Azul Linhas Aéreas Brasileiras is expanding its network between the U.S. and Brazil by launching scheduled service between Belo Horizonte and Orlando on November...

Azul Linhas Aéreas Brasileiras is expanding its network between the U.S. and Brazil by launching scheduled service between Belo Horizonte and Orlando on November 16.

According to Azul Linhas Aéreas Brasileiras, which is also known as Azul Brazilian Airlines, its new round-trip between Belo Horizonte and Orlando will be the first-ever non-stop service on the route.


Azul Linhas Aéreas Brasileiras, also known as Azul Brazilian Airlines, began long-haul international services in December 2014 with a fleet of five leased Airbus A330-200s

Azul Linhas Aéreas Brasileiras, also known as Azul Brazilian Airlines, began long-haul international services in December 2014 with a fleet of five leased Airbus A330-200s

 

Azul, which calls itself Brazil’s largest airline in terms of the number of cities it serves in its home nation, will operate five round-trips a week between Belo Horizonte and Orlando between November 16 and December 13.

After December 13 it will increase its service frequency on the Belo Horizonte-Orlando route to a daily round-trip.

From July 1 to August 9, 2016, Azul will operate 10 round-trips a week between Belo Horizonte’s Tancredo Neves/Confins International Airport (IATA code CNF) ‒ the carrier’s second-largest hub ‒ and Orlando.

On July 1, 2016, also, Azul will increase to 10 round-trips a week its service frequency on its existing Campinas-Fort Lauderdale route. Viracopos-Campinas International Airport (VCP), which is only a short bus ride from São Paulo, South America’s largest city, is the airline’s largest hub.

The Embraer 195 and Embraer 190, one of which is shown here, are the workhorses of Azul Linhas Aéreas Brasileiras' domestic fleet, at least until the carrier begins taking delivery in 2017 of 63 Airbus A320neos it has ordered. By May 2015, Azul had ordered or agreed to lease 73 Embraer 195s, 22 Embraer 190s and 30 Embraer 195-E2s

The Embraer 195 and Embraer 190, one of which is shown here, are the workhorses of Azul Linhas Aéreas Brasileiras’ domestic fleet, at least until the carrier begins taking delivery in 2017 of 63 Airbus A320neos it has ordered. By May 2015, Azul had ordered or agreed to lease 73 Embraer 195s, 22 Embraer 190s and 30 Embraer 195-E2s

 

Azul operates more than 80 flights daily from Belo Horizonte, to more than 30 Brazilian destinations.

The airline’s schedule for its Belo Horizonte-Orlando route calls for its flight to depart CNF at 12:30 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Sundays from November 16 to December 13 and to arrive at Orlando International Airport (MCO) at 5:50 p.m. local time.

Azul’s return flight will leave MCO at 8:15 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Sundays from November 16 to December 13 and will reach CNF at 7:35 a.m. the next morning, local time.

The carrier will retain the same schedule for the round-trip from December 14, when the service increases to a daily frequency.

Azul Linhas Aéreas Brasileiras was the first carrier in Latin America to operate the ATR 72-600. The carrier has 52 ATR 72-500s and ATR 72-600s in domestic service on its lower-density routes to smaller Brazilian cities

Azul Linhas Aéreas Brasileiras was the first carrier in Latin America to operate the ATR 72-600. The carrier has 52 ATR 72-500s and ATR 72-600s in domestic service on its lower-density routes to smaller Brazilian cities

 

Azul began service from Orlando International Airport in December 2014 with daily non-stop service to Viracopos-Campinas International Airport.

Viracopos-based Azul operates more than 900 flights a day on a network which links 105 destinations.

With a fleet of 153 aircraft and more than 10,000 employees, the company currently claims a 32 per cent share of departures of the Brazilian airline market.

For more information on Azul Linhas Aéreas Brasileiras, visit www.voeazul.com.br.

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