When it comes to Central and South America, there are two “powerhouse” airlines — Avianca and LATAM. Both airlines have hubs in several countries. One of Avianca’s quickly growing operations is Avianca Brasil, which is based in Brasil, as the name suggests.
Up until now the airline has primarily operated domestic flights, and they have a fleet of nearly 50 aircraft. However, over time they’re planning on adding longhaul routes, as they have a total of 16 A330s and A350s on order.
Avianca Brasil will be inaugurating their longhaul flights in a couple of months. As of June 23, 2017, Avianca Brasil will launch daily flights between Miami and Sao Paulo. The flights will operate with the following schedule, per @airlineroute:
O68510 Sao Paulo to Miami departing 11:55PM arriving 7:25AM (+1 day)
O68511 Miami to Sao Paulo departing 7:30PM arriving 5:00AM (+1 day)
The flight will be operated using newly delivered Airbus A330-200 aircraft, which feature 237 seats, including 32 business class seats and 205 economy seats.
Business class will consist of reverse herringbone seats, in a 1-2-1 configuration. This is awesome news, as it looks like the hard product will be similar to what Avianca has on their 787s (which I reviewed last year from Los Angeles to Bogota and Bogota to Madrid).
As of now it looks like Avianca has loaded two business class award seats on this flight every single date through the end of the schedule, including over peak dates in December and January.
However, it doesn’t look like most partner websites have been updated yet to reflect this space. Most partner websites (like United MileagePlus) do show Avianca Brasil availability in general.
I suspect this is simply because the flight was just loaded into the GDS. It’s not yet even bookable through many online travel agencies. However, you should already be able to redeem miles for this by phone, or otherwise if you wait a short while, I suspect it will also be bookable online.
It’s great to see a new competitor in the Miami to Sao Paulo market. Last year American and LATAM announced their intentions to form a joint venture between the US/Canada and six countries in South America, which is bad for consumers, since it would allow them to fix prices, etc. So it’s great to have a new competitor in the market, given that American and LATAM have owned that market for so long.
Maybe once this route starts I can do a head-to-head comparison of LATAM and Avianca Brasil on this route.
Does anyone plan on taking this new Avianca route between Miami and Sao Paulo?