MIAMI — Last month, Azul Airlines announced that is planning to launch its first international services by early 2015 and has confirmed its first international destinations will be in the United States with Airbus A330s in 2015, and its first A330 may arrive soon.
The airline’s first aircraft is formerly Gulf Air’s A9C-KG which was in storage in Lake Charles, Louisiana. The aircraft is part of a lease agreement with the International Lease Finance Corporation (ILFC) entailing five Airbus A350-900s and three A330-200s.
The Airline’s first A330 will be delivered sometime soon this year. The aircraft is already at a paint facility being painted.
Word on the street is that the first A330 will look like this:
Azul is the brainchild of CEO David Neeleman. Neeleman was the one-time president of Morris Air, and co-founder of WestJet. But his biggest act was as co-founder of American low cost heavyweight JetBlue. Neeleman left JetBlue in 2007, launching Azul (which is Portuguese for ‘Blue’) in late 2008.
The Brazilian carrier currently maintains a fleet size of 136 airplanes. It primarily operates the Brazilian made Embraer E190/195 jets, though it maintains a sizable fleet of ATR-72s. The fleet presently serves 104 destinations across the nation.