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Formed in 1979. Sister company of RICO Taxi Aereo Ltda. Domestic and regional, scheduled & charter, passenger & cargo, jet airplane services.
Av Santos Dumont 1916
Aeroporto International Eduardo Gomes
Hangar RICO - TPS 2 Taruma
Manaus Amazonas 69041-000, 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.
Rico Linhas Aereas (RLE) was established as Taxi Aereo Rondonia and was merged with another carrier created by the founder, Rondonia Industria e Comercio in 1979 to create Rico Taxi Aereo. In November 1996, the airline was authorised to operate scheduled services in northern Brazil as Rico Linhas Aereas (RLE), although RicoTaxi Aereo continued to offer air taxi and charter services to destinations in the Amazon region.
April 2003: Jet airplane service to northern Brazilian destinations, including Belem, Borba, Coari, Parintins, and Sao Paulo de Olivenca.
1st 737-241 (21009, PR-RLA), ex-Varig (VAR) delivery, (PLM) leased, of 3 by December 2003. In September 2003, to be used for charter service to Aruba, as well as scheduled service linking Manaus with Belem, Cruzeiro do Sol, Porto Velho, Rio Branco, Santarem, and Tefe.
December 2003: 1 737-200, ex-Varig (VAR), bought from PLM Worldwide Leasing (arranged by Sigma Aircraft Management LLC).
May 2004: ACCDT: EMB-120 Brasilia (070, /88 PT-WRO) crashed on approach to Manaus, about 15 km/9 miles from the city, = all 3/30 fatalities.
737-241 (21000, PR-RLC), ex-Varig (VAR), delivery.
March 2006: 737-3Q8F (23766, PR-RLB), Netscape 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 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.
August 2010: RICO Linhas Aereas (RLE) operates extensive passenger and cargo jet airplane services in the Amazon region of northern Brazil. Serv ices from its main base at Manaus Eduardo Gomes International airport and a dozen regional operating bases reach every state capital in the region, including regular flights to Macapa, Belem, Rio Branco, and Porto Velho.
Employees = 153.
(IATA) Code: C7. (ICAO) Code: RLE (Callsign - RICO).
Main Base: Manaus Eduardo Gomes International Airport (MAO).
Hubs: Altamira airport (ATM); Belem airport (BEL); & Boa Vista airport (BVC).