Virgin Atlantic launches first flights to South America
By Sasha Wood, published 22/03/2019
Virgin Atlantic will launch daily flights between London Heathrow and the Brazilian city of São Paulo next year, marking its first foray into South America.
The airline will operate a Boeing 787 aircraft across the route boasting Virgin Atlantic’s Upper Class, Premium and Economy Delight, Classic and Light offerings.
São Paulo is the commercial capital of Brazil and one of the top 20 global economic cities.
It’s the largest city in the Americas after New York for multinational companies to have offices, and provides a platform for Virgin Atlantic to broaden its offering to existing corporate customers.
“São Paulo represents an incredible opportunity for our business, and we’re very excited to be flying to a brand new continent for the first time,” says Virgin Atlantic’s Executive Vice President for Commercial, Juha Jarvinen.
“There are a significant number of corporate customers, and multinational businesses, located in this powerhouse of South America who can now enjoy the Virgin Atlantic experience on this busy international route.”
In 2019, Virgin Atlantic will welcome the first four of 12 Airbus A350-1000 planes to its fleet which feature a totally redesigned onboard experience for customers and will help the fleet become quieter and more fuel efficient.
The airline recently announced a $13 billion transatlantic joint venture with more than 300 daily transatlantic flights and 96 non-stop transatlantic routes, alongside Delta, Air France and KLM.
It is also launching new services from London Heathrow to Las Vegas, Manchester to Los Angeles and London Heathrow to Tel Aviv.