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Name: AZORES AIRLINES
7JetSet7 Code: SAP
Status: Operational
Region: EUROPE
City: AZORES
Country: PORTUGAL
Employees 573
Web: azoresairlines.pt
Email: info@.azoresairlines.pt
Telephone: +351 296 209 750
Fax: +351 296 672 090
Sita: PDLDSSP
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FORMED AND STARTED OPERATIONS IN 1998. FORMERLY KNOWN AS SATA INTERNATIONAL, SERVICO ACOREANO DE TRANSPORTES AEREOS AND OCEANAIR. REGIONAL & INTERNATIONAL, SCHEDULED & CHARTER, PASSENGER & CARGO, JET AIRPLANE SERVICES.

Address:
Avenida Infante D Henrique, 55-4,
Ponta Delgada, Azores, Portugal

NOVEMBER 1995: 457 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 35 FLIGHT CREW (FC), 51 MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS (MT)).

HQ AT PONTA DELGADA.

SUBSIDIARY OF SATA AIR ACORES, WHICH WAS FORMED IN 1941.

1ST JET & BOEING 737-3Q8 (24131, PP391), "D" CHECK BY (TAP) PORTUGAL, (21110 HOURS, 11521 CYCLES). TO BE FLOWN PONTA DELGADA (AZORES), TO LISBON, & FUNCHAL (MADEIRA), TO JERSEY (CHANNEL ISLANDS), & INNSBRUCK. MAINTENANCE & ENGINEERING BY (TAP).

DECEMBER 1996: MRS DR BERTHA CABRAL ELECTED TO PORTUGESE GOVERNMENT'S FINANCE MINISTER. DR LUIS SILVEIRA, NEW PRESIDENT OF SATA INTERNATIONAL (SAP).

MAY 1997: 417 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 35 FLIGHT CREW (FC) & 51 MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS (MT)).

JANUARY 1998: 1 737-36N (28570), (GUI) LEASED (APRIL 1998).

MARCH 1998: OPERATIONAL RESPONSIBILITY MOVES TO LISBON.

APPLIES FOR LISBON TO AZORES, AND MADEIRA.

737-300 DELIVERY IN NEW LIVERY.

FEBRUARY 1999: 1 737-3YO (1973-24902, CS-TGR), EX-SILK AIR (SLK), (GECAS) (GEH) LEASED.

MARCH 1999: STARTS SERVICE TO LISBON FROM PONTA DELGADA, AZORES. ALSO TO FUNCHAL, MADEIRA.

APRIL 1999: 471 EMPLOYEES. SITA: PDLSDSP.

(http://www.virtualazores.com.sata).

AUGUST 1999: 1 A310-300 (CF6-80C2) (571), EX-AIR AFRIQUE (AFR), AIRBUS LEASED.

DECEMBER 1999: ACCDT: ATP (2030) CRASHED INTO MOUNTAIN NEAR SAO JORGE, AZORES = ALL 4/31 FATALITIES.

JANUARY 2000: IN APRIL 2000, PONTA DELGADA - FRANKFURT (737-300).

MARCH 2000: 2ND A310-304 (CF6-80C2) (651), EX-AIR AFRIQUE (AFR), CREDIT LYONNAISE LEASED.

APRIL 2000: PONTA DELGADA - FRANKFURT (737-300, WEEKLY).

503 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 22 FLIGHT CREW (FC), 18 CABIN ATTENDANTS (CA), & 62 MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS (MT)).

SITA: PDLSDSP.

(http://www.sata.pt). (pdlsd@sata.pt).

JUNE 2000: THE USA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORT (DOT) OK'S WET-LEASE OF SATA INTERNATIONAL (SAP) AIRPLANES TO (TAP) PORTUGAL FOR PONTA DELGADA - BOSTON SERVICE, & TO CARRY (TAP)'S SCHEDULED TRAFFIC ON (SAP)'S CHARTER FLIGHTS.

JULY 2000: 1999 = 71 MILLION (RPK) (PASSENGER TRAFFIC) (+16%); 67% LF (LOAD FACTOR); 349,000 PASSENGERS (PAX) (+11%); 503 EMPLOYEES (+6.8%).

MARCH 2001: LISBON - JOAO PESSOA/PUNTA CARNA/VARADERO (A310, WEEKLY CHARTERS). IN APRIL 2001, LISBON - BOSTON (A310). IN JULY 2001, FUNCHAL - TORONTO (A310, WEEKLY).

APRIL 2001: 503 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 22 FLIGHT CREW (FC), 18 CABIN ATTENDANTS (CA), & 62 MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS (MT)).

MAY 2001: 1 737-4YO (1678-23981, /89 TC-AFZ), EX-PEGASUS (PGS), (GEF) 3 YEAR LEASED.

FEBRUARY 2002: 1 737-36N (28570) RETURNED TO (GEF).

MARCH 2002: SITA: LISOWSP.

July 2002: 2001 = +$3.16 Million (+$1.45 Million) (net profit).

December 2002: In summer 2003, Lisbon, via Ponta Delgada, to Montreal (Dorval) (A310-300, 2/week).

May 2003: 737-3Q8 (24131); 737-4YO (23981); & 737-43Q (28491) returned to (GECAS) (GEF).

July 2003: 300 employees. SITA: LISOWSP.

September 2003: 2002 = 1.29 Billion (RPK) (-5.4%); 800,000 (PAX) (+15%).

Top World Airlines Passenger Traffic (RPK) (Billion):
189 (NNA) 1.39; 190 (GUE) BELGIUM 1.35; 191 (SUR) 1.33; 192 (OAE) 1.30; 193 (SAP) 1.29; 194 (AZR) 1.27; 195 (WUH) 1.24; 196 (MAK) 1.20; 197 (CEB) 1.19; 198 (OMR) 1.19.

October 2003: In April 2004, Ponta Delgada - Munich (737-400, Fridays).

December 2003: In April 2004, Ponta Delgada - Funchal - Zurich (weekly).

February 2004: Now offering its Lisbon/Ponta Delgada/Porto - Toronto summer season flights as scheduled services.

March 2004: A320-211 (795), ex-Skyservice (SKB), (ILF) 3 year leased.

May 2004: 2003 = 11,543 flights; 365,300 (PAX) (+2.58%).

322 employees. (pdldlsp@sata.pt).

July 2004: 2003 = +$2.15 Million (+$80,000): 1.43 Billion (RPK) traffic (+20.2%); 73% LF; 714,000 (PAX) (+7.8%).

October 2004: In April 2005, Ponta Delgada - London Gatwick (A320, weekly).

March 2005: A320-214 (2390, CS-TKK), (ILF) leased.

June 2005: 387 employees.

`5310-304 (448, CS-TKI), returned to (GEF), leased to White (YES).

January 2006: Sata International (SAP), which already operates Acores service from Ponta Delgada to Boston and Providence (summer), will inaugurate a weekly service from Terceira to Oakland in June. The service will be operated with an A310-300. Sata International (SAP) will operate seasonal summer nonstop service from Ponta Delgada to Amsterdam from May 1st through October 30th. The weekly flight will operate on Mondays with an A320.

November 2007: (SATA) International (SAP) operates scheduled, jet airplane flights within the Azores, to Madeira, the Portugese mainland, and other points in Europe, Canada, and America. Also operates charter flights.

Employees = 442.

(IATA) Code: S4 - 331. (ICAO) Code: RZO (Callsign - AIR AZORES).

Parent organization/shareholders: (SATA) Group (100%).

Alliances: (TAP) Air Portugal.

Main Base: Ponta Delada (PDL).

Domestic, Scheduled Destinations: Corvo Island; Faro; Flores Island; Funchal; Graciosa Island; Horta; Lisbon; Ponta Delgada; Oporto; Santa Maria; & Terceira.

International, Scheduled Destinations: Amsterdam; Boston; Dublin; Frankfurt; Madrid; Munich; Toronto; & Zurich.

April 2008: SATA Air Acores parent, Grupo (SATA) ordered 4 Dash 8-Q400 NextGens, Bombardier (BMB) announced. The airplanes are worth $113 million at list prices and will seat 80 passengers each. Delivery date was unannounced. Air Acores currently flies 5 B Ae ATPs.

July 2008: A320-200 (ILF) 6 year leased.

May 2009: A320-214 (3891, CS-TKO), delivery - - SEE NEW CORPORATE LIVERY - - "SAP-A320-214-2009-05."

June 2009: (BAE) Systems Asset Management announced the sale of 1 BAe 146-100 and 3 ATPs to Miami-based lessor Regional One. The 3 ATPs are on operating lease with (SATA) Air Acores.

August 2011: (SATA) International (SAP) operates scheduled, jet airplane flights within the Azores, to Madeira, the Portugese mainland, and other points in western Europe, Canada, and America. Also operates charter flights.

Employees = 573.

(IATA) Code: S4 - 331. (ICAO) Code: RZO (Callsign - AIR AZORES).

Parent organization/shareholders: (SATA) Air Acores (100%).

Main Base: Ponta Delada Airport (PDL).

Domestic, Scheduled Destinations: Corvo Island; Faro; Flores Island; Funchal; Graciosa Island; Horta; Lisbon; Ponta Delgada; Oporto; Santa Maria; & Terceira.

International, Scheduled Destinations: Amsterdam; Boston; Dublin; Frankfurt; Madrid; Munich; Paris; Toronto; & Zurich.

(SAP) has moved its Funchal - Paris route from Paris Charles De Gaulle (CDG) to Paris Orly on December 4, 2010. (SAP) has given up its Funchal - Zurich route on June 3.

January 2012: (SATA) International (SAP) will add a stop in Porto to its weekly, Ponta Delgada - Copenhagen Kastrup services operated with A320-200s as of April 19. It has given up its Funchal - Zurich route.

July 2012: Tunisair (TUN) has temporarily wet-leased A310-300 (651, CS-TGY) from (SATA) International (MAE) for several weeks until the end of August. The A310-300 is based at Tunis Carthage International (TUN) and will use the airplane on routes to France with a significantly higher demand during the summer months. It is currently scheduled to mainly operate to Lyon St Exupéry (LYS), Marseilles Provence (MRS), Nice Côte d'Azur (NCE) and Paris Orly (ORY) airports.

September 2012: White (YES) has wet-leased its single A310-300 (494, CS-TQV) to Air India (AIN) for this year's Hajj charter season. While the airplane operates between India and Saudi Arabia flying Indian muslim pilgrims, its partner (TAP) Portugal is temporarily using (SATA) International (SAP) A310-300s until December 7 for the weekly scheduled service between Lisbon Portela de Sacavem (LIS) and São Tome International (TMS) that is typically operated by (CS-TQV).

October 2012: (SATA) International (SAP) inaugurated new route on the 6,500 km transatlantic route from the Portuguese capital, Lisbon (LIS) to Salvador (SSA), capital of the Brazilian state of Bahia. Beginning on September 27, single weekly frequency was operated using A310-300s. (SAP)’s (CEO) António Menezes, said: “This new launch constitutes an important step towards the fulfilment of (SAP)’s growth strategy. At the same time, it shows our great faith in the growing Brazilian economy.” Competition on the route comes from (TAP) Portugal, which already serves the market from the Portuguese capital to Salvador da Bahia with daily frequencies.

April 2013: (SATA) International (SAP) increased its seasonal offering in the French market with the launch of weekly services from Ponta Delgada (PDL) to Paris CDG (CDG). (SAP), which already offers weekly flights from Funchal to Paris Orly, now operates weekly services on the new route. The A320-operated service will disappear from (SAP)’s schedule on October 3. Last year, Ponta Delgada handled almost 890,000 passengers, down -4.3% on the previous year.

July 2013: (SATA) International (SAP) commenced operations on the 1,500 km route from Ponta Delgada (PDL) to Las Palmas (LPA) in Gran Canaria. Beginning on July 4, (SAP) operates weekly (Thursday) services on the route using Bombardier (BMB) Dash 8-Q400s. Flights to Las Palmas are operated until August 29 in addition to (SATA) International (SAP)’s existing 3x-weekly schedule from Madeira.

May 2014: (SATA) International (SAP) commenced its 10th route from its Ponta Delgada (PDL) base in the Autonomous Region of the Azores, this time to Paris Orly (ORY) on April 25th. The 2,564 km sector to Paris’ 2nd gateway will be operated weekly (Fridays) until October 3rd, utilizing (SAP)’s 165-seat A320s. The new airport pair will face no direct competition from other carriers.

September 2016: News Item A-1: Azores Airlines (SAP), previously known as (SATA) Internacional (SAP), is the Portuguese airline based in the municipality of Ponta Delgada, on the island of São Miguel in the autonomous archipelago of the Azores. A subsidiary of (SATA) Air Açores, (SAP) operates as the international arm of the regional network, connecting the archipelago with Europe and North America, from its hub at João Paulo II International Airport.

Founded: 1990. Commenced operations: 1991.

(IATA) Code: S4 (ICAO) Code: RZO (Callsign: AZORES).

Focus cities:

* Lisbon Portela Airport

* Boston Logan Airport

* Toronto Pearson Airport

Destinations: Azores Airlines (SAP) operates scheduled flights to the Madeira Islands, mainland Portugal and other destinations in Europe and North America, as well as charter flights. Domestic destinations are covered by its parent company, (SATA) Air Açores.

The following is a list of the airports served as of April 2016:

* Azores Islands:

Horta Airport, Horta.
Pico Airport, Pico Island
João Paulo II Airport, Ponta Delgada
Lajes Air Base, Terceira
Santa Maria Airport, Santa Maria

* Europe

Amsterdam Schipol Airport, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Faro Airport, Faro, Portugal
Frankfurt Airport, Frankfurt, Germany
Funchal Airport, Madeira, Portugal
Lisbon Airport, Lisbon, Portugal
Munich Airport, Munich, Germany
Paris-Orly Airport, Paris, France
Stockholm-Arlanda Airport, Stockhol, Sweden

* North America

Boston Logan International Airport, Boston, USA
Montréal–Pierre Elliott Trudeau International, Montreal, Canada
Oakland International Airport, Oakland, USA
T F Green Airport, Providence, USA
Toronto Pearson International, Toronto, Canada

Frequent-flyer program: "(SATA) Imagine."

Fleet size: 6.

Destinations: 19.

Company slogan: "The Atlantic and You."

Parent company: (SATA) Air Açores.

Headquarters Location: Ponta Delgada, São Miguel.

Airline Key People: Paulo Menezes, (CEO).

Website: azoresairlines.pt

Early years: Azores Airlines (SAP) was 1st established in December 1990 under the name of OceanAir and in 1991 was authorized to operate air transport services as a non-scheduled carrier. (SATA) Air Açores became the major shareholder when OceanAir suspended service in 1994. It later became the sole owner, and on February 20 1998, it was re-branded as (SATA) International, resuming operations on April 8 1998. (SAP)'s original livery consisted of an all white fuselage with the name (SATA) Internacional in ocean blue over the front windows, and a dark blue tail with the company logo. Before this, the livery had an idealized logo featuring the bands of crashing waves, superimposed by a sun-disk, with the calligraphic lettering "Fly Azores" below. This tourist-friendly logo was retired at the end of the 20th century, to be replaced by the more corporate image. The airline became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Grupo (SATA) (the parent company).

Following its bid by public tender, (SATA) International was awarded scheduled routes from Ponta Delgada to Lisbon, Madeira Island and Porto. Today, Azores Airlines (SAP) operates a number of transatlantic routes such as Faro to Toronto nonstop. (SAP) owns 2 tour operators in North America: (SATA) Express in Canada and Azores Express in the USA.

21st century: The (SATA) Group headquarters is in Ponta Delgada.

After May 2009, (SAP) adopted a new brand image and a new logo which was applied to its 1st new A320-200 (3891, CS-TKO, "Diáspora"). The symbol, called "Blue Islands Açor" (BIA), consisted of 9 geometrical shapes, representing the 9 islands of the Azores assembled to form the mythical Açor of Portuguese legend. The "açor" or goshawk was thought to have been the bird found circling the islands of the Azores, when Portuguese sailors 1st discovered the archipelago. This form appeared on the tail fin, in addition to a portion located just ahead of the wings on the fuselage. The new scheme was adopted by both (SATA) International and (SATA) Air Açores during the fleet upgrades beginning at the end of the 1990s and lasted until 2015.

In January 2015, (SAP) announced strategic plans to reduce its debts from €179 million to €40 million by 2020, by reducing its fleet and workforce. Under the plan it would also be renamed Azores Airlines (SAP).

In October 2015, (SATA) International subsequently announced a major re-branding including a name change to Azores Airlines (SAP) and a change of the color scheme from blue tones to green tones. At the same time, a fleet renewal with A330 aircraft was announced. The 1st A330 flight took place on March 25 2016 from Ponta Delgada to Boston.

In September 2016, the airline announced a change of plans regarding their fleet renewal. While plans to phase in a 2nd Airbus A330 have been cancelled, (SAP) ordered 2 A321neo on interim lease for 2017 to 2019 and 4 Airbus A321LR which will be delivered in 2019 to replace the interim A321neos and other older aircraft.[

News Item A-2: Azores Airlines (SAP) has committed to 6 new A320neo family aircraft on lease from Air Lease Corporation (ALE).

The (CFM) (Leap 1A) engine-powered aircraft are from (ALE)’s order book with Airbus (EDS) and will be delivered between (Q4) 2017 and early 2021.

4 of the aircraft are A321LR versions, which will be deployed on long-haul routes to North America.

On September 20, (ALE) said the aircraft will replace Azores (SAP)’s existing A310 fleet.

Paolo Menezes, (CEO) of Azores Airlines (SAP), said: “These aircraft are ideal new jets for our airline and (ALE) provided outstanding creativity, economics and strategic advantages in this important transaction.”

Fleet:
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October 2017:

0 737-3Q8 (CFM56-3B2) (1541-24131, /88 CS-TGP "CORVO"), EX-(VIV), (GEH) LSD, (TAP) MAINT. RTND 2005-07. 12C, 130Y.

0 737-3YO (CFM56-3) (1973-24902, /91 CS-TGR), EX-(SLK), (GEH) LSD 1999-01, RTND, LST (HGA) 2001-03. 12C, 130Y.

0 737-36N (CFM56-3) (3010-28570, /98 CS-TGQ), RTT (GEF) 2002-02. 12C, 130Y.

0 737-4YO (CFM56-3C1) (1678-23981, /89 CS-TGW "PICO"), EX-(PGS), (GEF) 3 YR LSD 2001-05. RTND 2004-08 LST (THY). 12C, 140Y.

0 737-43Q (CFM56-3C1) (2832-28491, /96 CS-TGZ "SAO JORGE"), (GEF) LSD. RTND. 12C, 140Y.

0 A310-304 (CF6-80C2A2) (448, /88 CS-TKI "AUTONOMIA"), (GEF) LSD 2003-05. RTND, LST (YES) 2005-06. 18C, 202Y.

2 A310-304 (CF6-80C2A2) (571, /91 CS-TGU "TERCEIRA;" 651, /92 CS-TGV "S. MIGUEL"), EX-(AFR), AIRBUS LSD 2000-03. WET-LST (TUN) 2012-07 - 2012-08. 18C, 204Y.

1 A310-304 (CF6-80C2A2) (661, /93 CS-TKM "AUTONOMIA"), EX-(RJA), (ILF) LSD. 18C, 204Y.

1 A310-325 (PW4156A) (624, /91 CS-TKN "MACARONESIA"), 18C, 204Y.

1 A320-200 (ILF) 6 YR LSD 2008-07.

1 A320-212 (CFM56-5A3) (795, /98 CS-TKJ "PICO"), EX-(SKB), (ILF) 3 YR LSD. 12C; 149Y.

1 A320-214 (CFM56-5A3) (2011, CS-TKP "S. JORGE"), 2013-06.

2 A320-214 (CFM56-5B4/P) (2390, /05 CS-TKK "CORVO;" 2425, /05 CS-TGL "S. JORGE"), (ILF) LSD. 12C; 149Y.

1 A320-214 (CFM56-5B4/P) (3891, /09 CS-TKO "DIASPORA" - - SEE NEW CORPORATE LIVERY - - "SAP-A320-214-2009-05"), 12C; 149Y.

2 ORDERS (2017-02) A321neo, INTERIM LSD:

4 ORDERS (2019-10) A321LR (LEAP 1A), (ALE) LSD:

Management:
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PAOLO MENEZES, PRESIDENT & CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (CEO).

ANTONIO MAURICIO SOUSA, CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER (CFO) & FINANCE DIRECTOR.

LIBERAL CORREIA, VICE PRESIDENT.

JOSE AVILA, VICE PRESIDENT.

LUIS BORGES SA SILVEIRA, COMMERCIAL DIRECTOR.

CAPTAIN JOSE GONCLAVES, DIRECTOR FLIGHT OPERATIONS (LISOWSP) (fltops@sata.pt).

CAPTAIN JOSE RODRIGUES, CHIEF PILOT.

CAPTAIN TIMOTEO, FLIGHT CREW TRAINING MANAGER.

JOSE PAVAO DE SOUSA, FINANCE MANAGER.

JOSE CASPAR, ENGINEERING DIRECTOR.

JOSE ROQUE, DIRECTOR MAINTENANCE, (lismdsp@sata.pt) (1998-10).

CARLOS LEITAO, MAINTENANCE DEPUTY DIRECTOR (carlos.leitao@sata.pt).

FERNANDO CARAVALHO, QUALITY MANAGER (1998-10).

VITOR SANTOS, ENGINEERING MANAGER, LISBON,
(lismbsp@sata.pt) (2001-06).

JOAO PAUAO, MAINTENANCE MANAGER, LISBON.

ALIPIO BARBOSA, 737 FLEET MANAGER (2001-06).

 
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