LATAM to Launch New Direct Service Between São Paulo and Los Angeles From July 2023
LATAM Airlines will launch new nonstop service between São Paulo and Los Angeles, the first new market as part of their joint venture with Delta Air Lines. The route will be operated three times weekly with a Boeing 777 from July 1st, 2023.
On Wednesday (November 23, 2022), LATAM Airlines announced the launch of new service between São Paulo (GRU) and Los Angeles (LAX), the first new market as part of their joint venture with Delta Airlines, which was approved in September 2021. LATAM Airlines Brazil will operate the route three times weekly with a Boeing 777 from July 1st, 2023. The aircraft has a capacity for 410 passengers with 38 Premium Business, 50 Economy+ and 322 Economy Class seats. Flights will depart São Paulo on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 23:05 and arrive in Los Angeles at 07:00+1. The return flight will depart Los Angeles at 13:00 on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, and will arrive in São Paulo at 05:20+1. With the new route, LATAM will be the only airline in Brazil offering direct service to los Angeles.
Inbound travelers to Los Angeles will enjoy convenient onward connections via Delta to popular West Coast destinations such as San Francisco, Las Vegas and Seattle, while customers traveling to São Paulo can enjoy one-stop connections via LATAM Airlines Brazil to a range of domestic and regional destinations. Delta Air Lines recently announced increased capacity between North and South America with a 130 percent increase in weekly seats to Chile, and a 170 percent invrease in capacity to Brazil this winter, as Atlanta-Santiago and New York-São Paulo routes have been increased to daily service. Delta has also resumed seasonal service to Rio de Janeiro, and has added a second daily flight between Atlanta and São Paulo.
LATAM is also adding capacity to and from Latin America, which will benefit customers of both partners. Starting August 2023, LATAM Airlines Brazil will add a fourth weekly frequency between São Paulo and Orlndo (MCO) with a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, and from September 2023, the carrier will offer five weekly frequencies between Santiago and Los Angeles. Service between Lima and Miami will also be increased from 14 to 17 weekly flights, which will be operated with a Boeing 767 featuring a refreshed cabin. Additionally, LATAM Airlines Peru will increase frequencies between Lima and New York from seven to 12 weekly flights, which will also be operated with a Boeing 767. The carrier will also increase service between Lima and Los Angeles from seven to 14 weekly frequencies with a mix of Boeing 767s and 787 Dreamliners.
As previosuly mentioned, Delta is also increasing frequencies between North and South America. The carrier has increased service from Atlanta to Santiago de Chile from three weekly flights to daily service with an Airbus A350, and has also upguaged the aircraft on the Atlanta-Lima route to an Airbus A350-900. Delta is also adding a second daily seasonal flight between Atlanta and São Paulo with an Airbus A330, and will resume popular seasonal flights between Atlanta and Rio de Janeiro. Additionally, the carrier will increase service between New York (JFK) and São Paulo from three weekly flights to daily service with an Airbus A330-300, and will also launch new daily service from Miami to both Orlando and Los Angeles.
With the joint venture, originally announced in 2019, LATAM and Delta plan to improve the travel experience for passengers, while adding options for cargo customers. The agreement applies to select markets in the U.S. and Canada, as well as in South America (Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay). Customers of both airlines enjoy benefits such as reciprocal accumulation of frequent flyer miles/points, as well as faster connections and access to over 300 destinations between Noth and South America. Additionally, customers benefit from reciprocal access to 53 Delta VIP Sky Club Lounges in the U.S., including the new Delta Sky Club in Los Angeles, and five LATAM Lounges in South America, including the new LATAM Lounge in Santiago, Chile, the largest in South America.
The alliance between LATAM and Delta began in 2019, when they announced their first agreement for the reciprocal accumulation/redemption of miles/points, shared terminals in airports such as New York/JFK, São Paulo/Guarulhos and Santiago, reciprocal access to 53 Delta VIP Sky Club lounges in the United States and 5 LATAM Lounges in South America, including the new and exclusive Delta Sky Club in Los Angeles (LAX) and the new LATAM Lounge Santiago in Chile, the largest in South America.
Source: LATAM Airlines Group S.A.