OSLO – Brazil’s Azul Linhas Aéreas Brasileiras (AD) has announced plans to increase connectivity from Brazil to Uruguay, Argentina, and the United States, by launching new routes and continuing the routes they put down during Covid, over the next few months.
New routes and destinations
In a plan to increase capacity between Brazil and other countries, Azul (AD) has announced new routes to cities in the United States, Uruguay, and Argentina.
Recife (REC) is set to take on two new routes, which will be international. The new destinations from Recife (REC) will be Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP) and will be a once-a-week service, starting December 3rd.
Montevideo Carrasco Int’l Airport (MVD) will also get Azul’s service from Recife (REC), starting on a weekly service in November, and will increase to twice weekly the month thereafter
Azul (AD) will resume their Recife (REC) – Orlando (MCO) operations with two flights per week by February 17th and increase to 5-times weekly by July.
The restart of this route will restart operations to Orlando Int’l (MCO) for the first time since March 2020, as Covid shut it down whilst it broke out.
Azul (AD) is also further boosting its connectivity to Florida, with two routes to Fort Lauderdale (FLL).
Azul (AD) will also launch a new service to northwestern Brazil, which will go to Manaus (MNO), on December 15th, with a three-times-per-week schedule using their Airbus A320s.
Azul will also restart flights from Belem (BEL) on the same day, after a 32-month-long hiatus. Operations in the sector will be four times weekly.
Two Uruguay cities will also get new routes, these being Montevideo (MVD) with service from Florianopolis (FLN), and Punta del Este (PDP) from Sao Paulo Campinas (VCP) with a twice-weekly service, starting on the same day, December 21st.
Azul’s reduction of E1 generation E-jets
As recently also announced, Azul (AD) will heavily reduce their E1 generation Embraer E-195 fleet, in order to speed up their planned fleet transformation, which will further introduce the new generation of Embraer E-jets, The E2 series.
The announcement shows a reduction of 40%, roughly 22 E-195 E1’s, compared to their 2019 E-195 statistics.
As said in the press release, three E-195s of Azul will enter class F cargo conversion to continue their lives in the air, and refrain from being scrapped.
5 other E-195s have been sold to aircraft lessor Azorra Aviation, whilst the remaining four have reached the end of their leasing agreement. This takes into account just twelve of the E-195s in question.
Azul’s fleet currently consists of a wide variety of aircraft types, ranging from the A320neo and ceo to ATR turboprops and now Embraer E-195-E2s.
It’s great to see yet another airline standing up from the dust after two years of lockdown and restrictions, as is the case with any other airline after the pandemic.
The new route expansion ensures travelers less complicated gateways to the US, Uruguay, and Argentina.
Although the demand isn’t talked about, it’s not unlikely that Azul is starting these routes back up, as well as introducing new routes to the market, because they see a demand for them.
All in all, it looks like yet another carrier is wiping the dust off its shoulders, and are building up the capacity and hopes for profit after two hard and difficult financial years with Covid-19.