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Azul (AZUL) Inks Deal to Buy Some of Avianca Brasil's Assets

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Azul (AZUL - Free Report) has entered into a non-binding agreement with Avianca Brasil to acquire a few of its assets for $105 million. Notably, Avianca Brasil is operating under bankruptcy court protection on fears of aircraft repossession following outstanding payments to aircraft lessors.

Per the Brazilian Bankruptcy and Judicial Reorganization Law, the acquired assets will be transferred to a new entity (NewCo), which is devoid of all debts and liabilities. The NewCo would include the assets that Azul chooses, such as Avianca Brasil's operating certificate, 70 pair of slots and nearly 30 Airbus A320 aircraft. Azul currently utilizes two Airbus A320 planes. Previously, the aircraft was used by Avianca Brasil until repossession last December.

Azul believes, the entire procedure could take up to three months for completion. Moreover, the agreement is subject to numerous conditions such as due diligence, regulatory, creditors’ approvals etc. Meanwhile, the carrier did not reveal ways by which it plans to take over the leases.

We expect investors to stay focused on further updates by the carrier on this issue.

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