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Old October 24th, 2009, 04:13 PM   #141
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SMILES Launches New Program Bonuses
Friday, October 23, 2009, 8:43

SAO PAULO, — GOL Linhas Aereas Inteligentes S.A. (Bovespa: GOLL4 and NYSE: GOL), Latin America’s largest low- cost and low-fare airline, announces the launch of new bonuses through SMILES, GOL’s relationship program, making it even easier for participants to use their miles and obtain their bonus tickets. For example, participants can fly with no seat limits and obtain their tickets up to 90 minutes before boarding by using their miles only; purchase tickets using a combination of miles and money; or fly with reduced miles.

“The new bonuses, together with the partnerships with foreign airlines and the launch of the co-branded cards, mean that our participants can now enjoy even more advantages and benefits,” declared Murilo Barbosa, GOL’s Marketing and Card Officer.

Participants SMILES ticket Participants use a SMILES ticket ensure a for the combination of miles promotions under SMILES ticket Economy and and money to obtain special with no seat Comfort classes their SMILES ticket conditions limits, using double the number of miles.

Further information and the new prize rules are available at the SMILES website (www.smiles.com.br).
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GOL and Iberia enter into code share agreement
Monday, 26 October 2009

Iberia Lineas Aereas de Espana SA has signed a code share agreement with Brazil's GOL Linhas Aereas Inteligentes SA (GOL).

The two carriers are also considering linking their frequent flyer programs, GOL's SMILES and Iberia's Plus.

The code-share agreement will allow Iberia to add its IATA code to GOL flights from Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo to 13 Brazilian destinations: Belo Horizonte, Brasilia, Curitiba, Florianopolis, Fortaleza, Foz do Iguacu, Goiania, Manaus, Natal, Porto Alegre, Recife, Salvador and Vitoria.

Iberia passengers will benefit from more flight connection options throughout Brazil, while the agreement provides an additional sales channel for GOL, increasing passenger traffic and load factor for the Brazilian carrier.

Iberia offers two direct daily flights between Madrid and Sao Paulo (Guarulhos Airport) as well as one direct daily flight to Rio de Janeiro (Galeao Airport), operating Airbus A340-600 and A340-300 aircraft.

In compliance with standard regulation requirements, GOL will submit the contract to the National Civil Aviation Agency (Anac), the Brazilian aviation authority, and to the Brazilian Antitrust Agency (Cade), the antitrust counsel, for their evaluation before implementing the agreement.
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Old October 27th, 2009, 02:06 PM   #143
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Embraer Organizes Ninth Maintenance Cost Workshop in Brazil

NewswireToday - /newswire/ - São José dos Campos, São Paulo, Brazil, 10/26/2009 - MCW 2009 focuses on reducing costs with innovative technologies.


Embraer is holding the ninth Maintenance Cost Workshop (MCW), October 25-30, in São José dos Campos, Brazil. Dedicated to companies that already operate or have ordered Embraer commercial jets, worldwide, the event focuses on reducing maintenance costs and stimulates the exchange of experiences among operators, suppliers, service centers, and Embraer.

“We welcome all of the participants who are contributing to this forum,” said Maurício Aveiro, Embraer Vice President, Customer Support and Services – Airline Market. “MCW motivates an open discussion regarding the best maintenance practices, in order to improve Embraer commercial jet operations. This year, our meeting will emphasize cost management.”

This year’s MCW edition will be attended by 26 customers and operators. October 25 is the Welcome Day for the clients of Embraer’s E-Jets family, comprised of four commercial jets with 70 to 122 seats. More than 600 E-Jets have been delivered since March 2004. Panel discussions and working groups will be held on October 26 and 27, where all participants will share maintenance cost reduction opportunities and operational experiences.

A special conference for the E-Jets and ERJ 145 families will take place on October 28, focusing on innovation, new technologies, and software for reducing maintenance outlays. Simultaneously, the Company will hold the first Airline Market Embraer Authorized Service Center Forum, which is an opportunity to discuss with these accredited facilities how to improve customer support.

The ERJ 145 family conference, on October 29 and 30, will cover the same agenda as the E-Jets two-day event. Today, more than 1,100 ERJ 145 family jets are in operation, worldwide. They have accumulated over 15 million flight hours, with an impressive dispatch reliability of 99.8%

Embraer (Empresa Brasileira de Aeronáutica S.A. - NYSE: ERJ; Bovespa: EMBR3) is the world’s largest manufacturer of commercial jets up to 120 seats, and one of Brazil’s leading exporters. Embraer’s headquarters are located in São José dos Campos, São Paulo, and it has offices, industrial operations and customer service facilities in Brazil, the United States, France, Portugal, China and Singapore. Founded in 1969, the Company designs, develops, manufactures and sells aircraft for the commercial aviation, executive aviation, and defense segments. The Company also provides after sales support and services to customers worldwide. On September 30, 2009, Embraer (embraer.com.br) had a workforce of 16,986 employees – not counting the employees of its subsidiaries OGMA and HEAI – and its firm order backlog totaled US$ 18.6 billion.

This document may contain projections, statements and estimates regarding circumstances or events yet to take place. Those projections and estimates are based largely on current expectations, forecasts on future events and financial tendencies that affect Embraer’s businesses. Those estimates are subject to risks, uncertainties and suppositions that include, among others: general economic, political and trade conditions in Brazil and in those markets where Embraer does business; expectations on industry trends; the Company’s investment plans; its capacity to develop and deliver products on the dates previously agreed upon, and existing and future governmental regulations. The words “believe”, “may”, “is able”, “will be able”, “intend”, “continue”, “anticipate”, “expect” and other similar terms are supposed to identify potentialities. Embraer does not feel compelled to publish updates nor to revise any estimates due to new information, future events or any other facts. In view of the inherent risks and uncertainties, such estimates, events and circumstances may not take place. The actual results can therefore differ substantially from those previously published as Embraer expectations.
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Hey Ruifo, you have a very informative Brazilian Aviation Thread... Good job Dude!

Question, what do you know about the "talks" between TAM & TAP's merger? Who will merge with who and which name will stay?
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Hey Ruifo, you have a very informative Brazilian Aviation Thread... Good job Dude!

Question, what do you know about the "talks" between TAM & TAP's merger? Who will merge with who and which name will stay?
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^ Sure if I come accross any valuable info I will share with this thread. As far as the merger, I read somewhere and I cannot seem to remember from where about a possible merger. It definitely caught my attention since one Airline is in Europe and the other in America. It would be similar as Air France/KLM, but then again they are not in the same continent. I guess it was much easier for AF/KLM because there countries are members of the (European Union).

So like I mentioned, I will share new info as I come accross it...
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Runway not to blame for TAM Airlines Flight 3054's crash
www.chinaview.cn 2009-10-28 09:28:37

RIO DE JANEIRO, Oct. 27 (Xinhua) -- The condition of the Congonhas Airport's runway was not the cause of the crash of TAM airlines flight 3054, one of Brazil's worst plane crash, local daily O Globo said on Tuesday quoting a report of the Brazilian Air Force.

TAM Flight 3054, an Airbus A320, landed in driving rain at Sao Paulo's Congonhas airport on July 17, 2007, speeding down the runway and crashing into a gas station and air cargo building at 109 mph (175 kph). All 187 people aboard and 12 people on the ground died.

The accident is the second worst in the history of Brazilian aviation, only surpassed by the crash of Air France Flight 447 from Brazil to France in May, which killed 228 people.

At the time of the accident, much of the report focused on the runway, where landings were periodically suspended during rainstorms as the runway got too slippery.

Infraero, a government agency that oversees airport infrastructure, was also blamed for failing to complete grooving on the runway that would have sped drainage.

The runway had been recently reformed, but the grooving service had yet to be completed.

The newly released Air Force's report, however, concluded that the runway managed to avoid Flight 3054 colliding with other aircrafts which were landing and taking off at the time.

According to the Air Force, one of the plane's levers was maintained at the "climb" position, which prevented the plane from landing correctly. But the report did not say whether the lever's wrong position was caused by human error or mechanical flaws.

The report does, however, point out several other factors which contributed to the crash, including the fact that the plane's system did not alert the pilot that the lever was in a wrong position and that the plane did not respond when the pilot hit the brakes.

Additionally, the report noted that the pilots did not have enough training, and that one of them, though accustomed to large aircrafts, only had 200 flight hours on an Airbus A320.

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OCTOBER 20, 2009, 12:28 P.M. ET

Brazil Airline TRIP To Invest $198 Mln In 2010


SAO PAULO (Dow Jones)--Small Brazilian airline TRIP Linhas Aereas plans to invest $198 million during 2010 in acquiring eight new aircraft and expanding operations, it said in a press release Tuesday.

The company is one of a number of small operators looking to expand amid the positive growth prospects for the segment.

TRIP currently operates 27 planes and flies to 65 destinations, although it only commands 1.6% of the market.

The local market is dominated by TAM SA (TAM,TAMM4.BR) and GOL Linhas Aereas Inteligentes (GOL,GOLL4.BR), which together command 85% of the market. TRIP and others see expansion possibilities on the fringe of the big two's operations.


-By Alastair Stewart, Dow Jones Newswires; 5511 2847-4520; [email protected]
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LATIN AMERICAN MARKETS: Tam, Gol Airlines Lift Brazilian Stocks
By Laura Mandaro


Brazilian stocks gained Thursday, breaking with declines in Mexico and Chile, as airline operators Tam Sa and Gol Linhas Aereas rallied.

The Bovespa rose 836.2 points, or 1.3%, to 66,322, lifted by more than 3% rises in the local shares of TAM (TAM) and competitor Gol (GOL).

The rise in Brazilian airline stocks paralleled gains in the U.S., where the NYSE Arca Airline index (XAL) added 1% on better-than-expected results from Delta Air Lines, Inc. (DAL) and US Airways Inc. (LCC), and a drop in oil prices.

Aircraft manufacturer Embraer Empresa Brasileira de Aero (ERJ) and Banco Bradesco (BBD) also led the index higher, which is recovering from a steep sell- off on Tuesday after the government imposed a tax on foreign purchases of securities.

Brazil's real, which also tumbled earlier this week on the move to rein in foreign capital flows, gained against the U.S. dollar. One U.S. dollar bought 1.7195 reals, down from 1.728 late Wednesday.

Late Wednesday, Brazil's central bank decided to keep its key interest rate unchanged at 8.75%.

The Bovespa's gains contrasted with drops in Mexico and Chile.

Mexico's IPC index slid 130 points, or 0.4%, to 30,759.

RBC Capital Markets analysts said they now anticipate all ratings agencies will downgrade Mexico's credit ratings by one notch, to triple-B, within weeks, after the country's main political party approved tax increases that failed to widen the taxable base.

Chile's IPSA lost 7 points, or 0.2%, to 3,418.


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German camps out for 13 days in Brazil airport
By TALES AZZONI (AP) – 1 hour ago

CAMPINAS, Brazil — A German man reportedly dumped by a Brazilian woman he met on the Internet camped out in an airport for 13 days before being taken Thursday to a hospital for a psychological evaluation.

The man, identified by authorities as Heinz Muller, was out of money and wouldn't say when he planned to leave, according to airport workers, some of whom brought him meals from the food court.

The 46-year-old former pilot spent his time wandering the airport in Campinas, an industrial city about an hour's drive from Sao Paulo, and using his laptop perched on a luggage cart. Occasionally he spoke to workers and passengers in basic Portuguese mixed with some Spanish.

While airport workers said they were getting used to Muller's presence and authorities said he could stay at the airport because he was in Brazil legally, doctors determined Muller needed to be checked out.

He put up slight resistance as he was taken away Thursday evening but authorities did not have to use force, said a representative of Brazil's civil aviation authority who spoke on condition of anonymity in keeping with department policy.

Muller arrived in Rio de Janeiro on Oct. 2 and wound up at the airport after being dumped by a woman living nearby, a spokesman for the authority said, also on condition of anonymity. He had declined offers to stay at a shelter or in housing offered by nonprofit groups.

The case was similar to that of Hiroshi Nohara, a Japanese man who spent three months living in the Mexico City airport before leaving last December. Nohara turned into a local celebrity, and his story drew comparisons to that of Viktor Navorski, a character portrayed by Tom Hanks in the 2004 movie "The Terminal."

But Navorski was forced to stay at a New York City airport after war broke out in his Eastern European country, and officials said they could neither allow him into the U.S. nor deport him.

Muller washed himself in the airport bathrooms and slept on chairs in the airport's only terminal.

In a brief interview in English before he was taken to the hospital, Muller said that airport workers "are treating me OK" and that he wanted to move permanently to Latin America's largest country.

"I want to be living in Brazil in somewhere pretty," he said, declining to elaborate after an Associated Press reporter would not buy him the computer cable he demanded in return for answering questions.

Muller's passport says he is from Munich, though Muller told people in the airport he lives elsewhere in Germany, the aviation spokesman said. The German Embassy's media office in Brasilia declined to comment.

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Heinz Muller, a German citizen, talks with a police officer inside a room of the Campinas' airport, in Brazil, where he has been living for about two weeks, allegedly waiting for his Brazilian girlfriend to show up Thursday, Oct. 29, 2009. The man, identified by authorities as 46-year-old former pilot Heinz Muller, doesn't have any money and is being fed by airport workers who bring him meals from the food court at the airport in Campinas, an industrial city about an hour's drive from Sao Paulo. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)
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UPDATE 1-Embraer returns to profit in Q3 on tax refund
Thu Oct 29, 2009 6:41pm EDT

* Net income reverses yr-ago loss, but falls from Q2
* Company cuts guidance on deliveries for 2009
* Revenue, margins fell as mix of sales deteriorated

By Guillermo Parra-Bernal



SAO PAULO, Oct 28 (Reuters) - Brazilian aircraft maker Embraer (EMBR3.SA)(ERJ.N) reported on Thursday a profit in the third quarter, reversing a loss in the year-earlier period, helped by a mix of lower costs, a tax rebate and tumbling debt-servicing costs.

Embraer, the world's third-largest commercial aircraft maker, said in a securities filing that net income totaled 221.9 million reais ($128.2 million), compared with a loss of 39.2 million reais in the same period of 2008.

Yet, profit plummeted 52 percent from 466.9 million reais the second quarter, indicating that an 11 percent gain in the real (BRBY), Brazil's currency, in the period might weighed on revenue.

The 95.1 million-real tax refund bolstered profit for the second straight quarter. The rebate came as Embraer failed to offload inventory much faster, suggesting sales are still struggling with the deepest crisis in commercial aviation since the end of World War II.

The company revised down for the third time this year its guidance for deliveries, which now stands at a total 242 jets for 2009. So far this year, 153 planes were effectively delivered.

"Due to the appreciation of the Brazilian real against the U.S. dollar along the year, operational margins should stay around 7 percent," Embraer said.

Embraer had a 29.7 million reais financial expense in the quarter, compared with about 72 million reais a year earlier, reflecting the impact of record-low borrowing costs and a stronger real on debt-servicing.

The real's 34 percent gain should at some point limit cost savings and crimp revenue this year, analysts including Ronald Epstein of Bank of America Merrill Lynch said prior to the third quarter earnings release. About 40 percent of Embraer's production costs are denominated in the local currency, the real (BRBY).

Operational expenses fell 17 percent on a year-on-year basis, reflecting the company's decision earlier this year to slash its workforce and negotiate lower prices with suppliers.

Net income was also lifted by revenue stemming from fines from purchase cancellations.

REVENUE TUMBLES

Revenue at Sao Jose dos Campos-based Embraer, which sells most of its planes outside Brazil, suffered as it sold more of its smaller, less expensive planes to counter the fallout in global aviation.

Sales of commercial, defense and private aircraft dropped 10 percent to 2.33 billion reais in the quarter, despite reporting a 19 percent increase in deliveries during the period.

The company reported deliveries of 57 jets in the three months ended on Sept. 30, including 22 units of the Phenom model. The price tag for Phenom planes is about one-tenth that of its 118-seat Embraer 195 plane.

A year earlier, Embraer delivered 48 jets. Deliveries of the Phenom series began only last December.

Inventory fell 13.6 percent from the previous quarter to 5.19 billion reais. Embraer did not disclose the number for the third quarter of 2008.

"The drop was due to the mix of sales," the company said.

That sparked a drop in earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization -- a gauge of cash and operational profitability known as EBITDA -- during the quarter.

EBITDA tumbled to 264.9 million reais, or 11 percent of revenue, from 367.1 million reais, or 14.2 percent, a year earlier. EBITDA was 513.1 million reais in the second quarter of the year.

Embraer reported profit of $233.7 million under U.S. accounting rules, beating the $90 million average estimate of four analysts polled by Reuters.

Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization -- a gauge of cash and operational profitability known as EBITDA -- million in the third quarter, analysts forecast, from $119 million a year earlier.

EBITDA margins, or EBITDA as a proportion of revenue, likely improved to an average 11.1 percent from 7.7 percent.

Shares of Embraer gained 0.7 percent on Thursday to 10 reais.

($1=1.73 reais)

(Additional reporting by Cesar Bianconi in Sao Paulo; Editing by Andre Grenon and Gunna Dickson)
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Brazil's Embraer planemaker reports flat Q3 profit amid global aviation woes

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10/30/09 6:30 AM EDT




SAO PAULO — Brazilian plane maker Embraer on Friday said its third-quarter profit was flat, as the global jet market limps along following the meltdown.

Net income for the July-September period was $57.7 million, or 32 cents per share — the same it came in at a year ago.

Sales for Empresa Brasileira de Aeronautica SA dropped to $1.2 billion for the third quarter, from $1.5 billion for the same period in 2008.

Embraer said late Thursday it delivered 57 jets during the quarter, up from 48 during the third quarter of 2008.

But the deliveries included more cheaper executive jets and fewer commercial jets that carry higher prices.

The company's shares advanced 3.6 percent Thursday before the results were announced, or 81 cents to $23.45 each.
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OCTOBER 29, 2009, 1:48 P.M. ET
Brazil In Talks On Rio's Galeao Airport Concession

By Kejal Vyas
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NEW YORK (Dow Jones)--Brazilian officials are in talks with the owners of the Paris Charles de Gaulle International Airport and the owners of Frankfurt Airport over a possible concession to run Rio de Janeiro's Galeao International Airport, according to Rio de Janeiro Finance Secretary Joaquim Levy.

"A privatization of the airport could bring in $3 billion to $4 billion," Levy said, speaking to a Brazilian investment conference in New York via telephone.

Levy told Dow Jones Newswires at a conference in Miami last week that Aeroports de Paris (ADP.FR), owner of Charles de Gaulle, had shown interest, as well as Fraport AG (FRA.XE), owner of the Frankfurt airport. Officials said these are just two of many entities looking at Rio's airport, including parties within Brazil.

A deal would be in the form of a concession, in which the Brazilian government would grant ownership of the airport for around 25 years, according to Cristiano Prado, manager of infrastructure and new investments at the Rio de Janeiro Federation of Industries, or Firjan.

The concessions could then be extended for another 25 years, he explained.

A spokesman for Fraport said Thursday the German airport operator has a strong interest in the Brazilian market, but added that it is up to the Brazilian government to create the necessary conditions for privatization first.

"But we're looking at this process with great interest and we're following developments closely," he said when contacted by Dow Jones Newswires.

A spokesman from Aeroports de Paris declined to comment. The company, however, has been branching out and taking stakes in other airports around Europe.

A concession on the airport is part of a broader effort by the Brazilian government to attract investment dollars from overseas to help fund the massive overhaul of the city of Rio de Janiero in time for the Olympic games in 2016. Brazil is also hosting the soccer World Cup in 2014. The cup's final game is scheduled for Rio's famed Maracana Stadium.

Officials have been touring the U.S. as well as some European and Asian countries to speak with prospective investors.

Prado said he has been in talks with entrepreneurs in Thailand, India, Korea, Germany, Japan and China, among others.

Firjan estimates about $60 billion of investment into Rio is needed for the next three years as the city remodels public transportation lines to double capacity between some busy hubs and to build new hotels. Construction of new port facilities and a remodeling of the airport is also included in these infrastructure investment plans.

These are still early estimates and Brazilian officials say they can't provide numbers for how much money will actually be flooding into the region from all the different projects. More than 100 projects have already been announced and total investments into the city should increase, Firjan says, now that Rio has won the bid to host the Olympics.

Levy said last week the government expects about 30% of total investment to come from the private sector.

The spotlight on Rio has also put the city's high crime rate into focus and many in the investment community have raised concerns over security.

In response to those concerns, Levy said Thursday that the government is putting $2 billion toward increasing security and social services in some of the poorer parts of the city, known locally as favelas.

-By Kejal Vyas, Dow Jones Newswires; 212-416-2185; [email protected]

(Kirsten Bienk in Hamburg contributed to this report.)
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Network overhaul at Brazil's 11 Airports

Administration selects 3Com and its H3C enterprise networking solutions to modernize local networks of Brazil's main airports
Friday, October 30, 2009


BANGALORE, INDIA: Infraero, the government-run airport administration for Brazil, has selected 3Com and its H3C enterprise networking solutions to provide the network infrastructure for its network upgrade project for 11 of the main airports in the country. The aim of the initiative is to increase the performance and security of the airport's wired and wireless networks to support the increasing demand of passengers and employees.

Infraero estimates that by using 3Com's H3C enterprise networking devices it will achieve a 100-fold increase of performance on data, voice and video applications used for flight information systems,air traffic control, surveillance and IP telephony systems.

"This decision was based on detailed technical and financial analyses, as well as matching the original design with our needs. Choosing the 3Com solution turned out to be the best option, as it met all three criteria", said Hercules Santos, IT Manager, Infraero.

More than 800 networks points distributed between 11 airports are planned for the first phase of the project.

The initial phase of the project includes upgrades to a 10 Gigabit Ethernet backbone to replace an ATM network for Guarulhos (SP), Galeao (RJ), and Salvador (BA) airports. The technological upgrades in these three airports complements projects already concluded on airports with large network demands, such as Congonhas (SP), Santos Dumont (RJ), and Viracopos (SP).

The project developed by 3Com for Infraero is similar to that employed by the company at Beijing's International Airport in China.


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Missing Amazon plane made river landing, 9 survive
By ALAN CLENDENNING (AP) – 26 minutes ago

SAO PAULO — A plane that went missing over the Amazon made an emergency river landing in a remote part of the rain forest and nine of the 11 people aboard survived, Brazil's air force said Friday.

Members of the Matis Indian tribe found the plane and the survivors in a sprawling jungle reservation, the air force said in a statement.

One person abroad the single-prop Cessna Caravan plane was missing and another may have died in Thursday's emergency, the air force said. It did not say why the plane was forced to set down on the Itui River.

Military helicopters picked up the survivors Friday afternoon at a roadless site near several Indian villages close to the Peruvian border. They were being flown to a hospital for evaluation, but Globo TV said none had life-threatening injuries.

The air force plane carried a four-person military crew and seven members of a government medical team who travel by plane and boat across the Amazon vaccinating rain forest dwellers who can't be reached any other way.

The plane took off Thursday morning from the small city of Cruzeiro do Sul in Acre state. It was scheduled to land about two hours later in the city of Tabatinga in Amazonas state.

The aircraft went down in the Vale do Javari reservation, one of Brazil's largest. The area nearly the size of Portugal is home to at least 12 tribes, some believed to have never had contact with western civilization.

Indians also helped Brazilian authorities in 2006 when a passenger jet and an executive jet collided above the Amazon, sending the jetliner crashing into the jungle and killing all 154 aboard in the nation's second biggest aviation disaster.

After authorities spotted the wreckage, Indians from two tribes helped officials reach the plane and helped clear remote stretches of forest.

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With the new flight to Porto Alegre, TACA increases its offer to Brazil in 21%

Posted on 30/10/2009 12:11:00

After the party held in Porto Alegre on Wednesday, launching the Taca flight between Porto Alegre and Lima, Peru, now is the time of the launch of Peru. On Wednesday, June 4, the airline meets the Peruvian trade to present the news in Lima. The event takes place at the Embassy of Brazil in Lima. "We have received strong support from the Brazilian authorities, especially EMBRATUR in promoting the new flight," says the manager of communication Taca, Inés Elejalde Franco, who visited this morning the drafting of PANROTAS.

The three weekly flights linking Porto Alegre to Lima start on December 3, in transaction with the Airbus 319, with 120 seats. The new flights are in addition to the ten weekly flights between Sao Paulo and Lima and four flights per week from Rio to Peru's capital, totaling 17 flights per week from December. "We increased our offer by 21% between Brazil and Peru," says the manager of the Taca. With the start of operations, Brazil is sharing with Colombia - where the bowl is present in three cities - the position of the South American country with the largest number of destinations served by Taca from Lima, hub of the company.

Flights from Porto Alegre will exit on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, às7h05, lasting about five hours. The return of Lima is on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 22.15. The promotional launch price is $ 499, round trip.

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U.S. Airways lauchs in São Paulo its new flight connecting Rio to Charlotte

Posted on 30/10/2009 12:07:00


U.S. Airways launched today in Sao Paulo, its first flight in Brazil, which will connect, as of December 16, Rio de Janeiro to Charlotte, North Carolina (USA). The North American city is one of three airline hubs - Philadelphia and Phoenix round out the list. The daily flight will be direct and on board a Boeing 767 and will last for 8:45.

The aircraft left Brazil at 22.55 and arrives in the United States at 6. In the passage opposite the equipment departing at 20:30 and lands at 9:15. "Our flight is the first to land at the airport, which facilitates the arrival of Brazilian for other connections or even in the customs line," said sales manager for U.S. Airways, Roger Schaffer.

At first the company will connect the two countries only via Rio de Janeiro. "We believe that in the second half of 2010 we will have a flight to Sao Paulo as well. Only depend on the approval of regulatory bodies of the two countries, "said Schaffer.

To connect passengers to other Brazilian destinations U.S. Airways is in talks "with a domestic airline, whose name was not revealed. However, U.S. Airways is a member of Star Alliance and Brazilian company that is part of that alliance is TAM, which will be launched in April and to join the Star must have agreements with all other members.

In this flight, on December 17 the company will start a stretch linking Charllote to Honolulu, Hawaii.

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OCTOBER 30, 2009, 9:50 A.M. ET
Brazil Embraer CFO Sees Revenue Dropping 10% In 2010


SAO PAULO (Dow Jones)--Brazilian plane maker Embraer (ERJ, EMBR3.BR) will see a 10% decline in revenues in 2010 as the global slowdown continues to suppress demand from airlines, Luiz Carlos Aguiar, the company's chief financial officer, said Friday.

He told analysts on a conference call that the figure was not official guidance, which would be formulated later in December, but the company's vision based on the market outlook.

Late Thursday, the company, also known as Empresa Brasileira de Aeronautica SA, reinforced its forecast that revenues would total $5.5 billion in 2009, despite a drop in third quarter revenues amid weak demand and a reduction in its delivery target to 232 planes from 242 planes.

However, Embraer Chief Executive Frederico Fleury Curado pointed out that the delivery guidance has been cut by 10 Phenom small executive jet sales, which only accounts for $30 million in revenues, and that could be offset by additional commercial jet deliveries in the fourth quarter.

Curado added that the world's No. 4 plane maker also hopes to maintain operating margins at the same levels as 2009.

The company gave guidance of "approximately 7%" for operating margin in 2009, despite the fact that third quarter margin slipped to 5.5% from 6.5% in the year before period.

According to Aguiar, the drop in third quarter margins will be compensated in the fourth quarter by higher deliveries, which dilute fixed costs.

"The increase in deliveries of the smaller Phenom also pressured margins last quarter. But (looking to next year) margins on the Phenom will improve as production ramps up," he said.

More generally, the outlook for the aviation industry remains weak and the company will rely on its order backlog to ride out the global slowdown, said Curado.

Embraer's order backlog totaled $18.6 billion on Sept. 30, down from $20.9 billion one year previously.


-By Alastair Stewart, Dow Jones Newswires; 55-11-2847-4520; [email protected]
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At least nine survivors in Amazon plane crash
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A Cessna C-98 Caravan taking off in the Amazon region in Brazil


BRASILIA — Indigenous tribesmen deep in the world's largest rainforest have found at least nine survivors after a Brazilian military transport plane crash-landed in a river in the Amazon, the air force said.

One person on the flight that went down on Thursday in far northwestern Brazil was found trapped in the plane and is presumed dead, while another went searching for help and is missing, the air force said.

Members of the Matis, a tiny tribe of some 300 people first contacted by modern Brazilian officials in the 1970s, discovered the plane and its crew and passengers "in the middle of the Amazon jungle" between the Matis village of Aurelio and another tribe's village, the air force said in a statement.

The C-98 Caravan, a single-propeller Cessna transport plane, lost radio contact Thursday 58 minutes into its flight from Cruzeiro do Sul, in northwestern Acre state, to the Amazonas town of Tabatinga, where the borders of Brazil, Colombia and Peru come together.

The plane apparently crash-landed on the Itui river, a small tributary of the Amazon near the Peruvian border, and it was the pluck of the pilot that saved the lives of his passengers, according to a survivor.

"We are happy to be alive," he told local indigenous health official Jose Francisco Correa de Araujo, according to news website UOL.

"The engine of the plane stopped, and we panicked, but the pilot managed to land the aircraft on the river."

Air force officials said the plane now lies submerged in five meters (16 feet) of water.

The survivors were transported by helicopter back to Cruzeiro do Sul, and "they are doing well," the air force said.

The Globo news network reported that six of the survivors were taken to the city's main hospital, where clinical director Fabio Pimentel said none had suffered serious injuries.

Four crew members and seven passengers -- two women and five men, all health ministry employees -- were aboard the plane when it went down.
The passengers were undertaking an immunization campaign in indigenous communities, a spokesman for the National Health Foundation (FUNASA) in Cruzeiro do Sul told AFP.

The missing person was a member of the military crew who went searching for help, a FUNASA spokesman told AFP on Friday. Matis villagers were assisting in the search for the crew member as well as the ministry employee believed to have been killed in the crash, the air force said.

Aviation expert Gustavo Cunha Mello told Globo that the C-98 Caravan is a slow-flying aircraft built in a way that would likely allow passengers and crew to survive if there was an emergency landing.

Eight aircraft had been scouring the rainforest, but the improbable rescue in one of the world's most remote regions is credited to the Matis.

They "heard a different sound while hunting in the dense jungle," Brazil's National Indian Foundation (FUNAI) said in a statement on its website.

"In seeking the source of the noises they found the Brazilian Air Force aircraft" in a riverbed about a two-hour walk from their village, it added.

They used a radio to contact FUNAI officials, who gave the military the exact coordinates of the village.

The region is home to several isolated tribes, including some which have never had contact with the outside world.

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Embraer gaining on local planemakers

BY MOLLY MCMILLIN
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Embraer test pilots land a Phenom 100 at Embraer's second site 230 miles away from SAO JOSE dos CAMPOS.



As Wichita planemakers grapple with the downturn in the business jet market, they're keeping a keen eye on the competition.

One of the biggest threats to Wichita's business jet industry is 7,600 miles away.

That's where Brazil-based Embraer — long a maker of regional and military jets in a colorful country known for samba, sugar cane and soccer — has entered the market in a big way.

Embraer is coming directly after Wichita's part of the market, experts say.

Over the next 10 years, Embraer could take as much as 15 to 20 percent of the market away from Cessna Aircraft, Hawker Beechcraft and Bombardier Learjet, said Teal Group analyst Richard Aboulafia.

"I'm very concerned about them," Hawker Beechcraft CEO Bill Boisture said. "They're entering with price points, size and performance carefully selected, in my view."

Two weeks ago at the National Business Aviation Association's annual convention in Orlando, Embraer announced its seventh business jet, the Legacy 650, a large, long-range $29.5 million aircraft. It's the sixth business jet Embraer has introduced in the past four years.

A few years ago, Embraer wasn't on the radar screen.

The company, based in Sao Jose dos Campos — a city of 600,000 in southeast Brazil —announced in 2005 its intention to become a major player in the business jet market by 2015.

"That's still the goal," Luis Carlos Affonso, Embraer executive vice president for executive jets, said during an interview at the company's exhibit at NBAA.
Like Wichita's planemakers, Embraer has felt the impact from the economic downturn. That hasn't stopped its plans.

"We will grow slower than we thought we would," Affonso said. "The big picture is unchanged."

Embraer has Wichita's attention.

"They are going to continue to be a real thorn in our side," Cessna CEO and president Jack Pelton said. "They're not going away."

Embraer has an aggressive, smart product development strategy, Aboulafia said. Coupled with its low pricing, the company is a formidable competitor.

Overcoming barriers

In past years, Wichita planemakers studied one another, Gulfstream, Dassault and a handful of other companies.

The competitive balance was pretty well fixed.

Traditionally, the barriers to enter the business jet industry have been high. It's a highly regulated, expensive and difficult market to penetrate.

Since 1960, only one new company has entered the market in a meaningful way.

"And it's Embraer," Aboulafia said. "These guys mean it."

One of Brazil's largest exporters and a top employer, it's a proven jetmaker backed by sizable resources and facilities. Unlike startup companies, it didn't have to search for investors with millions to invest to get into the business jet industry.

And it knows how to design, produce, certify and deliver aircraft.

Embraer's niche is in aircraft designed for high utilization.

"We know how to do that," Affonso said.

Embraer's turnaround

Sao Jose dos Campos is 65 miles from Sao Paulo, Brazil's biggest city with more than 11 million people.

The company built a state-of-the-art assembly plant amid sugar cane fields and orange groves at Gaviao Peixoto (Gah-vee-OH Pe-HOW-toe), 230 miles from its headquarters.

The plant was built to take on its new line of light jets.

Embraer's facilities are not unlike the modern aircraft plants in Wichita, except that large green, yellow and blue Brazilian flags dot factory walls, and signs are written in Portuguese.

The company — Empressa Brasilerira de Aeronautica — was founded in 1969 as a government initiative.

After sliding into a deep financial crisis, it was privatized in 1994. At the time, employment dropped to 3,200.

After years of costing Brazilian taxpayers millions of dollars, Embraer reformed itself, Aboulafia said.

"They did everything right," he said.

It employs about 17,000 people, down from 23,500 a year ago.

The company entered the business jet market after investing in the Legacy 600 super midsize jet, a regional jet derivative.

It later added the larger Linneage 1000, the smaller Phenom 100 and Phenom 300 and the mid-light and midsize Legacy 450 and 500.

The Legacy 650 unveiled during NBAA has been in development since last year. It's expected to be certified and delivered in 2010.

In 2008, Embraer delivered 38 business jets. In the first nine months of 2009, it delivered 54.

The company has 750 orders for the $3.6 million Phenom 100 and its $6.85 million Phenom 300.

Those jets "are starting to do damage," to Wichita, Aboulafia said.

And in 2012 and 2013 when the Legacy 450 and 500 come to market, "they'll really start doing some damage to some key Wichita programs," he said.

Competing with Wichita

Wichita planemakers call Embraer a low-cost competitor because of Brazil's low wage rates.

They must compete with Embraer's aggressive pricing. To that end, Wichita companies must cut costs, planemakers say.

Affonso disagrees that the company is low-cost.

Embraer buys the majority of its systems components and raw materials from U.S. sources. And labor costs have risen, he said.

By 2011, Embraer will employ more than 1,000 people in the U.S. between its service centers and an assembly plant it will open in Melbourne, Fla., Affonso said.

The company has a positive impact to the U.S. balance of trade, he said.
"We buy more parts components than we sell planes to the U.S.," Affonso said.

Forty-three percent of Embraer's revenue comes from the U.S.
Wichita planemakers also sell planes into Brazil.

One of Wichita's strengths is the companies' customer loyalty and the establishment of their brands and customer service networks, Aboulafia said.
The biggest area of concern for Wichita is Embraer's aggressive product development, he said.

"Cessna and Hawker Beechcraft are falling behind," Aboulafia said.
Product development has been hurt in the downturn.

Hawker Beechcraft stalled the Hawker 450 program and the timeframe for a Premier II has been extended. Those "would have been great," Aboulafia said.
In addition, "an aggressive Cessna strategic product roadmap would have been great," he said.

Cessna was forced to cancel the Citation Columbus large jet program because of the downturn.

At NBAA, Pelton said the company would resume development of the aircraft when the timing is right.

Wichita planemakers note that product development continues so that they'll be ready for the recovery.

Affonso said he has great respect for Wichita planemakers.

"These are very traditional companies," he said. "They have very strong brands and a very strong customer support base. They are very good companies."

Embraer is a "different company, with different brands and different airplanes," Affonso said.


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Embraer employees work on the production of a Phenom 100.



Reach Molly McMillin at 316-269-6708 or [email protected]

Read more: http://www.kansas.com/business/story...#ixzz0VbSVKlSx
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