Jet Blue founder Dan Neeleman has started up a new, low cost airline in his native Brazil called Azul Airlines.Â Azul, which started flying in January of 2009, flies to Porto Alegre, SÃ£o Paolo, Manaus, Curitaba, Recife, Rio de Janeiro, Campinas, Fortaleza, and several other destinations. Like Jet Blue, the airline offers premium amenities at no cost like extra leg room, leather seats, and inflightÂ satelliteÂ TV – the first airline in Latin America to do so. They useÂ Embraer 190 aircraft equipped with 118 ultra-leather seats in a 2 by 2 configuration.
Apparently, the Brazilian government has made things difficult for the airline, not giving it permission to land at SÃ£o Pauloâ€™s main airport. Hopefully things change at it is soon flying to every airport and landing strip in the country. Ninety-three percent of the Brazilian market is cornered by just two airlines (TAM and GOL), and prices are considerably higher per mile than in most other countries.
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