Azul to launch VCP-JFK

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    And AA will beat them to it:http://airlineroute.net/2014/08/26/aa-vcp-dec14/

    American Airlines from December 2014 is launching service to Sao Paulo Viracopos/Campinas, with flights from New York JFK and Miami, subject to Government Approval. Reservation for both routes opened on Monday 25AUG14.

    eff 01DEC14 New York JFK – Sao Paulo Viracopos/Campinas 3 weekly
    AA919 JFK2217 – 1122+1VCP 763 146
    AA958 VCP2346 – 0706+1JFK 763 257

    AA958 effective 02DEC14

    eff 02DEC14 Miami – Sao Paulo Viracopos/Campinas
    AA907 MIA2350 – 1123+1VCP 763 D
    AA998 VCP2251 – 0433+1MIA 763 D

    AA998 effective 03DEC14
     
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    According to discussion I have heard from AA staffers last week, the AA response was based primarily on decreased operating costs and slot convenience at VCP. I rather suspect they are really after the Azul customers who transit VCP more than anything else.

    It is interesting that they are beginning services using A330-200. The FLL-MCO service will be quite interesting too watch since both are major Brazilian destinations (tourist and business) judging by real estate sales to Brazilians in both markets, among other things. The quoted from David Neeleman report that Azul is entering negotiations for a significant buy of wide bodies from Airbus and Boeing. presumably he'll be wanting A330NEO or B787, perhaps even A350 or B777 choices. I'd not want to guess but history may argue in favour of Airbus because he's more likely to get a good bargain. Still, if Boeing really wants to get B787 in play with Azul there may be a surprise. Frankly, it's not surprising to see Azul want to play in international markets poorly serviced by Brazilian carriers. Both FLL and MCO qualify and JFK does too. So, where are the next choices? I'd bet on Europe, maybe FRA or MUC, FCO, and/or other major Brazil destinations with limited Brazilian carrier options and weak competition in their prime customer base.

    This process is really interesting. Thanks for posting OY-JFS!
     
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    But why would Azul want to feed or interline with AA, if Azul has its own flights to USA?
     
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    Azul would not want to, but AA, or anybody else, is free to have flights from VCP, a cheaper and less difficult operating environment than is GRU. AA is not the only one there other than Azul, as we know.
     
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