Azul gives United a chance to slowly regain some lost ground in Brazil
United serves Brazil’s largest gateway Sao Paulo Guarulhos from its hubs at Chicago O’Hare, Houston Intercontinental, New York Newark and Washington Dulles. It also operates service from Houston Intercontinental to Rio de Janeiro.
Although United highlighted that Azul has 50 daily flights from Guarulhos, Azul represents just 9% of the airport’s domestic seats on offer and 6% of its ASMs. This makes Azul the fourth largest carrier at Brazil’s main international gateway, way behind TAM and Gol and also beyond Avianca Brazil although overall Avianca Brazil is a much smaller carrier. Azul’s routes from Guarulhos include Curitiba, Goiana, Ilheus, Joinville, Maringa, Navegantes, Porto Alegre, Recife, Rio Santos Dumont, Salvador, Vitoria, Brasilia, Campo Grande, Cascavel and Cuiaba. The new codeshare with Azul will give United access to some of Brazil’s largest domestic markets including Brasilia, Curitiba, Salvador, Porto Alegre and Recife.
Open Skies could give Azul and United more opportunities for network optimisation
Azul presently serves Fort Lauderdale and Orlando from its largest base and headquarters Campinas Viracopos. But in late 2015 it plans to introduce services from Belo Horizonte and Guarulhos to Orlando. Azul is also planning to launch services to New York JFK in Mar-2016. This will complete the initial phase of its new long-haul low-cost operation using a fleet of seven A330-200s.
United operates service from Orlando to its hubs in Chicago, Cleveland, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, New York Newark, San Francisco and Washington Dulles. From Fort Lauderdale it offers service to Chicago, Denver, Houston, Newark and San Francisco. Similar to Azul’s positions in Guarulhos and Rio de Janeiro Galeão, United is not a strong airline in Orlando and Fort Lauderdale. Both airlines have a lot to gain with this partnership. So next time you travel to Brazil please make sure to check out the latest affordable travel rates. Enjoy your Flight.
Source: Center for Aviation