Taking off from São Paulo (GRU) on August 1st, the Boeing 777 aircraft transformed California’s largest city into the 22nd international destination for LATAM departing from Brazil.
Delta LATAM First Flights
Additionally, this marks LATAM Brazil’s fifth destination within the United States, joining Miami (MIA), Orlando (MCO), New York (JFK), and Boston (BOS).
This expansion complements Delta’s existing daily routes from São Paulo to Atlanta and New York and the forthcoming flights from Rio de Janeiro to Atlanta and New York starting in December (seasonal service).
Presently, LATAM stands as the leading Brazilian airline facilitating global connections, serving as the primary carrier for passengers flying to or from Brazil, a fact affirmed by Brazil’s National Civil Aviation Agency.
Danillo Barbizan, Delta’s Sales Manager in Brazil, says, “We are thrilled to introduce this route between São Paulo and Los Angeles in collaboration with LATAM, catering to the strong demand among Brazilian travelers for the United States as a premier international destination.
This direct flight stands as the sole connection to the West Coast from Brazil, offering passengers the quickest and most comfortable route to explore this captivating region of the United States.
Beyond the convenience for travelers exploring for business or leisure, the route enhances the array of reciprocal advantages available to frequent flyers,” expressed Danillo Barbizan, Delta’s Sales Manager in Brazil.
“The newly established route will facilitate the direct transportation of approximately 110,000 passengers annually between these destinations, constituting nearly 65% of the anticipated count of Brazilian tourists projected by the Los Angeles Tourism Economics Forecast to visit the city in 2024.
“The launch of this flight linking Brazil and the U.S. West Coast underscores the achievements of our Joint Venture, uniting two global enterprises to offer passengers streamlined and swifter journeys with optimal routes, schedules, and connections,” commented Aline Mafra, Director of Sales and Marketing at LATAM Brazil.
“By commencing this novel international route, we persist in our commitment to enhancing connections between Brazilians and the world, inviting international travelers to explore the marvels of Brazil through our hub in Guarulhos.”Aline Mafra, Director of Sales and Marketing at LATAM Brazil.
Sao Paulo-Los Angeles Route
The non-stop flight connecting São Paulo and Los Angeles boasts a flight duration of 12 hours. This journey is four hours shorter than the alternative routes via Santiago or Lima, where LATAM also provides flights to LAX.
From Los Angeles, passengers utilizing LATAM will experience swift connections to Delta-operated flights servicing over 120 well-liked destinations across the United States, including San Francisco, Las Vegas, and Seattle.
This service entails three weekly flights facilitated by Boeing 777 aircraft, featuring seating for 38 passengers in Premium Business Class, 50 in Economy+, and 322 in Economy Class.
Following November 2023, the route will transition to Boeing 787-9 aircraft, offering a capacity of 30 passengers in Premium Business, 57 in Premium Economy, and 213 in Economy Class.”
The Delta-LATAM partnership has yielded enhanced connectivity between North and South America, effectively uniting over 120 South American destinations operated by the LATAM group with more than 200 North American destinations offered by Delta.
Since the establishment of their Joint Venture in October 2022, Delta and LATAM Group have significantly increased capacity by 75%, positioning themselves as the leading Joint Venture partnership overall in market share, both in terms of passengers carried and in service between New York City and South America, as well as between Los Angeles and South America.
The collaborative efforts of these partners have been dedicated to delivering a superior customer experience, both on the ground and in the air.
Notably, the two airlines share terminals at various airports, including New York (JFK), Boston (BOS), Orlando (MCO), São Paulo/Guarulhos, Lima (Peru), Bogota (Colombia), and Santiago (Chile).
Moreover, eligible passengers gain access to 53 Delta Sky Club lounges in the United States and five LATAM Lounges in South America.
Frequent flyers enrolled in the Delta SkyMiles and LATAM Pass loyalty programs can accrue and redeem points/miles within their respective programs, enjoying reciprocal Elite benefits while traversing each other’s extensive networks.
These benefits, which vary based on the membership level within the frequent flyer program, encompass privileges such as:
- Waiver of seat selection fees on LATAM flights
- Priority boarding
- Access to preferred seats
- Expedited check-in
- Increased baggage allowance
- Priority handling of baggage
- Expedited security screening through T.S.A.
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