Panama, October 14, 2020 – The Latin American and Caribbean Air Transport Association (ALTA) is pleased to welcome Azul Linhas Aéreas Brasileiras S.A. as its newest Full Member.

Azul is the largest airline in Brazil in number of flights and cities served. It currently operates more than 916 daily flights to more than 100 destinations in Brazil, South America, the United States and Europe with an operating fleet of 140 aircraft, a network of 249 direct routes and over 13,000 crew members.

“We are delighted to welcome Azul to our extraordinary group of member airlines at this crucial moment for the future of aviation. The arrival of Azul to ALTA will allow us to expand synergies and initiatives to help strengthen connectivity and competitiveness within Brazil and the Latin American market, contributing to boost the economic and social recovery of the region”, says José Ricardo Botelho, Executive Director and CEO of ALTA.

“It is with great pleasure that we are joining ALTA. We look forward to work with president Botelho and with the other airlines to help our industry to move forward. In times like this is more important than ever that we come together as an industry and look for ways to be more efficient and each day fly more. Azul flys to more than 120 destinations and I know that, together with ALTA and the other airlines, we can make aviation more attainable for more people in Latin America”, says John Rodgerson, President of Azul.

In 2020 Azul was chosen as the best airline in the world by TripAdvisor Traveler’s Choice, being the only Brazilian company to receive this recognition in the history of the award. In 2019 Azul was also voted the best regional airline in South America for the ninth consecutive year by Skytrax and was recognized among the top ten most timely low-cost airlines in the world, according to OAG.

“ALTA has more than 100 members among airlines, organizations, and industry suppliers. Following our mission, established 40 years ago, we are actively working together to help the industry remain strong and navigate its challenges. We are confident about the safe restart of operations and we look forward to meet with our members and industry stakeholders in our ALTA CCMA & MRO Conference this December 6 to 8, 2020 in Riviera Maya, Mexico to continue shaping the future of aviation”, added Botelho.