Azul Brazilian Airlines

Azul Brazilian Airlines
IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded 2008
Focus cities
Frequent-flyer program TudoAzul
Fleet size 127
Destinations 108
Company slogan Você lá em cima.
É o Brasil lá em cima.
Headquarters Barueri, São Paulo, Brazil
Key people John Rodgerson (President)[1]
Revenue US$ 2.2 billion (2012)
Net income – US$ 187.3 million (2012)

Azul Linhas Aéreas Brasileiras S/A (Azul Brazilian Airlines; or simply Azul) is a Brazilian carrier based in Barueri, a suburb of São Paulo.[2] The company's business model is to stimulate demand by providing frequent and affordable air service to underserved markets throughout Brazil. The company was named Azul ("Blue" in Portuguese) after a naming contest in 2008, where "Samba" was the other popular name.[3] It was established on May 5, 2008 by Brazilian-born David Neeleman (founder of American low cost airline JetBlue), with a fleet of 76 Embraer 195 jets.[4] The airline began service on December 15, 2008.[5][6]

According to Brazilian Civil Aviation Authority (ANAC), between January and December 2017 Azul had 17.8% of the domestic and 11.8% of the international market shares in terms of revenue passenger kilometers (RPK),[7] making it the third largest domestic and second largest international airline in Brazil.


Azul Linhas Aéreas Brasileiras S.A. was the fourth airline launched by JetBlue founder David Neeleman (after Morris Air, WestJet and jetBlue). Azul inaugurated services in the Brazilian domestic market on December 15, 2008 between three cities: Campinas, Salvador, and Porto Alegre.[6] It launched operations with three Embraer 195 and two Embraer 190 aircraft. Another three aircraft were added in January 2009 to introduce nonstop service from Campinas to both Vitória and Curitiba.[6]

On May 28, 2012, Azul announced the acquisition of TRIP Linhas Aéreas, the largest regional carrier in Brazil. Azul and Trip started comprehensive code-sharing operations on December 2, 2012,[8] with all flights carrying only the IATA code of Azul. On March 6, 2013 Brazilian authorities gave the final approval for the merger with a few restrictions related to code-sharing with TAM Airlines and slot use at Rio de Janeiro-Santos Dumont Airport.[9] On May 6, 2014 the merger process was completed with the final approval from Brazilian authorities. That day the brand TRIP ceased to exist and all TRIP assets were transferred to Azul.[10]

While the airline is not currently a full member in an airline alliance, it signed a codeshare agreement with Star Alliance airline United Airlines in January 2014, which made it possible for MileagePlus members to earn points when flying with Azul beginning April 1, 2014.[11][12] Since 2015, Azul is also an equal partner in a Brazilian-Portuguese joint venture that is the majority owner of TAP Air Portugal, another Star Alliance member.

In December 2014, Azul started its first scheduled international flights; to Fort Lauderdale on December 2 and Orlando on December 15, both in the United States.[13]

In early 2015 it was announced that Azul had signed a purchase agreement for 35 Airbus A320neo aircraft. It is also to lease a further 28 of the aircraft type.[14] In mid-2015, Azul finalised a deal for 30 Embraer E195-E2 aircraft (including 20 options) first announced at the 2014 Farnborough International Air Show. The first delivery is scheduled for 2020.[15]

On November 24, 2015 it was announced that the Chinese HNA Group, owner of Hainan Airlines, would invest US$450 million in Azul, becoming the largest single shareholder of Azul SA.[16] This follows the US$100 million investment of United Airlines closed in June 2015.[17]


Azul serves 108 destinations in Argentina, Brazil, French Guiana, Portugal, the United States, and Uruguay,[18] plus some other additional locations by means of dedicated executive bus services to the nearest airports.[19]

Codeshare agreements

Azul has interline agreements and codeshare agreements with the following airlines:[20]




The Azul Brazilian Airlines fleet consists of the following aircraft as of October, 2017:[26]

Azul Brazilian Airlines Fleet
Aircraft In Service Orders Passengers Notes
C Y Total
Airbus A320-200 1[27] 174 174
Airbus A320neo 10 43 174 174
Airbus A321neo 10 TBA
Airbus A330-200 2 35 208 243
4 20 251 271
Airbus A330-900neo 5 34 264 298
ATR 72-600 40 10 70 70
Embraer E190 10 106 106
Embraer E195 60 118 118
Embraer E195-E2 30 TBA 20 purchase rights; deliveries start 2019
Total 127 98

The airline also operates 2 Pilatus PC-12/45 for logistics and maintenance support.

Loyalty program

TudoAzul is Azul's Frequent Flyer Program. Members accumulate points based on the airfare paid rather than on miles flown.


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  2. "CONTRATO DE TRANSPORTE AÉREO DE PASSAGEIROS." Azul Brazilian Airlines. Retrieved on February 19, 2010.
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  9. Teixeira Alves, Danilo (March 6, 2013). "Cade aprova fus da Azul e Trip com condições" (in Portuguese). Panrotas. Retrieved March 7, 2013.
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  18. "Mapa de rotas" (in Portuguese). Azul Brazilian Airlines. Retrieved 18 April 2018.
  19. "Ônibus grátis" (in Portuguese). Azul Brazilian Airlines. Retrieved 17 December 2015.
  20. "Profile on Azul". CAPA. Centre for Aviation. Archived from the original on 2016-11-03. Retrieved 2016-11-03.
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  25. "Anac autoriza Azul a ter 7 voos semanais para Portugal - 21/03/2016 - Mercado - Folha de S.Paulo". 2016-03-22. Archived from the original on 2016-03-22. Retrieved 2017-01-07.
  26. "Global Airline Guide 2016 (Part One)". Airliner World (October 2016): 7.
  27. "Primeiro Airbus A320ceo da Azul". Ponte Aérea. Ponte Aérea. 23 May 2018. Retrieved 25 May 2018.
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