MIAMI — Qatar Airways is set to add additional capacity to Sao Paulo, Brazil, and Buenos Aires, Argentina, by upgrading the route from a 777-200LR to a 777-300ER.

The upgrade will provide 99 additional daily seats, from 259 seats in the -200LR to 358 seats (42 in Business, 316 in Coach.)

“Passenger demand from both the leisure and business segments has grown consistently since the launch of both routes in June 2010. We are pleased to reinforce our commitment to our passengers and are looking forward to increasing Qatar Airways’ presence in South America,” said Günter Saurwein, Vice President The Americas, Qatar Airways.

The announcement of adding extra capacity in Qatar Airways’ flight to Brazil comes in a moment in which several global carriers have opted to pull out the Latin American country from their route networks after economy woes and the impacts of the Zika virus on the premium tourism industry.

“The region is a strong contributor to our route network and these additional seats will enable leisure and business segments to flourish,” Saurwein said.

Last July, Qatar Airways announced plans to to buy a stake in Latam Airlines Group SA, securing its entry into the Latin American Market, and while the current market situation in key countries such as Colombia, Brazil and Argentina seem to be stagnated, there are prospects on improvement relating particularly to the middle class air travel demand.

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