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Virgin Atlantic Launches Its First South American Service to São Paulo

Virgin Atlantic is expanding its global reach with a brand-new route to São Paulo, Brazil, starting on 13 May 2024. The tickets for this historic venture will be available for purchase from 6 September.

Virgin Atlantic launches flights to Sao Paolo.
São Paulo skyline from Parque Ibirapuera Park in Brazil. Credit: f11photo, iStock Photo

Virgin Atlantic‘s São Paulo flight, their inaugural service to South America, will be conducted on a Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft. The journey, which spans 11 hours and 55 minutes, offers return Economy fares starting from a competitive £686 per person.

A Boost for Trade and More Connections for Travelers

São Paulo is one of the world’s most populous cities. It is famous for its vibrant food culture, arts, and numerous multinational corporations. Importantly, the new route promises to boost tourism and cargo trade, leveraging Brazil’s prominent position in South American imports and exports. São Paulo’s status is expected to enhance trade between the UK and Brazil, contributing to an impressive £7.7 billion annually.

Furthermore, Virgin Atlantic’s collaboration with LATAM, South America’s biggest airline, offers passengers extended connections to over 50 South American destinations. Partnerships with airlines like Aerolineas Argentinas, GOL, and Azul ensure broad connectivity throughout the continent.

Also, passengers traveling to London Heathrow from São Paulo will enjoy seamless connections through Terminal 3 to global destinations like Tel Aviv, Delhi, Mumbai, and Shanghai.

Virgin Atlantic: 40 Years and Going Farther

Juha Jarvinen, Chief Commercial Officer, Virgin Atlantic, expressed enthusiasm about the expansion: “The countdown has officially begun to our much-anticipated arrival in São Paulo. It’s fitting that our 40th year brings our entry to a brand new continent in South America, symbolizing a continued period of network growth for Virgin Atlantic. São Paulo is the perfect fit for us, a buzzing metropolis of culture and adventure that suits the differing needs of our rich customer base. Our partnership with LATAM will also unlock further destinations in Brazil and beyond into South America with Skyteam partner Aerolineas Argentinas, opening up a wealth of exciting opportunities for those who choose to fly with Virgin Atlantic.”

Virgin Atlantic Flights Across Three Continents

In May, Virgin Atlantic introduced new routes across three continents, responding to the rising demand for international travel. These routes and expanding partnerships with airlines such as IndiGo reinforce the airline’s global ambitions.

Also, starting October 2023, Virgin Atlantic will resume its service to Dubai. This route development follows a seasonal service to Las Vegas from Manchester Airport in June 2024. Clearly, the route expansion demonstrates Virgin Atlantic’s growth, with an additional 250,000 seats added across their network compared to 2019.

New São Paolo Service: Key Flight Details

  • Service Operates: London Heathrow (LHR) – Sao Paulo (GRU)
  • Frequency: Daily, year-round, launching 13 May 2024
  • Flight number: VS193 / VS194
  • Aircraft: Boeing 787-9
  • Included: Onboard services, complimentary food and drink, and over 300 hours of entertainment. WiFi enabled.
CabinReturn fare per person
Economy£ 686

About Virgin Atlantic

Founded in 1984 by Sir Richard Branson, Virgin Atlantic has made a mark with its innovative approach and unparalleled customer service. In 2022, APEX recognized it as Britain’s only Global Five Star Airline for six consecutive years. With a team of over 7,500 professionals worldwide, Virgin Atlantic ensures top-notch services to 31 destinations across four continents. The airline continues to grow in the US, introducing new routes to cities like Austin, Texas, and Tampa, Florida. Along with Delta Air Lines, its shareholder, and Joint Venture partner, Virgin Atlantic boasts a robust transatlantic network with connections to over 200 cities globally.

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