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 50 aircraft. However, over time they’re planning on adding longhaul routes, as they have three A330s in their fleet, and 10 A350-900s on order, which they’ll start taking delivery of in 2020.
In June Avianca Brasil launched their first longhaul flight from Sao Paulo to Miami, which was a great new option for those looking to redeem miles between the US and Sao Paulo. Now Avianca Brasil has announced their second US route.
As of December 15, 2017, Avianca Brasil will launch daily flights between New York and Sao Paulo. The flights will operate with the following schedule, per @airlineroute:
O68500 Sao Paulo to New York JFK departing 11:45PM arriving 6:45AM (+1 day)
O68501 New York JFK to Sao Paulo departing 11:30PM arriving 12:30PM (+1 day)
The flight will be operated using an 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 almost every single date through the end of the schedule, including over peak season dates. Interestingly the same was true for the new flight to Miami, though nowadays award availability isn’t nearly as good on that flight anymore.
Do note, however, that most programs don’t show all Avianca Brasil award availability online, which is annoying. However, if you call, most programs should hopefully be able to see the space, as it’s most definitely there. Otherwise if you wait a while, there’s a chance systems will be updated to show the availability as well.
It’s great to see more competition between New York and Sao Paulo. With oneworld basically dominating the US to Brazil market (between American and LATAM), it’s nice to see a Star Alliance carrier competing.
I really need to try Avianca Brasil sometime soon.
Does anyone plan on taking this new Avianca route between New York and Sao Paulo?