ORLANDO, FL. – November 16, 2015 – Azul Brazilian Airlines, Brazil’s largest airline by cities served, today adds a new daily flight from Orlando International to Belo Horizonte, Brazil, the first-ever nonstop flight on the route. Belo Horizonte is Azul’s second hub destination, where Orlando travelers will be able to connect to more than 100 destinations. The company also operates daily flights from Fort Lauderdale / Miami and Orlando to São Paulo. Azul Cargo services are available in all international flights.
“We’re so excited to add this new service for the hundreds of thousands of Brazilians living in Central Florida and the millions in Brazil who love to visit Orlando,” said David Neeleman, Azul’s Founder and CEO. “We’re so grateful for the warm welcome Azul has received in Orlando and we look forward to welcoming US travelers to Belo Horizonte”.
Starting today, the new daily service will depart Orlando (MCO) at 6pm, arriving in Belo Horizonte at 5:32am the following morning. The return flight will depart Belo Horizonte at 10:18am, arriving at MCO at 4:15pm.
Azul, the largest airline in Brazil by number of cities served, offers more than 900 daily flights to 101 destinations. With a fleet of 140 aircraft and more than 10,000 crewmembers, the company currently has a 32% share of departures of the Brazilian aviation market. Among other awards, Azul was named best low cost carrier in South America for the fifth consecutive time by Skytrax in 2015 and best low cost carrier in the world by CAPA in 2012. The airline also had best on-time performance in Brazil in 2014 and was recognized by FlightStats as having the best on-time performance in South America in 2012. For more information visit www.voeazul.com.br
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