New Airline "Air Azul"

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Air Azul Announces New, Nonstop Air Service to New York and Baltimore-Washington D.C. from Lansing

Airline Celebrates with Introductory $59* Fares
LANSING, Mich.,March 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Capital Region International Airport (LAN) March 13th, 2009 - Today Air Azul announced new, nonstop flights to the New York and Baltimore-Washington D.C.areafrom Lansing, MI beginning June 2nd. The low-fare charter operator will celebrate with introductory fares as low as $59* each way.
"We are extremely pleased to offer the Air Azul brand of low-fare, nonstop jet service to the Capital Region International Airport in Lansing," said, Brian Burling, Vice President for Air Azul.
Air Azul will launch the new scheduled service from Capital Region International Airport in Lansing to Newark Liberty International Airport and Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport with three flights weekly. The flights will operate Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday. Air Azul will utilize a 162-seat, 737-800 series, New Generation, jet-aircraft on the route.
"We believe that Lansing customers will enjoy the added convenience and affordability of Air Azul's flights to the New York and Washington D.C. area, and we look forward to serving their needs," Burling added.
"We are really excited about the new Air Azul service," said Robert Selig, Executive Director of the Capital Region Airport Authority. "Michigan travelers have always responded very positively to new air service offered from the Capital Region International Airport. This airport is aggressively continuing to recruit new air service to Lansing, passengers in this region and throughout the state will fill the airplanes if the right service is offered, and we always welcome low-fare air carriers that save our passengers millions of dollars flying from Lansing."
The Capital Region International Airport recently completed nearly $10 million in airport road and runway construction work that included lengthening the main runway to 8,500 feet to safely and efficiently accommodate large aircraft and heavy cargo planes. A new $4.2 million United States Customs and Border Protection Federal Inspection Station is on schedule to open in May 2009 at the airport. The 14,000 square foot facility will be able to process up to 200 international commercial airline passengers per hour.
About the $59* offer:
Air Azul's $59* one-way fares are limited, not available on all flights and must be purchased by May 30, 2009for complete travel by Sept. 30, 2009. After the introductory fare period, regular one-way fares start as low as $69 one-way. Reservations may be made through the company's website at www.FlyTheNewBlue.com, via the airline's Reservations Center at 1-877-835-9786; 1-727-451-3970 or thru professional travel agents.
*Seats are limited and fares are not available on all flights. All fares are one-way. Must be purchased by May 30, 2009 for travel to be completed by Sept. 30, 2009. Offer not available: July 2-6, 2009. Flights are Public Charters operated by Sun Country Airlines. Advertised airfares are one-way and include Federal Excise Tax of 7.5%. Airfares do not include September 11th Security Fees of $2.50 per person up to $10.60 per segment. Federal Flight Segment Taxes of $3.50 per person per flight segment, Passenger Facility Charges (PFC) of up to $4.50 per person per enplanement, and a Booking Fee of $10.00 per person, per reservation. Advance seat selection prior to departure requires a $5.00 service charge per person each way. Fares subject to availability at the time of booking, and are subject to change. A Standard Baggage Service Fee will apply for carriage of all checked luggage; a fee of $10 for the first checked bag and $20 for second checked bag will apply per person, per segment. In all cases additional surcharges may apply for excess/overweight checked baggage.
Flight Schedules:
Tuesday-Thursday-Sunday will depart Lansing at 2:30 p.m. Arriving in Newark, NJ at 4:15 p.m. Flights leaving Newark will depart at 7:00 a.m.Arriving in Lansing at 8:50 a.m. Baltimore - will depart Lansing at 9:30 a.m.Arriving in Baltimore, MD at 11:00 a.m. Flights leaving Baltimore will depart at 12:00 a.m.Arriving in Lansing at 1:45 p.m.
 

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"Where Area You Flying From"???

What the hell kind of English language are they using, and didn't anyone proof their website?

Not that that makes or breaks a company, but it sure makes it seem like they're mediocre.
 

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Is that $59 going to be the first year CA rate as well?
 

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They'll go bust by Fall if they even get off the ground!!
 

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I thought Lansing was losing a bunch of businesses including car-related. Yeah, this ain't the best time to start an airline - especially in a depressed area like Lansing. On the positive side I guess you could say that aircraft lease rates might be relatively low.

I give it 3 months.
 

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I thought Lansing was losing a bunch of businesses including car-related. Yeah, this ain't the best time to start an airline - especially in a depressed area like Lansing. On the positive side I guess you could say that aircraft lease rates might be relatively low.

I give it 3 months.
Read closely - they are not starting an airline. "All flights will be operated by Sun Country Charters." They are basically chartering a plane and selling the seats individually.

Last time someone started flights from LAN to DC (Independence Air), Northwest came in hard and crushed them.
 

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Yep, they only fly one route. It's from Somerset, KY to Nashville, TN and it's in a freakin' Metroliner. Who the hell wants to ride in that narrow tin can? Plus they operate part 135.

All their so-called 737 flights are just charters operated by Sun Country. No news here.
 

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If I'm not mistaken, Air Azul is a new start up in Brazil. It is run by the same guy who started JetBlue (Dave Neeleman??) It doesn't operate it the US.....yet.
 

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If I'm not mistaken, Air Azul is a new start up in Brazil. It is run by the same guy who started JetBlue (Dave Neeleman??) It doesn't operate it the US.....yet.
No, that's just "Azul" and based in Brazil. This is a US charter company named "Air Azul". Clear as mud, huh? It's the equivalent of starting an airline named "United Jet Lines".

Also check out http://www.airblue.com for another international marketing ripoff. Even the aircraft livery looks strangely familiar.
 

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I suppose this is a form of flatery.....did I spell that right?

Well, they are waaaaay the he11 over in pakistan.
 

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Read closely - they are not starting an airline. "All flights will be operated by Sun Country Charters." They are basically chartering a plane and selling the seats individually.

Last time someone started flights from LAN to DC (Independence Air), Northwest came in hard and crushed them.
And even the Mayor, who lead the push (and gave economic incentives) to get Independence Air into LAN, flew NW to keep his FF miles!

While a nice city (GO LUG NUTS), any airline should avoid starting up there. It is NW country.
 

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A Part 135 737-800 Scheduled Air Carrier? How can that be? My regs are a little rusty but didn't 135 scheduled carriers have to convert or be grandfathered in to 121 ops sometime in the mid 1990's?
 

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Disregard that last post- I just saw where it's a chartered Sun County jet.
 

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Looking at the website, is that instructor dude all dressed up like a pilot playing with a model airplane? Weeeeeeeeeee, zzzzzzzroooooooooom.

http://www.airazul.com/about_us/safety.php

Reading the info on that link made me laugh. It says early on that ALL pilots hired must hold at least an ATP. Two paragraphs down it says again that all pilots hired have a minimum of 1,200 hours. So which is it?

Also the "Pilots are limited to 14 hours duty time of which only 8 hours may be flight time." line gave me a good chuckle. It's as if they are doing the flying public a FAVOR by letting us be on duty for ONLY 14 hours so we're well rested and refreshed.
 

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Yessssssssssssss! Just what I was praying for, service between Somerset Ky and Nashville, TN. I just hope that cool guy with the Top Gun Maverick shades and the toy 747 is gonna be flying! Happy Day!
 

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Yep, they only fly one route. It's from Somerset, KY to Nashville, TN and it's in a freakin' Metroliner. Who the hell wants to ride in that narrow tin can? Plus they operate part 135.
Please have some respect and refer to it by its popular name....the San Antonio Sewer Tube.

Thank you.;)

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Please have some respect and refer to it by its popular name....the San Antonio Sewer Tube.

Thank you.;)

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And here I have almost 5,000 hours in one, and I have always called it a "TEXAS TAMPON"
 

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And here I have almost 5,000 hours in one, and I have always called it a "TEXAS TAMPON"
Eeeewwww!!!

I know they say that everything is bigger in Texas, but, come on! Wasn't "Attack of the 50 foot woman" sung by "The Tubes"???

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