American Airlines to expand flights between US and Brazil


FORT WORTH, Texas – The US Department of Transportation granted American Airlines the rights to fly 11 new flights per week between the US and Brazil beginning November 18.

“Brazil is an ever-expanding South American market, and we thank the US Department of Transportation for granting American the authority to operate these new flights, including the only nonstop service between New York City and Rio de Janeiro by a US carrier,” said Will Ris, American’s senior vice president of government affairs. “Additionally, our new service to Brasilia from Miami – our largest US gateway to Brazil and to all of South America – will be the first service in a long while from a US carrier.”

“I am thrilled that American Airlines continues to add service from its hub at Miami International Airport,” said Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Alvarez. “The addition of Brasilia, the sixth destination in Brazil served by American from Miami, further solidifies Miami-Dade County’s position as the gateway to the Americas.”

“We’re excited that American Airlines will be launching new, daily nonstop service from Rio de Janeiro to NYC in November. As a key source of business and leisure travelers, Brazil is an important and growing market for New York City. We applaud the US Department of Transportation for granting American this new route, and look forward to welcoming more Brazilian travelers to the nation’s largest city in the years ahead,” said George Fertitta, CEO of NYC & Company, the city’s official marketing, tourism, and partnership organization.
Flights will be available for sale beginning Sunday, June 27, 2010.

The new schedules are as follows (all times local):

Flight 255 – departs at 9:25 pm, arrives at 10:40 am the next day
Flight begins November 18, 2010

Flight 256 – depart at 11:05 pm, arrives at 6:15 am the next day Flight begins November 19, 2010

FROM MIAMI TO BRASILIA (Wed., Fri., Sat., Sun.)
Flight 243 – departs at 11:10 pm, arrives at 9:35 am the next day Flight begins November 19, 2010

FROM BRASILIA TO MIAMI (Mon., Thur., Sat., Sun.)
Flight 248 – departs at 11:05 am, arrives at 3:45 pm the same day Flight begins November 20, 2010

American will fly between New York and Rio de Janeiro using 225-seat Boeing 767-300 aircraft, which accommodate 30 Business Class and 195 Economy Class passengers. American will offer convenient connections to Rio de Janeiro via New York JFK for a number of major US cities, including Boston, Washington, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, and Raleigh/Durham.
Between Miami and Brasilia, American will fly 182-seat Boeing 757 aircraft that accommodate 16 Business Class and 166 Economy Cabin passengers.

American will offer easy connections to Brasilia via Miami from more than 40 US cities including Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Denver, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, New York, Newark, Orlando, Philadelphia, Raleigh/Durham, San Francisco, San Juan, St. Louis, and Tampa.

The new service complements American’s other service and partnerships in Latin America. American has codeshare and frequent flyer agreements with LAN and Mexicana, both members of the oneworld Alliance, and GOL. With the new service, American will serve 42 destinations in 17 countries within the region.