Virgin Atlantic To Launch Sao Paulo Flights in May 2024

Virgin Atlantic To Launch Sao Paulo Flights in May 2024
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Yesterday saw Virgin Atlantic announce plans to launch services between London Heathrow and Sao Paulo in May 2024.

This will be the carrier’s first ever South American service, that will take place on May 13 next year.

Without further ado, let’s get into it…

Virgin Atlantic to Sao Paulo: The Details…

Virgin Atlantic To Launch Sao Paulo Flights in May 2024
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Virgin Atlantic will serve Sao Paulo on a daily basis from May 13, 2024, using its Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft.

It is understood that the flight going there will take 11 hours and 55 minutes on average. Below is the scheduling for the service:

  • VS193 LHR-GRU 12:45 – 20:20
  • VS194 GRU-LHR 22:10 – 13:25

For the Sao Paulo route, the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner seats 31 in Upper Class, 35 in Premium and 192 in Economy.


Significant Connections into South America…

Virgin Atlantic To Launch Sao Paulo Flights in May 2024
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This route is expected to be very successful due to the connectivity options on offer.

Firstly, due to their partnership with LATAM Airlines, onward connection to 50 destinations is also on offer with this brand new route.

Secondly, through Virgin Atlantic’s alignment with SkyTeam, passengers can also connect onwards with Aerolineas Argentinas to Buenos Aires.

Finally, agreements with GOL & Azul also enable this level of flying too.

Adding to this was Juha Jarvinen, the airline’s Chief Commercial Officer:

“The countdown has officially begun to our much-anticipated arrival in Sao Paulo.”

“It’s fitting that our 40th year brings our entry to a brand new continent in South America, symbolising a continued period of network growth for Virgin Atlantic.”

“Sao Paulo is the perfect fit for us, a buzzing metropolis of culture and adventure that suits the differing needs of our rich customer base.”

“Our partnership with LATAM will also unlock further destinations in Brazil and beyond into South America with Skyteam partner Aerolineas Argentinas, opening up a wealth of exciting opportunities for those who choose to fly with Virgin Atlantic.”


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Overall, all eyes will be on Virgin Atlantic to see how the launch of the Sao Paulo route goes, as well as how successful it could potentially be with its connectivity options beyond the Brazilian destination.

With the service starting on a daily basis, it shows that there is considerable demand there to take on competitors in this portion of the South American market.

The carrier has made a massive expansion to its route network for next year, such as Bengaluru, and adding four daily services to India, enabling further connectivity through the IndiGo umbrella.

But for now, let’s see how this new route performs for them next year.

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