Azul to deploy A330 on domestic flights temporarily

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Brazil's Azul will deploy Airbus A330-200 aircraft temporarily on selected domestic routes beginning 1 September, ahead of launching its first international flights with the widebody aircraft later this year.

The airline says it will operate the A330 on some flights from Viracopos-Campinas to Recife, Manaus, Rio de Janeiro Galeao and Brasilia. Azul is awaiting approval from Brazil's civil aviation authority ANAC to operate the A330 on the routes, which the airline usually serves with Embraer 195s.

The carrier says it chose the four routes for their high demand.

Azul received its first A330 in June and aims to use the type to launch its first international service to the USA from as early as December. Azul announced in April that it will acquire six A330s and five Airbus A350-900s for its international flights. It has applied for rights to operate from Viracopos-Campinas to Fort Laurderdale and Orlando, followed by New York John F. Kennedy.