Delta seeks to serve Sao Paulo, Brazil

Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines has filed for permission to begin four-times-weekly non-stop service between Orlando, Florida (MCO) and São Paulo, Brazil (GRU) starting in late fall.

Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) is seeking the regulatory approvals necessary to being offering the flights on Dec. 19, 2015. The airline's strategic alliance with GOL Linhas Aereas Inteligentes extends the reach of this service to 20 interior Brazil destinations and provides seamless connections at Guarulhos International Airport.

"In keeping with our goal of being the best U.S. airline in Latin America and the Caribbean, we continuously listen to our customers and strive to offer them increasingly convenient ways to travel for business or leisure," Nicolas Ferri, Delta's vice president for Latin America and the Caribbean, said in a statement announcing the proposed service. "Delta's continued expansion of routes important to Latin American customers demonstrates our commitment to the region and propels us toward meeting our goal."

Delta plans to operate a Boeing 767-300 aircraft on the route with 35 first class seats in Delta One, 32 seats in Delta Comfort+ and 143 seats in the Main Cabin, accommodating up to 210 passengers.

According to, Delta does not currently operate a 767-300 configured exactly as the aircraft designated to serve São Paulo. The closest is a 767-300ER (extended range) configured to carry up to 211 passengers with 36 Business Elite seats, 32 seats in Comfort+ and 143 seats in the main cabin. In the existing aircraft, flat-bed Business Elite seats are 21 inches wide with pitch of 76.5 to 81.4 inches. Comfort+ seats are 17.9 inches wide with 35 inches of pitch while main cabin seats are 17.9 inches wide with pitch of 31 to 32 inches.

Delta's proposed schedule has flights departing MCO beginning December 19 on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 9:50 p.m., arriving at GRU at 9:50 a.m. Return flights would leave Brazil starting December 20 on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays at 11:25 p.m. and arrive in Florida at 5:35 a.m. Flights will be available for booking through the airline's web site once the necessary approvals are granted.

Visit my main page at for more news, reviews, and personal observations on the world of upmarket travel.