MIAMI — The first LATAM Airlines flight to South Africa landed this afternoon at Johannesburg’s O. R. Tambo International Airport.

Flight JJ8162 from São Paulo was operated by a 221-seat Boeing 767-300 (J21; Y191). The new service further expands the connectivity offered to passengers, making LATAM the only Latin American carrier to serve Africa.

“We strive to take our customers further and with this new Johannesburg service we will connect four continents and passengers on both sides of the Atlantic,” said Claudia Sender, President of LATAM Airlines Brazil. “This flight marks the first new international service outside of Latin America since the launch of the LATAM brand in April, which will connect two regions that have much to offer to tourists and business travelers alike.”

During October, the flight will depart São Paulo at 23:55 on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, arriving in Johannesburg at 14:10 the next day. The return flight will depart at 23:10 on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays, arriving in São Paulo at 04:45 the next day (all local times). In November, the days will change to Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays on the São Paulo – Johannesburg flight, and Mondays, Fridays and Sundays in the return flight.

LATAM Airlines Group expects to fly more than 50,000 passengers per year on the São Paulo-Johannesburg-São Paulo route. From the group’s São Paulo hub, connections will be available to destinations throughout South America including Lima, Santiago, Buenos Aires and other Brazilian cities.