Articles Tagged ‘GOL’
Neeleman launches Azul from Campinas base near Sao Paulo; Brazil’s TAM and Gol will be watching closely
Serial airline founder David Neeleman has done it again. After jetBlue comes Azul, his new Brazilian airline which launched this week with Embraer E-jets. By early February it will have six aircraft and four routes. Should TAM and Gol be bothered?
Brazil’s domestic two-horse race now appears to have a clear leader. But which minnow has now increased its market share to 3%? Is demand for air travel in Brazil suffering the same downturn as elsewhere? And how are Brazilian airlines doing in the international market?
Not all LCCs are the same. We examine average frequency, average sector length, number of routes and airports served to reveal significant differences in network strategy of the world’s most successful LCCs. And just how much bigger is Southwest than all the rest?
GOL forced to re-think network expansion strategy; abandons VRG’s European routes and long-haul 767s
Not so long ago GOL was generating operating margins of greater than 20% making it one of the world’s most profitable airlines. Last quarter its operating margin was minus 20%. How much of this is down to its acquisition of Varig and the mix of airline networks?
Brazil’s big two are growing domestic capacity faster than they are passengers, resulting in falling loads and profits. Next year Azul will be joining them with its ambitious Embraer-based plans. What’s happening in the international market? Are loads up or down?
Failed airlines and fatal accidents have not dampened the Brazilian demand for air travel in recent months. We examine how the domestic market has ended up as a virtual duopoly and how load factors in 2007 compare with 2006. We also look at how the international market has grown despite the collapse of Varig in 2006.