Fort Lauderdale airport hoping to add Brazilian airline

Posted on Monday, July 21st, 2014 at 5:00pm.

Brazil's third-largest air carrier could be flying into Fort Lauderdale before the end of the year.

Azul Brazilian Airlines plans to start nonstop service between Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and Sao Paulo/Campinas airports in early December, pending federal approval, the Sun Sentinel reports.

Service to Orlando also would begin later that month as part of Azul's planned U.S. launch.

Initially, Azul plans to operate one daily flight between the destinations, but has the flexibility to increase frequency depending on demand.

In Brazil, it operates nearly 900 daily flights to more than 100 destinations with a fleet of 141 aircraft.

For its new U.S. flights Azul plans to use a fleet of 12 wide-body Airbus aircraft — seven Airbus A330s and five A350s.

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