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Delta adds Orlando to Sao Paulo Flights

In a press release today, SkyTeam member Delta Air Lines announced their intentions to begin direct flights from Orlando, Florida to Sao Paulo, Brazil. The flights are scheduled to begin as soon as this December, subject to approval from the U.S. and Brazilian governments. The flight will operate 4 times a week on Boeing 767-300ER aircraft.
A Boeing 767-300ER, the same type that will operate the new route to Sao Paulo (Photo by Kyle Dunst)

A Boeing 767-300ER, the same type that will operate the new route to Sao Paulo (Photo by Kyle Dunst)

This addition of this new route is interesting to me, as Delta rarely offers long-haul international service from airports other than its major hubs. The only other such flights I can think of are the seasonal Summer routes from Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Chicago and Boston to Paris. It turns out that Orlando is a huge holiday destination for Brazilian tourists looking for Mickey Mouse, Shamu and the Florida sun. I have always wondered why the U.S. carriers tend to let foreign carriers dominate in the holiday/leisure market to and from the United States. For example, Las Vegas & Orlando have flights to Europe and South America on several foreign carriers like Lufthansa, British Airways, Condor, Virgin Atlantic, Aer Lingus, Icelandair, TAM and others. The U.S. carriers don't operate a single long-haul route out of these airports (until now). It will be interesting to see if Delta tries to change this and gain a share of that profitable market. The more likely reason for Delta's new route is the airline's rapidly growing partnership with Gol, Brazil's major low-cost carrier. Customers will have the opportunity to connect from Sao Paulo to dozens of other destinations within Brazil and the rest of South America. TAM Airlines currently operates 2 daily B767-300 on the Sao Paulo to Orlando route and Azul, another Brazilian low-cost carrier, has announced their intentions to also begin competing service. It will be interesting to see a U.S. airline compete with 2 Brazilian carriers in a market that largely consists of Brazilian tourists. Details of the new flight: DL59: Departs Orlando (MCO) @ 9:50 PM, Arrives Sao Paulo (GRU) @ 9:50 AM the next day Operates 4x weekly (Mon, Tues, Thurs, Sat) beginning Dec 19, 2015 DL58: Departs Sao Paulo (GRU) @ 11:25 PM. Arrives Orlando (MCO) @ 5:35 AM the next day Operates 4x weekly (Mon, Weds, Fri, Sun) beginning Dec 20, 2015 Operated by Boeing B767-300ER Aircraft with 210 seats (35 in business class, 32 in premium economy, 143 in economy)  

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I am a recent college graduate with a degree in Aviation Management. I spend my time as an airline industry professional, private pilot, blogger and world traveler. I have visited 36 countries to date and don't plan on slowing down. This blog is my way of sharing the latest developments in the airline industry as well as experiences from my world travels. All views and opinions are strictly my own.

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