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Name: FLEX LINHAS AEREAS
7JetSet7 Code: NOD
Status: Currently Not Operational
Region: LATIN AMERICA
City: BAHIA
Country: BRAZIL
Employees 256
Web: varig.com.br
Email: nordeste@provider.com.br
Telephone: +55 (71) 2108 3150
Fax: +55 (71) 2108 3156
Sita: SSAUAJH
Background
(definitions)

STARTED IN 1976. A K A NORDESTE - LINHAS AEREAS REGIONAIS. DOMESTIC & REGIONAL, PASSENGER, JET AIRPLANE SERVICES.

ADDRESS:
AVENIDA LUCAIA
LOTEAMENTO PARQUE LUCAIA, QUADRA A
LOTE 14, NO 77, 1 ANDAR, RIO VERMELHO
SALVADOR, BAHIA, BRAZIL

ADDRESS:
AVENIDA TANCREDO NEVES 1672
EDF, CATABAS EMPRESARIAL
1 ANDAR PITUBA, SALVADOR
BAHIA, 41820 020, BRAZIL

SEPTEMBER 1999: SUBSIDIARY OF VARIG AIRLINES (VAR).

1 737-5YO (26067), GECAS (GEH) LEASED, EX-AIR PACIFIC (APC).

JANUARY 2000: PARENT COMPANY, VARIG (VAR) IS TAKING OVER THE AIR FREIGHT BUSINESS FROM NORDESTE (NOD) AND RIO-SUL (ROS).

FEBRUARY 2000: 3 F 50'S (20260, PT-SLY; 20261, PT-SRA; 20283, PT-SLX), RIO-SUL (ROS) LEASED.

APRIL 2000: 402 EMPLOYEES.

(http://www.nordeste.com).

OCTOBER 2000: VARIG (VAR) SUBSIDIARY ROTATUR IS CHARTERING 737'S FROM (VAR), RIO-SUL (ROS) AND NORDESTE (NOD), TO OPERATE LOW-FARE NIGHT FLIGHTS.

APRIL 2001: 456 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 109 FLIGHT CREW (FC), 133 CAIN ATTENDANTS (CA), & 56 MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS (MT)).

(nordeste@provider.com.br). (http://www.voenordeste.com.br).

2000 = -$4.55M (NET LOSS).

737-53A (25425) IN MAINTENANCE CHECK AT VARIG (VAR), PORTO ALEGRE.
1 737-53A (2177-25425, /91 PT-MNI), EX-BALKAN BULGARIA (BUL), AWAS (AWW) LEASED.

JULY 2001: SITA: SSAUZJH.

SEPTEMBER 2001: 737-33A (25057) (AWW) LEASED, RIO-SUL (ROS) WET-LEASED. 737-5YO (26067, PT-MNH) PAINTED WITH "GAZETA MERCANTIL" ON UPPER FUSELAGE TO PROMOTE ONE OF BRAZIL'S MAIN NEWSPAPERS.

JANUARY 2002: IN 2001, BRAZILIAN DOMESTIC TRAFFIC (RPK) INCREASED 8.1%, WITH MARKET SHARE: TAM BRAZIL (TPR) 36.68%, VARIG (VAR) 28.3%, VASP (VSP) 14.1%, RIO SUL (ROS) 8.9%, GOL (GOT) 8.1%, NORDESTE (NOD) 3.2%, AND OTHERS 1.5%.

SAO PAULO (CONGONHAS) - FORTALEZA - NATAL (737-500).

MARCH 2002: IN 1/02, DOMESTIC MARKET SHARE: VARIG (VAR) 38.8%; TAM RAZIL (TPR) 37.4%; GOL (GOT) 8.3%; NORDESTE (NOD) 3.2%.

SITA: SSAUZJH.

(TELEPHONE: (71) 341 75 33).

PLANS EXPANSION WITH $9M ORDER 737-300'S OR -500'S AND EMBRAER ERJ-145'S, REPLACING 6 F 50'S AND 3 BRASILIA'S AND HIRING +150 EMPLOYEES.

APRIL 2002: 666 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 173 FLIGHT CREW (FC); 193 CABIN ATTENDANTS (CA); & 1 MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS (MT)).

(TELEPHONE: +55 (71) 340 4305). (FAX: +55 (71) 341 0963).

SITA: SSAUAJH.

WANTS TO REPLACE TURBOPROPS WITH JETS. WILL LEASE 3 EMBRAER ERJ-145'S, EX-RIO-SUL (ROS). TO BE USED FOR 40 DESTINATIONS IN NORTHEAST, NORTH, AND CENTRAL/WEST BRAZIL, AND PLANS TO INCREASE CAPACITY ASK'S BY +93% IN 2002.

May 2002: 2 737-33A's (2756-27457, PT-MNK; 2959-27458, PT-MNL), AWAS (AWW) leased.

July 2002: 2001 = +$3.01M (NET PROFIT): 779M RPK (TRAFFIC); 56.6% LF (LOAD FACTOR); 1.03M PASSENGERS (PAX); 10.03M FTK (FREIGHT TRAFFIC); 666 EMPLOYEES.

August 2002: Parent company, Varig (VAR) plans to integrate subsidiaries Rio Sul (ROS) (19 737's; 15 ERJ145's; & 5 EMB 120's) and Nordeste (NOD) (4 737's; 4 F 50's; & 3 EMB 120's), into its mainline operations. (VAR) will return 11 737's to GECAS over time.

June 2003: 410 employees. (presidencia@nes.com.br).

SITA: SSAUZJH.

September 2003: 2002 = 972M RPK (+23.7%); 1.2M PAX (+12.6%).

2002 TOP WORLD AIRLINES PASSENGER TRAFFIC RPK (M):
202 (LUX) 1,104; 203 (ACE) 1,087; 204 (BMR) 1,051; 205 (TRX) 1,000; 206 (CRH) 983; 207 (NOD) 972; 208 (JAT) 972; 209 (ASY) 969; 210 (GHN) 942; 211 (TRANS STATES A/L) 861M; 212 (SAS) COMMUTER) 854M; 213 (PORTUGALIA) 827; 214 (ADR) 794; 215 (PIE) 789; 216 (MIB) 771.

F 50 (20261, PT-SRA) returned to lessor.

January 2005: 666 employees (including 173 FC, 193 CA, & 1 MT).

July 2006: Nordeste Linhas Aereas Regionais (NOD) is a regional carrier, operating scheduled jet airplane services to more than 40 destinations in Brazil under the Varig (VAR) brand.

Employees = 256 (including 122 Flight Crew (FC); & 127 Cabin Attendants (CA)).

(IATA) Code: JH - 264. (ICAO) Code: NES - NORDESTE.

Parent organization/shareholders: Varig (VAR) (99%).

(nordeste@nes.com.br).

Main Base: Salvador Dois de Julho Airport (SSA).

Domestic, scheduled destinations: Porto Seguro; Salvador; & Sao Paulo.

February 2007: Parent, Varig (VAR) will apparently change its name to Nordeste (NOD) in the months ahead.

It was told by the Brazilian regulatory authorities to relaunch services on abandoned domestic routes or risk losing them to other Brazilian airlines. At the same time it was given 180 days to restart its international operations or face the same consequence. It is currently looking to add 16 airplanes.

Has been operating 15 737-300s and up to 3 MD-11s to nine Brazilian destinations, plus Bogota, Buenos Aires, Cracas, and Frankfurt.

March 2008: Re-brands from "Nordeste Linhas Aereas Regionais" to "Flex Linhas Aereas" - SEE ATTACHED PHOTO - "NOD-FLEX-737-MAR08."

Starts operations between Rio de Janeiro and Salvador.

June 2008: The USA and Brazil announced an enhanced air services agreement that will provide for a nearly +50% increase in passenger flights between the countries, while eliminating restrictions on the number of airlines that can fly the routes. "This agreement will help air carriers meet the growing demand for passenger and cargo services between the USA and Brazil," USA Secretary of Transportation, Mary Peters said. "Now more than ever, it is crucial that we give USA carriers every possible opportunity to compete and succeed wherever passengers want to fly." The previous agreement allowed only four airlines from each country to fly to the other, while the new deal removes those limits. In addition, the number of permissible weekly flights between the nations will increase in four stages to 154 from the current 105 between next month and October 2010.

USA carriers will gain access to Fortaleza, Curitiba, and three additional new cities to be selected by USA authorities. At present, American Airlines (AAL), Continental Airlines (CAL), Delta Air Lines (DAL), and United Airlines (UAL) fly to Sao Paolo and Rio de Janeiro Galeao. USA and Brazilian carriers also now will be permitted to provide certain code share services with partners from third countries.

Weekly cargo flights will increase to 35 from 24 immediately, and to 42 in 2010, while the number of cargo charters allowed, also will rise. USA cargo companies now will be permitted to transfer freight from airplanes to ground vehicles for home and office delivery in Brazil. The terms of the agreement will be applied on a reciprocal basis until it enters into force.

NORDESTE - LINHAS AEREAS REGIONAIS became "Flex Linhas Aereas" which started operations between Rio de Janeiro and Salvador with a Boeing 737-300 (PP-VNY) - - see photo "NOD-FLEX-737-MAR08.jpg."

Fleet:
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Click below for photos:
NOD-737-53A
NOD
NOD-FLEX-737-MAR08

April 2014:

0 737-33A (CFM56-3C1) (2046-25057, PY-MNJ), EX-(TBL), (ROS) WET-LSD 9/01. RTND (AWW) 12/04. LST (WEB) 5/05. 132Y.

2 737-33A (CFM56-3C1) (2756-27457, /95 PT-MNK; 2959-27458, /97 PT-MNL), (AWW) LSD 5/02. 136Y.

1 7373-300 (CFM56-3C1) (PP-VNY - - see photo "NOD-FLEX-737-MAR08.jpg.").

1 737-5YO (CFM56-3C1) (2304-26067, /92 PT-MNH), EX-(APC), (BBB) LSD 9/99, (ROS) WET-LSD, PAINTED "GAZETA MERCANTIL." 120Y.

2 737-53A (CFM56-3C1) (1898-24786, /90 PT-MND; 1900-24787, /90 PT-MNE), EX-(AAR), (AWW) LSD, (ROS) WET-LSD, 120Y.

1 737-53A (CFM56-3C1) (2177-25425, /91 PT-MNI), EX-(BUL), (AWW) LSD 4/01. 120Y.

0 F 50 (PW125B) (20260, PT-SLY; 20261, PT-SRA; 20283, PT-SLX), (ROS) LSD 2/00, (20298, /94 PT-MNA; 20302, /94 PT-MNB), 20298 RTND 11/02. 20302 RTND 12/02. 20260 RTND. 20261 RTND 9/03. 50Y.

2 EMB-120 BRASILIA (PW118) (332, /97 PT-MNF; 333, /97 PT-MNG), 30Y.

4 EMB 120ER BRASILIA (PW118) (220, /90 PT-OQI; 242, /91 PT-OQJ; 246, /91 PT-OUI; 192, /90 PT-SRF), 30Y.

3 EMBRAER ERJ-145, EX-(ROS), LEASED 5/02.

Management:
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MARCELO WILLIAN BOTTINI, PRESIDENT & (CEO).

RICARDO JOSE BULLARA, DIRECTOR ADMINISTRATION & FINANCIAL.

MARCUS MONTEIRO PRATA, DIRECTO FLIGHT OPERATIONS.

EVANDRO BRAGA, DIRECTOR ENGINEERING & MAINTENANCE.

FRANCISCO GUGE, DIRECTOR TECHNICAL.

 
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