My father and my stepmother had to go to Belo Horizonte for work. Instead of staying alone in São Paulo I decided to go with them to discover Belo Horizonte. Azul was the cheapest and I already know TAM, Gol and Avianca Brasil, so it was a good deal.
The downside of Azul is that they fly from Campinas, which is about 1h30 from São Paulo. However there are buses going from various places across São Paulo to Campinas airport. You just need to show your booking confirmation to get in.
My father was flying at the same time as me but from Congonhas and with TAM so we went together to the airport, me for the bus and him for his flight. Here’s the bus
It has air conditioning, toilettes in the back, free wifi and large reclined seats. It was pretty confortable.
I arrived in Campinas at 9:35, completely stressed out because my flight was boarding in 15mn and I wasn’t checked in. After rushing to the check in area I quickly got my boarding pass. Actually it’s more of a receipt than a boarding pass. There’s 2 parts, the lower one for the gate agents and the upper one for you.
I got quickly through security where there is no need to remove your jacket, your belt or your shoes. Airside there is only a few boarding gates going from A to M and most of them requires a boarding by bus.
Sadly it is not possible to do some spotting from here
We were supposed to leave from gate D but at the last minute an announcement has been done and we left from gate J. At least, since it’s a small airport, it’s fast to get from one gate to another. For your information nobody speaks English here.
We got into another building, which is just across a road, with numbered gates. There are fewer gates than before because it’s only for the lucky ones who are going to walk to the plane instead of the bus ride.
It’s much easier from here to spot something like this Breast Cancer special livery. Azul is the king of special liveries; they’re so few airplanes wearing the regular one.
Shortly after, we were invited to board and it was the first and only time they checked my ID. The plane is an E-195, as planned, PR-AYD, 5 years old, called Amigo Azul William Rodrigues. I was almost disappointed to get a regular livery
Our neighbor has a sticker
Since I was seat 25A, I entered the aircraft from the back
A Trip ATR42
And Wow! The cabin seems really nice! It is equipped with PTV.
The TVs are big, there’s the geolocalisation and a large choice of TV channels. There’s no need to pay to access the programs.
Pitch is good. Seat is comfortable.
The little command to control the IFE
Headphones are distributed
Here are the TV channels available and the coverage
Note that on the Azul livery there is a little colored strip between the dark blue and the white. Each plane has a different color, which makes them even more unique.
An intruder in Campinas
We reached the runway and took off on time. Every announcement is in Portuguese. I haven’t heard any English during this trip.
The city of Campinas
The catering is verbally announced and is free of charge. There is no trolley, just FAs going around asking what you would like to drink and coming back with it on a tray. The other FAs are handing snacks from a basket.
To drink there is peach or orange juice, sodas, coffee, tea, coconut water and water. Regarding snacks, you can take as much as you want so I took one of each.
A Gol 737
We are slowly approaching Belo Horizonte’s area
We approached CNF from the north. The airport is located in-between Belo Horizonte and Riberão das Neves
Each rectangle that forms the logo represents a Brazilian state
The city of Sete Lagoas
We landed on time
At the time of this flight they were working to improve the airport for the 2014 Fifa World Cup
767 American Airlines from Miami
TAM, Gol and Trip
Gol taking off
We disembarked by bus. The plane is here in transit. The flight continues to São Luis, Teresina and Fortaleza
And here I am, in Belo Horizonte!
Campinas - VCP
Belo Horizonte - CNF
-Confort : The cabin is really confortable for a short flight such as this one. Not to say that having PTV is a major advantage. -Crew : They did their job with smiles, which is what matters. However I haven't tested them on their English abilities. -Catering : Being used to the catering in Europe and in the US, this is amazing! Besides, I loved the trays and the baskets. -Entertainment : There is a large number of TV channels available and the coverage seems pretty good. -On-Time Perf : We left on time and arrived on time.
Campinas is not the most welcoming airport in the world but it's functional and small enough to be easy. The buses coming from São Paulo and other cities are great, without them I wouldn't have taken Azul. CNF was smaller than I expected. It is quite dark and ugly but that's the only thing I have to criticize. The buses for the city are well organized and easy to find.
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