Companhia Meridional de Transportes

Companhia Meridional de Transportes was a Brazilian airline founded in 1944. In 1946, following the death of its owner on an air-crash, the airline went bankrupt.

Companhia Meridional de Transportes
Commenced operations1945
Ceased operations1946
Key peopleÁlvaro Araújo


Meridional was founded in 1944 and on October 4, 1945, started operating regular flights within the states of Rio de Janeiro and Espírito Santo. On December 19, 1945, one of its aircraft crashed killing all occupants, including the pilot and owner of the airline Álvaro Araújo. Months later, in March 1946, the airline declared bankruptcy.[1]


Meridional served the following cities:[2]

Volta Redonda was also one of its destinations, on the route Campos - Volta Redonda - Rio de Janeiro.


Meridional Fleet[2]
Aircraft Total Years of operation Notes
Avro Anson Mk. II 3 1945–1946

Accidents and incidentsEdit

  • 19 December 1945: an Avro Anson Mk. II registration PP-MTA crashed in the neighborhood of Itaipu, Niterói, killing all passengers and crew, including the pilot and owner of the airline, Álvaro Araújo.[2]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Instituto Histórico-Cultural da Aeronáutica (1991). História Geral da Aeronáutica Brasileira: da criação do Ministério da Aeronáutica ao final da Segunda Guerra Mundial (in Portuguese). Vol. 3. Belo Horizonte and Rio de Janeiro: Villa Rica Editoras Reunidas. p. 308.
  2. ^ a b c Pereira, Aldo (1987). Breve História da Aviação Comercial Brasileira (in Portuguese). Rio de Janeiro: Europa. p. 290.

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