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Formed and started operations in 2002. Formerly "OceanAir." Domestic, regional, & international, scheduled & charter, passenger & cargo, jet airplane services.
Av Washington Luis 7059
CEP-04627-006 Sao Paulo, Brazil
BRAZIL (FEDERATIVE REPUBLIC OF BRAZIL) WAS ESTABLISHED IN 1822, IT COVERS AN AREA OF 8,511,965 SQ KM, ITS POPULATION IS 165 MILLION, ITS CAPITAL CITY IS BRASILIA, AND ITS OFFICIAL LANGUAGE IS PORTUGESE.
Avianca Brazil (ONE) started with air-taxi flights and added scheduled services in 2002.
December 2006: OceanAir (ONE) operates passenger services from Rio de Janeiro to Campos, Florianopolis, & Sao Paulo.
Employees = 1,349.
(IATA) Code: 06 - 247. (ICAO) Code: ONE (Callsign - OCEANAIR).
Parent organization/shareholders: Synergy Group (100%).
Main Base: Rio de Janeiro Santos Dumont airport (SDU).
January 2007: 1 + 1 order 767-322ER (25280), ex-United Airlines (UAL), Air Sahara (SAQ) wet-leased. The 767s will operate new services from Sao Paulo to Lagos (Nigeria), and Luanda (Angola), starting in the 1st quarter of this year. The 2nd 767 is expected to be purchased.
OceanAir (ONE) has been awarded authority to fly to Johannesburg and is likely to exercise this with the introduction of its 3rd 767 later in the year.
February 2007: Parent company, Synergy Aerospace, is close to finalizing a major fleet renewal order, which will be divided between Avianca (AVI) and OceanAir (ONE). The intention is to replace the entire fleet of both carriers by 2014 with the exception of the F 100s. Synergy also plans to consolidate all of the group's airlines, including OceanAir (ONE), WayraPeru (WYR), and (VIP) of Ecuador, under the "Avianca" (AVI) brand.
May 2007: Plans to launch international flights to Mexico City, Lagos (Nigeria), and Luanda (Angola).
August 2007: 757-2K2 (26635, NN635GS), and 767-322 (25287, N650UA), ex-United Airlines (UAL), both PK AirFinance leased.
November 2007: Brazil's OceanAir (ONE) placed a firm order for 7 A330-200s, 14 A319s and seven A320s, collectively valued at $2.65 billion. Deliveries will begin in 2009. (ONE) is owned by Synergy Group, also parent of Colombia's Avianca (AVI). Synergy Chairman German Efromovich told reporters in Sao Paulo, that he wants to grow (ONE)'s domestic market share to 15% by 2010 from 2% currently, and compete more directly with (Gol) (GOT) and (TAM) (TPR), and believes the 21 A320 family airplanes will help achieve that goal. But the order also signals a commitment to international operations, with (ONE) planning to deploy the A330s on currently operated routes to Los Angeles, Mexican destinations, and Luanda. (ONE) plans to use the airplanes to launch service to Europe as well, Efromovich said.
Airbus (EDS) said the order brings total firm orders for its airplanes in Latin America to 410.
January 2008: 757-2Q8 (26635, PR-ONF), ex-Axis Airways (AXY), (GEF) leased - see photo.
February 2008: Synergy Aerospace, the Colombia-based conglomerate that is the parent of Avianca (AVI), (SAM), Brazil's OceanAir (ONE) and Ecuador's (VIP), signed a Memo of Understanding (MOU) with Airbus (EDS) for the purchase of 10 A350 XWB-800s plus 10 options. Synergy and its subsidiaries already have 47 A320 family airplanes, and 10 A330-200s on order. This new order consolidates our fleet renewal and expansion program," President German Efromovich said.
Rolls-Royce (RR) said the airplanes will begin delivering in 2015 and that the (Trent XWB) order was worth $880 million at list prices.
In addition to its Airbus (EDS) commitment, Avianca (AVI) has placed orders for 10 787s and is the 787's South American launch customer.
April 2008: 737-3M8 (24376, PR-BRD), and 737-3Q4 (24210, PR-BRB), ex-(BRA) Transportes Aereas (BRW), Aviation Capital Group (CGP) leased.
May 2008: 737-3S3 (23787, PR-BRK), ex-BRA Transportes Aereas (BRW), Aviation Capital Group (CGP) leased.
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 4 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 4 stages to 154 from the current 105 between next month and October 2010.
USA carriers will gain access to Fortaleza, Curitiba, and +3 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 3rd 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.
July 2008: At the Farnborough Air Show, a deal was announced with Synergy Aerospace (AVI)/(ONE)/(SAM) for 10 A350-XWB-800s, completing a Memo of Understanding (MOU) signed in February. Synergy Aerospace is the parent of Avianca (AVI) and (SAM) in Colombia, and Oceanair (ONE) in Brazil.
December 2008: Returns 757-2K2 (26635) to (GECAS) (GEF) and leased to Avianca (AVI) as (N635AV).
February 2009: 767-322ER (25287) to Avianca (AVI) as (N287AV).
August 2009: (TAM) (TPR) signed a contract with OceanAir (ONE) to perform "C" and "D" maintenance checks on 5 F 100s. Work is being done at (TPR)'s Technological Center in Sao Carlos.
February 2010: Grupo (TACA) (TAC) and Avianca (AVI) announced the finalization of their merger agreement and the forming of their joint holding company, to be called "Avianca - (TACA) Ltd." It will be domiciled in the Bahamas and held 67% by Avianca (AVI) parent, Synergy Aerospace Corporation and 33% by (TACA) (TAC) parent, Kingsland Holding. "The joint venture process is to be made in phases, with the main purpose of innovating for the benefit of markets and travelers, moving progressively into a strategic integration that allows strengthening the competitive position of the airlines in Latin America, with a common vision," the company said. The merged airline group operates a combined fleet of 129 airplanes.
Sky Holding Company of San Francisco delivered 1 A320-214 (4404) to Avianca (AVI) as part of a sale/leaseback transaction. It is (AVI)'s 13th A320.
March 2010: Avianca (AVI), which finalized its merger with Grupo (TACA) (TAC) last month, plans to continue growing with the acquisition of Aerogal (ERG) (CEO) Fabio Villegas said. Speaking to journalists in the Ecuadoran capital, he said Avianca (AVI) parent, Synergy Aerospace intends to invest $7.2 million on an 80% stake in Aerogal (ERG) while (TACA) (TAC) parent, Kingsland Holding will acquire the remaining 20%, "Dow Jones" reported. Government approval is pending. Villegas said (ERG) will take delivery of 3 new A320s in the 2nd half of this year, increasing its overall fleet to 15 airplanes. Poder 360 reported that the sale could be completed by June and that (ERG) Chairwoman Gabriela Sommerfield said (ERG) will maintain its brand.
Avianca (AVI) said it posted a 2009 net profit of +COP19 billion/+$9.9 million, down -53.7% from the +COP41 billion reported in 2008. Passenger numbers rose +4.5% to 6.9 million.
April 2010: A319-115 (4222, PR-AVB), delivery.
May 2010: Changes name from "OceanAir" to "Avianca Brazil."
A319-115 (4287, PR-AVC), delivery.
July 2010: A319-115 (4371, PR-AVD), delivery, ex-(D-AVXG).
August 2010: Avianca Brazil (ONE) operates passenger services from Rio de Janeiro to 30 destinations along the eastern length of Brazil.
Employees = 1,349.
Parent organization/shareholders: Synergy Group (100%).
(IATA) Code: 06 - 247. (IATA) Code: ONE (Callsign - OCEANAIR).
Main Base: Rio de Janeiro Santos Dumont (SDU).
Domestic destinations: Aracaju (AJU); Belo Horizonte (CNF); Brasilia (BSB); Campo Grande (CGR); Chapeco (XAP); Cuiaba (CGB); Curitiba (CWB); Florianapolis (FLN); Fortaleza (FOR); Juazeiro do Norte (JDO); Passo Fundo (PFB); Porto Alegro (POA); Porto Velho (PVH); Recife (REC); Rio de Janeiro (SDU); Salvador (SSA); Sao Paulo Guarulhos; & Sao Paulo Congonhas.
February 2011: Barfield won a 10-year contract from Avianca (AVI) - TACA (TAC) to provide full component support for the A320 fleet operated by the group’s 4 airlines, Avianca (AVI), (TACA) (TAC), Aerogal (ERG), and Ocean Air (now Avianca Brazil) (ONE). Barfield’s Maintenance Repair & Overhaul (MRO) support includes an option to provide logistics in Miami as well as the supply of consumable items. As part of the agreement, Barfield, which is the USA subsidiary of Sabena Technics (SAB) committed to setting up specific repair capabilities in Bogota to better support Grupo Avianca - (TACA)’s airlines. The facility will also support other operators in South America.
Sabena Technics (SAB) (CEO) Christophe Bernardini called the contract a “milestone” for Barfield. “We are proud of the trust (AVI) - (TAC) has extended to our group and will do our utmost to ensure that our customer’s operations are near perfection,” he said.
May 2011: Avianca Brazil (ONE) receives its 1st 2 A318s.
November 2011: With a fleet upgrade well under way, an overhaul of its backroom processes and improvements in on board service, Avianca Brazil (ONE) is playing a crucial role in strengthening AviancaTACA's (AVI)/(TAC)'s presence in the Brazilian market, Jose Efromovich President of Avianca Brazil and Board Director of AviancaTACA (AVI)/(TAC), told "Airline Business Daily."
(ONE)'s revival over the past 3 years should also result in it moving into profit over the next 12 months, he said. "Every year we have been improving and we may get a nice surprise this year, but if not [we will become profitable] next year."
This is a major turnaround since 2008 when the carrier, which was then called OceanAir, had a mixed fleet of 34 737s, 757s, 767s Fokker F 50 and F 100s and Embraer Brasilias, and was losing money. A restructuring drive saw all but 14 Fokker F 100s and all of the other types disposed of.
(ONE) was re-branded as Avianca Brazil in early 2010. It also gained (IATA) Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) status and steadily began to expand its fleet. By the end of the year it will operate 12 A320 family airplanes, in addition to the Fokker F 100s.
It has already taken delivery of 5 A318s from (LAN) this year with another 5 to arrive in 2012 and the final 5 entering service in 2013, said Efromovich.
The Fokker F 100s will remain in service until their next heavy maintenance checks in a couple of years.
"Avianca Brazil (ONE) has a solid base and is ready for the next strategic phase," said Efromovich. The timing is not yet decided.
(ONE) will consolidate its network by adding a few new routes in 2012 but mostly by increasing frequencies on existing routes.
(ONE) will carry around 3.2 million passengers this year and generate a turnover of some reais 850 million/$480 million.
April 2012: Avianca Brazil (ONE) plans to place an order for 50 airplanes with either Airbus Industrie (EDA) or Boeing (TBC) later this year with deliveries likely between 2014 and 2017.
June 2012: Brazilian domestic traffic measured by (RPK)s grew +5.7% year-over-year in May, against a +5% growth in (ASK)s, according the National Civil Aviation Agency (ANCA). Industry load factor grew +0.7% point to 67.6% LF.
The (RPK)s and (ASK)s for May reached levels not seen since 2000, (ANCA) said.
Azul (AZL) achieved the highest individual load factor at 78% LF, closely followed by Avianca (AVI) with 75.9% LF. (AVI)’s (RPK)s grew +83%, followed by TRIP (TIB) at 66%. Market leader, (TAM) (TPR) faced a -7.9% decrease in (RPK)s, while 2nd-ranked (GOL) (GOT) posted a +0.85% growth, each keeping a 38.7% and a 33.8% market share, respectively. (AVI) also led the way in market share growth, up +73.2%, to a +5.1% market share, followed by TRIP (TIB) with a +53% increase to 4.7% market share.
The accumulated January - May results show the industry grew +6.5% in domestic (RPK)s in the period, while (ASK)s increased +9.3%. The 2 major carriers, (TAM) (TPR) and (GOL) (GOT), faced 8.2% and 8.7% market share decrease, respectively, in the 5 1st months of this year.
(TAM) (TPR) and (GOL) (GOT), the only Brazilian carriers that operate international scheduled flights, in May posted 91.7% and 8.3% market share in this sector, respectively, the 1st achieving a +2.5% increase in (RPK)s and the 2nd decreasing -9.6%. (TAM) (TPR) achieved 82.9% LF load factor, against (GOL) (GOT)’s 56.3% LF. Industry load factor was 79.8% LF, up +0.7% point, the best May result for Brazilian carriers operating in the international market, since the year 2000.
Brazilian airlines as a whole faced a -2.7% decrease in international (RPK)s in May, against a -3.4% decrease in (ASK)s.
July 2012: A319-132 (5219, N522TA), ex-(D-AVYV), (TACA) (TAC) leased.
September 2012: A320-214 (5278, PR-ONK), ex-(F-WWBB), (CGP) leased.
October 2012: The AviancaTaca group of airlines will unify all members under the Avianca (AVI) brand name starting in the 1st half of 2013. Each member will keep its own separate legal corporate status but will be authorized to do business under 1 brand name.
During the 1st stage, Avianca (AVI), Tampa Cargo (TMP) and the (TACA) (TAC) group of airlines ((TACA) International (TAC), Lacsa (LAC), (TACA) Peru (TPU) and Aviateca (AVT)) will adopt the single brand name in the 2013 1st half. Aerogal (ERG) will join them in the 2nd half.
Since the Avianca (AVI) and (TACA) group of airlines merged, it has implemented 45 new routes, increased (ASK)s by +37% and simplified its fleet by reducing it from 11 to 4 airplane family types. It also unified their respective frequent flyer programs into a single product, "LifeMiles" and joined the Star Alliance (SAL).
(CEO) Fabio Villegas Ramirez said, that in addition to the upgrade in infrastructure and technology and network expansion, the integrated member airlines have “simultaneously registered highly satisfactory results in domestic and international markets, as well as impressive customer satisfaction figures, which has facilitated growth and positive financial results.”
November 2012: AviancaTaca Holdings has posted a 3rd-quarter net profit of +COP$101 billion/+$55.6 million, up +14.8% on revenues of COP$209.2 billion, up +3.5%. Operating profit was down -12% to +COP$209.2 billion, mainly due to fuel price hikes of +9.9%.
Capacity measured in (ASK)s increased +10.3% and is credited to a growth strategy and consolidation of the company’s 4 main hubs in Bogotá (BOG), Lima (LIM), San José and El Salvador. (RPK)s rose +9.1%, while passenger load factors fell -1.1% points to 81.8% LF.
Passenger numbers increased +13.6% to 6.1 million. Revenue increases were attributed to a +1.4% growth in ticket sales.
The group introduced 5 new city-pair services in the period, including (BOG) - Yopal, San Salvador (ZSA) - Cali (CLO), (ZSA) - Guayaquil, (LIM) - (CLO), and (LIM) - Medellín (MDE). Frequencies were also increased on several international routes, including (BOG) - Madrid, (LIM) - Santa Cruz de la Sierra, (LIM) - Caracas, (BOG) - (LIM).
Domestically in Colombia, 28 new weekly frequencies were added to (MDE) - Cartagena (CTG), 7 to (MDE) - Cúcuta, 10 to (BOG) - (MDE), 7 to (MDE) - (CLO), and 5 to (CLO) - (CTG).
The group phased out 1 A319 in the period and added 1 A330, 2 A319s and 2 A320s to its fleet.
Starting from 2013, the group brand name will be unified to "Avianca."
January 2013: Domestic (RPK) traffic growth in Brazil slowed to +6.8% in 2012, after growth of +15.9% in 2011 and +23.5% in 2010, and will likely remain in the single digits in 2013, as the country’s 2 major carriers continue to reduce capacity in response to challenging market conditions. But Brazil’s 2 other main domestic players, the new Azul (AZL)-TRIP (TIB) group and Avianca Brazil (ONE), will continue to expand and take market share away from the leading (TAM) (TPR) and (Gol) (GOT) groups.
(AZL)/(TIB) and (ONE) have each seen market share gains of between +2% and +3% over the last year. Their gains have come at the expense of Gol (GOT), which has been cutting capacity and struggling financially after acquiring smaller low-cost carrier (LCC), Webjet (WEB). (GOT) saw its share of the domestic market slip by about -4% in 2012, while (TAM) (TPR) has been able to keep its share relatively stable despite reducing capacity by lifting its load factors.
April 2013: (UTC) Aerospace Systems was selected by Avianca Brazil (ONE) to provide A320 nacelle maintenance.
June 2013: Avianca Brazil (ONE) (the brand and trading name for Oceanair Linhas Aéreas) is expecting to grow +30% in the domestic market this year, as part of a +BRL$2.9 billion expansion plan through 2016. This year, the company will receive 5 new A318s to increase frequencies and expand operations.
In 2012, (ONE) took delivery of 5 A318s, 2 A320s and 1 A319, which have been used to increase the number of flights on existing routes and inaugurate its most recent destination, Maceio, in October 2012.
(ONE) has a fleet of 33 airplanes and operates out of 24 Brazilian airports. In 2012, (ONE) operated 168 daily flights, up 53 year-over-year, and transported 5 million passengers. It expects to end 2013 with 170 daily flights and >6 million passengers.
July 2013: A318-121 (3606, PR-ONP), ex-(CC-CZQ), delivery.
October 2013: Avianca Brazil (ONE) commenced operations on the 1,900 km domestic route from Sao Paulo Guarulhos (GRU) to Maceio (MCZ) in the coastal Brazilian state of Alagoas. Beginning on October 27th, (ONE) offers daily services connecting the 2 cities, which it operates using A318s. Competition in the market comes from (GOL) (GOT) and (TAM) Airlines (TPR), which each offer a 2x-daily schedule.
December 2013: Star (SAL) Alliance executives agreed to extend Avianca (AVI)’s membership to include Avianca Brazil (ONE).
January 2014: Brazil’s National Civil Aviation Agency (ANAC) has approved +1,973 extra flights between June 6 and July 20 to cover the expected huge increase in demand during the (FIFA) World Cup in Brazil.
The flights will be operated by Brazil’s four major airlines ((TAM) (TPR), (GOL) (GOT), Azul (AZL) and Avianca (AVI)) and include operations into 25 airports in the 12 cities staging matches or up to 200 km from the stadiums. Most are domestic flights.
City pairs to get the greatest number of extra flights are São Paulo - Brasília (288), Campinas/Viracopos - Rio de Janeiro/Santos Dumont (284), São Paulo - Fortaleza (205) and São Paulo - Recife (59). The Rio de Janeiro - Buenos Aires international city pair will get 262 extra flights.
(ANAC) Director President, Marcelo Guaranys told local media it is up to airlines to activate the approved extra flights. A spokesperson for the Brazilian Association of Airlines said the carriers must gradually reorganize their respective route networks and adjust the new flights accordingly, beginning in the next few weeks, and open some of the flights for sale.
Guaranys said the (ANAC) is closely monitoring the airlines to avoid abusive increases in air fares, as there have already been reports of increases in domestic fares of up to +10 times, in some cases. In response to media criticism, Azul (AZL) announced it is limiting fares during the period to a maximum of R$999/$422 per 1-way ticket, including connecting flights. (CEO) David Neeleman told local media this represents a R$20 million cost for the airline, which expects to face a -20% decrease in business traffic from June 12 to July 13. A few days later, Avianca (AVI) followed suit. (TAM)/(TPR) and (GOL)/(GOT) have not announced any specific measures so far.
March 2014: ACCDT: An Avianca Brasil (ONE) Fokker F 100 (Tay 650-15) (11426, /92 PR-OAF) performing Flight O6-6393 from Petrolina to Brasilia (Brazil) with 44 passengers and 5 crew (FC - CA), was on approach to Brasilia, when the crew reported an unsafe gear, aborted the approach and entered a hold to work the related checklists, but were unable to resolve the problem. The crew declared emergency and prepared for a possible partial gear landing at 5:42 pm L (8:42 pm Z) about 60 minutes after aborting the first approach. The F 100 landed on Brasilia's runway 11R on its main gear, the flight crew (FC) held the nose up as long as practicable before lowering the nose onto the runway and coming to a stop on the runway. Emergency services foamed the airplane. There were no injuries, and the airplane sustained substantial damage. The runway was closed.
Brazil's Department of Civil Aviation reported the F 100 had suffered a hydraulic failure leading to the nose gear failure.
May 2014: Avianca Brasil ((IATA) Code: O6, based at Rio de Janeiro Santos Dumont) (ONE) has taken delivery of its 1st A330-200F (1506, PR-ONV). Skyliner Aviation tracked the airplane's delivery from Toulouse Blagnac to Recife on April 29. A 2nd freighter, (1550), is scheduled to join (ONE) at a later date.
The airplanes are sourced from Avianca (AVI)'s 2012 order with Brazil's Synergy Aerospace for 3 A330Fs freighters and 6 A330-200s.
February 2015: Avianca Brasil ((IATA) Code: O6, based at Rio de Janeiro Santos Dumont) (ONE) has applied to the USA Department of Transportation (DOT) for route exemption as well as a Foreign Carrier Air Permit to operate scheduled and chartered, passenger and cargo flights from any points behind Brazil, via Brazil and intermediate points, to any points in the United States and beyond.
(ONE) said it is planning to operate cargo flights initially eyeing a 3x weekly service between São Paulo Guarulhos and Miami International via one or more intermediate points including Manaus, Curitiba, Lima, Medellín José Maria Córdova, Bogotá, Quito International, or Santiago de Chile International using A330-200F freighter airplanes. Passenger flights are planned for later in the year.
Brazil's national civil aviation authority (Agência Nacional de Aviação Civil - ANAC) has already awarded Avianca Brasil (ONE) 3 weekly frequencies to use on flights to the USA.
Avianca Holdings Chairman Germán Efromovich said the group's Brazilian operation had plans to start long haul operations to Miami and Orlando International in 2014, but deferred them on the back of a weak Brazilian Real and national elections.
As it currently stands, (ONE) offers extensive domestic coverage of Brazil in addition to weekly flights from Fortaleza to Bogotá internationally.
May 2015: A320-214 (6598, PR-OCN), ex-(D-AVVG) Synergy Group leased.
July 2015: News Item A-1: Avianca Brasil (ONE), which recently joined the Star (SAL) Alliance, expects to break even this year despite the difficult economic climate in Brazil, (CEO) José Efromovich said.
News Item A-2: Avianca Brasil (ONE) joined the Star (SAL) Alliance in ceremonies at São Paulo Guarulhos International Airport, July 22. This membership brings the number of Star (SAL) Alliance airlines to 28. This was the only global airline to join an Alliance in 2015.
“Today we are setting the future pace of our airline and close a 2 year process, which saw us move to a new Information Technology (IT) platform, review and update our internal processes, and specific training program for our employees to ensure they can provide the best possible service to customers. We are proud to be part of the most experienced airline alliance and are pleased to put Brazil back on the Star (SAL) Alliance map,” Avianca Brasil (ONE) President & (CEO) Jose Efromovich said.
Avianca Brasil (ONE) is the fastest-growing airline in the country. From 2010 to 2014 it increased in market share from 2.6% to 8.4%. Until May, (ONE) continued this trend, reaching a cumulative market share of 9%.
(ONE) adds 15 new destinations in Brazil to the existing 12, which Star (SAL) Alliance carriers already served, bringing the total to 27.
Brazil’s (TAM) (TPR) switched from the Star (SAL) Alliance to the Oneworld (ONW) Alliance in March 2014 after merging with Oneworld member (LAN) Airlines to form the (LATAM) Airlines Group.
A319-115 (4222, PR-AVB), in Star (SAL) Alliance colors, and 2 A320-214s (6806, PR-OCV; 6813, PR-OCW), Synergy leased.
December 2015: Avianca Brasil (ONE), which joined the Star (SAL) Alliance in July, has inked code share agreements with Star (SAL) members Turkish Airlines (THY) and Ethiopian Airlines (ETH).
The code share agreement signings took place December 9 on the sidelines of the (SAL) Alliance chief executive board meeting in Chicago. Avianca Brazil (ONE) (CEO) Jose Efromovich said the code share pacts are the “1st of many contracts we will sign within the (SAL) alliance.”
(THY) operates 7x-weekly Boeing 777 flights between Istanbul and São Paulo. (ETH) operates 3x-weekly 787 flights between Addis Ababa and São Paulo. “We hope to feed our partners with a lot of Brazilian passengers,” Efromovich told reporters in Chicago.
“Brazil is an important market for us,” (ETH) (CEO) Tewolde Gebremariam said. “There are [a significant number of] African descendants living in Brazil. We have been looking for connectivity out of São Paulo to the rest of Brazil, and Avianca Brasil (ONE) is going to provide it.”
Efromovich said he expected to gain approval from the Brazilian government for both codeshare accords within the next 2 months, adding that he did not expect regulators to raise any objections. Details on the routes covered by the code share deals will be provided, once regulatory approval is secured.
Efromovich conceded 2015 has been “a difficult year in Brazil” politically and economically, but noted that (ONE) has “managed to grow +15% and we managed to maintain our load factors” despite the county’s struggles.
(THY) (CEO) Temel Kotil said that Brazil’s economic situation didn’t dissuade him from pursuing a code share agreement with Avianca Brasil (ONE), explaining that the deal will pay dividends over time. “We are a long-runner,” he said. “This is the right time for this agreement.”
June 2016: United Arab Emirates (UAE) flag carrier, Etihad Airways (EHD) has signed a code share agreement with Avianca Brasil (ONE) in (EHD)’s latest move to increase its penetration in the South American market.
Under the agreement, (EHD) will put its EY code on domestic flights operated by Avianca Brasil (ONE), while (ONE) will put its O6 designator on Etihad (EHD)'s flights between Abu Dhabi and São Paulo.
(EHD) passengers flying between São Paulo and Abu Dhabi and beyond will benefit from connections to and from 8 other Brazilian destinations on Avianca Brasil (ONE), including Rio de Janeiro, Curitiba, Florianópolis, Fortaleza, Porto Alegre, Recife, Salvador, and Maceió.
“(ONE) is an important strategic partner for Etihad Airways (EHD) in South America,” (EHD) Senior VP Americas, Martin Drew said. “In addition to the code share agreement recently signed with Avianca Colombia (REI), we are further strengthening our presence in Brazil by offering our guests more convenience and connections with a single combined ticket.”
“Through its main hub in Abu Dhabi, (EHD) will offer our customers options of connection flights, especially to destinations in Africa, Asia and Oceania, where Avianca Brasil (ONE) doesn’t operate directly,” (ONE) President Frederico Pedreira added.
São Paulo became (EHD)’s 1st destination in South America in June 2013.
Avianca Brasil (ONE) serves 22 cities in its home country with >200 daily flights.
October 2016: (GE) Capital Aviation Services (GECAS) (GEF) has delivered a new, leased Airbus A320neo to Avianca Brasil (ONE) to expand and modernize (ONE)’s fleet. (GECAS) said the aircraft is the 1st in the Americas powered by (CFM) International (LEAP-1A) engines.
December 2016: Avianca Brasil (ONE) has been challenged by weak demand, high fuel prices, taxes and overcapacity this year as it navigates through a tough economic climate in Brazil. (ONE) President Frederico Pedreira said in Rio de Janeiro (ONE) has “grown by +15% in 2016, and we will continue to grow in 2017, but likely less than this year,” he said, adding he does not have high hopes for 2017. The growth rate could be +7% to +8%.”
February 2017: "United Airlines (UAL) and Colombia’s Avianca (AVI) Holdings are engaged in negotiations to “deepen the companies’ commercial and strategic relations,” (UAL) said.
(UAL) said it is also in talks with Avianca Brasil (ONE). (UAL), (AVI) and Avianca Brasil (ONE) are all members of the Star (SAL) Alliance.
Details of what form the strategic partnership may take were not revealed. “The board of directors of Avianca (AVI) has authorized Avianca (AVI) to carry out all the analysis and other steps that are required for a potential strategic-commercial alliance with United Airlines (UAL),” (AVI) told regulators in Colombia, according to "Reuters."
It is unclear whether the negotiations could lead to (UAL) taking a stake in Avianca (AVI) or Avianca Brasil (ONE). (ONE) (CEO) Jose Efromovich said last year that (AVI) had “opened up the door” to a potential outside investment.
“(UAL) and (AVI) have a long history of partnership through the Star (SAL) Alliance, and we look forward to enhancing our cooperation to provide even better service for our customers,” (UAL) President Scott Kirby said. “Deepening our relationship allows us to expand on our existing Star (SAL) Alliance and strategic partnerships in the region as we continue building a great network in Latin America.”
United (UAL) took a 5% stake in Azul Brazilian Airlines (ONE) in 2015.
A320-251neo (7484, PR-OBH), ex-(F-WWBG), (GECAS) leased.
May 2017: A320-251neo (7514, PR-0BI), ex-F-WWIZ) (GECAS) (GEF) leased.
July 2017: A330-243 (1508, PR-OCK), ex-(N508AV) Avolon Aerospace leased.
August 2017: Avianca Brazil (ONE) on August 7 began a 2x-daily service between Sao Paulo Guarulhos (GRU) and Santiago (SCL) in Chile, (ONE)’s 1st route into Chile. (ONE)’s morning rotation on the 2,614 km sector will be operated by its fleet of A330-200s, while the evening service is currently scheduled to be flown on A320s.
Avianca Brazil (ONE) becomes the 3rd airline to connect the 2 airports, with (LATAM) Airlines (LAN) (56x-weekly) and (GOL) (GOT) (15x-) already operating the route. Santiago becomes (ONE)’s 2nd international destination from Guarulhos, with the other non-Brazilian route being to Miami. Currently (ONE) is operating just +1 more international service from Brazil, with that being its weekly (Saturdays) link from Fortaleza to Bogota.
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1 737-3M8 (CFN56-3B2) (1717-24376, /89 PR-BRD), EX-(BRW), (CGP) LSD 2008-04. 148Y.
1 737-3Q4 (CFM56-3B2) (1577-24210, /88 PR-BRB), EX-(BRW), (CGP) LSD 2008-04. TO PERUVIAN AIRLINES (PRV) 2010-01. 148Y.
1 737-3S3 (CFM56-3B2) (1374-23787, /87 PR-BRK), EX-(BRW), (CGP) LSD 2008-05. 148Y.
0 757-2K2 (RB211-535E4) (608-26635, /94 PR-ONF - SEE PHOTO), EX-(AXY)/(TAV), (GEF) LSD 2008-01. TO (AVI) AS (N635AV) 2008-12. 213Y.
1 767-322ER (PW4060) (391-25280, /91 PR-ONA - SEE PHOTO; 449-25287, /92 PR-ONB), EX-(UAL), (SAQ) WET-LSD 2007-01. 25287; TO (AVI) AS (N287AV) 2009-02. 10F, 38C, 158Y.
5 A318-121 (PW6122A) (3371-/08 PR-ONC; 3390, /08 PR-OND; 3438 /08 PR-ONG; 3469, /08 PR-ONH; 3602, PR-ONO; 3606, PR-ONP), 2011-05, & EX-(CC-CZN) 2013-06. 12PY, 108Y.
5 A318-122 (PW6124A) (3001, /07 PR-AVH; 3030, /07 PR-AVJ; 3082, /07 PR-AVK; 3214, /07 PR-AVL; 5193, /12 PR-ONJ), 2011-06. 12PY, 108Y.
4 +10 ORDERS A319-115 (CFM56-5B7/3) (4222, /10 PR-AVB; 4287, /10 PR-AVC; 4336, /10 PR-AVD), 4222 LST (AVI) IN STAR (SAL) ALLIANCE COLORS. 132Y.
1 A319-132 (5219, N522TA), EX-(D-AVYV), (TAC) LSD 2012-07. 132Y.
20 +26 ORDERS A320-214 (CFM56-5B4) (4891, /11 PR-AVP; 4941, /11 PR-AVQ; 4913, /11 PR-AVR; 4942, /11 PR-AVU; 5278, /12 PR-ONK; 5299, /12 PR-ONL; 6598, PR-OCN, 2015-05; 6806, PR-OCV, 2015-11; 6813, PR-OCW, 2015-11), (CGP) LSD. 162Y.
3 A320-251neo (LEAP-1A) (7484, PR-OBH; 7514, PR-OBI), ex-(F-WWBG & F-WWIZ, 2017-05), (GECAS) (GEF) LSD 2016-10, 2017-02, & 2017-05. 162Y.
3 A330-200F (1506, PR-ONV, 2014-04; 1550), FREIGHTER.
1 A330-243 (1508, PR-OCK), EX-(N508AV) AVOLON AEOSPACE LEASED 2017-07.
10/10 ORDERS A350 XWB-800 (TRENT XWB):
3 FOKKER F 50 (PW125B) (20254, /92 PR-OAA; 20255, /92 PR-OAB; 20262, /92 PR-OAC), 48Y.
2 FOKKER F 50 (PW125B) (20281, /93 PR-OAW, 2007-01; 20296, /93 PR-OAX, 2007-01), EX-(AVI)/(SAM). 52Y.
14 FOKKER F 100 (TAY 650-15) (11370, /91 PR-OAD; 11405, /92 PR-OAS; 11411, PR-OAT; 11412, /92 PR-OAG; 11413, /92 PR-OAH; 11415,/92 PR-OAE; 11417, /92 PR-OAI; 11418, /92 PR-OAJ; 11419, /92 PR-OAV; 11425, /92 PR-OAK; 11426, /92 PR-OAF - - SEE ATTACHED ACCDT - - "ONE-2014-03-ACCDT-F 100;" 11427, PR-OAU; 11435, /92 PR-OAL; 11436, /93 PR-OAM; 11467, PR-OAQ; 11481, PR-OAR), GRUPO SYNERGY LSD. 100Y.
4 EMBRAER EMB-120ER BRASILIA (PW118A) (094, /88 PT-SLC; 147, /89 PT-SLD; 161, /89 PT-SLE; 192, /90 PT-SRF), 30Y.
3 EMBRAER EMB-120RT BRASILIA (PW118) (051, /87 PR-OAN; 057, /87 PR-OAO; 060, /87 PR-OAP), 30Y.
1 RAYTHEON BEECHCRAFT KING AIR C90B.
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JOSE EFROMOVICH, PRESIDENT & CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (CEO), SYNERGY GROUP).
FREDERICO PEDREIRA, PRESIDENT AVIANCA BRASIL (ONE).
SANTIAGO DIAGO, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (CEO) AVIANCA BRASIL (ONE).
TARCISIO GARGIONI, VP MARKETING & SALES.
YARA GONCALVES, FINANCE DIRECTOR.
JORGE VIANNA, EXECUTIVE VP.