|Quoting A388 (Reply 11):|
You're welcome LACA773. I think our Brazilian members such as LipeGIG can give much more details than I can. When it comes to Brazilian aviation our Brazilian members are my teachers
We are here also learning a lot my friend A388! It's always a pleasure to be part of A.Net !
Ok let's talk about Ocean Air.
Ocean Air is part of Synergy group owned by a rich guy named German Eframovich, born in Bolivia now Brazilian. This guy made a lot of money building 2 oil rigs for Petrobras, the Brazilian oil giant. Due to some clauses on the agreement he was able to claim additional closer to US$ 200 million from Petrobras a couple years ago and with the money earned, he begin some oil research business (Maritima), sub-lease some shipyard areas in Rio (Maritima Also) and begin looking for the air industry, first just to allow their employees to fly from Rio (where most of them lives) to Macae (where Petrobras and other operators and providers like ENI
, Shell, Chevron, Exxon, Halliburton, Total, BP
, Pirelli and hundred others keep their operational bases to take care of the 1.4 million barrels a day that "Bacia de Campos" produces for Brazil) with some E120 Brasilia. At this moment Ocean Air was created (with different liveries, some orange, some red, some yellow...).
During the following 3 years it begin to improve network, added some F50 planes and expand services, always with high quality ! Three years ago (IIRC), he bought Avianca and begin a major plan to create a top tier airline in South America, and the rest of the history i believe everyone knows.
Now Ocean Air flies with 14 F100, will run their first Boeing 767-300ER between first route GRU
(if nothing changes) and in the near future a LAD
route (be in mind that Ocean Air crew is not able to run ETOPS flights during the some time (next 6 months ?) ). MEX
is on their plans as well as LAD