Azul Brazilian Airlines announced two new flights from Brazil to Florida—Belo Horizonte to Orlando and Belem to Fort Lauderdale. Why is this significant? Because Azul has quickly become the largest airline in terms of cities served in Brazil after being launched just nine years ago in 2008. It’s also significant because it was launched by David Neeleman, now chairman of the carrier and former president and CEO of JetBlue.
Azul’s new routes will begin in December 2017, providing nonstop service for customers in Belem and Belo Horizonte. In addition to the nonstop service, Azul has optimized the connectivity to Belem and Belo Horizonte and surrounding cities so that it will offer the best connection options to and from Orlando and Fort Lauderdale.
“I am very pleased to announce new international service from Brazil to the U.S.,” said Neeleman. “Not only have our customers been asking for these flights, but this also strengthens our strategic positioning in these important cities. In addition to the new nonstop flights, we are also optimizing connectivity as well as increasing frequencies to Fort Lauderdale and Orlando from our Sao Paulo-Viracopos hub.”
Azul is the largest airline in Brazil by number of cities served, offering 739 daily flights to 102 destinations. With a fleet of 123 aircraft and more than 10,000 crewmembers, the company had a network of 202 non-stop routes as of June 30, 2017.