TEMPE, ARIZ. - US Airways announced that it will launch daily non-stop service to Sao Paulo, Brazil from its largest hub at Charlotte, N.C. beginning May 5, 2013. The new route is US Airways' second destination in South America and complements the airline's existing non-stop service to Rio de Janeiro from Charlotte. US Airways will operate service to Brazil's largest city on Boeing 767-200 aircraft with seating for 18 in Envoy, US Airways' international business class, and 186 in the main cabin.
"US Airways' new service to South America's most important business market strengthens our international network and provides consumers throughout the United States and Brazil with a convenient new travel option," said Andrew Nocella, US Airways' senior vice president, Marketing and Planning. "Brazil is important for US Airways, which has served Rio de Janeiro since 2009. Thanks to the support of the U.S. Department of Transportation and key stakeholders, we are now able to expand our presence to the largest market in the country."
"With the addition of US Airways' new route to Sao Paulo, Charlotte now boasts two flights to the world's sixth-largest economy," said Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx. "Through their ongoing expansion of overseas service, our Airport and US Airways continue to cement Charlotte's reputation as an international city where businesses want to locate and people want to live."
The Sao Paulo flight adds to US Airways' growing international operation at Charlotte Douglas International Airport.
Last month, the airline announced new service to London's Heathrow Airport and earlier in the year increased its frequency of service to Frankfurt, Germany for the busy summer travel season.