Azul Conecta

Azul Conecta, formerly known as TwoFlex Aviação Inteligente, is a domestic and regional airline based in Jundiaí, Brazil, established in 2013.

Azul Conecta
IATA ICAO Callsign
2F ACN Azul Conecta
Founded2013
AOC #131 - October 19, 2016[1]
Operating bases
Fleet size19
Destinations50
Parent companyAzul Brazilian Airlines
HeadquartersJundiaí, Brazil
Key peopleRui Thomaz Aquino
Websitewww.voeazul.com.br

HistoryEdit

Azul Conecta was formed as TwoFlex on April 1, 2013 as a result of the merger of Two Táxi Aéreo and Flex Aero Táxi Aéreo.[2][3]

Between August 2016 and June 2019, TwoFlex operated wet lease flights on behalf of Voe Minas Gerais, a State-run project that connected cities within the State of Minas Gerais to the State capital Belo Horizonte. TwoFlex was the only operator for the duration of this program, which was discontinued on June 30, 2019.[4]

In November 2017, Twoflex was granted rights to operate regular feeder passenger flights connecting smaller locations to main cities in all Brazilian territory. At the time, this authorization led to the increase of services provided by Voe Minas Gerais.[5][6]

Being authorized to operate feeder services nationwide, on April 12, 2019, TwoFlex announced an adapted Essential Air Service partnership with Gol Transportes Aéreos in which TwoFlex would operate feeder services on behalf of Gol in the States of Amazonas, Pará and Mato Grosso.[7] Following the same trend, flights to six locations in Rio Grande do Sul[8] and eleven in Paraná[9] were confirmed.

Another consequence of this authorization was being allowed to bid for slots at São Paulo–Congonhas Airport.[10] On August 14, 2019, the National Civil Aviation Agency of Brazil confirmed that TwoFlex was granted 14 slots at Congonhas but can only operate using the auxiliary runway 17L/35R.[11] TwoFlex plans to connect São Paulo-Congonhas with three cities in São Paulo State and one in Rio de Janeiro State.[12]

On 14 January 2020 Azul Brazilian Airlines signed an agreement to purchase Twoflex.[13] On March 27, 2020 the Brazilian regulatory bodies gave its full permission (nihil obstat) to the purchase[14] and sale of flights started on April 14, 2020.[15] On 11 August 2020 the airline was rebranded as Azul Conecta to reflect its partnership with Azul Brazilian Airlines. It operates feeder services to bases of Azul.[16]

DestinationsEdit

As of November 2021, below are destinations marketed by Azul Brazilian Airlines using its platform and operated by Azul Conecta:[17]

City Airport Notes
Água Boa Água Boa Airport
Alenquer Alenquer Airport Terminated
Alegrete Gaudêncio Machado Ramos Airport
Almeirim Almeirim Airport
Altamira Altamira Airport Terminated
Angra dos Reis Angra dos Reis Airport
Aracati Dragão do Mar Airport Terminated
Arapongas Alberto Bertelli Airport Terminated
Armação dos Búzios Umberto Modiano Airport
Aripuanã Aripuanã Airport Terminated
Bagé Comandante Gustavo Kraemer Airport
Barra do Garças Barra do Garças Airport
Barretos Chafei Amsei Airport Terminated
Bauru / Arealva Moussa Nakhl Tobias Airport Terminated
Belém Val-de-Cans International Airport
Belo Horizonte Tancredo Neves International Airport
Breves Breves Airport
Campinas Viracopos International Airport Terminated
Campo Mourão Cel. Geraldo Guias de Aquino Airport Terminated
Campos dos Goytacazes Bartolomeu Lysandro Airport Terminated
Canela Canela Airport
Caruaru Oscar Laranjeiras Airport
Cianorte Gastão Mesquita Airport Terminated
Coari Coari Airport
Confresa Confresa Airport
Cornélio Procópio Francisco Lacerda Jr. Airport Terminated
Crateús Dr. Lúcio Lima Airport Terminated
Curitiba Afonso Pena International Airport Terminated
Cuiabá / Várzea Grande Marechal Rondon International Airport
Erechim Erechim Airport
Fortaleza Pinto Martins International Airport
Franca Ten. Lund Presotto Airport Terminated
Francisco Beltrão Paulo Abdala Airport Terminated
Goiânia Santa Genoveva Airport
Guaíra Walter Martins de Oliveira Airport Terminated
Guarapari Guarapari Airport
Iguatu Dr. Francisco Tomé da Frota Airport Terminated
Itaituba Itaituba Airport
Itanhaém Itanhaém Airport
Jericoacoara Comte. Ariston Pessoa Regional Airport
Juína Juína Airport
Juruti Juruti Airport
Lábrea Lábrea Airport
Macaé Benedito Lacerda Airport Terminated
Macapá Alberto Alcolumbre International Airport Terminated
Manaus Brig. Eduardo Gomes International Airport
Marília Frank Miloye Milenkowichi Airport Terminated
Maués Maués Airport
Monte Alegre Monte Alegre Airport
Monte Dourado (Almeirim) Serra do Areão Airport
Óbidos Óbidos Airport
Oriximiná Oriximiná Airport
Paragominas Nagib Demachki Airport
Paranaguá Santos Dumont Airport Terminated
Paranavaí Edu Chaves Airport Terminated
Paraty Paraty Airport
Parintins Júlio Belém Airport Terminated
Passo Fundo Lauro Kurtz Airport Terminated
Patos Brig. Firmino Ayres Airport
Porto Alegre Salgado Filho International Airport
Porto de Moz Porto de Moz Airport Terminated
Porto Trombetas (Oriximiná) Porto Trombetas Airport
Recife Guararapes–Gilberto Freyre International Airport
Rio Grande Gustavo Cramer Airport Terminated
Rio de Janeiro Jacarepaguá–Roberto Marinho Airport Terminated
Rio de Janeiro Santos Dumont Airport
Santa Cruz do Sul Luiz Beck da Silva Airport
Santa Rosa Luís Alberto Lehr Airport
Santana do Livramento / Rivera Pres. Gral. Óscar D. Gestido International Airporta Terminated
Santarém Maestro Wilson Fonseca Airport
São Benedito Walfrido Salmito de Almeida Airport Terminated
São Borja São Borja Airport
São Félix do Araguaia São Félix do Araguaia Airport
São Paulo Congonhas Airport
Serra Talhada Santa Magalhães Airport
Sobral Cel. Virgílio Távora Airport Terminated
Tangará da Serra Tangará da Serra Airport
Tauá Pedro Teixeira Castelo Airport Terminated
Telêmaco Borba Telêmaco Borba Airport Terminated
Torres Torres Airport
Tucuruí Tucuruí Airport
Ubatuba Gastão Medina Airport
União da Vitória José Cleto Airport Terminated
Vacaria Vacaria Airport

a.^ Although Santana do Livramento (Brazil) is the destination listed, because of operational reasons flights operate at the facility located in the twin city Rivera (Uruguay).

FleetEdit

As of November 2021 the fleet of Azul Conecta included the following aircraft:[18]

Azul Conecta Fleet
Aircraft Total Orders Passengers (Y) Notes
Cessna 208 Caravan 16 0 9
Cessna 208 Caravan 3 0 cargo

Airline affinity programEdit

Azul Conecta accrue benefits as per Azul Brazilian Airlines Frequent Flyer Program program Tudo Azul.

Accidents and incidentsEdit

  • 16 September 2019: a Cessna 208 Caravan registration PT-MHC operating a flight from Manaus to Maués, crashed in a wooded area on takeoff. All ten on board survived the accident. Thunderstorm were present in the area around the time of departure. The aircraft was damaged beyond repair.[19]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Empresas Aéreas - Consulta". ANAC (in Portuguese). Retrieved 2 April 2021.
  2. ^ "TWOFlex possui a maior frota de Cessna Caravan do Brasil". Aviação Paulista (in Portuguese). 4 February 2018. Retrieved 10 September 2019.
  3. ^ "TWOFLEX é a mais nova associada da ABEAR". Aeroin (in Portuguese). 11 June 2019. Retrieved 10 September 2019.
  4. ^ "Voe Minas Gerais". Codemge (in Portuguese). Retrieved 9 September 2019.
  5. ^ "Decisão Ad Referendum Processo: 00058.085638/2016-12". ANAC (in Portuguese). 29 December 2017. Retrieved 10 September 2019.
  6. ^ "Táxi-aéreo que atua em MG recebe autorização para fazer voos regionais em todo o Brasil". Aeromagazine (in Portuguese). 27 November 2017. Retrieved 10 September 2019.
  7. ^ "GOL anuncia parceria com a TwoFlex para expansão de malha regional". Gol Transportes Aéreos (in Portuguese). 12 April 2019. Retrieved 9 September 2019.
  8. ^ "Governo do RS assina decreto para ampliar voos regionais". Panrotas (in Portuguese). 4 July 2019. Retrieved 11 September 2019.
  9. ^ "Paraná ganha 11 novas rotas de voos espalhadas pelo Estado". Agência de notícias do Paraná (in Portuguese). 7 August 2019. Retrieved 11 September 2019.
  10. ^ "Two Flex também pede slots para operar em Congonhas". Panrotas. 17 June 2019. Retrieved 10 September 2019.
  11. ^ "Anac oficializa alocação de slots em Congonhas". Panrotas (in Portuguese). 14 August 2019. Retrieved 9 September 2019.
  12. ^ "TWOFLEX faz solicitação de slots para operar em Congonhas". Aeroflap (in Portuguese). 17 June 2019. Retrieved 11 September 2019.
  13. ^ "Azul faz acordo para compra da Two Flex por R$ 123 milhões". Panrotas (in Portuguese). 14 January 2020. Retrieved 18 February 2020.
  14. ^ "CADE aprova a compra da ultra-regional TwoFlex pela Azul". Aeroflap (in Portuguese). 27 March 2020. Retrieved 13 April 2020.
  15. ^ "Azul inicia venda de voos operados pela TwoFlex". Panrotas (in Portuguese). 13 April 2020. Retrieved 13 April 2020.
  16. ^ "Companhia regional da Azul, Azul Conecta é lançada oficialmente; meta é chegar a 200 destinos". Mercados e eventos (in Portuguese). 11 August 2020. Retrieved 11 August 2020.
  17. ^ "Home". TwoFlex (in Portuguese). Retrieved 23 November 2021.
  18. ^ "Aviação Comercial Brasileira - Frota atual" (PDF). Aeromuseu (in Portuguese). 8 November 2021. Retrieved 19 November 2021.
  19. ^ "Accident description PT-MHC". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 18 September 2019.

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