São Paulo, March 29, 2018 – Azul announces today that it will bring Paris - one of the most visited destinations in the world - closer to Brazilians. In partnership with the French carrier Aigle Azur, Azul will market nonstop flights from Sao Paulo - Viracopos (Brazil) to Paris (France) starting in July this year. With unparalleled connectivity at Viracopos airport, the largest domestic hub in Latin America by number of direct destinations, Azul customers from all over Brazil will benefit from a seamless travel experience to Paris and beyond.
"This flight represents another milestone in the growth of Viracopos as a major hub of Azul. We are very excited about adding Paris to our ever growing domestic and international network. We will offer fast and convenient connections from all over Brazil to Paris. In addition, including Paris to our portfolio of destinations will be extremely positive and will strengthen our loyalty program TudoAzul and our vacations business Azul Viagens, giving many more options to our valued customers", says Abhi Shah, Chief Revenue Officer of Azul.
"We are very proud and more than happy to start serving Campinas from Paris - Orly, recognized as downtown Paris' closest airport, and to extend Azul's recognized quality of service, with our own French touch, while offering our passengers an unparalleled connectivity opportunity both in Brazil and in Europe", says Frantz Yvelin, CEO of Aigle Azur.
Azul and Aigle Azur are awaiting for regulatory approvals to sign a codeshare agreement, which will allow both airlines to sell tickets jointly. The agreement will provide several benefits to customers, including the ability to issue a single boarding pass and to check baggage to the final destination. Aigle Azur flights are based at Orly Airport in Paris, the closest to city center, and will be operated with Airbus A330 aircraft with lay flat business class seats. With this agreement, Azul’s customers from all over the country that already fly from Viracopos to Fort Lauderdale, Orlando and Lisbon, will be able to fly to Paris.