Traditionally dressed Bahianas saw off passengers boarding SATA International’s inaugural flight from Lisbon to Salvador in Brazil, getting everybody in a carnival mood.
Lembrancas do Senhor do Bonfim da Bahia, the colourful bracelet that became the trademark of the Brazilian state of Bahia, were handed out to passengers upon arrival. According to the custom, the bracelet should be wrapped around one’s wrist and tied with three knots, each representing one wish. When the band naturally falls off, the wishes are said to come true!
- SATA International, the Portuguese carrier based in the Azores, inaugurated new route on the 6,500-kilometre transatlantic route from the Portuguese capital Lisbon (LIS) to Salvador (SSA), capital of the Brazilian state of Bahia. Beginning on 27 September, single weekly frequency will be operated using 310-300. SATA’s CEO, António Menezes, said: “This new launch constitutes an important step towards the fulfilment of SATA’s growth strategy. At the same time, it shows our great faith in the growing Brazilian economy.” Competition on the route comes from TAP Portugal, which already serves the market from the Portuguese capital to Salvador da Bahia with daily frequencies.