Voepass Linhas Aéreas previously known as Passaredo Linhas Aéreas is an airline based in Ribeirão Preto, São Paulo, Brazil. It operates regional services in Brazil. Its main base is Dr. Leite Lopes Airport, Ribeirão Preto.
|AOC #||105 - June 9, 2020|
|Headquarters||Ribeirão Preto, Brazil|
|Key people||Jose Luiz Felicio Filho|
According to the National Civil Aviation Agency of Brazil (ANAC), between January and December 2019 Passaredo had 0.3% of the domestic market share of revenue passenger kilometers (RPK), making it the fifth largest domestic airline in Brazil.
The Passaredo bus transport company, owned by Viação Passaredo, started regional aircraft operations in 1995. Following a suspension of operations in April 2002, it restarted operations in 2004. It is wholly owned by Grupo Passaredo.
From 2010 until 2014, Passaredo had an operational partnership with Gol Linhas Aéreas, replacing an earlier similar agreement with TAM Airlines (now LATAM Airlines). However, in 2014, Passaredo re-established an operational partnership with TAM (now LATAM). In January 2017, Passaredo re-established operational partnership with Gol Linhas Aéreas on selected flights, while maintaining partnership with LATAM.
Passaredo applied to the Commercial Bankruptcy and Reorganization Court in Ribeirão Preto on October 19, 2012, for the commencement of "judicial reorganization" proceedings pursuant to the New Bankruptcy and Restructuring Law of Brazil (Law 11.101). Operations continue as normal.
In the year 2014 Passaredo along with Avianca, was considered the safest of Brazil in a ranking of AirlineRatings.com, receiving seven star rating. The staff evaluated 449 airlines to security criteria. A total of 149 evaluated airlines got seven stars, the highest score.
On August 21, 2019, Passaredo announced the purchase of MAP Linhas Aéreas, including the 12 slots at São Paulo–Congonhas Airport granted to MAP on August 14. Passaredo was granted 14 slots. Together these slots will help Passaredo to build its own network from Congonhas Airport, focusing on markets underserved or not served. Initially both companies will operate independently but there are plans for a future merger. On the same day Passaredo also announced the change of its name to VoePass Linhas Aéreas.
On June 8, 2021 Gol Linhas Aéreas announced the purchase of MAP Linhas Aéreas from Voepass. The transaction included 26 slots at São Paulo–Congonhas Airport belonging to MAP and Voepass. The Amazonian operations and aircraft of MAP were transferred to Voepass.
On October 2021, Voepass announced its fleet increase, with Boeing 737-700 and 737-800. The airline plans to operate with them in larger cities, like Curitiba and Porto Alegre.
Voepass Linhas Aéreas fleet consists of the following aircraft (as of July 2021):
|ATR 42–500||3||—||48||Formerly MAP Linhas Aéreas|
|ATR 72–200||1||—||72||Formerly MAP Linhas Aéreas|
|Aircraft||Total||Years of operation|
|Embraer EMB 120ER Brasília||7||1995–2011|
|Embraer ERJ 135||1||2009–2010|
|Embraer ERJ 145||15||2009–2013|
Accidents and incidentsEdit
- On August 25, 2010, Passaredo Linhas Aéreas Flight 2231, operated by an Embraer ERJ-145, crashed on approach to Vitória da Conquista. The plane landed short of the runway and the crew lost control, resulting in the aircraft sustaining severe damage before coming to a stop away from the runway. Two of the 27 people on board were injured. The airline said the plane was unable to lower landing gear, although observers said the landing gear was lowered while the aircraft was landing.
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- "Passaredo Linhas Aéreas é vendida para Grupo da Viação Itapemirim" (in Portuguese). Diário do Transporte. July 3, 2017.
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- "GOL terá todos os slots de MAP e Passaredo no Aeroporto de Congonhas". Aeroin (in Portuguese). June 8, 2021. Retrieved June 10, 2021.
- "Destinos". Voepass Linhas Aéreas (in Portuguese). Retrieved November 3, 2021.
- "Com aviões da Voepass, Gol terá mais voos a Joinville, Juiz de Fora e Presidente Prudente". Aeroin (in Portuguese). February 26, 2021. Retrieved March 3, 2021.
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- "Accident: Passaredo E145 at Vitoria da Conquista on Aug 25th 2010, landed short of runway". The Aviation Herald. August 26, 2010. Retrieved August 28, 2010.
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