3 Links I Love: Azul To Buy Parts of Avianca, More BA Airplane Porn, Buzz is Back

Azul Signs Non-Binding Agreement to Acquire Selected Assets of Avianca BrasilAzul
Things keep moving in Brazil, and Azul keeps growing. I believe Avianca Brasil had about 10 percent of the market, so this might vault Azul into being the biggest airline in the country.

British Airways New Livery. Photo Chris Bellew /Fennell Photography Copyright 2019

LANDOR HOPE AND GLORY: 747 TOUCHES DOWN AT HEATHROWBritish Airways Media Centre
BA just keeps killing it with these retro liveries. I have always loved the Landor scheme, and it still looks just as good as it did before. It just feels so British. What’s funny is that this airplane actually wore the Landor scheme when it was delivered.

Ryanair Sun To Be Rebranded As Buzz In Autumn 2019Ryanair News
It’s time for another blast from the past. Buzz is back, albeit as a Polish charter operator owned by Ryanair. It’s actually just Ryanair Sun being renamed. I’m not sure why they’re bothering.

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12 Responses to 3 Links I Love: Azul To Buy Parts of Avianca, More BA Airplane Porn, Buzz is Back

  1. beason926 says:

    What possible benefit would BA see in painting their 747 in one of their old schemes? Does it drive up ridership? Does it make their employees happy?

    • Bobber says:

      Marketing ploy, isn’t it that simple? They are getting more than enough free media coverage as a result of these re-sprays.

    • CF says:

      Beason – I think it’s the latter primarily. Employees are the ones who care most about liveries and history, and this helps to tap into that legacy. Plus, the 100 year milestone (even though it’s questionable, KLM is the only one that is truly 100 years old this year) is worth celebrating. So it’s a good excuse.

  2. Jimbo says:

    It’s their 100th anniversary this year. They’re doing four aircraft, one in each of the old schemes. I doubt it drives up ridership but allows them to demonstrate that they are experienced (with the assumption being people will associate that with reliability and quality).

    I’d rather they redid some of their old adverts, in HD/widescreen. The scale and ambition of “The Face” is seldom seen in airline advertising these days.

  3. marytravels2 says:

    Cranky,How can I see the response comments from your article on the grounding of the MAX (March 14).  In the past we were able to see comments of others.  You sent me a comment from Striker, but I have not seen any other comments.  Surely there were some that agreed and disagreed.

    • CF says:

      marytravels – Comments are sent to you but you can always just go to crankyflier.com and see the comments on all posts.

  4. CLTflyer says:

    Is the Ryanair Sun launch related to Brexit? By placing it in Poland it means access to low cost labor and they’re squarely in the EU?

    • CF says:

      CLTflyer – No, Ryanair is already based in Ireland, so it’s not subject to that problem. Ryanair UK, however, is needed for that reason. I assume this had something to do with cheap labor when they started it, but I don’t actually know much about it.

  5. henry LAX says:

    the curse of Star in Brazil, and the constant musical chairs

    first was VARIG, which itself was near collapse and (correct me if i’m wrong here), essentially re-invented itself was GOL.

    Then they gained TAM, only to have the Chilean Supreme Court put their thumb on the scale and pretty much dictate which alliance they are allowed to keep, indirectly.

    Then there’s the ascension of O6 dba Avianca Brasil, all to collapse even faster before a full merger with the parent could take place and have the resources to rescue them. (that’s why you always only see 27 logos when they say 28 airlines)

    the only silver lining for Star is that there is no longer hidden turf war and hostility over UA’s equity holdings of Azul, and now instead of everyone doing their own thing, maybe Avianca BOG could truly embrace Azul in their quest to become an equal rival to LATAM. They’re even cool enough to embrace COPA, despite most saying otherwise, perhaps Avianca should be the one who personally invites Azul to join.

  6. Pilotaaron1 says:

    The Landor is by far my favorite BA livery. Very classy.

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