||WEBJET LINHAS AEREAS
||Currently Not Operational
||RIO DE JANEIRO
||+55 21 3328 5005
||+55 21 4009 0036
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Formed in 2004 and started operations in 2005. Low-fare, domestic, passenger & cargo, jet airplane services.
Av Ayrton Senna 2541
Rue E, Hangar 2
22775-002 Rio de Janeiro, 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.
May 2005: Connects Rio de Janeiro (Galeao) with Brasilia, Sao Paulo (Guarulhos), and Porto Alegre.
1 737-33A (25057, PT-MNJ), ex-Nordeste (NOD), AWAS (AWW) leased.
July 2005: 1st flight, Rio de Janeiro to Porto Alegre, via Sao Paulo and Brasilia.
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.
January 2006: WebJet (WEB) was sold by its founder, Roger Ottoni to an investment fund set up by Aguia transport group and several Brazilian and international private investors.
February 2006: WebJet (WEB) was bought by Jacob Barata Filho and Wagner Abrahao. The Guanabara Group (owned by Barata Filho) has other transport interests including Rio de Janeiro's largest short-distance bus company. The family also controls 60 other companies, among them a hospital, a bank, a network of hotels in Portugal and a network of pharmacies in Rio de Janeiro.
February 2007: WebJet (WEB) was sold to the biggest Brazilian tourism company, CVC.
May 2009: Webjet Linhas Aereas (WEB) operates scheduled jet airplane services from Rio de Janeiro to seven major cities in the eastern part of Brazil.
Employees = 570.
(IATA) Code: WH. (ICAO) Code: WEB (Callsign - WEB-BRASIL).
Airline slogan: "When you do what you like to do, everything becomes more simple."
Main Base: Rio de Janeiro Galeao International airport (GIG).
Domestic destinations: Belo Horizonte (Confins airport); Brasilia; Campo Grande, Cuiaba; Curitiba; Fortaleza; Ilheus; Maceio; Natal; Porto Alegre; Porto Seguro; Rio de Janeiro (Galeao International airport); Salvador; & Sao Paulo (Guarulhos International airport).
November 2009: 2 737-3YOs (24465, PR-WJS; 24908, PR-WJT), deliveries.
December 2009: 737-3U3 (28742, PR-WJQ), ex-Air New Zealand (ANZ), Heller leased.
October 2010: Webjet Linhas Aéreas (WEB) has selected an inventory support system from USA-based Revenue Management Systems (RMS). (RMS)’s airRM software “allows airlines to closely control pricing and analyze performance through a robust suite of features,” says the supplier.
January 2011: Brazilian aviation authorities report a more than >20% year-on-year increase in air travel, with start-up carriers recording the biggest growth rates. Domestic travel increased +23.5% and international activity +20.4%, the civil aviation authority says. Load factors on domestic flights came in at 68.8% LF, up from 65.8% LF, with loads on international rates climbing to 76.4% LF from 69.2% LF.
TAM (TPR) remains the market-dominating carrier, with 42.8% of domestic operations, followed by GOL (GOT) at 39.5%. Each carrier posted year-on-year growth of about +16%. Low cost carrier (LCC) Azul, now the third-largest carrier with 6.1% market share, experienced growth of more than >100%. Rival WebJet (WEB)’s growth rate was +64%, representing 5.9% market share.
January 2011: 737-33A (25033, PR-WJX), ex-Norwegian (NWG), leased.
October 2011: GOL (GOT) gained partial regulatory approval for its acquisition of a previous competitor, Webjet (WEB). The purchase price is estimated at $37 million. (GOT) announced its intention of acquisition July 8 and the stock purchase agreement was made public on August 1. The National Aviation Agency (ANAC) has approved the deal, but antitrust regulator (CADE) still needs to sign off.
November 2011: Gol (GOT) will begin transferring airplanes to WebJet (WEB), which it is in the process of acquiring, from next month onwards in the first step of a fleet renewal plan for WebJet (WEB).
(WEB) currently operates 24 737-300s, which (GOT) has said it would phase out gradually. Next month, (GOT) will transfer a 737-800 to (WEB), (GOT)'s (CEO), Constantino de Oliveira said.
This will be followed by more airplane transfers in 2012 to replace half of WebJet (WEB)'s current fleet, he added. Oliveira foresees that (WEB)'s entire fleet would be renewed in 2013 to 2014.
"We don't need to rush to renew the fleet," he said, pointing out that (WEB)'s 737-300s are "reliable" and still meeting operating requirements.
(GOT) first announced its intention to acquire (WEB) in July, but the acquisition is still subject to the approval of Brazil's anti-trust authority (CADE).
Until then, the two airlines must operate independently. However, the transfer of airplanes from (GOT) to WebJet (WEB) is allowed and does not contravene any regulations, Oliveira said.
It is not known when (GOT)'s purchase of WebJet (WEB) will be cleared by (CADE), but Oliveira is hopeful that the approval will come in the first half of 2012, adding that it is unlikely to happen by the end of 2011.
In the meantime, (GOT)'s management has not made a decision on whether it will retain WebJet (WEB)'s branding when it closes on the acquisition, said Oliveira.
Even with the planned purchase of (WEB), (GOT) does not plan to grow its capacity significantly in 2012, citing a +4% maximum capacity growth in its recent earnings call.
Oliveira said (GOT) would try to keep capacity growth as flat as possible to improve revenues, pointing out that higher costs from fuel and inflation would put pressure on yields.
Despite plans to expand with the WebJet (WEB) acquisition, Oliveira does not plan to seek membership to any global airline alliance anytime soon. This is despite talk that Brazil's (TAM) (TPR) might exit the Star Alliance (SAL) due to its merger with Oneworld (ONW) Alliance carrier (LAN), creating a need for a Brazilian member in the Star (SAL) Alliance.
"It is not in our plan to join any alliance, we plan to keep (GOL) (GOT) independent," said Oliveira.
Late in the month, GOL (GOT) announced it is closing down its Webjet (WEB) subsidiary, returning all 20 of (WEB)’s 737-300s and laying off 850 employees. (GOT) said, “Webjet (WEB) has an operational model based on a fleet that mostly consists of aging 737-300 airplanes that are of advanced age, technologically out of date and consume large amounts of fuel. Given the Brazilian sector’s new cost standards, this model is no longer competitive.
The company said all flights booked with (WEB) would be accommodated by (GOT). (GOT) said it expected to see a non-recurring increase in costs in the fourth quarter of 2012 related to the shutdown, but that operational efficiencies would improve in 2013 as a result of these measures. (GOT) reported a third-quarter net loss of -R$309.4 million/-$149.6 million earlier this month.
(WEB)’s fleet of 737-300s will return be returned by the end of the first half of 2013, 16 of them in the first quarter.
“Thanks to the smaller fleet, (GOT) expects to reduce its domestic supply (ASK) by between -5% and -8% year-on-year in the first half of 2013, underlining its commitment to recovering its operating margins and the sustainability of the business,” (GOT) said.
September 2013: A Brazilian court has ordered (GOL) (GOT) to rehire 850 former Webjet (WEB) employees, who were laid off when (GOT) closed down the subsidiary in November 2012. (GOT) must also pay $420,000 to this group of workers as a moral compensation measure, since the court understood (WEB) could not have stirred the massive layoffs. In Brazil, “the Constitution protects the social value of work in Brazil," the court said.
(GOL) (GOT) acquired Webjet (WEB) in October 2012 for R$70 million/$29.6 million.
For further progress see (GOL) (GOT).
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1 737-3L9 (CFM56-3B2) (2763-27925, /95 PP-SFN "CIDADE MARAVILHOSA"), EX-(VSP). 132Y.
2 737-3Q8 (CFM56-3B) (2557-26295, /93 PR-WJO; 2674-26309, /94 PR-WJP), (AWW) LSD 2009-07. 136Y.
1 737-3U3 (CFM56-3C1) (2992-28742, /98 PR-WJQ), EX-(ANZ), HELLER LSD 2009-12. EX-(ZK-FRE). 136Y.
1 737-3YO (CFM56-3B2) (1538-23922, /88 PR-WJD), EX-(ROS)/Hispania, EX-(PT-SSK). LEHMAN BROTHERS LSD 2006-10. 136Y.
2 737-3YO (CFM56-3B2) (1755-24465, PR-WJS, 2009-11; 2015-24908, PR-WJT), 2009-11. 136Y.
1 737-322 (CFM56-3C1) (1728-24452, /89 PR-WJG), EX-(GOT)/(UAL), EX-(N359UA). 136Y.
1 737-322 (CFM56-3C1) (1875-24663, /90 PR-WJA), EX-(AAT)/(UAL), EX-(N401TZ). (TCI) LSD 2007-12. AIRCORP INC LSD 2008-06. 136Y.
1 737-33A (CFM56-3B2) (1462-23830, /87 PR-WJK), EX-(BRW)/(NWG), EX-(N238MQ). 136Y.
1 737-33A (CFM56-3B2) (2025-25033, PR-WJX), EX-(NWG), EX-(LN-KKA). LSD 2011-01. 136Y.
1 737-33A (CFM56-3C1) (2046-25057, /91 PR-WJE), EX-(NOD)/(VSP), EX-(PT-MNJ), (AWW) LSD. 136Y.
3 737-341 (CFM56-3B2) (1935-24935, /90 PR-WJH; 2321-26856, /92 PR-WJJ; 2326-26857, /92 PR-WJI), EX-(VAR), EX-(PP-VON/PP-VPB/PP-VPC). 136Y.
2 737-341 (CFM56-3B2) (2125-25050, /91 PR-WJB; 2127-25051, /91 PR-WJC), EX-(BRW)/(VAR), EX-(PR-BRG)/(PR-BRF). 136Y.
1 737-341 (CFM56-3B2) (1951-24936, /90 PR-WJF), EX-(VAR), EX-(PP-VOO). 136Y.
1 737-36N (CFM56-3C1) (2964-2856690, /99 PR-WJR), EX-(PK-GGT) 2009-11. 136Y.
1 737-36N (CFM56-3C1) (3097-28590, /99 PR-WJL), EX-(CWG)/(FSC), EX-(SP-LME). 136Y.
2 737-36Q (CFM56-3B2) (2883-28660, /98 PR-WJM; 3023-29327, /98 PR-WJN), EX-(TFY)/(GFL), EX-(G-THOK/G-THOI). 136Y.
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