Delta Flyers to Brazil get Upgrade

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Boeing 767-400 Flights to Brazil

Just in time for cold weather in much of the United States, Delta Air Lines upgraded their services to Sao Paulo (GRU) and partnered with the Brazilian low cost carrier, GOL.  As of December 14th, all flights – Atlanta, New York JFK, and Detroit to Sao Paulo will operate with the Boeing 767-400.

If you’re lucky enough to be in BusinessElite, this means a full flat-bed seat for you – a fully horizontal sleep experience with a full size pillow and duvet, easy access to the aisle, and yes, privacy.  SkyMiles members will earn 150% of Medallion qualification miles and bonus miles.

Even if you’re slumming it in economy, you’ll have a state-of-the-art personal entertainment system with thousands of choices, including Delta on Demand — an advanced, touch-screen digital entertainment system with up to 250 movies, HBO, 18 channels of satellite TV, an extensive music library with up to 4,100 songs, MP3s, and in-flight trivia.  You may deplane in the shape of a pretzel, but nothing a good massage can fix up. Besides, Rio is a quick flight from Sao Paulo on Delta’s partner, GOL.

Last week, Delta and GOL Linhas Aereas Inteligentes announced a new agreement for a long-term exclusive commercial alliance. GOL, with a a 40 percent market share in Brazil, will provide Delta passengers easy access around Brazil, while GOL’s passengers can take advantage of Delta’s Global Network.  As a part of the agreement, Delta will invest $100 million in GOL and will have a seat on the GOL board of directors.

GOL, marketed as “Latin America’s largest low cost, low fare airline”, provides over 940 daily flights that connect 51 domestic destinations in Brazil and 11 international markets in South America and the Caribbean.  GOL operates an all Boeing 737 fleet.

If you’re beach-bound and Rio is a must, Delta provides a daily non-stop from Atlanta to Rio de Janeiro (GIG).   If big Brazilian cities isn’t your thing, there is daily non-stop between Atlanta and Brasila (BSB) – the Brasila flight operated by a smaller Boeing 757-200 – don’t expect the flat bed or satellite TV.

Luiz Teixeira, Delta’s regional sales manager said, “Brasilia is a natural hub for us as the capital, but more importantly, it serves all the cities in the country, particularly reaching the North, Northeast and Midwest regions of the country.”

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