LATAM Brasil announced on August 7 important changes in the route between São Paulo (Brazil) and Lisbon, in Portugal. As of November, the airline will fly 10 to 11 times a week between the two cities.
In addition, the airline will partially replace the Boeing 787-9 currently scheduled on the route by the 777-300ER, its largest aircraft. The changes will increase the offer of seats by almost 90%, according to the company.
The Boeing 777-300ER, of which LATAM has ten aircraft aged between 10 and 15 years, has a cabin configuration with 410 seats. There are 38 seats in the Premium Business executive, 50 in Economy+ and 322 seats in Economy.
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Therefore, the offer is 110 more seats than the 787-9 Dreamliner, an aircraft that is, however, more modern and efficient.
“This is yet another strategic move by LATAM, which reinforces the company’s position as the leader in international supply in Brazil, connected to a solid network in the national territory through our hub in Guarulhos. Around here, we have been working to grow where demand is stronger and Lisbon is a destination much sought after by Brazilians”, said Aline Mafra, Director of Sales and Marketing at LATAM Brasil.
LATAM resumed flights to Lisbon in April 2021, just over a year after the start of the Covid-19 pandemic. According to the carrier, more than 310,000 passengers have been transported since then.
The Boeing 777 will replace the 787-9 on the flight that takes off from Guarulhos at 5:50 pm and arrives in the Portuguese capital at 8:40 am the following day (local time).
However, the Dreamliner will continue to be used on the route as there will be three to four more flights a week departing at 22:35 from São Paulo and arriving in Lisbon at 13:30 (local time).
The Portuguese capital has been an important hub for passengers flying to and from Europe. The route is mainly served by TAP Air Portugal, but there is also competition from Azul, which operates from Viracopos Airport.