United Airlines and Azul Linhas Aéreas Brasileiras have announced a new strategic partnership in which United will acquire a stake of approximately 5 per cent in Azul, Brazil’s third-largest airline. Through a wholly owned subsidiary, United will invest $100 million for its economic stake in Azul.

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Azul Linhas Aéreas Brasileiras S.A. has finalized a firm order for 30 Embraer 195-E2 jets and has secured purchase rights on 20 more.

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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.

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All 63 Airbus A320neo-family aircraft to be operated by Azul Linhas Aéreas Brasileiras will be powered by CFM International LEAP-1A engines, according to engine joint venture CFM International, which officially confirmed the news on November 28 before Airbus itself did.

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Azul will begin daily non-stop service with A330-200s between Fort Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport and Viracopos/Campinas International Airport near São Paulo on December 2. It will then launch daily Orlando-Campinas service on December 15.

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Embraer expects to complete negotiations over firming the firm, 30-aircraft part of the commitment from Azul by the fourth quarter of this year. The aircraft will be added to the manufacturer’s order backlog when the order is finalized.

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Azul Linhas Aéreas Brasileiras is planning to launch its first international services by early 2015 and has confirmed its first international destinations will be in the United States. Azul will operate its new long-haul routes with a fleet of 11 Airbus widebodies.

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Azul Linhas Aéreas Brasileiras will start taking delivery of its latest order of Embraer 195s in 2015. The February 14, 2012 deal raises the total number of Embraer E-Jets ordered by Azul to 62, 57 Embraer 195s and five Embraer 190s, together with another five 190s bought from other companies.

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Azul Linhas Aéreas Brasileiras has signed a firm order for 11 more Embraer 195 jets, increasing the airline’s total orders for Embraer E-Jets to 52 aircraft.

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Brazilian carrier Azul Linhas Aéreas Brasileiras has taken delivery in Toulouse of the first ATR 72-600 regional turboprop aircraft to be delivered to a Latin American customer.

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The deal represents the conversion into firm orders of 10 of the 20 options inked in the contract that Azul and European turboprop manufacturer ATR announced at the Farnborough International Airshow 2010.

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The aircraft in question, delivered on March 17, is the 19th Embraer 195 for Azul Linhas Aéreas Brasileiras.

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On its fuselage, the aircraft promotes FEMAMA, a Brazilian non-profit organization dedicated to fighting breast cancer. In addition, ATR and its suppliers involved in delivery of the aircraft will contribute funds for the Toulouse Cancer Campus.

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Azul Linhas Aéreas Brasileiras, Embraer and the Brazilian Federation of Philanthropic Institutions in Support of Breast Health have united in a breast cancer-prevention campaign which has seen a newly delivered Embraer 195 for Azul painted in a pink color scheme.

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Turboprop regional-airliner manufacturer Avions de Transport Régional has announced a clutch of orders for its new ATR 72-600 and its existing ATR 72-500 turboprop models, both of which seat up to 70 passengers.

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Brazil-based aircraft manufacturer Embraer has won orders for seven more of its popular E-Jet airliners from two Brazilian airlines, the company announcing the deals on the first day of the Farnborough International Airshow 2010.

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