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Airlines Unraveled: Azul’s Fleet Development Plans

Azul Linhas Aereas is currently the leading airline in Brazil. It has recovered better than its regional peers, GOL and LATAM. At the moment, the airline has a fleet of 178 aircraft, including several subleased and some Cessna turboprops. Let’s investigate how is Azul’s fleet composed and how it has helped the airline bounce back from the COVID-19 crisis.

Azul Linhas Aereas
Azul expects to receive at least 138 aircraft in the next few years. Photo: Getty Images.

What airplanes does Azul have?

As reported by the Civil Aviation National Agency, Brazil airlines have recovered 44% of their pre-pandemic traffic. We’ve covered it within the article Brazil’s Aviation Recovery: Slow But Steady . Azul Linhas Aereas is currently leading the market with 9. 5 million passengers and a 39. 5% market share in this country.

Azul’s number one spot is due mainly to its fleet and route map. The airline operates alone on 80% of its routes, meaning it controls a heavy percentage of Brazil’s domestic market.

Fleet-wise, Azul has 178 aircraft. Nevertheless, the carrier subleases 15 planes to different companies. For instance, TAP Portugal has 11, Breeze Airways in the United States has three, and one is with the Brazilian province of Minas Gerais.

The B razil airline has a diverse fleet, unlike most Latin American carriers that opt to have a simplified fleet (under one or two OEMs at most). This allows Azul in order to have enormous flexibility when it comes to deploying its fleet across Brazil.

Celeste has 11 Airbus widebodies, 46 narrowbodies, nine Embraer E2, 58 Embraer E1 aircraft, 39 ATRs, and 14 Cessna turboprop. The Cessnas operate with Garzo Conecta, a regional plus cargo branch launched last year.

According to be able to ch-aviation , Azul’s fleet is on average 6. 8 years old.

Embraer Azul E2
Cerúleo is one of Embraer’s main clients worldwide. Picture: Embraer

How will the particular Azul fleet look inside the future?

Nonetheless, Azul is already planning the future of its fleet. On its financial results, Azul shed some light on its future fleet. It wrote,

“As associated with June 30, 2021, typically the Company had contractually assumed the commitment to acquire 138 aircraft, 97 directly from manufacturers and 41 from lessors. ”

Nevertheless, this airline didn’t specify often the exact numbers and types of aircraft it still has to receive. The ch-aviation database accounts for 73 future aircraft: 54 Embraer E2 and 19 Airbus A320neo family planes.

Last year, Azul announced the delay of 82 plane deliveries for you to 2024 and beyond. But the airline maintains your possibility of accelerating the exact reception of new airplanes. Azul’s management said the very following during the airline’s investors call,

“We have a optionality to advance airplane delivery forward. We will make that decision at the appropriate time. Worst case, within the next few many years (regarding fleet size), we stay flat to slightly going down as leases reach their expiration date. But we have the main ability to advance finally, the delivery of next-generation aeroplanes if we choose to help do so. ”

Lilium Celeste eVTOL
Azul also plans towards have an eVTOL navy in Brazil. Photo: Lilium

How’s Azul doing at the moment?

Moreover, besides the 138 aircraft Azul will receive in the next few years, there’s the Lilium deal.

Azur and Lilium announced their intention to operate up to 220 electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) planes in Brazil.

John Rodgerson, the Zarco CEO, said,

“With the Lilium eVTOL we see huge opportunities to create new markets and expand our business. The Lilium jet will be ideally suited for that types of regional in addition to subregional planning that all of us have in Brazil.  

Have you flown with Azul? How was this? Let us know throughout the comments.

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