Brazil's Azul launches international charter flights

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Brazilian low-cost carrier Azul has begun operating its first international flights, charter services to neighbouring Argentina.

Azul, which launched domestic services in late 2008, says it was recently certified by Brazil's ANAC to operate international flights. Azul says in a statement today that this month it is operating its first international charter programme, which involves flights to Buenos Aires and Barliloche in Argentina.

Azul says the Buenos Aires flights will operate from June through November while the flights to the Barliloche ski resort will only operate during the Southern Hemisphere winter. Azul is operating the Argentina flights from its Campinas base outside Sao Paulo and Porto Alegre in southern Brazil.

Azul founder David Neeleman told ATI last October that the carrier has no intentions of launching any scheduled international services. Azul currently operates scheduled services to 21 domestic destinations with a fleet of 15 Embraer E-190 and E-195s.

The fast-growing carrier also operates domestic charters but until now was unable to pursue any international charter opportunities.