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Linha Aérea Transcontinental Brasileira

Linha Aérea Transcontinental Brasileira
Founded 1944
Commenced operations 1946
Ceased operations 1951
Key people Dulcídio Cardoso

Linha Aérea Transcontinental Brasileira S.A. was a Brazilian airline formed in 1944 and that started scheduled flights in 1946. In 1951 it was sold to Real Transportes Aéreos, which incorporated the airline the following year.


Linha Aérea Transcontinental Brasileira was formed on July 22, 1944 with a fleet of five Avro Ansons. Some experimental flights were made in 1945 but only on February 1, 1946 scheduled flights began.[1]

In October 1948 Transcontinental started and operational agreement with VASD, being the first case of an operational agreement between Brazilian airlines.[2] In 1949 a third route was created, between Rio de Janeiro and Fortaleza.

In 1951 Transcontinental was sold to and incorporated by Real Transportes Aéreos.[3]


In 1948 Transcontinental was flying between Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, and Rio de Janeiro and Recife via the coast. In 1949 a third route was created, between Rio de Janeiro and Fortaleza.[2]


Transcontinental Fleet[4]
Aircraft Total Years of operation Notes
Avro Anson Mk. II 5 1945–1946
Douglas DC-3/C-47 4 1946–1953
Beechcraft Model 18 S 1 1947–1951
Curtiss C-46/Super C-46 Commando 1 1949–1950

Accidents and incidents

  • 6 June 1951: a Douglas DC-3 D registration PP-NAL struck high ground while flying below minimums during approach to Rio de Janeiro. One crew member and one passenger died.


  1. ^ Instituto Histórico-Cultural da Aeronáutica (1991). História Geral da Aeronáutica Brasileira: da criação do Ministério da Aeronáutica ao final da Segunda Guerra Mundial (in Portuguese) 3. Belo Horizonte and Rio de Janeiro: Villa Rica Editoras Reunidas. p. 308. 
  2. ^ a b Pereira (1987) page 289
  3. ^ Instituto Histórico-Cultural da Aeronáutica (2005). História Geral da Aeronáutica Brasileira: de janeiro de 1946 a janeiro de 1956 após o término da Segunda Guerra Mundial até a posse do Dr. Juscelino Kubitschek como Presidente da República (in Portuguese) 4. Rio de Janeiro: GR3 Comunicação & Design. p. 353. 
  4. ^ Pereira (1987) page 290
  • Pereira, Aldo (1987). Breve História da Aviação Comercial Brasileira (in Portuguese). Rio de Janeiro: Europa. 

External links

  • Transcontinental Accidents as per Aviation Safety Database
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