The United States Department of Transportation has awarded American Airlines rights to fly 11 new flights per week between the United States and Brazil, starting November 18.
From that day American Airlines will offer daily nonstop service between New York JFK and Rio de Janeiro and four-times-weekly service between Miami and Brasilia.
“Brazil is an ever-expanding South American market, and we thank the U.S. Department of Transportation for granting American the authority to operate these new flights, including the only nonstop service between New York City and Rio de Janeiro by a U.S. carrier,” says Will Ris, American’s senior vice president – government affairs. “Additionally, our new service to Brasilia from Miami – our largest U.S. gateway to Brazil and to all of South America – will be the first service in a long while from a U.S. carrier.”
“I am thrilled that American Airlines continues to add service from its hub at Miami International Airport,” says Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Alvarez. “The addition of Brasilia, the sixth destination in Brazil served by American from Miami, further solidifies Miami-Dade County’s position as the Gateway to the Americas.”
American will fly between New York and Rio de Janeiro using 225-seat Boeing 767-300ERs seating 30 in Business Class and 195 in Economy Class. American plans to offer convenient connections to Rio de Janeiro via New York JFK for a number of major U.S. cities, including Boston, Washington, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, and Raleigh/Durham.
Between Miami and Brasilia, American will fly 182-seat Boeing 757-200ERs accommodating 16 Business Class and 166 Economy Cabin passengers.
American’s new U.S.-Brazil flights are available for sale beginning on June 27.
Its schedule will see flight AA255 from New York JFK to Rio de Janeiro’s Antonio Carlos Jobim International Airport (otherwise known as Rio de Janeiro-Galeão, and bearing the IATA code GIG) departing JFK at 9:25 p.m. and arriving at GIG at 10:40 a.m. the next day (all times local). The return flight, AA256, is timed to leave GIG at 11:05 p.m. (with the first flight departing on November 19) and arriving at JFK at 6:15 a.m. the following day.
The airline will operate from Miami International Airport (MIA) to Brasilia’s President Juscelino Kubitschek International Airport (BSB) on Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. The outbound flight, AA243, will leave MIA at 11:10 p.m. and arrive at BSB at 9:35 a.m. the following day. (All times are local.) The inbound flight, AA248, is scheduled to depart BSB at 11:05 a.m. and reach MIA at 3:45 p.m. The first BSB-MIA flight will operate on November 19.
American says it will offer easy connections to Brasilia via Miami from more than 40 U.S. cities including Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Denver, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, New York, Newark, Orlando, Philadelphia, Raleigh/Durham, San Francisco, San Juan, St. Louis, and Tampa.
The new service complements American’s other service and partnerships in Latin America. American has codeshare and frequent flyer agreements with LAN and Mexicana, both members of the oneworld Alliance, and Brazilian carrier GOL (increasingly touted in the trade press as a potential future member of oneworld). With the new service to Rio de Janeiro and Brasilia, American will serve 42 destinations in 17 countries within the region.