Azul Linhas Aéreas Brasileiras (Azul) was established by former JetBlue Airways CEO, David Neeleman in Mar-2008. The Brazilian low cost carrier commenced operations nine months later in Dec-2008. Azul offers one of the largest domestic networks of any airline in South America, the carrier is based at Campinas Viracopos Airport with a secondary hub at Belo Horizonte Tancredo Neves International Airport. Azul is privately owned and in May-2012 announced that it would merge with fellow domestic airline, TRIP. The merger was finalised in May-2014 with the combined carrier holding a 15% share of the domestic travel market. Azul is the launch carrier for the Embraer 195-E2.
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