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 11 hr 55 min flight between Heathrow and São Paulo’s Guarulhos International Airport, will utilize Boeing 787 aircraft and feature 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.”
The booming tourism industry complements the lucrative business market – and Virgin Holidays intends to launch a full product offering within Brazil for the first time. The spectacular Iguaçu Falls and Amazon rainforest are easily accessible from São Paulo, and convenient connections will open up other iconic attractions such as Rio de Janeiro and the beautiful beaches of Santa Catarina.
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.