Azul Economy Class Review Recife (REC) to Fortaleza (FOR)
I'm not sure if you have heard much about Azul - I frankly had not. All I knew is that they are codeshare partner of United Airlines and a United Mileage Plus partner (but not a Star Alliance partner).
In fact Azul is the JetBlue of Brazil! The leather seats - the complimentary live TV (two English channels) in all seats and the colors will bring up that memory of that last JetBlue flight.
I flew the airline on a 90 minute segment from Recife (REC) to Fortaleza (FOR) last week. My check-in was very friendly (as usual in Brazil) and quick (that is not usual in Brazil!). I had bought my ticket last minute for just $34 one way (incl. 50lbs in free luggage) and would still earn United Miles (though just a few) for this flight.
Recife airport is a surprisingly modern affair with good coffee (coffee is always the best at the airport in Brazil) and yummy breakfast options.
The flight would be exactly on time and our Embraer 195 looked shiny this morning. Like many other flights the plane would start early in Southern Brazil and then make its way point to point throughout Brazil, returning overnight.
The seat pitch was narrow but not excessively so. I did not realize there would be live TV and almost never tried. I'm glad I did and the two English (and many Portuguese) worked fine from gate to gate. The flight attendants came through with snacks and soft drinks.
It was a beautiful morning in Recife and Fortaleza - perfect flying weather!
We landed on time and a good half of passengers stayed seated since Fortaleza would not be their final destination.
In conclusion Azul is surprisingly premium option when flying on a paid Economy ticket in Brazil.