MIAMI – Oceanair Linhas Aéreas S.A. (Avianca Brasil) began daily Miami-São Paulo service on June 23rd. Yesterday, June 26th, Miami International Airport welcomed the airline with a gate ceremony welcoming the flight.
The occasion featured a ribbon cutting ceremony, a commemorative cake, and a water-cannon salute.
“I commend the MIA team for continually attracting new international air service to our community. It is especially encouraging to see increased service from our top international market of Brazil, which had a downturn in travel last year” said Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez.
The Miami route is the first to the United States for Avianca Brasil, and only their second route outside of South America. The route is operated daily by the Airbus A330-200 and seats 238 passengers.
“At Avianca Brasil, we are experiencing an exciting transition and new cycle of growth. We are building a stronger, more mature and more competitive carrier. 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” Frederico Pedreira, Chief Executive Officer, Avianca Brasil.
Miami International Airport currently serves an average of 71 weekly flights to eight cities in Brazil. Avianca is the third airline serving Brazil from Miami, following LATAM Brasil and American Airlines. Avianca Brasil already operates dedicated cargo flights to Miami from several cities in South America.
Avianca Brasil operates a fleet of 49 aircraft compiled of 47 A320 family aircraft and two A330-200s. The airline was one of the first operators of the Airbus A320neo after taking delivery of their first A320neo in December of 2016. Avianca Brasil has 10 Airbus A350-900s on order and plans to use the aircraft to expand its long-haul network.