Boarding by zone

We are always thinking of providing you with the best travel experience with us, from the moment you book for your flight to the arrival at your destination. This time, we have simplified the way you board our flights with boarding zones. Zone boarding improves the entire boarding experience by predefining when passengers will board the plane, resulting…

Azores Airlines already flies with the Electronic Flight Bag

The technological leap that the airline has just taken won’t be noticed by passengers or those who don’t deal directly with the flight area. But the fact is that at the end of each year, Azores Airlines will have removed around 51kg of paper manuals from its airplanes; it will have achieved a reduction in…

New meals on board

At Azores Airlines, teams are preparing to start a new phase in the onboard service. Details are being polished and products from the Azores will be the stars of the new menus. Azores Airlines teams took this project to revive the airline’s menus with great devotion and affection for the Azores. The purpose of this…

Aviation fun facts – What happens to your body when you fly

Do you know how your body reacts when you are in an airplane cabin thousands of feet above sea level? If you feel an energy drop, drier skin and mouth, or popping ears, it’s not your imagination. We explain why. Low energy Air pressure is lower at higher altitudes, which means your body absorbs less…

June 15, 1947: SATA’s first commercial flight

We are celebrating today the anniversary of the official beginning of SATA’s operational and commercial activities, signaled by its first commercial flight on June 15, 1947, between São Miguel and Santa Maria islands, aboard a Beechcraft UC-45B Expeditor aircraft, piloted by Captain Marciano Bonucci Veiga, the Company’s captain-aviator, first pilot and technical director. The aircraft…

What to do at Terceira island

Explore the depths of the earth, get to know the house of one of the most important Portuguese writers of the 20th century, see an exhibition full of symbolism, imagine battles between pirates and corsairs or simply go for a walk and relax surrounded by nature. Terceira Island only ends when the traveler stops being…

How to be an eco-friendly tourist

Never has the word “Sustainability” been so important for Tourism. In the natural paradise of the Azores, maintaining the ecosystem alive is a real concern while assuring the social and economic quality of life of locals and visitors. In the end, we all live on the same planet.  The COVID-19 pandemic revealed that there are…

Aviation stories – A little boy’s dream

The aviation world causes at least some curiosity all over the world. At its peak, it causes a life-long passion. So it was with our Aircraft Maintenance Technician João Leite, who, at the age of eight, put his feet in the cockpit of an airplane for the first time, more specifically of SATA’s AVRO HS-748…

Our A321neo family

Our mission to build Atlantic bridges between the Azores and the world is expanded and continued on the wings of our new A321neo family! And it is not by chance. The innovative A321neo integrates state-of-the-art engines and wing-tip devices that Airbus calls Sharklets. They also allow to reduce the carbon footprint of each passenger by…

Bermuda – a true escape

Bermuda is open and welcoming visitors! We propose taking you comfortably onboard our A321neo to this Atlantic paradise on Sundays, from June to September. We give you plenty of reasons to accept our proposal. Are you coming? The Bermuda Islands are much more than a paradise with an ideal climate, crystal clear waters, and pink…

Next stop – Terceira island

During its existence of several centuries, this was an island where episodes directly connected to the History of Portugal and the world were written. Two Portuguese kings had their main city here. And, already in present days, it was in Terceira Island that the future of the free world was decided. It is not just…

After all, what does Paris have?

Paris has a smell, musicality, and a light that are, in themselves, poetry. Paris is the atmosphere of the streets, is daydreaming by squares, museums, charming cafés, and flower markets, while our mind sings French music from the 1920s. Paris is not so much what you see, but what you feel when you are in…

Aviation stories – The teacher who was afraid to fly

Rogério Lopes was a pilot for SATA Air Açores between 1970 and 1999. He flew the Dakota, the Avro, and the B146 and ended his career flying the British Aerospace ATP fleet. In the nearly three decades of inter-island flights, he has collected an endless number of stories that he likes to remember. “The Teacher…

Movies that inspire traveling

Traveling is a state of mind. And one of the ways that most spread this “travel spirit” are films that awaken our desire to go out there and get to know the world.  Some films inspire us, motivate us, make us dream. They make us want to choose a destination, plan, and give us ideas…

Ask the pilot #5

You asked? Our pilot answers. Is it true that pilots cannot eat the same meal? It’s not mandatory, but it’s recommended that the Captain and the First Officer are served different meals to avoid that, in case of food poisoning, both are affected. The same applies to the rest of the crew, offering variety in…

Frequent flyer – Cristóvam

A VOICE FROM THE AZORES TELLING US EVERYTHING WILL BE ALRIGHT NFORMATION Name: Cristóvam Job: Singer-songwriter Born in/residence: Terceira Island, the Azores First solo album: “Hopes & Dreams” (2018) Awards:: “Vodafone Ones to Watch”, “Angra Rock”, “LabJovem” and “International Songwriting Competition” Most recent work: Single “Setting Sun” (2020) IN THE FIGHT AGAINST COVID-19, THERE IS…

Aviation stories – A very noisy flight

The aviation world fascinates everyone. Is it because flying has always been one of Humanity’s greatest aspirations? Is it because of the charismatic jobs it represents? Is it because of the possibility to travel the world above the clouds? Is it the powerful flying machines? Perhaps for all these reasons and more. On more than…

We have your back

In more than 75 years of experience in the world of aviation and travel, nothing has made us give up. The world can change around us, but our mission remains. Find out everything we are doing in this new phase of the global pandemic. 1- We give you the possibility to book your next trip,…

Are you ready to experience the Azores?

We know you want much more than a stereotyped visit to a destination. We totally get it… Travel lovers seek unforgettable experiences they want to mix with the locals and feel the ambiance of the destination they visit. With that in mind, we designed the “Experience the Azores” campaign, which offers our passengers a package…

Experience the Azores campaign – behind the scenes

The Azores are, and always have been, our home. They are part of our identity and, even today, they assume an essential role among our destinations. Therefore, we wanted to take it to the next level, proposing a new approach to our passengers: that they live the Azores in all its experience, feeling as an…

Ask the pilot #4

Do you still want to clear up all of your doubts during a flight? Keep an eye out for “Ask the pilot”. Here you’ll find all the answers! What happens if the plane window cracks during the flight? This is very unlikely to happen, but still… you have nothing to worry about. Aircraft windows are…

2020 in review

We strengthen our services and our Brand os nossos serviços e a nossa Marca We facilitated contact with our passengers, simplifying processes, and shortening the response time on our website through an online complaint and suggestion form. At the same time, we created a daily process for monitoring suggestions and complaints that come to us,…

To Bravo and Charlie

There are passions that reason is unaware of. Discover another story from the passionate world of aviation. SATA Air Açores’ Dash Q200 is small in size but not “small” at all. We emphasize this because the words are treacherous and could take on a pejorative meaning that we wouldn’t certainly apply to our flying machines,…

Ask the pilot #3

We are happy to answer two more questions from our passengers. Can turbulence break the wings of an airplane? Planes are subject to impressive tests long before they are delivered to airlines. They are extremely robust machines, extraordinary works of engineering, which structure is infinitely tested. Severe turbulence areas are marked on the radar, according…

Beauty secrets of a Flight Attendant

Do you know that feeling of complete exhaustion after a flight? But how do the crews look so good after so many hours of flying every day? Our Flight Attendants reveal all their secrets to stay in shape on travels. Hydration Water is the best Flight Attendants’ ally. Abundant daily hydration, complemented with a balanced…

Ask the pilot #2

We answer more questions from our passengers on “Ask the pilot”. In some aircraft, noise reduction is more significant and depends on the type of engine/reactor. In any case, it means that the pilots reduced the power of the engines once they reached cruising speed. Just like us, on land, when we shift down to…

Ask the pilot #1

Do you always study the weather forecast before flying? Sit quietly and watch everything that goes on around you on the plane? Do you shake at the slightest sign of turbulence, get suspicious of every sound signal and feel that little sweat running down your face? If this is how you experience your flights, then…

10 delicacies not to be missed in the Azores

In addition to being an archipelago of unique beauty, named by National Geographic as one of the best and most sustainable destinations in the world, the Azores offer delicacies full of flavor and authenticity that will delight foodies. Check below 10 delicacies you cannot miss when visiting the Azores. Azorean Meat Meat lovers have typical…

Find out why the Azores are a sustainable tourist destination

The Azores are one of the most beautiful destinations in the world. Its lush nature, idyllic landscapes, cuisine, and kind people make its visitors return home with a full heart. But the Azores are also the first archipelago in the world to achieve an international certification of sustainable destination. Its several natural, historical and cultural…

79 years of a shared dream

I was born 79 years ago, from the dream of extraordinary men who believed, at a time when there were barely any cars in the Azores, that the first step to unite the Azoreans with each other was to give wings to the wish and connect the islands of the Azores by air. It was…

Find out all about air quality inside our airplanes

Having clean air inside the cabins of our airplanes has always been an essential requirement. The air you breathe inside one of our airplanes meets very strict standards, is renewed every 3 minutes (more than 20 times an hour), and filtered through a highly efficient vertical recycling system. Air flows vertically, being propelled over the…

SATA Group’s corporate video for 2020 – The making of

The meeting was scheduled for 8:30 am, on a sunny July morning, at João Paulo II Airport, in Ponta Delgada. The Communication team, Captain Vitor Lopes, and Flight Attendant Raquel Pimentel came together with a single goal in mind: to create SATA Group’s corporate video for 2020. In an atypical year like this, the mission…

3 nations, 1 mission

Portugal > Cuba > Bissau > Portugal: another very special air operation by SATA Azores Airlines. A long-haul flight but, above all, an emotional journey. We want to share the best in us inviting you to another journey in our company and telling you a little more about this wonderful world of travel, dreams, reunions,…

From the fish auction to our cargo hold

If you want to find out why we switched the airport for the fish auction on a cool june morning, follow our study visit to the “lota” and discover the good fish circuit in the Azores. At least in theory, anyone who has the duty of preparing for the worst crisis scenario knows that every…

SATA’s First Flight Attendants

In the course of modernizing SATA’s air services, all flights made by Dakota airplanes (Douglas DC-3) began having Flight Attendants, previously known as Stewardesses. In this context, in October 1968, SATA’s first flight with Flight Attendants took place, between Santana and Santa Maria, captained by Commander António Galhardo. Ana Maria Garcês, Luísa Gamboa, Leonor Pacheco,…

Eating in the Azores

There is everything here and everything is from here. There is fish, of course, as we are on a “boat” anchored in the middle of the ocean. And meat, the best you can eat. And also pastries, tasty and unique pastries. The Azorean cuisine is another trip besides the trip made to get here. And…

Be a Sustainable Tourist

Whenever you travel you are inevitably interacting with the natural resources and cultural heritage of the destination. In order for your trip to the Azores to have a positive, mindful and sustainable impact we leave you three essential tips: – Choose to use public transport, ride a bike or simply walk whenever possible thus contributing…