Azul announces alliance with the world’s largest express transport company, FedEx

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Azul Cargo Express, an Azul Linhas Aéreas company specializing in cargo transport within Brazil, and the North American FedEx Express, a subsidiary of FedEx Corp., the largest express transport company in the world, announce an alliance to take advantage of two of the main expertises of its operations: the national reach of Azul Cargo Express stores and the international shipping structure of FedEx Express.

The synergy between the two companies will allow Azul Cargo Express’s retail network to also become FedEx Authorized Shipping Centers (FASCs), as the Panel SA column anticipated. Using the national range of stores of the Brazilian company, those interested in shipping abroad can use the services of FedEx Express.

More than half of the company’s 260 stores will offer courier services abroad. As a result, FedEx is expected to have more than 300 FASCs in Brazil, doubling its coverage. The service started to be implemented in the first points in October.

“With FedEx, we sought opportunities for collaboration and mutual benefit and for taking advantage of the strengths of each of the companies. Azul Cargo is the leading cargo transportation company in Brazil and FedEx is the largest express transportation company in the world. This means that a synergy between the two will further elevate the quality of our work, in a relationship of mutual gain for us and for those who use our services,” stated Izabel Reis, director of Azul Cargo Express.

Gustavo Kornitz, FedEx Express Marketing Director for Brazil, commented that the arrival of Azul Cargo Express stores to the FedEx Express retail network is part of the company’s efforts to expand coverage in the country and offer more convenience and access to customers .

“In recent years, we have reinforced investments to improve our international service, such as increasing the frequency of flights between Brazil and our global hub in Memphis, USA, and expanding our base at Viracopos airport. that the alliance with Azul Cargo will strengthen us even more in the Brazilian market”, concluded Gustavo.

See inside new airline freighter

The new Brazilian airline Asas Linhas Aéreas, which is in the process of being certified by Anac (National Civil Aviation Agency), received this Tuesday (9) the Boeing 727-200F freighter that it will operate.

The plane, delivered at the airport in São José dos Campos (SP), was undergoing maintenance in Curitiba after being idle for a few years, since it stopped flying for Rio Linhas Aéreas.

After initial maintenance to return to flight, the aircraft will now undergo the rest of heavy maintenance. In addition to this plane, another two should arrive by the beginning of 2022, with one more freighter and another in the passenger configuration —for charter flights—, both of the same Boeing 727 model.

The 727-200F has details such as a rear ladder (the same one used by a hijacker in the 1970s, who fled through it in mid-flight and would never be found again) and the flight engineer’s cockpit position, which no longer exists on modern planes. .

The plane, with a capacity for 27 tons of payload, completes 39 years this month. In addition to Rio Linhas Aéreas, it also belonged to the American company DHL.

The new plane will fly in Americanas colors and will be used to serve the company’s ecommerce.

The airline intended to have already gone into operation to meet the demand of this Black Friday, but due to the procedures involved and also to the pandemic, the schedule had to be changed. Now, the company intends to start operations in December this year.

The company will not regularly operate passenger flights, being just a charter company.

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