MIAMI — Delta Air Lines will offer a daily nonstop flight between New York-JFK and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, subject to government approval by the US DOT.
The first flight will be launched on December 2 and would be operated with Boeing 767-300 aircraft, featuring 35 lie-flat business class seats, 32 Comfort+ seats and 143 economy seats.
Delta has a strategic alliance with GOL Linhas Aereas Inteligentes to reach 23 destinations in Brazil, providing a better service and much more opportunities to customers connecting at Antonio Carlos Jobim International Airport in Rio de Janeiro.
“It is exciting to have the opportunity to offer a daily direct flight from Rio de Janeiro to our second-largest international hub at New York-JFK. Delta’s continued route expansions demonstrate our commitment to the Brazilian market and the strength of our alliance with our Brazilian partner, GOL,” said Luciano Macagno, Delta’s Director-Brazil.
The Atlanta-based airline has great interest in the Brazilian market. In recent years, the economic woes and the rise in criminality and political instability have harmed air travel in the country, with several global airlines pulling out of the local market and a sharp decrease in the number of local airlines such as Azul, GOL, and LATAM-Brazil.