Fostering Bilateral Trade and Investment Flows Between Brazil and Florida

  • April 05, 2016 6:50 PM | Anonymous

    Marco Franca is placing a $4 million bet on downtown Lakeland by buying a century-old building overlooking Munn Park and converting it to a “gastropub” serving cuisine of his native Brazil.

    The business startup consultant is planning a December opening for Posto 9, a three-level venue at 215 E. Main St. that will include a lounge and dining room at street level, an event space on the second floor and Lakeland’s first rooftop lounge.

    Franca just completed the $525,000 purchase of the building, which most recently housed Preservation Alley, and his cost estimates include $2.5 million for construction.

    He’s planning a menu that reflects the full range of Brazilian cuisine, not just the steakhouse fare many Americans associate with the South American country. “Many different cultures immigrated to Brazil,” he said. “There are influences from all over.”

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  • February 12, 2016 8:09 PM | Anonymous

    Silver Airways has entered into an agreement with Brazilian carrier Azul in an effort to make it easier for travelers to fly between Tampa International Airport and Brazil.

    The two airlines formed a new interline ticketing partnership, allowing travelers to buy a single ticket for flights to and from more than 90 cities that Azul serves throughout Brazil, and to Silver's destinations throughout Florida and the Bahamas.

    The agreement gives Silver customers easier access to Azul’s destinations including Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Brasilia. “Customers can purchase one ticket and, for example, fly Silver Airways from Tampa to Fort Lauderdale, then Azul to Brazil,” explained Silver Airways spokesperson Misty Pinson.

    Silver Airways President and CEO Sami Teittinen said the partnership will “provide customers with seamless travel options between Silver Airways' extensive Florida/Bahamas network and Azul’s” service throughout Brazil.

    “The interline with Silver Airways will be important for our customers to connect in the United States,” said Marcelo Bento, Azul’s planning and alliances director. “As an airline with great regional power in Florida and Bahamas, Silver can also feed our flights to Brazil. This deal will amplify our presence in the international market and reinforce our brand outside of Brazil.”

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  • February 03, 2016 9:07 AM | Anonymous
    • Copa Airlines’ on-time performance of 91.69 percent for 2015 has earned it “No. 1 on-time airline in Latin America” honors in London-based OAG’s Top 20 Punctuality League, as well as second place among airlines worldwide
    • Copa also recently earned FlightStats award for “most on-time airline in Latin America” in 2015
    • CEO attributes the recognition to the dedication and work of Copa Airlines’ entire team in the 73 destinations in 31 countries where the airline operates

    Panama City, Panama, Jan. 25, 2016. Copa Airlines {NYSE: CPA} Copa Airlines {NYSE: CPA}, a subsidiary of Copa Holdings, S. A, and member of the Star Alliance global airline network, continues to kick off 2016 with good news regarding on-time performance. The London-based air-travel intelligence company OAG has announced that Copa Airlines is the “No. 1 on-time airline in Latin America,” and ranks No. 2 worldwide. The rankings are a strong differentiating factor for Copa in the aviation industry worldwide, airline officials say.

    According to OAG figures, Copa Airlines achieved an on-time performance of 91.69 percent during 2015, which puts it in the No. 1 spot in OAG’s Punctuality League list of the “10 most on-time airlines in Latin America,” and second on “The Top 20” list of most on-time airlines in the world.

    “We are proud to receive this recognition, which is a result of the dedication and commitment of the entire Copa Airlines team,” said Pedro Heilbron, CEO of Copa Airlines. “Their daily effort is what has allowed us to reach the levels of on-time performance that today establish us as the most on-time airline in Latin America and No. 2 in the world.”

    Such recognitions demonstrate Copa Airlines’ focus on meeting the needs of its passengers, Heilbron said, “as well as our emphasis on continuing to enhance the world-class service that characterizes our airline and makes possible the connectivity we offer our passengers through the Hub of the Americas in Panama.”

    In addition to the OAG award, FlightStats, a leader in global flight and airport information services, recently recognized Copa Airlines as the top on-time airline in Latin America and Colombia for the third consecutive year.

    OAG has the knowledge, experience and capability to provide reliable, high quality, up-to-the-minute aviation data, offering essential information and innovative travel planning solutions. Its products are vital to strategic and commercial planning, driving key business decisions and delivering Absolute Aviation Advantage across the worldwide air transport industry.

    For more information about this year’s awards, visit


    About Copa Holdings, S.A.

    Copa Airlines and Copa Airlines Colombia, subsidiaries of Copa Holdings, are leading Latin American providers of passengers and cargo services. The airlines offer service to 73 destinations in 31 countries in North, Central and South America and the Caribbean. During Copa Airlines’ more than 65 years of uninterrupted operations, it has transformed the Hub of the Americas in Panama into the leading hub on the continent. Copa operates one of the youngest and most modern fleets in the industry, consisting of 100 aircraft: 14 Boeing 737-700 Next-Generation, 63 Boeing 737-800 Next-Generation y 23 Embraer-190, and has an on-time performance of 91 percent, one of the best in the industry. In the first half of 2015, FlightStats recognized Copa Airlines and Copa Airlines Colombia as the most on-time airlines In Latin America, and Skytrax named Copa “Best Regional Airline in Central America and the Caribbean.” Copa is a member of Star Alliance, established in 1997 as the first truly global airline alliance to offer worldwide reach, and which currently offers more than 18,500 daily flights to 1,330 destinations in 192 countries. To make reservations, select seats, create a trip log, check in for flights, print boarding passes or purchase tickets through secure online transactions in seven different currencies, visit

  • January 25, 2016 9:38 PM | Anonymous

    When behemoth container ships start sailing through the widened Panama Canal later this year, they will not come to Port Tampa Bay.

    But with more cargo expected to come to the eastern United States by sea, the port is betting that it can stake a claim to some of the new cargo traffic flowing through the canal. Bigger ships might come to Tampa even if the biggest ones don't.

    The port is spending $21.5 million on a pair of new cranes that will be able to unload bigger container ships, and it is investing millions more to make it easier for trucks and trains to exit the port and be on their way. The cranes will pass beneath the Sunshine Skyway bridge in March and be up and running by May, just before the canal expansion is scheduled to open.

    "Our timing couldn't be better," Port Tampa Bay CEO Paul Anderson said Thursday.

    The port estimates that the equivalent of 500,000 shipping containers make their way into Central Florida each year, mostly by truck and train, and it wants to handle more of them.

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  • December 19, 2015 9:08 PM | Anonymous
    Tampa International Airport may not be the highest-rated major airport for customer service, but it's pretty close.

    Tampa's airport came in second in J.D. Power and Associates' latest customer satisfaction analysis for top airports in North America.

    Portland International Airport was the only other major airport to rank higher than Tampa with a score of 791 out of 1,000. Tampa's score was 776. McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas was third at 759.

    Tampa airport's easy layout and quick security check points, the number of bars and well-known restaurants and overall cleanliness helped it rise toward the top.

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  • November 30, 2015 11:07 PM | Anonymous

    * Transport group takes 23.7 pct of Brazil's No. 3 airline

    * $450 million in cash buys time for much-delayed IPO

    * JetBlue founder Neeleman keeps control of Azul (Adds comments from Azul CEO, company and industry background, pictures)

    By Brad Haynes and Matthew Miller

    SAO PAULO/BEIJING, Nov 24 China's HNA Group partnered with JetBlue founder David Neeleman on Tuesday, agreeing to buy a $450 million stake in Azul SA, Brazil's third-largest airline, and providing a cash cushion until a much-delayed initial public offering (IPO) proceeds.

    The 23.7 percent stake in Azul SA will be a first foray into Latin America for HNA Group, an aviation, tourism and logistics conglomerate that recently snapped up air cargo handlers Swissport and Irish aircraft leasing company Avolon.

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  • November 01, 2015 12:24 PM | Anonymous
    O Cônsul-Geral recebeu, na última quinta-feira, 22 de outubro, visita da presidente do BrazilFlorida Business Council (BFBC), Sueli Bonaparte. Baseado em Tampa, o BFBC foi criado em 2014 com o objetivo estabelecer parcerias de negócios entre Brasil e Flórida. 

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  • October 28, 2015 3:53 PM | Anonymous

    CHICAGO, IL - Azul Brazilian Airlines, Brazil’s largest carrier by cities served, and United Airlines today announced the expansion of their cooperation by implementing a codeshare agreement, which offers customers easier connections when flying between Brazil and the United States. The codeshare agreement provides customers flying on both airlines a seamless reservations and ticketing process, including boarding pass and baggage check-in to their final destination. This is the first international codeshare agreement in Azul’s history.

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  • October 16, 2015 8:00 AM | Anonymous

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Passengers flying out of Tampa International Airport increased by 6.7 percent in fiscal year 2015, the largest increase since 2008.

    The airport served nearly 18.5 million passengers, compared to 17.3 million passengers in 2014. The fiscal year ended Sept. 30.

    This is the fifth year in a row the Hillsborough County Aviation Authority has seen year-over-year passenger growth rates. It is also the largest growth in a decade.

    Airport officials say growth in both domestic and international markets contributed to the strong performance, with the airport seeing a 14.9 percent jump in international passenger numbers and a 6.4 percent jump in domestic passengers.

    Serving 684,799 international passengers, Tampa International Airport has now seen a 73 percent growth in such traffic since 2010.

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  • October 15, 2015 8:07 AM | Anonymous

    SAO PAULO--Demand for ethanol is rising in Brazil and in California, which should boost production of the alternative fuel and support the price of sugar, consultancy Datagro said Wednesday.

    Brazilians are consuming more ethanol because the price of gasoline at the pump has risen, making the sugar-based fuel more competitive. State-controlled oil company Petroleo Brasileiro SA, or Petrobras, recently announced an increase in the price of gasoline, and the federal government raised a tax on the fossil fuel earlier this year.

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