Customers can now book tickets on American Airlines-TAM Airlines codeshare flights, for travel from August 22.

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US Airways is launching daily non-stop service to São Paulo in Brazil from Charlotte in North Carolina, its largest hub, on June 8. The airline will operate its service to Brazil’s largest city with Boeing 767-200ER aircraft seating 18 in Envoy and 186 in the main cabin.

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Brazilian carrier GOL Linhas Aéreas Inteligentes S.A. is considering opening a new route between Brazil and Nigeria. GOL says the new flight would be operated by aircraft from its existing fleet of Boeing 737NG single-aisle jets.

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GOL expects to begin operating six new daily round-trips from Viracopos-Campinas International Airport on September 1. Of the six round-trips, five would be on a new route to Rio de Janeiro Santos Dumont Airport and one on an existing route to Brasília-Presidente Juscelino Kubitschek International Airport.

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The carrier will operate three-times-weekly round-trips to Brazil with Boeing 787-8 widebodies from Addis Ababa. The flights will make an intermediate stop at Ethiopan Airlines’ second hub at Lomé-Tokoin Airport in Togo.

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Etihad Airways is keen to expand its footprint in South America and is in discussions with South American-based carriers about potential commercial partnerships, according to James Hogan, the airline’s president and chief executive officer.

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American Airlines will launch 17 additional weekly flights between the United States and Brazil this fall, having receiving approval from the U.S. and Brazilian authorities.

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The new non-stop flights will depart from São Paulo Guarulhos International Airport (officially called Governador André Franco Montoro International Airport) to Montevideo in Uruguay, Asunción in Paraguay, and Santa Cruz de La Sierra in Bolivia.

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At the delivery ceremony for the first of four ATR 72-600s leased from Air Lease Corporation, Passaredo revealed it had ordered 10 more ATR 72-600s directly from ATR and had taken options on 10 more. In addition to its ATR 72-600s, Passaredo will also take two leased ATR 72-500s this year.

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Best Western International Inc. has continued its expansion in South America with the addition of the chain’s first Best Western Premier hotel in Brazil, the Best Western Premier Majestic Ponta Negra Beach.

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Delta Air Lines is adding a sixth nonstop flight each week between Atlanta and Brasilia, Brazil’s capital city, on May 31.

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Panama’s Copa Airlines will begin nonstop service four times a week between Panama City and Brazil’s capital Brasilia on June 18.

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The U.S. carrier is now selling service on 56 GOL Linhas Aéreas Inteligentes flights between Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Brasilia and 15 Brazilian destinations.

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GOL Turns Ten

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During its first 10 years of scheduled-service flying, GOL expanded its fleet from six to 112 aircraft, captured almost a 40 per cent share of the entire Brazilian air transport market and established itself as one of the most profitable and one of the fastest-growing airlines in the world.

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As a result of the agreement, GOL will add the cities of Marilia, Ribeirao Preto, Sao Jose de Rio Preto (Sao Paulo), Barreiras, Vitoria da Conquista (Bahia) and Ji-Parana (Rondonia) to its route network. Operating through Passaredo, GOL will also offer eight new direct flights.

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Representatives of the United States and Brazil have agreed an Open-Skies aviation services agreement which will significantly liberalize U.S.-Brazil air services for airlines of both countries over a transition period, according to the DOT.

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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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Singapore Airlines is adding a sixth continent to its route network in March 2011 with the launch of three-times-weekly flights between Singapore and the Brazilian city of Sao Paulo, via Barcelona in Spain.

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As a result of its sales agreement with NOAR, GOL will be able to add Caruaru to its route network and its sales channels will offer new direct flights between destinations in Northeastern Brazil.

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