The Brazilian carrier will offer direct, daily services to both destinations with A330-200 aircraft; tickets to and from the United States are already available for purchase.
SAO PAOLO – Avianca Brasil, one of Brazil’s largest airlines, announced recently it has taken delivery of its first passenger A330-200 aircraft. The carrier will receive two additional planes of the same family in the coming weeks, which will launch its long-haul operations from Sao Paulo international airport to Miami (USA) and Santiago (Chile).
“We are going through a transition into a new cycle of growth. We are building a stronger, more mature and more competitive carrier”, said Frederico Pedreira, president at Avianca Brasil. “The arrival of our first A330 is the result of a project that has matured for years. We decided to launch long-haul operations at this time because we believe that there are business opportunities out there and a chance to provide high quality services to international travelers. With this move, we intend to further develop our company, the Brazilian representative at Star Alliance”.
The new Avianca Brasil aircraft are configured in two classes of service: 32 seats in Business and 206 in Economy.
The company official stated Business class customers will be offered a superior experience. The 1-2-1 seating arrangement will ensure greater privacy and comfort; seats recline to a fully- flat position. These premium travelers will have an advanced on-demand entertainment system, with a wide variety of movies, TV series and games, viewable on 15-inch touchscreens. The seats will also feature control panels, auxiliary lighting, support tables, USB connection, power outlets and adjustable head rests.
“The Business class is a new product in our portfolio, as, domestically, we operate single class aircraft. In a few weeks, we will present details about the in-flight service, such the menus and amenity kits. Right now, all we can say is that we have conducted deep market studies and that we will provide a high level of service”, Pedreira highlighted.
In Economy, comfortably configured in a 2-4-2 arrangement, passengers will enjoy an individual entertainment system equipped with 9-inch touchscreen monitors, plus remote controls, power outlets, USB ports, and adjustable head and foot rests.
The new jets will also feature the latest LED ambient lighting technology, designed to provide an enhanced travel experience. Pedreira informed that in the future the carrier will equip its A330 aircraft with wi-fi connection – Avianca Brasil was the first South American carrier to provide internet aboard, in September, 2016.
Miami is set to be the first destination to be launched. Ticket sales began recently for travels from June 23. Flight 8510 will leave Sao Paulo (GRU) at 11:55 PM, landing in the United States (MIA) at 7:25 AM. Then, Flight 8511 will depart Miami at 7:30 PM, arriving in Brazil at 5:00 AM (local times). In July, at date yet to be announced, the company will launch the Sao Paulo – Santiago route with the new A330s.
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