The longhaul business class product onboard the Azul Airlines A330-900neo is so superb that I would fly thousands of miles out of the way just to fly it again. The only issue with my flight from Viracopos Airport, outside of Sao Paulo, to Ft. Lauderdale was that it was over far too soon.
Azul Airlines A330-900neo Business Class – Superb
I flew down to Brazil just to fly back (same-day) on Azul. I’ve been wanting to fly Azul’s A330-900neo for over a year and receding pandemic conditions finally made the trip possible. There are so few Azul reports online that I had very little idea of what to expect.
I must say, the trip started off on a questionable note. The drive from Sao Paulo to Viracopos was long and I arrived to a mostly-deserted VCP airport. I found the right counter to check-in for my flight to Florida, but the agent spoke no English. Using Google Translate, I was able to obtain my boarding pass and ascertain that the lounge was closed…due to coronavirus.
But once onboard, my questionable first impressions changed quickly. The A330neo business class cabin is beautiful, with 1-2-1 seating using Recaro CL6710 business seats (just like TAP Air Portugal) and muted colors.
The crew was young and beautiful, and in my book beauty is about so much more than physical appearance. Indeed, the crew was kind, conscientious, and attentive (and they spoke great English). They were a bit amused at all the pictures I took, but beamed with pride when I told them it was my first time flying Azul.
Dinner was served after takeoff and began with mixed nuts and drinks and was followed by a nicely-arranged meal on a tray with warm bread, salad, and a main course of fish.
Dessert included three choices and I was granted my request for both cheese and ice cream, both which were every bit as tasty as they look:
Before landing, breakfast was offered including an omelet, cereal, yogurt, and a croissant. Everything was delicious, but I do have a big regret. The menu did not list espresso or cappuccino so I did not even ask. Turns out, it was available…I missed my favorite coffee drink! Guess I’ll have to fly Azul again soon…
I used miles for this flight as part of a larger itinerary, but keep in mind you can purchase tickets for about $750 one-way to Ft. Lauderdale, which I find is a superb price.
My first flight on Azul was near-perfect. I’ll include additional details about onboard entertainment, amenity kits, and more in my full review, but expect to be impressed on Azul. I certainly was!