LONDON – Earlier this week saw LATAM Airlines and Delta Air Lines announced that the São Paulo-Los Angeles route will be their first market together.
This means that LATAM will become the only airline operating a nonstop flight between Brazil and Los Angeles and will use Delta’s hub to offer further connectivity in West Coast America.
The flight will have an initial frequency of three times per week on Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, with a capacity for 410 passengers (38 in the Premium Business cabin, 50 in Economy+, and 322 in Economy).
It will depart from São Paulo (Guarulhos) Airport at 11:05 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, arriving in Los Angeles at 7 a.m. the next day.
From Los Angeles, flights will depart at 1 p.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays and will arrive in São Paulo (Guarulhos) at 5:20 a.m. the following day.
Capacity Upgrades on the Way…
Both sides outlined the capacity upgrades that it will be launching as this joint venture continues to develop:
- Atlanta-Santiago, Chile: The operation increased from three weekly flights between Atlanta and Santiago, Chile, to daily service on an Airbus A350, which is equivalent to more than 2,700 weekly additional seats between its main hub in the United States and Arturo Merino Benitez Airport.
- Atlanta-Lima: The service will upgrade to an Airbus 350 aircraft in February, which translates into more than 1,700 extra weekly seats so that more customers can connect between Atlanta and Jorge Chávez Airport. Delta’s Airbus A350-900 aircraft has a capacity for 339 passengers and is equipped with Delta One, Delta Comfort+, and Main Cabin.
- New York- São Paulo: Delta’s three weekly flights between its New York JFK hub and São Paulo increased to daily service beginning Oct. 29 with the Airbus A330-300 aircraft.
- Atlanta-São Paulo: On Dec. 17, a seasonal second daily flight between Atlanta and Sao Paulo (GRU) will begin with Airbus A330 aircraft.
- Atlanta-Rio de Janeiro: The popular seasonal route between Atlanta and Rio de Janeiro’s Galeão International Airport (GIG) will resume on Dec. 17.
- Miami-Orlando: Delta will launch a new daily service between Miami and Orlando on Dec. 1.
- Miami Los Angeles: New daily service between Miami and Los Angeles will launch on Dec. 17.
- Santiago-Los Angeles: As of September 2023, LATAM Airlines Group will offer a total of five frequencies to Los Angeles International Airport. In total, it will add more than 900 seats with the two additional flights to the current offer.
- São Paulo-Orlando: Starting in August 2023, LATAM Airlines Brazil will increase its operation to Orlando International Airport, adding a fourth weekly frequency. The operation will be carried out by Boeing 787-9 aircraft and will add 600 extra seats to this itinerary.
- Lima-Miami: Flights operated by LATAM Airlines Peru will increase from 14 to 17 weekly frequencies on Boeing 767 aircraft with the new interior cabin scheme. This adjustment will add more than 1,300 weekly seats so that customers can better connect to destinations in North America.
- Lima-New York: The schedule will grow from 7 to 12 weekly frequencies on Boeing 767 aircraft operated by LATAM Airlines Peru, equipped with the new interior cabin scheme. From Lima, passengers will be able to connect to regional destinations on the LATAM network, such as Porto Alegre, and Rio de Janeiro, among others. In the opposite direction, the flights that will connect in New York will be able to do so quickly to destinations in the Delta network, such as Toronto, Boston, and Washington. The adjustment will add more than 2,200 weekly seats so that customers can better connect to destinations in North America.
- Lima-Los Angeles: The operation of LATAM Airlines Peru will go from 7 to 14 weekly frequencies, in a mix between Boeing 767 and 787 aircraft. This adjustment will add more than 3,400 weekly seats so that customers can better connect to destinations in North America, such as San Francisco, Las Vegas, and Seattle. In Lima, meanwhile, they will be able to connect with regional destinations in the LATAM network, such as Porto Alegre, and Rio de Janeiro, among others.
The joint venture also mentioned that the adjustments above will create an additional capacity of 23,000 weekly seats.
It remains clear that this joint venture is looking promising already, especially for LATAM, who will be able to latch onto a lot of connectivity options with Delta across the U.S. and beyond.
Looking ahead, it’s going to be interesting to see what else the joint venture has in store for passengers, as this is going to prove to be a deadly combination within the Americas.
Other competitors will no doubt sweat over this and will have to see what they can do to match a joint venture of this side between Delta and LATAM.