MIAMI — One of Brazil’s largest and fastest-growing airlines, Avianca Brasil, announced daily nonstop passenger flights between São Paulo (GRU) and Miami (MIA,) starting next Friday, June 23, 2017.
This anticipated summer launch marks the airline’s first introduction of a passenger route to a U.S. destination and only its second route outside of South America. Since 2015, the carrier has operated freighter service at Miami International Airport (MIA.)
Flights will be serviced by an Airbus A330-200. The aircraft seats a total of 238 passengers, and is configured into two classes: 32 seats in Business and 206 in Economy.
“At Avianca Brasil, we are experiencing an exciting transition and a new cycle of growth. We are building a stronger, more mature and more competitive carrier,” stated Frederico Pedreira, President at Avianca Brasil, also a member of Star Alliance. “Due to the large concentration of Brazilians visiting and living in South Florida, we decided to launch long-haul operations at this time because we understand that there are good business opportunities and a chance to provide high-quality services to international travelers.”
Avianca Brasil operates the youngest fleet in South America and is known for providing quality service, spacious legroom, personal entertainment systems, free treats, and the Amigo loyalty program.
Customers on Business Class are offered an improved experience, covering premium menus and amenity kits. The 1-2-1 seating arrangement guarantees greater privacy and comfort; seats recline to a fully flat position.
Premium travelers enjoy an advanced on-demand entertainment system, at their disposal, with a wide variety of movies, TV series and games, viewable on 15-inch touch screens. The seats also feature control panels, USB connection, power outlets, auxiliary lighting, support tables, and adjustable headrests.
In Economy, configured in a 2-4-2 arrangement, passengers can take advantage of individual entertainment systems equipped with 9-inch touchscreen monitors, plus power outlets, remote controls, USB ports, and adjustable head and foot rests.
Furthermore, new jets also feature the latest LED ambient lighting technology, designed to provide a comfortable travel experience.
The first Miami-bound flight, Flight 8510, leaves Sao Paulo (GRU) Friday, June 23, 2017, at 11:55 p.m., landing at MIA at 7:25 a.m. Saturday, June 24, 2017. Flight 8511 departs MIA at 7:30 p.m. June 24, arriving in Brazil at 5:00 a.m. Sunday, June 25 (local times).
Later this summer, the company plans to launch a Sao Paulo – Santiago passenger route with the new A330 planes.
Currently, MIA serves an average of 71 weekly non-stop passenger flights to eight cities in Brazil, the most of any U.S. airport. With more than 2.1 million total passengers, Avianca Brasil will be the airport’s third airline serving Brazil, MIA’s top international market in 2015.
“We are honored that Avianca Brasil has chosen to expand its operations at MIA, and also make Miami its first passenger route outside of South America,” said Miami-Dade Aviation Director Emilio T. Gonzalez. “While we continue to pursue routes in untapped regions across the globe, we are also working to strengthen air service in our stronghold areas of Latin America and the Caribbean.”