given the option to take control of VarigLog, the company of former flagship airline Varig and that Brazil is in a recovery process of their judicial duties since March this year.

Besides Tampa Cargo and Avianca, Efromovich owns companies ocean, in Brazil; Helicol and SAM in Colombia, VIP in Ecuador, and apparently has another option to purchase 80 percent of the Ecuadorian Aerogal too.

Reveals the magazine Exame Portal 'in Brazil, Ocean VariLog will manage until the resolution of pending court cases involving partners, and invest $ 30 million to solve the financial problems of short-term the company.

In addition, the company will use Efromovich systems and voice their airlines to recover the cargo airline.

VarigLog faced problems since 2007 when the U.S. fund Matlin Patterson, controlled by the Chinese Lap Chan, entered into disputes with Brazilian Marco Antonio Audi and Marcos Haftel.

Under Brazilian law, a foreigner can not have more than 20 percent of a local airline.

However, owners of VarigLog had allegedly evaded the rule and in practice the EU fund controlled. And two years ago to try to fix the mess, and Audi Haftel replied that the authorities could take control of VariLog, but without fresh capital.

However, in May this year the problems between the partners were aggravated because Chan Lup, a nationalized Brazilian citizen china and sister Lap Chan, managed to win a case before the Court of Justice of Sao Paulo to gain control of VariLog.

So before the legal confrontation between Chan and Haftel Audi, the airline was faced with difficulties in obtaining financing and part of their earnings are frozen by Brazilian courts.

VarigLog operates five aircraft and has an annual turnover of approximately $ 265 million.

Where the judicial process of recovery to get to revive VariLog, Efromovich must exercise the right to purchase under the contract. The main interest of the employer who has the two nationalities seem to be the cellars and areas that the airline cargo holds at some airports in the neighboring country.

Any part of the plan Efromovich be one of the great players of the business aviation in Latin America and operationally integrate their businesses.

This plan will have new episodes this year when Ocean Air renamed Avianca Brazil Avianca Ecuador and VIP.

However, as VIP Ocean retain its name to the authorities of their countries and common processes and integrate only the traditional red and white aircraft to reduce costs and expand services.

Efromovich with the idea of this plan is that the commercial management of its airline passenger and cargo remains under the umbrella of Avianca, ie, without merging, Ocean, and even VIP Aerogal, which has signed an agreement code sharing, lose their legal independence join synergies among themselves and with Avianca, Tampa Cargo and Helicol.

Otherwise occur with the Colombian SAM airline, to be legally acquired by Avianca, in a decision to be taken during the special meetings of shareholders of those airlines that were announced this week in Medellin and Barranquilla.


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Embraer stduding an aircraft bigger than the E195

Embraer stduding an aircraft bigger than the E195

Until recently, the natural limit of capacity for the new family of E-Jets from Embraer was around 110 passengers, because of the presence of the smaller Airbus and Boeing jets. More recently, the designers of the Bombardier's CSeries line did not seem to be aware of this barrier. The fact may have led the Brazilian company to initiate contacts with prospective operators of Bombardier's largest new model and start studing new engines being developed by the "three big" (GE, Pratt & Whitney and Rolls-Royce). New engine technology is an imperative if any new aircraft of 130 or more passengers will result in a new Embraer project, rather than an extension of the current Embraer 195.



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Embraer Profit Falls 50% on Currency Losses, More Tax Expenses

By Flavia Bohone
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July 31 (Bloomberg) -- Empresa Brasileira de Aeronautica SA, the world’s fourth-largest planemaker, said second-quarter profit dropped 50 percent as a rising real led to wider currency-exchange losses and tax expenses increased.

Net income fell to $67.8 million, or 38 cents per American depositary receipt, from $134.4 million, or 74 cents, a year earlier, the Sao Jose dos Campos, Brazil-based company said in a statement yesterday. Sales fell 11 percent to $1.46 billion.

The real gained 19 percent against the dollar in the three months ended in June, the second-biggest gainer in a basket of 16 most-actively traded currencies tracked by Bloomberg. Fewer shipments of its commercial aircraft, which carry a higher price tag than its business jets, hurt sales at Embraer, as the company is known.

“The real appreciation led to an increase on financial expenses as most of the company’s revenue is in dollars,” Alan Cardoso, an analyst at Agora Corretora in Rio de Janeiro, said before the results were released.

Embraer posted a $49.8 million foreign-exchange loss related to currency fluctuations compared with a $32.3 million loss a year earlier, the statement said. Income-tax expenses rose to $63.4 million from $9 million a year earlier, the company said.

Embraer delivered 56 airplanes in the second quarter. The planemaker shipped eight fewer commercial aircraft and 10 more executive jets than in the previous-year period. Commercial jets carry a higher price tag.

Backlog Rises

Its commercial-aviation unit had net revenue of $972.2 million in the second quarter and accounted for 67 percent of the company’s total revenue. In the year-earlier period, the segment represented 70 percent of total revenue.

“The sales mix was worse than a year earlier,” said Cardoso.

The company’s order backlog rose for the first time in three quarters to $19.8 billion, compared with $19.7 billion in the three months through March.

The company cut its forecast for global demand for business jets to 10,990 planes through 2018 from a previous estimate of 11,880.

The median estimate of four analysts surveyed by Bloomberg was for $60.2 million in earnings and sales of $1.34 billion. The earnings were reported according to U.S. accounting standards.

Fewer Workers

Embraer was able to reduce operating expenses by 34 percent to $161.9 million in the quarter after it cut about 20 percent of its workforce.

Embraer’s operating margin rose to 12 percent from 6.9 percent a year earlier. The company said in April it would maintain its 10 percent margin goal for this year.

Under Brazilian accounting standards, Embraer’s second- quarter profit totaled 466.9 million reais ($248 million). Earnings rose 31 percent from 356.5 million reais a year earlier. Sales increased 11.5 percent to 3.02 billion reais.

The company said in February that it expects to deliver 242 planes this year and post revenue of $5.5 billion.

Embraer rose 2.5 percent to 8.60 reais in Sao Paulo trading yesterday. The shares have fallen 2.4 percent this year, while the Bovespa benchmark index has gained 45 percent.

To contact the reporter on this story: Flavia Bohone in Sao Paulo at [email protected]

Last Updated: July 30, 2009 23:00 EDT

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Embraer Releases Second Quarter 2009 Results in US GAAP
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SAO JOSE DOS CAMPOS, Brazil, July 30 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Embraer (NYSE: ERJ) , the world's leading manufacturer of commercial jets with up to 120 seats, recorded net sales of US$ 1,456.6 million in the second quarter 2009 (2Q09), and net income of US$ 67.8 million, equivalent to diluted earnings per ADS of US$ 0.3750.

In 2Q09, Embraer delivered 56 jets to the commercial aviation, executive aviation and defense segments, compared to 52 jet deliveries in the second quarter of 2008 (2Q08). The Company's firm order backlog on June 30, 2009, remained stable compared to the previous quarter, totaling US$ 19.8 billion. The backlog of the EMBRAER 170/190 family accumulated a total of 882 firm orders and 794 options, with 328 aircraft to be delivered.

Despite a higher number of deliveries, net revenues for 2Q09 totaled US$ 1,456.6 million, or a 10.9% decrease from the US$ 1,635.0 million in net revenues of 2Q08, basically due to a different product mix in 2Q09, also including 15 Phenom 100 jet deliveries.

The gross margin for 2Q09 totaled 23.1%, or an increase over the 21.9% gross margin of 2Q08, mainly due to productivity gains achieved through the P3E program, widely commented on by the Company.

Income from operations totaled US$ 174.6 million in 2Q09 or 54.2% more than US$ 113.2 million recorded for the same period last year. The increase is due to the higher gross margin in the quarter, and also to decreased operating expenses, both attributable to productivity gains and a strong control over the Company's cost structure. The operating margin was 12.0% in 2Q09, or an increase over the 6.9% operating margin for 2Q08.

After US$ 63.4 million in income tax expense, Embraer's net income was US$ 67.8 million in 2Q09, compared to a net income of US$ 134.4 million in 2Q08. The net margin was 4.7% in 2Q09, compared to 8.2% in 2Q08.

The Company's operating and financial information is presented, except where otherwise stated, on a consolidated basis in United States dollars (US$) in accordance with US GAAP. The financial data presented in this document as of and for the quarters ended June 30, 2008, March 31, 2009 and June 30, 2009, are derived from the unaudited financial statements, except where otherwise stated. In order to better understand the Company's operating performance, additional information is also presented at the end of this release, in accordance with Brazilian Corporate Law ("Brazilian GAAP").

This document may contain forward-looking statements regarding circumstances or events yet to take place. Such statements are based largely on current expectations, forecasts of future events, assumptions and on financial tendencies that affect the Company's businesses, and may prove not to be accurate and are not guarantees of performance. They are subject to risks, uncertainties and assumptions that are difficult to predict and that may include, among others: general economic, political and trade conditions in Brazil and in those markets where the Company does business; expectations on industry trends; the Company's investment plans; its capacity to develop and deliver products on the dates previously agreed upon; and existing and future governmental regulations. The actual results can, therefore, differ substantially from those previously published as Company expectations. Further, in view of the inherent risks and uncertainties, the estimates, events and circumstances in such statements may not occur. The words "believe," "may," "is able," "will be able," "estimate," "intend," "continue," "project," "anticipate," "expect" and other similar terms are supposed to identify such forward-looking statements. The Company is not obligated to publish updates nor to revise any such statements due to new information, future events or otherwise.

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Statistics: 01/Jan/2009 through 30/Jun/2009

Statistics: Movement at Brazilian Airports
01/January through 30/June 2009
Source: http://www.infraero.gov.br/movi.php?gi=movi

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

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AUGUST 3, 2009, 7:41 A.M. ET
Brazil Airline TAM Names Banker Andre Esteves To Its Board

SAO PAULO (Dow Jones)--Brazil's leading airline TAM SA (TAM) named Brazilian banker Andre Esteves to its board of directors, the company announced late Friday.

Esteves is chief executive of Brazilian investment firm BTG, which announced earlier this year the acquisition of UBS Pactual from Swiss banking giant UBS AG (UBS) for $2.5 billion.

In addition, TAM also named its former CEO, Marco Antonio Bologna, a member of its board.

Esteves and Bologna will replace former TAM board members Pedrom Pullen Parente and Adalberto de Moraes Schettert.

Maria Claudia Oliveira Amaro continues as board president, while Mauricio Rolim Amaro remains vice president.

Last week, TAM Empreendimentos e Participacoes, or TEP, the holding company that controls TAM, hired BTG to manage its interests with the goal of further developing the businesses.

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

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Updated: August 3rd, 2009 12:59 PM EDT

TAP Maintenance and Engineering Brazil Receives FAA Certification for Heavy Maintenance on Airbus A330 and A340 Aircraft
TAP Maintenance and Engineering Brazil

Rio de Janeiro, August 3, 2009. TAP Maintenance and Engineering Brazil, which continues to be the leader in South America in aircraft and component maintenance, has just been certified by the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration), in the United States, to perform heavy maintenance on Airbus A330 and A340 aircraft. The company is also certified by the FAA for the A300-B4, A300-600, and A310 models.

As a member of the Airbus MRO Network (companies authorized by Airbus to perform maintenance on its aircraft), since December 2008, as an affiliate of TAP Maintenance and Engineering, TAP M&E Brazil was already certified by Brazil’s ANAC (Agência Nacional de Aviação Civil) and by Canada’s TCCA (Transport Canada Civil Aviation) for the same aircraft and, now, expands its business potential being capable for performing maintenance on airplanes registered in the United States.

TAP M&E Brazil is also certified by the FAA for several other airplane models and, once again, the company has met the rigorous standards imposed by this Agency, on operational processes, as well as facilities, logistics and tooling.

TAP Maintenance and Engineering has invested heavily to make its facilities capable of handling the Airbus fleet, seeking technical perfection, as well as synergy between the Portugal and Brazil units. They are now fully integrated, with standardized operating procedures among the three bases: one in Portugal (Lisbon) and two in Brazil (Rio de Janeiro and Porto Alegre), plus a unique sales team.

"TAP M&E Brazil has definitively entered the Airbus maintenance market", comments the company’s Senior Vice-President Brazil, Eng. Nestor Mauro Koch. "We are already certified for all of the widebody models of the Airbus family, and we are checking on the technical and economic feasibility of beginning services for the A320 family (narrowbody), thus completing all of the models made by Airbus."

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Brazil Gets a Little Closer to Egypt by Air
Written by Alexandre Rocha
Thursday, 06 August 2009




A flight expansion agreement just signed between Brazil and Egypt may, eventually, serve to expand the demand for direct flights between both countries, currently inexistent. The 2005 treaty was renegotiated in early July of this year by Brazil's National Civil Aviation Agency (ANAC) and the Egyptian authority responsible for the sector.

Originally, the agreement forecasted four flights a week, now expanded to seven, i.e., daily flights. "According to the most modern perceptions, four flights are not enough to create a process of generation of demand. That only takes place with daily flights, as passengers must have flexibility in their flights," said the International Relations superintendent at ANAC, Bruno Silva Dalcolmo.

He mentioned the example of a passenger who travels on business and needs flights available to board when necessary and may change his ticket. The greater the number of flights, the higher the chance of attracting greater numbers of users to make possible the operation of a direct route.

For the flight to be created, however, airlines need to be convinced of its commercial viability. This requires studies to know the number of passengers traveling between both countries and changing flights in other countries, like the European ones, other Middle Eastern nations or countries in Africa, and how many would be prepared to migrate to a direct service paying the required price.

Despite the inexistence of a direct route, the life of those who travel between Brazil and Egypt, and vice versa, may be simplified from now on. The agreement now permits code share agreements between companies in both countries with airlines from other countries.

For example: a European company that operates in Brazil may sell tickets to Egypt, transport the passengers to Europe, and then the Egyptian company is responsible for taking them to their final destination. In the past, only bilateral code share agreements were allowed.

According to Dalcolmo, the initiative of renegotiating the agreement arose from the Egyptian civil aviation authority, which sought the ANAC early this year with the proposal of expanding the code share. The government of Brazil not only accepted but also wanted to go ahead and include the so-called "fifth liberty" in the treaty, allowing companies in both countries to operate at intermediary points, with the possibility of passenger boarding.

With this authorization, for example, a Brazilian company may fly to Lagos, Nigeria, passengers may board or leave there, and the flight may then head on to the final destination, in Cairo. Or there may also be a stop off in Egypt, leaving or collecting passengers, and then heading on to a more distant destination.

According to Dalcolmo, this is a system used when companies do not consider a direct flight viable, but identify good demand in routes with no stops, if they can sell tickets for different stretches.

Egypt is a signatory of the Yamussukro Declaration, which covers air agreements in Africa and reserves the internal routes on the continent to African airlines. That is, a Brazilian company cannot sell tickets to two different points in Africa.

As the Brazilian foreign policy, due to the Constitution, is based on principles of reciprocity, the government of Brazil cannot grant to another country a right that country does not grant to Brazil. Therefore, ANAC cannot authorize Egyptian aircraft to land in the country, board or leave passengers, and then follow on to other destinations in Latin America.

According to Dalcolmo, the current civil aviation tendency goes against this market reservation, as passengers are interested in efficient services and with greater connectivity. "That is how the work is being developed in Brazil," he said.

According to him, in talks with Egyptian authorities, the ANAC made it clear that Brazil is prepared to open the Latin American market to Arab companies. Under this logic, an aircraft from Egypt may land in Brazil, board or drop off passengers, and then follow on to Argentina or another point in the region.

The executive pointed out that the potential in this case is enormous. Just to mention an example, he said that flights from and to Argentina represent 22% of the entire international traffic from Brazil, losing only to routes to the United States.

Dalcolmo added that the possibility of reaching an ample market is used as a currency by Brazilian authorities when negotiating more advantageous agreements with other countries. "Brazil has been showing itself as a promising market," he said.

The treaty with Egypt allows for aircraft to make technical stops in intermediary points, without boarding or drop offs. "We did not reach what was ideal, but it was a good evolution," finished off the ANAC superintendent.

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Boeing bids $7 bln worth of F-18s in Brazil competition
Brazil to choose winner in August or September

WASHINGTON, Aug 7 (Reuters) - The Pentagon has proposed a fleet of Boeing-made (BA.N) F-18 Super Hornets, valued at about $7 billion, in the Brazil Air Force's competition to choose a next generation fighter plane, the U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency said on Friday.

The Pentagon agency said it notified Congress of a possible military sale to Brazil for 28 F-18E Super Hornets, eight F-18F Super Hornets, 72 installed engines made by General Electric (GE.N) and spare parts.

Final bids were submitted in June to Brazil's defense ministry by other plane makers such as Sweden's Saab (SAABb.ST) and France's Dassault Aviation (AVMD.PA). A final decision is expected in August or September.

Under U.S. law, the Pentagon must notify Congress of potential government-to-government arms sales, but the notification does not mean a sale has been concluded.

"The government of Brazil has yet to select the U.S. Navy-Boeing proposal," the agency said in a statement. "This notification is being made in advance of receipt of a letter of request so that, in the event that the U.S. Navy-Boeing proposal is selected, the United States might move as quickly as possible to implement the sale."

Brazil's air force wants to replace its fleet over the next 15 years as the government beefs up its defense infrastructure to protect offshore oil production and other strategic assets. Some experts have said Brazil's aircraft order could eventually increase to more than 100 planes.

The Pentagon agency said U.S. Navy-Boeing's $7 billion bid also included:
* 36 AN/APG-79 Radar Systems
* 36 M61A2 20mm Gun Systems
* 36 AN/ALR-67(V) three Radar Warning Receivers
* 144 LAU-127 Launchers
* 44 Joint Helmet Mounted Cueing Systems
* 28 AIM-120C-7 Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missiles
* 28 AIM-9M Sidewinder Missiles
* 60 GBU-31/32 Joint Direct Attack Munitions
* 36 AGM-154 Joint Standoff Weapons
* 10 AGM-88B HARM Missiles
* 36 AN/ASQ-228 (V2) Advanced Targeting Forward-Looking Infrared Pods
* 36 AN/ALQ-214 Radio Frequency Countermeasures
* 40 AN/ALE-47 Electronic Warfare Countermeasures Systems
* 112 AN/ALE-50 Towed Decoys

(Reporting by Julie Vorman; Editing by Steve Orlofsky)

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JULY 27, 2009, 7:18 A.M. ET
Embraer Starts Construction Of New Facility In Portugal


SAO PAULO (Dow Jones)--Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Empresa Brasileira de Aeronautica SA (ERJ), or Embraer, announced late Sunday the start of construction of a new facility in Portugal.

The facility, scheduled for completion by the end of 2011, will be dedicated to manufacturing complex airframe structures and components in composite materials, according to the company.

"This facility represents an estimated total investment of EUR48 million, which is fully integrated with Embraer's long-term planning and budget, and consistent with company's economic and financial projections," Embraer said.

-By Rogerio Jelmayer, Dow Jones Newswires; 5511-2847-4521; [email protected]


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Bovespa Rises on Economy, Embraer, Posts Best July Since 1998

By Alexander Ragir and Emily Schmall


July 31 (Bloomberg) -- Brazilian stocks rose, sending the Bovespa to its best July since 1998, after earnings exceeded estimates and a smaller-than-estimated contraction for the U.S. economy boosted speculation the global recession is ending.

Empresa Brasileira de Aeronautica SA, the world’s fourth- largest planemaker, advanced more than 6 percent after second- quarter earnings beat estimates. Gafisa SA added 1.2 percent after the homebuilder’s recently acquired unit Construtora Tenda SA reported profit rose 33 percent in the second quarter. Brazilian banks declined after Deutsche Bank AG said Banco Santander SA’s sale of shares of its Brazil unit may “create an overhang” in the industry.

“In emerging markets, particularly the BRICS, consumers have truly differentiated themselves and demand has stayed strong,” said Fabio Spinola, who helps manage the equivalent of $532 million at Quest Investimentos Ltda. “We’ve gone up a lot, but there still are stocks with low valuations.”

The Bovespa index added 0.5 percent to 54,765.72. The index has gained 0.6 percent this week and a 6.4 percent for July on speculation a rebound in commodity prices and falling interest rates will bolster growth in Latin America’s largest economy. The Bovespa has risen 46 percent this year.

In other Latin American markets, the Bolsa advanced 0.9 percent and Chile’s Ipsa decreased 0.3 percent.

The U.S. economy, the world’s largest, contracted at a less-than-projected 1 percent annual rate after shrinking 6.4 percent in the prior three months. The data is a sign that the worst recession since the Great Depression may be winding down.

Embraer Earnings

Vale SA, the world’s biggest iron ore miner, gained 1.2 percent to 32.40 reais. Metals rose, sending the Bloomberg Base Metals 3-Month Price Commodity Index up 1.9 percent.

Embraer, which gained 6.1 percent to 9.12 reais, reported that second-quarter net income fell to $67.8 million from $134.4 million. Sales dropped 11 percent to $1.46 billion. The median estimate of four analysts surveyed by Bloomberg was for $60.2 million in earnings and sales of $1.34 billion. Credit Suisse Group AG upgraded the stock to “neutral” after the earnings, citing improvements in operating margins.

Braskem SA, Latin America’s largest petrochemicals producer, led gains on the Bovespa, rising 6.5 percent to 8.31 reais.

Gafisa gained 1.2 percent to 23.80 reais.

Tenda added 0.2 percent. Profit rose in the second quarter to 23.4 million reais ($12.4 million) from 17.6 million reais a year earlier. Tenda’s results showed improving sales speed, a recovery in profit margins and a positive outlook for the second half of the year, according to Itau Unibanco Holding SA.

Bradesco Drops

Banco Santander SA’s Brazil unit may sell up to 12 billion reais ($6.4 billion) of new shares, prompting investors to reduce their existing holdings in the nation’s bank stocks, according to Deutsche Bank.

Banco Bradesco SA slipped 0.7 percent to 29.55 reais.

Investors may sell 7.7 billion reais of shares in Bradesco, Itau Unibanco Holding SA and Banco do Brasil SA so they can purchase the Santander offering without increasing their combined holdings of Brazilian banks, Deutsche Bank analysts Mario Pierry and Tito Labarta wrote.

Airport operators and construction led gains on the Bolsa stock index.

“Any appearance that the U.S. economy is starting to rebound helped Mexico, particularly in the consumer and manufacturing segments,” Guilherme Paiva, an equities strategist at Deutsche Bank AG, said in a phone interview from New York.

ICA Jumps

Empresas ICA SAB rose 3.6 percent to 24.25 pesos after Mexico’s largest construction company said it plans to start paying dividends within five years as anticipates its return on equity will more than double as toll projects are expanded or completed.

Grupo Carso SAB, the industrial and retail group controlled by billionaire Carlos Slim, advanced 3.3 percent to 42.89 pesos, the highest level since September 2008. Mexichem SAB, Latin America’s largest plastic-pipe maker, gained 2.3 percent to 17.56 pesos.

Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacifico SAB, Mexico’s largest non- government airport operator, rose 3.8 percent to 37.08 pesos.

Elsewhere in Latin America, Argentina’s Merval added 1.4 percent, Peru’s Lima General advanced 1.4 percent and Colombia’s IGBC gained 0.6 percent.

To contact the reporter on this story: Alexander Ragir in Rio de Janeiro at [email protected]

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EMBRAER Official Press Releases:


Aug/06 | EMBRAER EXHIBITS THE LEGACY 500 FOR THE FIRST TIME IN BRAZIL
Mock-up will be displayed at LABACE with the Phenom 100, Phenom 300 and Legacy 600 jets
http://www.embraer.com/english/conte...he.asp?id=2562


Aug/05 | EMBRAER NAMES 1ST AUTHORIZED SERVICE CENTER FOR THE PHENOM 100 IN EUROPE
U.K.’s Inflite to support the Phenom family and the Legacy 600
http://www.embraer.com/english/conte...he.asp?id=2559


Aug/04 | EMBRAER TAKES LEGACY 600 JET ON ASIA PACIFIC FLYING DEMO TOUR
Company will showcase the super midsize executive aircraft in the region until September 8
http://www.embraer.com/english/conte...he.asp?id=2556


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Boeing shows interest in Embraer's new freighter
By Eduardo Simoes

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - A leading executive of Boeing signaled Monday that the company's interest to participate in the development of the KC-390 freighter, which the Company is developing from a contract with the Brazilian Air Force (FAB).

The chairman of the division of Boeing's defense and vice-chairman of the executive producer, Jim Albaugh said in press conference that the company intends to do business in Brazil regardless of the outcome of a competition to select the new fighters multiemprego of the FAB.

He also claimed that there have been conversations between representatives of Boeing and Embraer about possible partnerships.

"I always admire the Embraer and talked with them on some projects," Albaugh told the journalists.

Asked about what projects have been targets of these conversations, the executive did not want to go into details, but said that "the KC-390 is a project that we love."

Boeing, with its fighter F-18 Super Hornet is one of three finalists of the FAB's F-X2, which the Air Force intends to purchase 36 fighters from multiemprego. The other two finalists are the Rafale fighter, Dassault of France, and Gripen NG, the Swedish Saab. The decision on the winner should be announced before the coming months.

Last week, the Agency for National Security Cooperation in the United States, linked to the Pentagon, asked for approval of the U.S. Congress for the possible sale of Super Hornets for Brazil with a value of 7 billion dollars.

Albaugh, however, to ensure that the offer delivered by Boeing for FAB is lower. "I can not guarantee that our price is 7 billion dollars," he said.

"Our government is very careful not to let our competitors know our price," explained. Nevertheless, he refused to reveal figures of the proposal delivered to the Brazilian government.

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FAB and Embraer signed an agreement of 1.3 billion dollars for the development of the KC-390 in April this year for the defense Wednesday in Rio de Janeiro. The expectation is that the Armed Forces to buy 22 units of new aircraft that will replace the C-130 Hercules aircraft, manufactured by the American Lockheed.

The assembly line and the two first prototypes should be ready in seven years. Embraer estimates the total domestic cargo of 700 units over a period of 15 years, including the Brazilian manufacturer expected a third arrest, which would mean exports of 18 billion dollars.

Sought, the Company representatives did not immediately available to discuss the comments of the executive of Boeing about possible partnerships.

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Air traffic grows 25% in Brazil and TAM almost loses its leadership
http://www1.folha.uol.com.br/folha/d...1u609285.shtml

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The air passenger traffic in Brazil grew 25.68% in the domestic segment in July 2009 before same month of previous year. The data was released this Thursday by ANAC (National Agency of Civil Aviation).

TAM nearly lost the lead in this segment for GOL/VARIG. With the growth of AZUL, the leader just lost part of the market.

TAM ended the month with the participation of 43.15% against 51.09% in July 2008. GOL already increased from 41.77% to 42.88%.

While AZUL achieved in July 4.69% of the market (in July last year the company did not yet exist) and WEBJET increased from 3.17% to 4.52%.


International Market

On international routes, passenger air traffic fell down 10.15% in July 2009 before same month of previous year - the change in June was positive.

TAM's participation was 88.29% in July this year, against 72.51% in July 2008; and have GOL/VARIG lost market - from 27.10% to 11.57%.
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AZUL plans international flights out of Brazil in 3 more years

According to the AZUL's director of marketing, Gianfranco BETING, three more years (until 2012) would be a "reasonable period" for the company is already flying out of Brazil. AZUL plans to maintain the line of business, exploring routes for walking distance (which depends on the autonomy of the aircraft that make up its fleet) in South America "but for this, we need at least a reasonable density of demand in the mesh home to think and international routes."

If taken into account the exponential growth of AZUL in less than a year of operation - and the sector as a whole -, the density of demand to justify the expansion of operations of AZUL for international routes, must be reached soon. To get an idea, the company, which began operating in December 2008, now occupies the fourth place among the major market and reaches 13 the next day, Thursday, a million passengers carried. "By the end of the year will be two million," said BETING.

AZUL has a fleet of 12 Embraer jets and close the year with 14. There are more orders for other 78 jets for the next five years. In a year and a half more, the company wants to jump from 14 cities attended to a total of 26.

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U.S. Airways to operate flights to Sao Paulo

Delta Airlines and U.S. Airways announced Wednesday that an agreement which gives takeoff and landing rights in New York and Washington to U.S. Airways, and in addition also the authorization FOR U.S. Airways to operate Between Sao Paulo and Tokyo, via the USA.

U.S. Airways will acquire 42 pairs of slots that Delta has at the Ronald Reagan airport in the US capital, in addition to the rights of the airline to operate daily flights to Sao Paulo and Tokyo, which will expand its offering of international flights.

The commitment includes the transfer of 125 pairs of slots that U.S. Airways has at the airport from New York LaGuardia, dedicated to national traffic, but said it will maintain a significant presence there.

On the acquisition of rights to operate in Sao Paulo and Tokyo, the vice president of marketing and planning for U.S. Airways, Andrew Nocella, said in a press release, the measure to boost the growth plans of the airline in South America and Asia and give the opportunity to operate in two major cities, which would not have access otherwise.

The company will start its flights to Sao Paulo in the second half of 2010, not changing its plan to start a daily service between Charlotte, in the American state of North Carolina, and Rio de Janeiro in December 2009.

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LABACE 2009

LABACE 2009: Business aviation fair shall movement $400 million Dollars
http://www.pindavale.com.br/agoraval...id=16535&cod=1

The Latin American Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (LABACE 2009), opened this Thursday, 13, in São Paulo, movement an expected $400 million Dollars in business. The event is organized by the Brazilian Association of General Aviation (ABAG) and with the participation of major companies in the sector in the country.

The turnover expected was calculated by the ABAG and is based on the growth of aviation in the country. In the edition of last year, the amount was negotiated at the fair of $ 350 million.

In assessing the organization's president, John Aquino, Brazil is the focus of the aviation industry focused executive and takes the time to slowdown of the U.S. economy to occupy space in the sector.

One of the examples of companies that record growth in production is the Embraer executive jet, which exposes a Phenom 300 aircraft to the public during the three-day event.

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LABACE 2009: Buoyant Brazil takes the Latin American spotlight
By John Croft

http://www.flightglobal.com/articles...-american.html

Estimates of a 4% growth rate for Latin American business aviation in the coming decade could prove too conservative, given the optimism expressed by airframers and operators preparing for this year's LABACE Latin American business aviation convention and exhibition in São Paulo, Brazil.

Much of the confidence comes from activity in Brazil, the locus of business aviation activity in a region that spans from Mexico in the north to Argentina and Chile to the south. Not only has Brazil's economy stayed fairly robust while the USA and others have tanked, it also has a development magnet in the 2014 soccer World Cup to help it develop a long-term aviation infrastructure that will be friendly to business jet travellers coming from across the globe.

"Today [Brazil] has more cash money than we used to have, even with the financial crisis," says Rui Aquino, president of ABAG, the Brazilian association of general aviation. "Unemployment has been low, and politically, it's very stable. Lots of people want to buy airplanes and helicopters."

Helping too is the favourable US dollar to Brazilian real exchange rate, which has soared 30% since March. "Everybody is aware that the used aircraft prices are so low, and the exchange rate is one of the best ever to purchase US products," says Aquino.

SALES OPTIMISM

OceanAir, a Bombardier distributor and air taxi operator based in São Paulo, measures the optimism in Bombardier Learjet sales. Along with its two fully owned and six managed Learjets, the five-year-old company imports nine-12 aircraft a year in new sales and handles all maintenance and product support for the Bombardier fleet in Brazil, says sales and marketing director Jose Eduardo Brandao.



OceanAir has also sold three Learjet 85s in Brazil, the Canadian airframer's new all-composite and largest member of the Learjet family, which is set for first deliveries in 2013. One of the three orders is for the launch aircraft for the series, for which the private owner will move up from a Learjet 60, says Brandao.

According to Bombardier's 10-year forecast, Latin America was home to 1,160 business jets as of 2008, excluding Airbus Corporate Jets, Boeing Business Jets and very light jets. Brazil has about 360 of those jets and about 30% of those are Bombardier products, says Brandao.

Bombardier expects the total number of jets in Latin America to increase to 1,780 by 2018, a rate of 4.3% a year on average. That compares with an expected growth rate of 15.6% for China (the high), 10.2% for Europe and 4.1% for North America (the low).

Although about 70% of business jets in Brazil are owned and flown by private owners, Brandao says an increasing number of owners are beginning to share aircraft that are managed by third-party air taxi companies like OceanAir. There is no equivalent to the US or European rules allowing fractional aircraft to fly under special Part 91 rules. Instead, the aircraft must be operated under the equivalent of air taxi Part 135 rules.



Not included in Bombardier's numbers are turbine helicopters used for business purposes, an increasingly important resource for companies in the crowded São Paulo area, where there are about 500 helicopters that can fly to around 230 heliports.

OceanAir, a distributor for AgustaWestland in Brazil, has seen its helicopter business increasing by 30-40% a year over the past two years and will sell in the region 25 new and five previously owned helicopters this year, says Brandao. The company is also a distributor for Pilatus aircraft, which produces five PC-12s a year for Brazil. Brandao says there are 16 PC-12s flying in Brazil and there will be 20 by the end of the year. "We sell whatever we can get from the manufacturer," he adds.

INTEREST FUELLED

The favourable factors in Brazil are fuelling interest in LABACE. ABAG's Aquino says there will be 100 exhibitors at the show, up from 70 last year and including all major business jet manufacturers. There will also be at least 60 aircraft on static display at Congonhas airport, up from 48 last year, he adds.

One of the exhibitors, Italy's Piaggio, will be making its first appearance at the annual show, first held in 2003, as part of a new marketing strategy for its P180 Avanti II twin-engined turbo*prop in Latin America. Along with gaining Brazilian certification for the Avanti, Piaggio is looking to appoint dealers throughout the region. John Bingham, Piaggio America executive vice-president marketing and sales, says Brazil represents a huge untapped opportunity for the Avanti that Piaggio has never explored.

Bingham says the Avanti is particularly well suited for flying in the Amazon, but it should be well received across the country by both the owner-flown community and corporations. Piaggio plans to use LABACE to look for agents for Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia and Venezuela as well as for Central America - most likely Panama - all locations where the airframer has never had representation.

On the lighter side of business aviation. Italy's Vulcanair will bring its twin-engined P68s to LABACE for the first time. Representing business jet interests will be Bombardier, Cessna, Dassault, Embraer and Gulfstream.



Gulfstream has grown its mid-cabin presence in the region by 450% and its large-cabin presence by 55% between 2004 and 2008 - up to 22 aircraft from four aircraft for the midsize models and up to 70 aircraft from 45 for the large cabins. The company earlier this year slashed production of its G150 and G200 models to 24 aircraft, down from 32 in 2008, and says it may have to cut further due to the "price point" of the models.

Dassault claims market leadership in the wide-cabin sector in Brazil, with 20 aircraft in operation there, a number it expects to double in the next five years. To better service the fleet, the company has applied to the US Federal Aviation Administration and the European Aviation Safety Agency for approval to work on US and European-registered Falcon aircraft at its new factory-owned service centre in São Paulo. The company earned Brazilian repair station certification for the facility in June.

Cessna chief executive Jack Pelton says Brazil is the manufacturer's third-largest market after Europe and the USA and continues to grow despite the global downturn. "It's not as hard hit as other markets," he says. The Citationjet and Caravan turboprop lines are selling well there, with the jets used for long-distance travel between cities and the Caravans accessing some of Brazil's unimproved airfields, particularly in the Amazon region. Pelton says overall sales in Latin America are up this year while nearly every other region is down.

Second to Cessna in terms of market share is Bombardier, with nearly 400 aircraft representing 27% of the market in the region, says Fabio Rebello, Bombardier regional vice-president for sales in Latin America. Although sales in Mexico have been hit by the financial crisis in the USA, given how the two are connected in commerce by the North American free trade agreement, Rebello says Brazil has largely avoided a credit crisis. Banks have continued to provide loans and sales have remained relatively strong with internal demand.

For Latin America in general, Rebello says he expects to see 2008-type growth numbers return in the 2012 timeframe.

Brazil-based Embraer is likely to shake up the market share figures with the recent service entry of the first of its new line of very light, light and midsize business jets. The company delivered its first six-seat Phenom 100 very light jet into Brazil at the end of June, seven months after US deliveries began. Of the more than 800 orders the company has secured for the Phenom 100 and the soon to be certificated Phenom 300 light jet, more than 100 are for Latin America and 70% of those are for Brazil.

Aquino is working to make Brazil's infrastructure more welcoming to those jets before the World Cup. In his opening LABACE speech, he will lobby for the construction of new airports. "We are working with the government, exerting pressure to bring new airports for business aviation," says Aquino.

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AUGUST 13, 2009, 3:34 P.M. ET
Brazil Airlines See 25.6% Rise In July Passenger Flow

SAO PAULO (Dow Jones)--Brazil's domestic airline passenger flow rose 25.6% in July from a year earlier, according to figures released by the Civil Aviation Agency, or Anac, Thursday.

Passengers flew 4.23 billion kilometers on domestic flights in July, while available seat kilometers rose 15.3% to 6.32 billion, according to Anac. The numbers were slightly below June figures, however.

The average load factor was 66.9% compared with 65.44% in June.

Brazil's leading airline, TAM S.A (TAM), saw its market share diminished once again in July, to 43% from 51% last year and 44.7% in June. Meanwhile, rival GOL Linhas Aereas Inteligentes SA (GOL) saw its share rise to 42.8% from 41.7% last year and 42.19% in June.

Recently created Azul - Linhas Aereas Brasileiras increased its market share again to 4.69% from 4.3% in June and 4.2% in May. Azul, a new low-cost airline set up by JetBlue Airways Corp. (JBLU) founder David Neeleman, started operating late last year.

Meanwhile, small operator Webjet Airlines' share rose to 4.52% from 3.1% last year and 4.23% in June.

The number of passenger-kilometers flown by paying customers on international flights run by Brazilian airlines was 2.04 billion, down 10.15% but up from the 1.63 billion in June as July is a holiday month here.

-By Kenneth Rapoza, Dow Jones Newswires; 5511-2847-4541; [email protected]


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Cessna Citation Fleet In Brazil Moves Past 200
Fri, 14 Aug '09

Brazil Is Cessna's Top International Market



Cessna Aircraft Company said Thursday Brazil is its leading market for Citation business jets outside the United States, with an in-country fleet of more than 200 Citations for the first time in history. Cessna is represented in Brazil by TAM Aviacao Executiva based at Congonhas Airport in São Paulo.

"We have had a long relationship with general aviation in Brazil, from our propeller aircraft on up, but the Citation remains most popular," said Todd Duhnke, director, International Citation Sales. "The performance of the Citation makes it perfect for operations throughout Brazil. It moves easily in point-to-point operations between far-off commerce centers around the country without having to rely on airline hubs, it performs well in the extremes of Brazilian climate, and we have TAM providing expert sales and service.

"This is why more Brazilians have chosen Cessna than any other business jet," Duhnke said.

The Citation Mustang, introduced in early 2008, has proven particularly popular in Brazil with 22 of the entry level business jets delivered to Brazilian customers. This is the largest concentration of Mustangs outside the U.S. The Citation Sovereign and XLS+ mid-size jets are also popular.


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Currently, there are 213 Citations in Brazil, including 22 Citation Mustangs, both leading totals for any one country outside the U.S. Germany has the second largest Citation fleet outside the U.S. with 197. The United Kingdom follows Brazil in Mustang deliveries with 15. Cessna will be joining TAM to display popular Citations and single-engine propeller aircraft at the Latin American Business Aviation Convention and Exposition (LABACE) going on through Saturday in São Paulo.

FMI: www.cessna.com

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New Embraer Executive Jets Service Center Opens In 2009
Fri, 14 Aug '09

19,400-Square-Foot Embraer-Owned Facility Is The Second In Brazil



In order to offer business aviation customers a dedicated maintenance environment in Brazil, Embraer is implementing a new service center in the city of São José dos Campos, 56 miles from São Paulo. Located at the Company’s headquarters, the facilities will cover 19,380 square feet and will offer Embraer executive jet owners agility, efficiency and convenience for their service needs. Operations are expected to begin by the end of 2009.

“Establishing these new facilities at our headquarters will provide greater convenience to our Phenom and Legacy customers in Latin America,” said Edson Carlos Mallaco, Embraer Vice President, Customer Support and Services – Executive Jets. “With this center dedicated to business aviation, we can offer distinctively different services to better meet the expectations of our customers.”

The new service center will be located next to the runway of the São José dos Campos Airport. It will have an area of 17,440 square feet for aircraft and another 1,940 square feet for administration. There, Embraer will offer scheduled and unscheduled maintenance for the Phenom and Legacy executive jet families, as well as remote assistance for aircraft that cannot go to the service center.

Based on studies done with customers, Embraer confirmed the importance of the location of the new facilities near the city of São Paulo. Furthermore, São José dos Campos Airport is open 24/7, is certified for instrument operations, and has no slot restrictions for flights. Embraer currently has a service center at its Gavião Peixoto plant, Brazil, about 300 km from the city of São Paulo. It has been performing maintenance operations since 2005, and will continue serving not only business aviation customers, but also commercial and defense aircraft.



Embraer’s fleet of executive jets in Latin America has grown quickly in recent years. Currently, it has logged firm orders for more than 100 aircraft. Ten Legacy 600 jets operate in the region, and the first Phenom 100 jets were delivered last June.

FMI: www.embraer.com

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Air Italy extends flights to Maceió until December

After July season and the European summer, Air Italy programs the continuity of its charter flights, conecting Milan/Italy to Fortaleza and Maceio, in Brazil. According to the Secretary of Tourism of the State of Alagoas, Virginio Loureiro, the decision is "the effort made jointly by the Italian tourism operators, local entrepreneurs and SETUR to continue operations until the end of the year." The Air Italy's charter flight will arrive in Maceio Saturdays, September-December, at 23:30.





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10/Ago/2009 - 11h49
"Campo de Marte" airfield must be closed
São Paulo general and executive aviation airport to be closed by 2014 - Only helicopters to remain operating

BRASILIA - The "Campo de Marte" airfield, opened in 1920 as the first airport in the city of São Paulo, is now to be totally disabled for general and executive aviation over the next five years (until 2014). The space currently occupied by the runway for takeoff and landing will now serve as the new high-speed train (TAV) station in São Paulo, which will conect the city center for passengers to/from Campinas International Airport, aswell as to/from Rio de Janeiro, as the federal government project that has already been negotiated with the city and the with State of São Paulo.

With the withdrawal of the aircrafts, air operations will remain the only as heliport. Besides the passenger terminal of the future of high-speed train, the project envisages the expansion of the convention center in Anhembi and deployment of a public park, according to Bernardo Figueiredo, director general of National Agency for Land Transport (ANTT). "We have to rethink the use of the "Campo de Marte" airfield. This is a prime area of the city, which can be reintegrated into society," says Figueiredo.

All changes should be ready by 2014, the year of the FIFA World Cup in Brazil, where the government wants the high-speed train starts its operations, even partially. The area of the "Campo de Marte" airfield and belongs to the Air Transport Ministry has opened technical discussions with the military. In the operation of TAV, you will need the space of the current runway, hangars and parking for aircraft not only to build the station for passengers but for workshops and yards of maneuvers that will support the train. The executive secretary of the ministry, Paulo Sérgio Passos, minimizes the impact of changes in the airport for the air sector. "Today is the intensive use of helicopters," he says.

In fact, the "Campo de Marte" airfield was an average of 283 transactions per day in 2008, and 64% refer to landings and takeoffs of helicopters. But the Brazilian Association of General Aviation (ABAG), which represents the air taxi companies and owners of private aircraft, sees risks of collapse in the sector with the lack of infrastructure to meet growing demand for these services. "Stir in the "Campo de Marte" airfield will create a mess absurd," says the organization's president, Rui Aquino.

The indignation of Aquino, which has not yet been informed about the government's plans, based on the increasing restrictions for aviation executive in recent years. The barriers increased after the accident with the A320 from TAM in Congonhas, which left 199 dead in July 2007. Following the restrictions imposed on airlines, the number of "slots" (takeoffs or landings) for the executive aviation decreased from ten to four hours at the airport by the South Zone of São Paulo.

That was the main restriction, but it coincided with other, remember Aquino. As the movement grew quickly in Guarulhos, executive jets can now land at the airport of Cumbica if any airline cancel a landing there - is the "slot of opportunity" in the jargon of the industry. Still, when land in Guarulhos, private aircraft may be only two hours in soil, releasing the space below.

The idea of government is driving the demand for aviation executive Jundiaí, about 60 kilometers from the capital, but the ABAG sees problems in the solution suggested. "The airport is already saturated," says Aquino. According to him, the hangars and runways of the airport of taxiing Jundiaí are very close to the runway landing and takeoff, preventing the safe operation of aircraft with greater scale. "You can use a Legacy, but not enough to get a Falcon or Gulfstream there," he explains.

Aquinas suggests restrictions of infrastructure in three other locations to say that "the final solution is necessarily a new airport" in Sao Paulo. The airport of Viracopos in Campinas "is not intended for general aviation" because only 16 aircraft fall in the courtyard, but relatively empty, now often blended with the blue jets. The city of Bragança Paulista is an airfield with 1,200-meter runway, but no structure of the passenger terminal or yard. In Sorocaba, the most viable alternative considered by ABAG, there is resistance from users because access by the Castelo Branco highway may take up to 2 hours in peak times.

Plans for closing the track "Campo de Marte" airfield were made less than a year after the announcement of its revitalization. A new control tower, planned for 2011 and budgeted at U.S. $ 16 million, would enable the visibility of 90% of aircraft on the runway. Another project announced was the increase of the width of the runway. The report can not find, on Friday, the superintendent of Infraero in the "Campo de Marte" airfield to confirm the investment announced.

The airport site has an area of approximately 2.1 million square meters. Infraero are under the administration of 975 thousand Aeronautics and manage the rest. With a privileged location, next to the Marginal Tietê, the "Campo de Marte" airfield is the fifth largest movement operating in the country - ahead of airports such as Santos Dumont - even without regular airlines. Were 102 thousand landings and takeoffs in 2008, including aircraft and helicopters. In November 2007, the drop of a Legacy jet on homes in the region has left eight people dead, contributing to the perception that the airport should be disabled.

At a cost estimated at U.S. $ 34.6 billion by the British consultancy Halcrow, contracted by the Brazilian government, train the Rio-São Paulo-Campinas has 510 kilometers long. The route suggested by the government, likely to change the winner of the bidding consortium includes 91 kilometers of tunnels and 107 bridges - the equivalent of 39% of the total. The route would have 312 kilometers in area. The prospect is that the bid is placed in the public consultation - and referred to the Court of Accounts of the Union - until the end of August and the auction occurs also in 2009.

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