British airline Virgin Atlantic on September 4, 2019, announced a new codeshare agreement which will allow customers to connect to flights to 37 destinations across Brazil.
This new arrangement with Brazil’s largest domestic carrier, GOL, will link London to destinations such as Rio de Janeiro, Recife and the Brazilian capital, Brasilia.
The two airlines plan to grow the partnership further into South America in the near future. They also plan to announce a reciprocal frequent flyer program.
Virgin Atlantic’s New Sao Paulo Service
Virgin Atlantic’s daily London Heathrow – Sao Paulo flight will go on sale in less than a week, on September 10, 2019. The inaugural flight is scheduled for 29 March 2020. It will be operated by Boeing 787-9 aircraft, which are configured with 31 Upper Class, 35 Premium, and 192 Economy seats, for a total capacity of 258 passengers. The flight will have the following schedule:
- VS197 London Heathrow (LHR) – Sao Paulo-Guarulhos (GRU) departing 22:30pm arriving 06:25am (+1)
- VS198 Sao Paulo-Guarulhos (GRU) – London Heathrow (LHR) departing 16:25pm arriving 07:50am (+1)
What The Airlines Think
Juha Jarvinen, Chief Commercial Officer at Virgin Atlantic said the following;
“We’re delighted to announce our codeshare agreement with GOL. Brazil is such a rich and diverse country and we’ll be able to offer seamless connections for customers from our brand new London Heathrow to Sao Paulo service onto 37 destinations across Brazil. With flights on sale from Tuesday 10th September 2019 and the first flight on 29 March 2020, customers will soon be able to enjoy Virgin Atlantic’s signature service to South America’s largest country.”
Eduardo Bernardes Neto, SVP Sales & Distribution at GOL commented;
“We’re delighted to partner with Virgin Atlantic ahead of its arrival into Brazil next year. GOL offers a leading route network and high-quality service and we’re thrilled to be able to connect even more customers thanks to our new partnership with Virgin Atlantic.”
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