Virgin Atlantic announced on Wednesday (04) the start date of the route between London (Heathrow) and Sao Paulo (Guarulhos). The inaugural flight is scheduled for March 29, 2020 and tickets can be purchased from the 10th.
The flight will be operated daily with the Boeing 787-9 with 264 seats – 31 Upper Class, 35 Premium and 198 economy.
Virgin has also entered into a codeshare agreement with Brazilian airline Gol that will offer 37 destinations in Brazil. The announcement comes as no surprise after all, the British airline is partnered by Air France-KLM and Delta Air Lines. Both also have a close relationship with Gol, including shares of the Brazilian company.
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The start of flights between London and Sao Paulo should intensify competition on the Brazil-UK route. Currently, British Airways (Rio and Sao Paulo) and LATAM (Sao Paulo) fly daily between the two countries. Low-cost Norwegian Air has also flown to Rio de Janeiro with five weekly flights.
São Paulo is the largest city in the Southern Hemisphere and the richest metropolis in South America. Guarulhos Airport, with over 40 million passengers a year, is the busiest in the region.