Delta Air Lines and LATAM have broadened their presence in Brazil by introducing a year-round flight between Atlanta and Rio de Janeiro. Operating on a Boeing 767-300ER aircraft, the four-cabin service includes Delta One, Delta Premium Select, Delta Comfort+, and Main Cabin. This expansion adds to Delta’s existing daily direct services from São Paulo, totaling five daily flights between Brazil and the U.S.
Danillo Barbizan, Delta Sales Manager – Brazil, expressed satisfaction with the return of Delta’s direct services to Rio de Janeiro, highlighting the recovery of the travel industry in both countries. The collaboration with LATAM enhances the travel experience, providing faster and more comfortable connections for customers.
Barbizan emphasized the value of the partnership with LATAM, stating, “The capillarity of its network in Brazil is helping us to supply these flights and ensure faster and more comfortable connections for our customers, which adds to the numerous reciprocal benefits for frequent flyers.
The morning departure schedule from Rio de Janeiro facilitates connections for passengers from various parts of Brazil, and upon arrival in Atlanta and New York-JFK, customers can benefit from connections to other U.S. destinations in the late afternoon and early evening.
In the three years preceding the pandemic, Delta carried over half a million passengers between the U.S. and Rio de Janeiro. These new routes underscore Delta’s commitment to the region, strengthening its service to the Top 5 long-haul South American destinations from Atlanta and New York-JFK through the Joint Venture with LATAM.
Aline Mafra, Director of Sales and Marketing at LATAM Brasil, highlighted the benefits of the Joint Venture, providing customers with simpler and faster trips, optimal routes, schedules, and connections, along with reciprocal benefits for frequent flyers.
To enhance the new Delta routes, LATAM increased its offering at Galeão, reinforcing its commitment to democratizing air transport in Brazil and facilitating connections for Rio de Janeiro residents with the USA and the world.
Rafael Sampaio, Traffic Development Manager at RIO Galeão, emphasized the effectiveness of coordination among the city’s airports and the positive impact on connectivity, tourism, and business opportunities for Rio de Janeiro. Delta’s return to Rio de Janeiro contributes to the city’s international air network, bringing increased tourist flow from North America and fostering business prospects.