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Old November 2nd, 2009, 01:01 PM   #161
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Two bodies recovered from Amazon plane crash site

Mon, Nov 02, 2009
AFP


BRASILIA, Nov 1, 2009 (AFP) - The Brazilian Air Force Sunday said it found the body of a second person who died from a plane crash last week in the Amazon rainforest that saw nine survivors rescued by indigenous tribesmen.

The body of one of the four crew members of the C-98 Caravan, single-propeller military transport plane was found near the crash site, dispelling assumptions the man had wandered off searching for help when he went
missing after the plane crash-landed in a river.

The remains of the other person who died in Thursday's accident were found Saturday trapped inside the wreckage. He was one of seven National Health Foundation (FUNASA) officials on an immunization campaign in indigenous communities in northwestern Brazil's Javari Valley near the Peruvian border.


Six of the FUNASA team and three crew members were rescued after the plane was found by members of the Matis, a tiny tribe of some 300 people first contacted by modern Brazilian officials in the 1970s.

After losing power, the pilot crash-landed the plane on the Itui river, in a remote jungle area between the Matis village of Aurelio and another tribe's village, said the air force.

The survivors of the flight from the town of Cruzeiro do Sul to the town of Tabatinga were transported by helicopter back to Cruzeiro do Sul, and "they are doing well," the air force said on Friday.

Aviation experts said 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 for the missing plane, but the improbable rescue in one of the world's most remote regions was credited to the Matis.
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Old November 3rd, 2009, 12:14 PM   #162
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Wichita Plane Makers Looking Over Their Shoulders ... South

Tue, 03 Nov '09
Casting A Wary Eye At Embraer In Brazil





Wichita has had its problems lately, with the economy, bad publicity from Washington, and soaring unemployment in the business aviation market.

But some of the plane makers say one of their biggest threats is 7,600 miles away in Brazil: Embraer.

The Wichita Eagle reports that Teal Group analyst Richard Aboulafia says Embraer could carve away up to 15-20 percent of the market from Cessna, Hawker Beechcraft, and Bombardier Learjet, Wichita's "Big Three".

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

Embraer has announced six new bizjets in just the past four years, the most recent being the Legacy 650, a large, long-range $29.5 million dollar airplane announced at the NBAA Meeting and Convention in Orlando two weeks ago. The Legacy 650 is Embraer's 7th bizjet since the company made a commitment to its business aviation program in 2005. Their stated goal is to be a major player in the bizjet market by 2015.

Wichita companies say Embraer has an advantage because of low wage rates, but Luis Carlos Affonso, Embraer executive vice president for executive jets, disagrees with the assessment of Embraer as a low-cost plane maker. He says the majority of Embraer components and raw materials come from U.S. sources, and labor costs are increasing.


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Affonso said that while he sees Embraer building a brand in the business aviation market, he still considers the Wichita companies to be strong and resillient. "These are very traditional companies," he said. "They have very strong brands and a very strong customer support base. They are very good companies."


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Old November 4th, 2009, 12:13 PM   #163
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GOL Implements Organizational Restructuring to Increase Efficiency and Promote Greater Integration
Tue Nov 3, 2009 9:18pm EST



GOL Implements Organizational Restructuring to Increase Efficiency and Promote Greater Integration


SAO PAULO, Nov. 3 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- GOL Linhas Aereas Inteligentes
S.A. (Bovespa: GOLL4 and NYSE: GOL), the largest low-cost and low-fare airline
in Latin America, announces an organizational restructuring designed to
streamline business management and reduce the number of Vice-Presidents. The
initiative is a response to the Company's rapid growth in recent years and is
aligned with its strategic objectives. All the decisions were taken in
accordance with the strictest standards of governance and with the
participation of the Board of Directors throughout.

Under the new organizational architecture, the Company's Chief Financial
Officer, Leonardo Pereira, who is in charge of Finance, Controls and Investor
Relations, will also be head of the Technology, Business Development and
Strategic Planning departments. His new area will be entitled Finance,
Strategy and Information Technology.

The Marketing and Services Vice-Presidency will be renamed Market and will
comprise the Cargo, Commercial, Corporate Communications, Marketing, Yield
Management and Alliance departments. Until this process is complete, the
department heads under the new Vice-Presidency will report directly to the
CEO.

The position of Vice-President - Information Technology and Planning will
cease to exist due to the redistribution of its areas.

Additionally, Ricardo Khauaja, who is currently head of Management &
Personnel, will be named Vice-President - Customers, Employees and Management,
a position that will include People (Human Resources) & Management, as well as
the Customer Service, Airport and Commercial Crew areas.

The Technical area, led by Captain Fernando Rockert de Magalhaes, remains
unchanged.

Due to the extinction or change in profile of certain areas, the current
Vice-Presidents Wilson Maciel Ramos (IT & Planning) and Tarcisio Gargioni
(Marketing and Services) will be leaving the Company, as are Marco Antonio
Piller, head of Airports, and Francisco Eustaquio Mendes, head of Maintenance,
who were succeeded by Alberto Correnti and Sydnei Casarini, respectively.
Ramos, Gargioni, Piller and Eustaquio are all highly competent professional
who have made an invaluable contribution to the carrier's growth, for which
they deserve the Company's recognition and gratitude.

There will be no changes to the structure or heads of other areas, except that
those that have been reallocated will be reporting to a different
Vice-President.

About GOL Linhas Aereas Inteligentes S.A.
GOL Linhas Aereas Inteligentes S.A. (NYSE: GOL and Bovespa: GOLL4), the
largest low-cost and low-fare airline in Latin America, offers around 800
daily flights to 49 destinations that connect all the important cities in
Brazil and ten major destinations in South America and Caribbean. The Company
operates a young, modern fleet of Boeing 737 Next Generation aircraft, the
safest and most comfortable of its class, with high aircraft utilization and
efficiency levels. Fully committed to seeking innovative solutions through the
use of cutting-edge technology, the Company - via its GOL, VARIG, GOLLOG,
SMILES and VOE FACIL brands - offers its clients easy payment facilities, a
wide range of complementary services and the best cost-benefit ratio in the
market.

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

SOURCE GOL Linhas Aereas Inteligentes S.A.

Investor Relations, Leonardo Pereira - CFO and IRO, Rodrigo Alves - Head of
IR, (55 11) 2128-4700, [email protected], Website: www.voegol.com.br/ir,
Twitter : www.twitter.com/GOLInvest; Corporate Communications, (55 11)
2128-4413, [email protected], Twitter : www.twitter.com/GOLcomunicacao;
or Media Relations, Edelman (U.S and Europe): M. Smith, +1-212-704-8196,
[email protected], or N. Dean, +1-212-704-4484, or
[email protected]


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Old November 4th, 2009, 04:32 PM   #164
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Brazil : Authorities plan US$292mn Fortaleza airport expansion for World Cup

Brazil's federal and Ceara state governments are planning a 500mn-real (US$292mn) initiative to expand the Pinto Martins airport in state capital Fortaleza, the official 2014 World Cup website reported in a release.

The improvements will increase passenger capacity by 166% and parking capacity by 110%.

The plan includes the construction of a new passenger terminal where the cargo terminal is currently located, as well as a parking area with 1,000 additional spaces.

The new terminal will increase passenger capacity from 3mn to 8mn passengers/year, the report said.

The objective is to meet the increased demand that is expected during the 2014 World Cup.

Funding will come from Brazil's national airport authority Infraero INFRAERO (Empresa Brasileira de Infra-Estrutura Aeroportuária), as well as federal and state governments. There is also the possibility of receiving resources from the country's growth acceleration plan (PAC).

Construction will start in 2011 or 2012.


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Old November 5th, 2009, 12:32 PM   #165
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November 04, 2009 20:22 PM
Domestic Air Passenger Traffic Worldwide Up 4.4 Per Cent
Traffic results in China, Brazil and India were leading the global upswing.



KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 4 (Bernama) -- Domestic air passenger traffic worldwide in September 2009 rose by 4.4 per cent from the same month last year while global passenger traffic increased by 1.6 per cent, according to the Airports Council International (ACI).

"The downward trend began to ease in the second quarter and now in the fourth quarter we are seeing growth," said director-general Angela Gittens in a report to members at the ACI annual conference here Wednesday.

"We are not just seeing 'less worse' results, but some clear signs of new growth in selected domestic markets," she said, adding that this contributed to the positive global results despite international traffic at one per cent below results in 2008.

Gittens said domestic traffic results in China, Brazil and India were leading the global upswing, and the Asia Pacific and Latin America-Caribbean regions dominated September traffic results with increases in domestic traffic of 12.5 and 16.2 per cent respectively.

"A number of major and emerging economies expanded or returned to GDP (gross domestic product) growth in the third quarter which is driving the improved results," she said.

Economic stimulus programmes, stiff domestic competition and low fares contributed to the strong results in Brazil and China, Gittens said.

"North America, Europe and Africa remained virtually flat in terms of domestic traffic change," she said.

Global freight in September 2009 was three per cent below traffic in the same period last year.

This, according to Gittens, represented an accelerating upward trend, again driven by domestic results which rose by four per cent as compared to a six per cent decline in international freight.

"The year-to-date slump in freight has been much deeper than the passenger decline, so seeing these moderate declines comes as a pleasant surprise and may point to a quicker recovery in the freight sector than previously thought," she said.

"Drivers again are Asia Pacific and Latin America-Caribbean regions," Gittens said, adding that the Asia Pacific performance showed a stunning recovery from -28 per cent to an increase of 1.3 per cent in September 2009.

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Florianópolis, a new destination for AZUL


AZUL Airlines began selling tickets for the new flights to Florianópolis, south of Brazil. So far, the airline's website is only offering tickets between Florianópolis and Campinas, with flights starting from 15/Dec/2009, and prices starting from BRL R$149 (~ USD $88). With the promotional code HIPER15, the price drops to BRL R$126 (~ USD $74).

Some times, the city is still not listed among the airline destinations on its website. Certainly they are still making adjustments there. It is at least strange that Florianopolis will not be connected to other cities.

In December we only find tickets from BRL R$239 (BRL R$203 with the 15% discount off), and for March 2010 it is from BRL R$149 (BRL R$126 with 15% discount off).

Source: http://www.melhoresdestinos.com.br


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Incident: TAM A320 near Manaus on Nov 5th 2009, engine shut down in flight

By Simon Hradecky, created Friday, Nov 6th 2009 18:33Z, last updated Friday, Nov 6th 2009 18:58Z

A TAM Linhas Aereas Airbus A320-200, registration PR-MBH performing flight JJ-3540 from Brasilia,DF to Manaus,AM (Brazil) with 155 passengers and 8 crew, was on approach to Manaus about 20 minutes ahead of estimated landing, when the crew needed to shut their left hand engine (V2527) after they received a low oil pressure indication for the engine. The airplane landed safely in Manaus.
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GOL Announces October 2009 Traffic Figures

November 06, 2009: 08:14 AM ET

SAO PAULO, Nov. 6 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- GOL Linhas Aereas Inteligentes S.A. (NYSE: GOL, Bovespa: GOLL4), Latin America’s largest low-cost and low- fare airline, announces its preliminary traffic figures for October 2009.

Management Comments

In October, GOL recorded demand growth in the domestic market of 46.9% over the same month last year, chiefly due to the Company’s privileged positioning in that market, with high-frequency flights between airports in densely populated cities and dynamic yield management, underpinned by high- quality service, punctuality and regularity. In addition, the month’s figures were still reflecting the upturn in demand triggered by the exceptionally competitive scenario in September and the first ten days of October.

Thanks to the above-mentioned differentials and the efforts of its sales area, GOL is also highly competitive in the corporate market. According to TMC Brasil, the business travel operators’ association (www.tmcbrasil.com.br), GOL’s share of sales through the association’s affiliates increased by 6.1 percentage points, from 34.2% in the first half of 2008 to 40.3% in the same period in 2009.

For the same reasons, domestic demand climbed by 14.1% over September 2009, or 10.4% if the number of calendar days in each month (30 in September and 31 in October) are equalized.

International market demand fell by 7.2% over October 2008, due to the reduction in the number of seats on certain routes (or reduced frequencies), designed to maximize operating profitability. In relation to September 2009, international demand moved up by 11.2%, thanks to the recovery of traffic on Chilean and Argentinean routes, given the decline in the number of H1N1 flu cases due to the end of winter.

October October % Chg. September % Chg.
Operating Data 2009* 2008* (YoY) 2009* (MoM)
Total System
ASK (mm) (1) 3,455.6 3,151.7 9.6% 3,289.6 5.0%
RPK (mm) (2) 2,485.8 1,790.0 38.9% 2,184.6 13.8%
Load Factor (3) 71.9% 56.8% +15.1pp 66.4% +5.5pp
Domestic Market
ASK (mm) (1) 3,077.3 2,665.3 15.5% 2,922.1 5.3%
RPK (mm) (2) 2,238.9 1,524.1 46.9% 1,962.6 14.1%
Load Factor (3) 72.8% 57.2% +15.6pp 67.2% +5.6pp
International Market
ASK (mm) (1) 378.3 486.4 -22.2% 367.5 2.9%
RPK (mm) (2) 246.9 265.9 -7.2% 222.0 11.2%
Load Factor (3) 65.2% 54.7% +10.6pp 60.4% +4.8pp
(*) October 2009 preliminary figures; October 2008 and September 2009 Civil Aviation Authority (ANAC) figures.

GOL continued with its efforts to improve capacity in order to maximize its operating results, and October’s numbers clearly reflect this strategy, recording a 15.5% domestic market increase over October 2008, equivalent to around 1/3 of its total demand growth in the same month. In the same period, the load factor increased by 15.6 p.p. to 72.8%. In comparison with September 2009, the load factor grew by 5.6 p.p.

Although the highly competitive price scenario began to ease off in the first week of October, it was during this period that most tickets for October flights were sold, maintaining the average net yield at close to 17.00 cents (R$). In addition, sales for November and December 2009 are already showing clear signs of a recovery.

(1) Available seat kilometers, or ASK, represents the aircraft seating capacity multiplied by the number of kilometers the seats are flown.

(2) Revenue passenger kilometers, or RPK, represents the number of kilometers flown by revenue passengers.

(3) Load factor represents the percentage of aircraft seating capacity that is actually utilized (calculated by dividing RPK by ASK).

About GOL Linhas Aereas Inteligentes S.A.

GOL Linhas Aereas Inteligentes S.A. (NYSE: GOL and Bovespa: GOLL4), the largest low-cost and low-fare airline in Latin America, offers around 800 daily flights to 49 destinations that connect all the important cities in Brazil and ten major destinations in South America and Caribbean. The Company operates a young, modern fleet of Boeing 737 Next Generation aircraft, the safest and most comfortable of its class, with high aircraft utilization and efficiency levels. Fully committed to seeking innovative solutions through the use of cutting-edge technology, the Company -- via its GOL, VARIG, GOLLOG, SMILES and VOE FACIL brands -- offers its clients easy payment facilities, a wide range of complementary services and the best cost-benefit ratio in the market.

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

CONTACT:

Investor Relations
Leonardo Pereira - IRO
Rodrigo Alves - Head of IR
Phone: (55 11) 2128-4700
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: www.voegol.com.br/ir
Twitter: www.twitter.com/GOLInvest

Corporate Communications
Phone: (55 11) 2128-4413
E-mail: [email protected]
Twitter: www.twitter.com/GOLcomunicacao

Media Relations
Edelman (U.S. and Europe):
M. Smith and N. Dean
Phone: 1 (212) 704-8196 / 704-4484
[email protected] or
[email protected]

SOURCE GOL Linhas Aereas Inteligentes S.A.
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EMBRAER TO PRODUCE LARGE JET IN CHINA - REPORT
November 7, 2009

Brazilian aircraft maker Embraer will produce its 120-seat E-190 jet in China to respond faster when the country's aviation market recovers, O Estado de S. Paulo said on Friday.

The world's largest maker of regional jets has also decided to abandon the manufacturing of the smaller 50-seat ERJ-145 jet, Estado said.

Embraer is ironing out details of the accord with its Chinese partner Avic, which recently unveiled plans to sell mid-sized jets that would compete with Embraer's aircraft, Estado reported.

Embraer has a plant in the Chinese city of Harbin, and at one point considered shutting it down, the newspaper reported. The plant only manufactures ERJ-145 jets.

Embraer's Chinese subsidiary declined comment, Estado said. A spokesman for Embraer at its headquarters of Sao Jose dos Campos, Brazil, said the company would not comment on the Estado report.

The newspaper did not say how it obtained the information.

(Reuters)
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Belo Horizonte International Airport / Confins (CNF/SBCF), in the state of Minas Gerais, Brazil

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Air France crash memorial in Rio amid criticism
By BRADLEY BROOKS (AP) – 14 hours ago

RIO DE JANEIRO — Scores of relatives of the 228 people killed in the June 1 Air France jet crash dedicated a memorial in an upscale beach neighborhood Saturday amid strong criticism that the airline has failed to provide them with the answers or compensation they were promised.

Nelson Marinho, who lost a son on the flight and is president of an association of Brazilian victims' family members, called the dedication "a smoke screen to take the focus off the responsibility that (Air France officials) have."
"We don't want ceremonies," he said.

Marinho said many Brazilian relatives have yet to receive compensation. He also said any memorial should be located closer to where the jet went down — off Brazil's northeastern coast, about 2,000 miles (3,200 kilometers) north of Rio.

Air France said in a statement Thursday that the Rio memorial was created "at the request of 75 percent of the families contacted." The statement didn't indicate how many of the families had been reached, however.

More than 150 relatives arrived on buses to attend Saturday's dedication. The French Foreign Ministry had said it expected 500 participants.

French Cooperation Minister Alain Joyandet, who was in Rio for the ceremony, told reporters that his government will investigate whether some families have not received compensation and relatives of non-French victims have been treated differently.

He also promised a vigorous effort to get to the bottom of what caused the crash.

"The French government wants to know the whole truth. It's a difficult investigation — we don't have the plane, only some debris," Joyandet said. "But the government will make a new attempt to find the black boxes."

The Airbus A330 crashed en route from Rio to Paris and all aboard were killed.
The cause remains unclear, but attention has focused on whether a type of speed sensor known as a Pitot tube malfunctioned and sent false speed information to the jet's computers as the plane ran into a thunderstorm at about 35,000 feet (10,670 meters).

Experts have said running into a violent storm at either too slow or too fast a speed would be dangerous.

Automatic messages transmitted by the plane just before it crashed show its computer systems no longer knew its speed, and the automatic pilot and thrust functions were turned off.

As a result of the tubes' suspected role, the European Aviation Safety Agency ordered a continentwide ban on the sensors made by French manufacturer Thales SA that were fitted onto Flight 447 on all long-range planes. The agency advised airlines to use Pitot tubes made by U.S.-based Goodrich Corp. instead. The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration issued a similar directive for U.S. airlines.

The jet's flight recorders, which could provide clues to what caused the aircraft to go down, have not been found.

French authorities said earlier this week that a third search for the flight recorders — expected to start by the end of this year — will not begin until at least the end of February.

In June, Air France chief executive Phillipe Gourgeon told RTL radio that the airline planned to make an advance payment of about $24,400 for each of the victims, with no strings attached.

But Marinho said there are families who have not received anything.
"I am not saying that you could put a price tag on any life, but it would help alleviate our suffering," he said.

Asked about Marinho's comments, an Air France official in Paris replied, "Today is a moment of reverence, so there will be no reaction."
The official spoke on condition of anonymity in accordance with company policy.

Copyright © 2009 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.
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Incident: TAM A332 at New York on Nov 6th 2009, flaps did not retract

By Simon Hradecky, created Saturday, Nov 7th 2009 20:48Z, last updated Sunday, Nov 8th 2009 08:04Z

A TAM Linhas Aereas Airbus A330-200, registration PT-MVG performing flight JJ-8081 from New York JFK,NY (USA) to Sao Paulo Guarulhos,SP (Brazil) with 216 people on board, was climbing out of runway 04L through 2500 feet about one minute into the flight, when the crew reported their flaps had locked in their position and they needed to return to the airport. They levelled off at 5000 feet and entered the CHANT holding to burn fuel and prepare for the approach. The airplane landed safely on runway 04L about 90 minutes after departure.

Following repairs the airplane was able to depart again and reached Sao Paulo with a delay of 4 hours.

The crew reported 216 souls on board to air traffic control.

TAM confirmed the incident reporting 196 passengers on board. The airplane was repaired and departed again reaching Sao Paulo with a delay of 4 hours.

CHANT holding via ILS 31L Chart (Graphics: NACO):

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Lawmakers oppose US airplane deal with Brazil
Tue Nov 10, 2009 8:28pm EST

* Deal would prejudge Air Force analysis of alternatives

* Would harm U.S. firm Hawker-Beechcraft

WASHINGTON, Nov 10 (Reuters) - Two U.S. lawmakers on Tuesday said they had written to Defense Secretary Robert Gates to oppose any negotiations by the U.S. military to buy light attack planes from Brazil's Embraer (EMBR3.SA).

Senator Sam Brownback and Representative Todd Tiahrt, both of Kansas, asked Gates on a letter dated Nov. 9 to confirm whether the U.S. government had held or planned to hold any discussions with Brazil about buying or leasing at least 100 Super Tucano aircraft made by Embraer.

"We write to voice our strong and unequivocal objection to any such agreement," the lawmakers said in the letter, which they released in a statement.

They said such a deal would prejudge an ongoing Air Force analysis of alternative platforms that could perform a Light Attack and Armed Reconnaissance (LAAR) mission, which could pave the way to begin funding such a program in fiscal 2011.

They said the U.S. military had already invested heavily in development of the Hawker-Beechcraft AT-6B built by privately held Hawker Beechcraft in Wichita, Kansas.

Not allowing the U.S. company to compete would draw "strong objections from Congress," they said.

The Senate and House had each passed legislation calling for a "full and open competition for the lease or purchase of light attack aircraft," they added.

Any such deal would also harm U.S. companies and workers, the lawmakers said.

"In this current aviation manufacturing crisis, it would be unconscionable for the department to take any steps towards procuring or leasing a foreign aircraft when a U.S.-made option is readily available for any competition that may result from the (analysis of alternatives)," they said. (Reporting by Andrea Shalal-Esa; Editing by Steve Orlofsky)

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TAP Maintenance and Engineering Brazil Delivered First Airbus A330 to Air Transat After Performing Heavy Maintenance

TAP Maintenance and Engineering

Rio de Janeiro, November 9, 2009. Soon after having been certified by Transport Canada Civil Aviation (TCCA), by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and by European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), to perform maintenance on Airbus models A330 and A340, TAP Maintenance and Engineering Brazil received the first A330 for a C Check (heavy maintenance), and the aircraft was delivered on October 30, to the Canadian Air Transat, fulfilling the agreed TAT (Turn Around Time).

The aircraft CG-PTS arrived at TAP M&E Brazil’s hangar, in Rio de Janeiro, last October 7, and it is part of an airplanes batch, which contract was signed on October 20, at Air Transat’s headquarters, in Montreal, Canada. The services performed on this plane included structural repairs, inspection of the entire steering system of the landing gear, replacement of the bogie beam of the landing gear, modification of electronic and mechanical systems, revitalization of the aircraft’s interior with the company’s new visual identity, substitution of injector nozzles of the Rolls-Royce Trent 700 engine, besides several preventive maintenance services.

The turn-around time was very challenging for a check of this type – 23 days – but the TAP M&E Brazil team, with the support of the TAP M&E Lisbon team, worked nonstop in this project and met the deadline. The coordination of each stage of the service, for both the aircraft and the components which went to the workshops, as well as the production and logistics planning were precise. Air Transat’s engineers and technicians thoroughly accompanied every step.
TAP Maintenance and Engineering has enjoyed a long relationship with Air Transat, both in Lisbon as in Rio de Janeiro. Since September 2008, the maintenance services for Air Transat aircraft have been performed in Brazil, thanks to the synergy and complementary work between the Company’s maintenance bases (Lisbon, Rio de Janeiro, and Porto Alegre). The first service performed for Air Transat was in an A310 aircraft, which arrived at TAP M&E Brazil facilities, in Rio de Janeiro, on September 24, 2008. Today, there are 13 checks done on the company’s A310 aircraft, besides this A330.

The President of TAP M&E Brazil, Eng. Nestor Mauro Koch, comments on the importance of this customer to the Company: “since we have already performed more than 10 C checks on A310 aircraft for Air Transat, we are very happy that the first A330 to arrive at TAP M&E Brazil is also from Air Transat, as this shows the interest and confidence that Air Transat has in our services. The fact that we have four slots for simultaneous widebody services was the determining factor for Air Transat’s choice, because with the company’s operations concentrated in the Canadian summer and winter, it needs to do all of the heavy maintenance checks during Canada’s spring and fall seasons. We have an excellent relationship with Air Transat and we consider them a strategic customer for TAP M&E Brazil’s businesses. We will continue working to ensure that Air Transat receives the same technical quality, service level, and on-time delivery from TAP M&E Brazil that it always received in Lisbon.”

“For Transat, the quality of the work performed by TAP’s teams and the fact they worked diligently to meet the deadline confirmed the maintenance company as a great partner for us”, commented John Dacoulis, Air Transat’s Technical Director, expressing his satisfaction with the services performed by TAP M&E Brazil. “This first C check has met Transat’s expectations and the carrier is looking forward to continue this successful relationship with TAP M&E.”
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TAM is Awarded the World Travel Awards

Posted on: Tuesday, 10 November 2009, 05:39 CST

SAO PAULO, Brazil, Nov. 10 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- TAM (NYSE: TAM, BOVESPA: TAMM4) was elected, for the second consecutive time, the best airline in South America (South America's Leading Airline) at the World Travel Awards. Considered the "Oscars of the Travel Industry", the award establishes companies in the tourism, hospitality and aviation worldwide.

(Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/...21/SPTH002LOGO )


"We are very flattered over this achievement. This second award in a row is a very important recognition to the work of each of our employees who dedicate themselves daily to offer customers the best possible service," said Manoela Amaro, our Marketing Director.

Hosted by the site Breaking Travel News, the award is in its 16th edition. This year, the online voting for the winners have set record levels of participation: over 170 thousand travel agents and tourism professionals indicated their favorites.

For each region - Africa, Asia, Caribbean, Central America, South America, North America, Europe, Indian Ocean and Middle East - companies have been selected in the categories airlines, airports, hotels, car rental companies, resorts, spas, cruises, destinations and travel agencies, among others.

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Brazilian domestic traffic is up 42% in Oct/2009, compared to Oct/2008
10/11 - 12:13 - Reuters


SAO PAULO - The air passenger traffic within Brazil shot 42% in October compared to the same month in 2008, while the number of seats increased by 20.52% on the same basis of comparison, said on Tuesday the National Agency for Civil Aviation (ANAC). From January to October, domestic air traffic increased 13.47% and the number of seats grew by 13.73%.

TAM was the leader with 44.58% of the market last month, against 51.77% in October 2008.

Gol reported market share of 41.70% in October, up from 40.31% the same month last year.

Azul Airlines, which started operations in December 2008, won 4.44% of the market in October, virtually tied with WebJet, which holds 4.47% of domestic passenger transport in the same period.

Since international flights, passenger services on aircraft of the national companies rose 11.85% in October against the same month of 2008. The number of seats increased by 7.02% on the same basis of comparison, according to ANAC.

TAM got 86.77% of total passengers carried out in Brazil in October, up from 83.84% for 1 year. Gol gained market share of 13.10%, lower than 15.78% in October 2008.

At 12:09 pm, the shares of TAM showed an increase of 0.11% percent, to R $ 27.76, and the Gol advanced 0.98% to R $ 20.70. At the same time, the Bovespa pointed devaluation of 0.46%.
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GOL Posts Encouraging Results - Analyst Blog
Posted on 11/11/09 at 4:29pm

GOL Linhas Aereas Inteligentes S.A. (GOL) has announced encouraging results for the third quarter of 2009. The company posted net income of R$77.9 million, with a net margin of 5.2%, versus a net income of R$353.7 million in the previous quarter and a net loss of R$510.7 million in the same period of 2008.

Reflecting the optimization of its cost structure and the focus on more profitable markets, GOL's operating results were positive for the fifth consecutive quarter, totaling R$99.1 million, with an operating margin of 6.6%.

The EBITDAR was R$298.7 million with a margin of 20.0% versus R$258.8 million in the previous quarter (18.6%) and R$253.7 million (14.2%) in the same quarter of previous year.

During the quarter, GOL announced a global share offering designed to strengthen its financial position and reclaim its status among the most competitive airlines in the world, with a cash position of more than 20% of net revenue. The offering was successfully concluded on Oct 19, having raised R$627.1 million from the issue of 38.0 million shares at R$16.50 per share. In addition, a further 5.2 million preferred shares were sold at the same price through an over-allotment option. As a result, GOL's free float increased from 44.5% of preferred stock to 70.5% and from 22.2% of total capital to 35.3%.

GOL remains well positioned to capitalize on the growth of discount air travel in Brazil and the rest of Latin America, given its strong market position and efficient operations. Favorable trends in fuel prices and exchange rates are also benefiting the company's outlook.

Although competitive pressures and the impact of the global financial crisis are a source of concern, GOL's position is strong. We expect the company to experience growth in the short-to-medium term given its continued investment in fleet renovation and international agreements.
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Brazilian carriers post 42% surge in October domestic traffic
By Brendan Sobie

Brazil's Gol expects to continue to steadily grow its domestic traffic but considers the 47% year-over-year RPK figure it posted for October to be an aberration.

According to data released by Brazil's ANAC earlier this week, Gol's domestic RPKs surged 47% in October to 2.2 billion RPKs compared to only 1.5 billion RPKs last October. Gol only slightly outpaced the rest of the Brazilian airline industry, which overall saw RPKs surge by 42% in October to 7.4 billion RPKs.
"We expect this October growth will not be consistent going forward," Gol CEO Constantino de Oliveira Junior told analysts during the carrier's third quarter conference call. "We are still seeing a scenario where there will still be growth but it will be at more realistic levels than the October levels."

Oliveira says the big traffic gains at Gol and the industry overall was partly driven by lower fares, which stimulated demand. Gol and TAM were engaged in a major fare war the entire month of October which reduced walk up fares by about 70%.

Oliveira says the lower fares, which drew heavy criticism from Wall Street analysts, had "a positive impact" on both revenues and traffic "although we understand there are different ways of raising revenue".

The fare war, which began in mid September, ended last weekend with walk-up and other fares returning to close to the levels they were in the first half of September.

"We believe we have done the right thing now in putting the restrictions back," Oliveira says. "Most likely the demand [going forward will not grow] like it did in September and October but we're still working on a scenario where there will be consistent growth in the revenue line."

Gol, which over the last year has focused on growing its business traffic, captured 42% of the domestic market in October. This is second only to TAM, which saw its domestic market share drop from 52% to 45% despite a 22% increase in traffic. TAM's capacity was up only 10%, compared to the 15% increase at Gol.

Fast-growing Azul, Webjet and TRIP also have been gaining market share at the expense of TAM. Azul, which launched operations last December, captured 4.4% of the market in October and had an industry-leading 87% load factor.

Webjet captured 4.5% of the market compared to 3.3% last October as its RPKs surged by 94%. Its ASKs grew by 87% as its load factor improved from 65% to 67%.

TRIP reported 75% growth in RPKs and 65% growth in ASKs as its load factor improved from 61% to 64%. The regional carrier, which has been expanding rapidly this year as it takes a new fleet of Embraer E-175s, says it is on pace to end 2009 with 1.6 million passengers carried and a fleet of 30 aircraft.
TRIP now has 1.7% of the domestic market based on RPKs. The airline has been rapidly expanding its network which now includes 73 destinations but is expected to reach 80 by year-end. For example, TRIP says it launched at the end of last month six weekly ATR 72 flights on the Foz do Iguacu-Porto Alegre-Cuiaba route.

Finally, Avianca sister carrier OceanAir captured 2.3% of the domestic market in October, down from 2.5% a year earlier. It reported 30% growth in RPKs in October but a 32% growth in ASKs. As a result it was the only major Brazilian carrier to see its load factor slip in October.

Industry-wide the average domestic load factor was 73%, up from 62% in October 2008.
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02:29 pm - Thursday


Major black-out in Brazil: affected also the airports
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - The situation is returning to normality

(WAPA) - A great part of Brazil was in panic last night due to a maxi black-out that struck Rio de Janeiro, San Paolo and other big cities of South America for a number of hours. The situation now seems to be back to normality, but the alarm was high: a terrorist attack was feared, while for the cities still wrapped by the darkness the fear of criminality has grown.

The problem was caused by a breakdown at the Itaipu dam, on the border between Brazil and Paraguay. Also some major airports were effected by the black-out, as reported by "Globe TV", given that unlit runways hampered take-off and landings. However, even where operations were not interrupted, many passengers arrived late since taxi drivers refused to cross certain particularly dangerous urban zones.

Even the public transport, metro and, above all, the trains, went in tilt, making the passengers walk on the lines to reach the exits.

"The most likely hypothesis is that there was some sort of accident that affected one or more points in the transmission system", the operator said in a statement. "This accident probably provoked others, a phenomenon that is known as the domino effect". (Avionews)


(jos) 091111142913-1111251 (World Aeronautical Press Agency - 2009-11-11 02:29 pm)
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NOVEMBER 12, 2009, 5:55 A.M. ET
TAM Swings To Third Quarter Net Profit Of BRL348 Mln

By Rogerio Jelmayer
Of DOW JONES NEWSWIRES



SAO PAULO (Dow Jones)--Brazilian airline TAM SA (TAM) Thursday reported a third-quarter net profit of 348 million Brazilian reals ($202 million), swinging from a loss of BRL663.6 million a year earlier.

The company attributed its net profit to the reduction of operational expenses and to the appreciation of the local currency versus the U.S. dollar, which reduced its debt-service costs.

TAM's operational expenses totaled BRL2.3 billion in the third quarter, down from BRL2.72 billion in the year-ago period.

In the third quarter, the company posted a finance gain of BRL406.3 million, reversing from an expense of BRL1.16 billion.

As the larger part of TAM's debt is denominated in U.S. dollars, when the local currency appreciates, it sees a gain in its debt service costs. The company ended the third quarter with a total debt of BRL6.79 billion, with 83% denominated in dollars.

So far this year, the Brazilian real appreciated by around 35% against the dollar.

Net operating revenue reached BRL2.4 billion in the third quarter, down from the BRL2.89 billion.

Earnings before interest, tax, depreciation, amortization and aircraft rental costs, or Ebitdar, totaled BRL377.1 million, down from BRL421.8 million a year ago.

Figures were compiled using BR GAAP accounting criteria.

Using International Financial Reporting Standards, or IFRS, accounting criteria, TAM reported a third-quarter net profit of BRL213.2 million, reversing from a loss of BRL465.4 million in the same quarter of 2008.


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


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