Brazilian carrier Azul has decided not to pursue a commercial agreement with Correios – Brazil’s Postal Service – to create an integrated logistics solutions company.
In 2018, Azul’s cargo business grew revenues by a record 57 per cent, significantly higher than originally projected when the company initiated its discussions with Correios.
As a result, Azul said it believes it is in its best interest to have the flexibility to enter other more favorable commercial agreements and to participate in future competitive bidding processes of Correios for the distribution of domestic air mail.
The end of the non-binding commercial agreement has no impact on Azul’s 2019 financial projections.
Azul chief executive officer, John Rodgerson said: “Although we could not reach a mutual commercial agreement with Correios, we are excited with the growth potential of our cargo division.
“Going forward, we expect to continue expanding our customer base, which already includes major e-commerce companies, retailers, and manufacturers in Brazil, such as Mercado Livre, Pague Menos, and Samsung, who value our reliable and far-reaching door-to-door logistic solution.
“With the addition of next-generation aircraft to our fleet that have a larger cargo compartment, we expect to see significant margin contribution coming from Azul’s cargo business for many years to come.”