SATA in the 50s and 60s

Stories do more than portray events from the past and entertain. If we listen or read them carefully, we are swept away to a place where events have very particular magic and where even the challenges of the past lend a poetic character to routine activities. The story we bring you is in the book…

Here comes the bride

Laureano Almeida, who carried out an impressive and dedicated career as an Aircraft Maintenance Technician from May 1957 to 1994 and became a true SATA hallmark, fondly remembers one of the most beautiful episodes he experienced on a flight originating at Lajes Field, on Terceira Island, to Santana Aerodrome, on São Miguel Island, where a…

The good spirit of the islands onboard SATA

Flying on SATA Azores Airlines is flying with the Azores on board. Not only because most of the crew is resident or native of the Azores, but also because passengers are also Azorean and carry with them the atmosphere of the islands. The story we are going to tell reflects that. The good spirit of…

A flight that diverges and gives beginning to a beautiful friendship

The 9-year-old girl traveled alone between Lisbon and Ponta Delgada when poor weather caused her flight to diverge to Santa Maria.  The little girl sees all the passengers leave for the hotels where they were accommodated during the night to catch a flight to Ponta Delgada in the morning.  At her side stands a gentleman…

I liked it so much, SATA!

I’m one of those snotty ones who doesn’t miss an opportunity to badmouth SATA, but today I looked at the man, inside this plane I’m writing to you from, and told him, in the middle of an epiphany: – It’s all over between us. I love this lady. Truly. (He laughed. He never takes me…

80 years!

We wish we could board the aircraft of time and go back to 1941. In the hedge of the island, we would gather around a table Vasco and José Bensaúde, Augusto Arruda, Augusto Soares de Albergaria, and Albano de Freitas da Silva Oliveira and ask what we asked a few days ago to those who…

To those who have passed through here

Corvo’s runway seemed to hold no secrets from him. Those who knew him say that he was an excellent storyteller and someone who spread joy wherever he went. It was Gil Pinto de Sousa, Captain Gil, as he became known at SATA Air Açores. The day on São Jorge Island was wintry. Rain, strong wind,…

A journey through time

A long-awaited project at the SATA Group has finally begun.  The SATA Group’s documentary collection was hand-delivered to the Public Library and Regional Archive of Ponta Delgada. There would be no better destination for this history, which in August 2021 will be 80 years old. One day after the signing of the cooperation protocol between…

Message from the President – “Thank you” is what best sums up our feelings

In 1941, the “Sociedade Açoreana de Estudos Aéreos, Limitada” was founded. On August 21, 2021, we will complete 80 years. The challenges of 2021 are not comparable to those of 1941. They are different. Pace, competition, and ambitions change over time. Everything happens faster and requires urgent resolution. Nowadays, we need to understand how to…