American Airlines is beginning three-times weekly service between Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) and Rio de Janeiro’s Antonio Carlos Jobim International Airport (GIG) on December 16.
The seasonal service will run through April 4, 2011 and then will resume for the summer season between June 9 and August 22, 2011. American’s DFW-Rio service will then resume for the 2011-2012 winter season on November 22, 2011.
American Airlines will fly the route with Boeing 767-300ERs offering two-class service with 28 Business Class seats and 191 Economy Class seats.
“These new flights offer a wonderful opportunity for people from Texas, the Southwest, West Coast and Midwest to fly via our largest hub at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport to Brazil’s most popular cultural and tourism destination, Rio de Janeiro,” says Peter Dolara, American’s senior vice president – Mexico, the Caribbean and Latin America. “We believe seasonal service via DFW is a perfect complement to our upcoming new daily flight from John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York that begins November 18 and our existing daily flight from Miami International Airport. We also will begin four days a week nonstop service between Miami and Brasilia starting November 18.”
Adds Dolara: “Brazil will host the 2014 World Cup and Rio will be home to the 2016 Olympic Games. American is committed to investing its resources to better serve Brazil. We offer more flights to more destinations in Latin America than any other U.S. carrier.”
From December 16 to April 4, 2011, the schedule for American’s Dallas/Fort Worth-Rio de Janeiro service calls for flight AA251 to depart DFW at 7:45 p.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays and arrive at GIG at 10:25 a.m. the next day, local time. In the other direction, flight AA250 is timed to leave GIG at 11:15 p.m. on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays and arrive at DFW at 6:25 a.m. the next day, local time. American says these times are accurate at the time the service begins but may be adjusted later due to Daylight Saving Time in both the U.S. and Brazil.
American also offers daily nonstop service from DFW and New York’s JFK International Airport to Sao Paulo, as well as multiple flights to and from Brazil through its hub at Miami International Airport, including services to Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Belo Horizonte, Recife, and Salvador. With the addition of the new DFW-Rio service, American will offer 77 flights a week to Brazil.