Delta-LATAM Venture expands Brazil network with Rio de Janeiro flights

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In recent months, the Delta-LATAM Joint Venture has announced exciting expansions in its services between the United States and Rio de Janeiro, South America, including new routes and enhanced frequencies.

The new flights operated by Delta Air Lines from Rio de Janeiro arrived in Atlanta and New York December 17, both associated with the Joint Venture Agreement with LATAM.

Expanded Services

Flight DL60, operating year-round from Rio de Janeiro to Atlanta, provides travelers with a consistent and convenient option.

Departing from Antônio Carlos Jobim International Airport (GIG) at 9:15 a.m., it lands at Delta’s main hub at 5:15 p.m. local time.

Simultaneously, flight DL244 departs Rio for New York-JFK at 10:15 a.m., arriving in the U.S. city at 6:30 p.m. local time.

While the latter is a seasonal frequency offered until February 21, 2024, Delta’s Atlanta service ensures continued accessibility between the two destinations.


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Aircraft Details

Both routes are serviced by a Boeing 767-300ER aircraft, featuring four cabins: Delta One, Delta Premium Select, Delta Comfort+, and Main Cabin.

These new additions complement Delta’s existing daily direct services from São Paulo, resulting in a total of five daily flights between Brazil and the United States—a remarkable milestone in Delta’s 26 years of operations in the country.

Delta Comments

Danillo Barbizan, Delta Sales Manager – Brazil, expresses excitement about the return of Delta’s direct services, emphasizing the airline’s commitment to meeting customer preferences.

The focus on Rio as a gateway for international tourists and the collaboration with LATAM underscore Delta’s dedication to providing optimal travel experiences.

Barbizan highlights the advantage of morning departures from Rio, facilitating connections for travelers from various parts of Brazil.

Upon reaching Delta’s hubs in Atlanta and New York-JFK, clients can leverage connections to other U.S. destinations in the late afternoon and early evening—an added convenience for passengers.

Delta and LATAM flight attendants in the terminal.

The ‘Marvelous City’

Delta’s enthusiasm for resuming flights to the “Marvelous City” is grounded in its impressive track record. In the three years preceding the pandemic, the airline transported over half a million passengers between the United States and Rio de Janeiro.

These new routes further solidify Delta’s commitment to the Top 5 long-haul South American destinations, showcasing the airline’s dedication to the region.

Aline Mafra, Director of Sales and Marketing at LATAM Brasil, emphasizes the significance of the Joint Venture in providing customers with streamlined and efficient travel options.

The enhanced routes also align with LATAM’s commitment to expanding air transport accessibility in Brazil, fostering connections between Rio de Janeiro and the global stage.

Celebrating the Launch

To commemorate the launch of these flights, a ribbon-cutting ceremony took place at Rio de Janeiro International Airport.

The event, attended by Delta and LATAM employees and crew members, symbolized the strength of this leading partnership in connecting North and South America.

Rafael Sampaio, Traffic Development Manager at RIO Galeão, emphasizes the positive impact of Delta’s return to Rio de Janeiro.

The coordination among the city’s airports, particularly through GIG, enhances connectivity, benefiting both passengers and the city’s economy.

Rio stands to gain increased tourist flow from North America and new business opportunities, bringing the Marvelous City even closer to the United States.

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