9 MAY 2016
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SATA International has rebranded its airline operation as Azores Airlines with a new logo designed to resemble the tail fin of a whale and representing all the islands in the group, one of the world’s largest whale sanctuaries.
The carrier launched its summer UK programme last month from Gatwick, operating until 22 October with early-afternoon departures to Ponta Delgada in São Miguel, the largest of the archipelago.
The mid-Atlantic islands are an autonomous region of Portugal, and have been described as Europe’s answer to Hawaii thanks to their dramatic landscapes.
The airline has a 13-strong fleet made up of three Airbus A310-300s, three A3230-200s and one A330-223, plus four Bombardier Dash 8 Q400s and two Dash 8 Q200s.
As well as the Gatwick service, the airline operates inter-island connections plus scheduled flights to Madeira, mainland Portugal and other destinations in Europe and North America, as well as charter flights. Domestic destinations are covered by the parent company SATA Air Açores.
Passenger facilities include an inflight meal, refreshments, 8kg hand luggage and 23kg checked baggage allowances and a free allowance for golf and diving equipment up to 15kg. www.azoresairlines.pt
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