Azul Brazilian Airlines will add two more Brazil-Florida routes in December and has reached an expanded codeshare agreement with New York-based JetBlue Airways.
Azul currently serves both Orlando and Fort Lauderdale, Florida daily from its São Paulo base and Orlando from Recife, Brazil. In December, it will launch daily Airbus A330 flights between Belo Horizonte, Brazil and Orlando and daily A320neo flights between Belem, Brazil and Fort Lauderdale.
Azul's other long-haul international destination is Lisbon, to which it flies from São Paulo. The growing international network is aimed at connecting Brazilian passengers to Azul's codeshare partners.
Azul has codeshare agreements in place with Chicago-based United Airlines, which owns a stake in Azul, and TAP Portugal, in which Azul owns a stake. Building on a prior interline deal with JetBlue-also founded by Azul founder David Neeleman-Azul and JetBlue have agreed to put Azul's code on JetBlue flights between several destinations and Fort Lauderdale and Orlando.
Azul and JetBlue had announced an agreement last year to enable Azul codes to be placed on some JetBlue flights, but an Azul spokesperson said the new deal is more expansive. "Our systems are more integrated now," the spokesperson told ATW.
Azul's international flying "is strong," Azul chief revenue officer Abhi Manoj Shah told analysts and reporters on an Aug. 14 conference call. "The [international] unit revenues are up year-over-year. The strengthening of the local currency is encouraging Brazilians to travel to North America and Europe more ... We want to fly from where we are strong [in Brazil] to where our partners are strong, where JetBlue, United and TAP are strong."