Azul signs FHS Components and flight training contract with Airbus for A320neo fleet

Courtesy: Airbus.

Courtesy: Airbus.

Azul Brazilian Airlines has selected “Services by Airbus” to provide Flight Hour Services (FHS) components support to secure highest service level for its daily fleet operations. The FHS Components agreement will run for 12 years and provide an extensive scope of A320 line replaceable units (LRUs), guaranteed spare parts availability through pool access service, on-site stock at customer main base and selected outstations, as well as repair service.

This FHS contract also represents the first in Latin America with a New Pool in Brazil. To continuously ensure the highest level of operational performance, Airbus will open its 5th brand new pool in Viracopos International Airport, Campinas that will be used to serve customers in the region in order to deliver an unmatched service level.

Furthermore, Azul has chosen “Training By Airbus” to provide A320 Family flight simulator training and courses in Azul’s Training Center (Azul’s University – UniAzul), the largest training center in Latin America, near Viracopos International Airport in Campinas, São Paulo. Azul’s 12-year “Training by Airbus” agreement includes more than 70,000 flight training hours and the installation of one full-flight A320 simulator in UniAzul to train Azul pilots and maintenance crews starting October. Under such partnership, UniAzul will be the first Airbus “Approved Training Organisation” (ATO) in all of South America.

The new ATO will implement Airbus ATO/EASA processes and tools, allowing Azul to provide training certified by Airbus. Azul currently operates five A330-200s and has ordered 35 A320neo Family aircraft. Azul has also committed to operate 28 A320neo Family and three A350 XWB aircraft as part of leasing agreements.

Antonoaldo NEVES, President of Azul, said: “By partnering with Airbus both to train our pilots locally and receive tailored cost-effective FHS Components support services, Azul will be able to optimize its operating costs, permitting us to pass the savings on to our customers while ensuring the highest operational performance of our aircraft.”

Didier LUX Head of Airbus Customer Services, said: “Airbus is proud that Azul has placed its trust in the quality of our training services as well as our technical and competitive support services to meet the airline’s needs when their A320neo fleet enter into service later this year.”

“Training by Airbus” ensures a smooth aircraft entry into service and provides customers with support and services throughout the operational life of their Airbus fleet. It also provides courses locally to its customers thanks to mobile solutions and e-Learning features.

Airbus has been providing training to the region primarily from its Miami-based training centre, but with the latest Airbus global market forecast showing regional requirements in Latin America to more than double (to over 2,500 new passenger and freighter aircraft) in the next 20 years, the Azul training agreement will help meet long term growth in expanding markets like Brazil. In Latin America, Airbus has established training centres in Mexico City and Monterrey, Mexico.

With this latest agreement with Azul, Airbus FHS contracts have now been selected to cover more than 310 aircraft, ranging from the A320, A330, A380 to the A350 XWB.

Airbus, through “Services by Airbus”, offers end-to-end fleet lifecycle solutions for all its customers. The portfolio ranges from standalone services, to the most complete integrated solutions, including Flight Hour & Tailored Support packages, upgrades, training, e-solutions, engineering & maintenance, flight operations Air Traffic Management, and material management services. Together these enhance aircraft competitiveness by continuously adapting to customers’ evolving needs. With more than 40 years of experience in the aircraft industry and a worldwide network of more than 2,500 professionals, customers benefit from the unique expertise and capabilities from Airbus and its affiliated family companies.

With nearly 1,000 aircraft sold and a backlog of more than 400, over 600 Airbus aircraft are in operation throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. Since 1990, Airbus has secured over 60 percent of net orders in the region and in the past 10 years alone, Airbus has tripled its in-service fleet.

Airbus, a division of Airbus Group, is the global leading commercial aircraft manufacturer with the most modern, comprehensive and efficient family of airliners, ranging in capacity from 100 to more than 600 seats. Airbus has sold over 16,500 aircraft to around 400 customers and, in addition, provides the highest standard of customer support and training through an expanding international network. Airbus employs some 55,000 people and in 2015 generated revenues of 45.9 billion Euros/$51.4 billion (U.S.).

Source: Airbus.

Air BP Strengthens Brazilian presence following signing with Azul Linhas Aéreas

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Courtesy: Air BP.

Air BP has considerably strengthened its position in the Brazilian aviation fuelling market following the signing of a deal to supply the airline Azul Linhas Aéreas at four airports. Under the terms of the new contract, Air BP is now fulfilling the airline’s fuel requirements at Sao Paulo’s Guarulhos International Airport (GRU/SBGR) and Eurico de Aguiar Salles Airport (VIX/SBVT), Recife’s Guararapes-Gilberto Freyre International Airport (REC/SBRF) and Vircopos International Airport (VCP/SBKP). The extended relationship represents a twentyfold increase in supply to the airline by Air BP, which already supplies the airline at Cabo Frio International Airport (CFB/SBCB), Valença Airport (SAL/SNVB) and Gov. João Durval Carneiro Airport (FEC/SBFE), which serves Feira de Santana.

The relationship increases Air BP’s market-share of the growing Brazilian aviation fuel sector and represents a significant step forward in strengthening its presence in Brazil.  Air BP was awarded the contract following a lengthy and competitive tender process that ended an exclusive fuel arrangement with the airline’s previous supplier. To win the account, Air BP devised a customised plan specifically for Azul Linheas Aereas. In order to meet the operational requirements, Air BP revised some administrative procedures, acquired new dedicated fuel trucks, and hired a further forty operators.

“This is transformational for Air BP in the Brazilian market. Working with a local airline, that is showing exponential growth, positions us well in the competitive landscape,” commented Ricardo Paganini, Air BP Manager, South America.  “Our local knowledge, combined with our international experience, technical expertise and capacity to fulfill the most demanding requests, ensures we can continue to match customer expectations in supply of robust fuel services. We are delighted to be working with Azul Linhas Aéreas.”

Brazil is a key market for Air BP where it began operations in 1957. Air BP operates at 24 airports across the country with 200 team members providing fuel services to commercial, military and general aviation. In addition to its physical assets, Air BP has invested in the world’s first “Operators University” where it trains its own team members and customers in best practice in refueling.  It is anticipated that the signing with Azul Linhas Aéreas, which launched in 2008 and is the third largest airline in Brazil serving over 100 domestic and international destinations, will open up other opportunities to work with even more airlines in the country.

Source: Air BP.

Azul Brazilian Airlines selects Rockwell Collins avionics for 58 Airbus A320neo

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Courtesy: Airbus.

Azul Brazilian Airlines has selected a host of Rockwell Collins avionics, including its MultiScan ThreatTrackTM weather radar and GLU-925 Multi-Mode Receiver (MMR), for 58 Airbus A320neo aircraft. Deliveries will begin in September. The announcement was made at FIDAE 2016 Chile, the International Fair of Air and Space Exhibition.

“These advanced avionics will enable Azul airlines to fly more precise routes while avoiding inclement weather—which ultimately means safer and more efficient operations,” said Alan Prowse, vice president and managing director, Americas. “We’re pleased with the t rust that Azul is putting in Rockwell Collins and look forward to continuing our relationship with the fastest growing airline in Brazil.”

Azul will start receiving A320neo in September with entry into service of the first aircraft in November. The airline expects to receive six A320neo in 2016 and eight in 2017.

“Our partnership with Rockwell Collins will guarantee even more safe and efficient operations, with a brand new aircraft, as the A320neo will join our modern fleet”, said Flavio Costa, Azul’s Technical-Operational vice-president. “We are very excited with the support of Rockwell Collins on our operations with the A320neo, as a recognized company in development of aviation solutions.”

MultiScan ThreatTrack goes beyond hail and lightning prediction within a thunderstorm cell and alerts pilots to these significant threats adjacent to or above the cell. In addition, the new radar is the first in the industry to feature two levels of turbulence detection—severe and ride quality—which more accurately informs flight crews of the type of turbulence in their path.

Unique to MultiScan ThreatTrack is its patented Predictive Overflight™ Protection, which tracks thunderstorm cells ahead and below the aircraft, measures growth rate, predicts bow-wave turbulence and indicates potential threats in the aircraft’s flight path.

The advanced GLU-925 MMR is the first certified GPS Landing System receiver, enabling high-integrity navigation, including RNP AR, Category III ILS and Category I Global Positioning Landing System approaches. The MMR also enables GPS position and availability requirements for ADS-B Out mandates.

Azul Brazilian Airlines also selected the following Rockwell Collins avionics:

  • ADF-900 Automatic Direction Finder
  • DME-900 Distance Measuring Equipment
  • HFS-900D Radio
  • VHF-2100 Very High Frequency Transceiver
  • LRA-2100 Digital Radio Altimeter Transceiver
  • RDMI-743 Radio Distance Magnetic Indicator
  • VOR-900 VHF Omnidirectional Radio
  • AOC Interpreter and Database

Source: Rockwell Collins.

Embraer delivers its 1,200th E-Jet to Azul

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Courtesy: Embraer.

Embraer delivered yesterday, in a ceremony held at the Company’s headquarters, in São José dos Campos, the 1,200th aircraft of the E-Jets family. The commemorative aircraft, an E195 model, was received by Azul Linhas Aéreas Brasileiras S.A., a Brazilian airline, which operates the largest fleet of this jet type in the world.

“It’s a joy to share such an important moment of the E-Jets program with our friends at Azul,” said Paulo Cesar Silva, President & CEO, Embraer Commercial Aviation. “Just as the E-Jets have been key to Azul’s growth and consolidation, the airline was instrumental in popularizing the E-Jets with Brazilian passengers, who have discovered a new way to fly, with live TV and without the middle seat, among other innovations. Together, both companies elevated the standards of efficiency and comfort in Brazilian aviation. The celebration of this E-Jet delivery is an expression of affection and admiration by all of us at Embraer to everyone who made Azul such a great success.”

“This is a remarkable moment for Azul and Embraer. We are today the largest E195 operator in the world and we are proud of that. We transport thousands of Brazilians in a genuine Brazilian aircraft every day, always providing comfort and safety,” said Antonoaldo Neves, President of Azul. “We truly believe that the decision to utilize Embraer products for the creation of Azul was key to the success of the Company. The E-Jets are recognized for reliability and flexibility.”

The first delivery of an E-Jet to Azul occurred in December 2008, making it the first Brazilian airline to operate an aircraft from this family of commercial jets. The initial agreement was for 36 firm orders: 31 E195 and five E190 jets. Today, the airline has a total of 88 E-Jets in operation.

In May 2015, Embraer and Azul signed a purchase agreement for 50 E195-E2 jets, with 30 firm orders and 20 additional purchase rights. The first delivery is scheduled for the second quarter of 2020.

Embraer is the only manufacturer to develop a modern family of four airplanes specifically targeted for the 70 to 130-seat segment. Since the formal launch of the program, in 1999, the E-Jets have redefined the traditional concept of regional aircraft to operate in other markets, flying with traditional airlines, low cost and regional as well as charter companies.

The E-Jets family entered revenue service in 2004. Currently, E-Jets are flying with 70 airlines from 50 countries, holding a 60% market share, based on deliveries, in the segment of jets with capacity up to 130 seats.

Source: Embraer.

Swissport fica responsável pelo ground handling da Azul nos voos internacionais, tanto em Viracopos quanto nos Estados Unidos


A Swissport foi a empresa de ground handling escolhida pela Azul Linhas Aéreas para atender também os voos internacionais da companhia aérea. As duas empresas já são parcerias no Brasil em vários aeroportos. “Estamos muito contentes que possamos atender a Azul não só em Viracopos (Campinas), nos voos internacionais, mas também em Fort Lauderdale e em Orlando, na Flórida”, disse Julio Ribas, CEO da Swissport no Brasil.

Para ele, só uma empresa global como a Swissport pode simplificar os processos para o cliente e oferecer serviços com o mesmo padrão de qualidade tanto no Brasil quando no exterior. “Muitas vezes, expandimos nossa área de atuação para atender o cliente que, por sua vez, quer trabalhar com um número menor de fornecedores em toda cadeia.”

A Azul é hoje um dos maiores clientes da Swissport Brasil, no fim do ano passado a empresa de ground handling anunciou que também seria  responsável pelas operações em solo dos 13 novos voos diários da Azul Linhas Aéreas Brasileiras no Aeroporto de Congonhas, em São Paulo. Até então, a companhia aérea, que operava apenas frequências semanais a partir daquele aeroporto e já era atendida pela Swissport.

Fonte: Swissport.

LSG Sky Chefs amplia os negócios com a Azul


A LSG Sky Chefs, a maior fornecedora mundial de serviços de bordo, anunciou na semana passada que ampliou significativamente os negócios com a Azul Linhas Aéreas Brasileiras, em sintonia com a internacionalização e rápido crescimento da companhia aérea. A LSG está atendendo a Azul com os serviços de catering tradicionais em todas as localidades brasileiras desde o ano passado.

Agora a companhia aérea escolheu a LSG Sky Chefs para atender os primeiros voos internacionais, do Aeroporto de Viracopos, em Campinas, para Fort Lauderdale e Orlando, nos Estados Unidos. As entregas da LSG Sky Chefs vão seguir de São Paulo, do Aeroporto Internacional de Guarulhos, até que possa começar a funcionar um pequeno centro de serviços em Viracopos.

Adicionalmente, Spiriant, a empresa de equipamentos da LSG Sky Chefs, foi selecionada para dar suporte à introdução do novo serviço de refeições com equipamentos de bordo, e ainda vai participar do processo de seleção para o desenvolvimento do equipamento final.

Azul foi fundada em 2008 por David Neeleman (também fundador da JetBlue) e desde então se tornou a terceira companhia aérea brasileira. Em apenas cinco anos, a Azul já havia pulado de 2 milhões de passageiros por ano para mais de 20 milhões. Não é de surpreender que a Azul seja uma das companhias que mais cresce em todo o mundo. Atualmente tem uma frota de 142 aeronaves.

Fonte: LSG Sky Chefs.

Azul orders 35 A320neo

Courtesy: Airbus.

Courtesy: Airbus.

Azul Brazilian Airlines has signed a purchase agreement for 35 A320neo Family aircraft. The airline, which is also leasing another 28 A320neo aircraft, has chosen the A320neo Family to carry out domestic long haul flights and high density routes, including Campinas – Salvador and Campinas – Recife. For Azul, an important driver for selecting the A320neo was the aircraft’s low operating costs and excellent fuel efficiency.  Azul has selected CFM engines for their A320neo fleet.

“Azul is an airline that truly serves all of Brazil. With more than 100 destinations , Azul will soon offer even more seats on our longer haul flights, allowing us to reduce operating costs,” said David Neeleman, CEO and Founder of Azul. “In addition to its market leading economics, which will allow Azul to stimulate new demand, the A320neo is also a perfect complement to our E-Jet fleet, giving us additional seats and capacity that can be dedicated to strategic projects like TudoAzul, Azul Viagens and Azul Cargo.”

“Airbus welcomes Azul to the A320 Family and is proud that they will rely on the A320neo’s unbeatable productivity and fuel efficiency to expand their services,” said John Leahy, Airbus Chief Operating Officer, Customers. “We are pleased that Azul recognizes Airbus’ commitment to Brazil and the importance of operating the high performance A320neo in key airports such as Santos Dumont in Rio. This order truly underscores the leading position of the A320neo in the single aisle market.”

Courtesy: Airbus.

Courtesy: Airbus.

In April, Azul announced that it would start operating long haul flights by early December. The airline expects to fly new international routes with a fleet of 12 leased wide body Airbus aircraft, including seven Airbus A330-200 and later five Airbus A350-900 equipped with Rolls-Royce engines.

Airbus has obtained regulatory approval for training of A350 XWB airline pilots in accordance with the original goal of an A330/A350 “Common Type Rating” (CTR). This will enable Azul pilots to benefit from reduced training time in the transition from one Airbus jetliner model to another, resulting in significant benefits for airline profitability, pilot productivity and scheduling flexibility.‎

The A320 Family is the world’s best-selling single aisle product line with almost 11,000 orders to date and over 6,200 aircraft delivered to 400 customers and operators worldwide. Thanks to its widest cabin, all members of the A320 Family offer the industry’s best level of comfort in all classes and Airbus’ 18” wide seats in economy as standard. The newest member of the A320 Family, the A320neo, incorporates new generation engines and Sharklets (wing tip devices) which together deliver more than 15 percent in fuel savings. Firm orders for the NEO reached over 3,200 aircraft from 60 customers, representing a 60 percent market share in its category.

Source: Airbus.