Boston Airport has been experiencing a huge amount of longhaul growth the past few years, as the airport has gone from having just a couple of flights to Europe, to having over a dozen longhaul routes.
However, one region to which they’ve been quite weak is South America, where they historically haven’t had much service, despite the best efforts of the airport authority. So the airport just landed a huge win when it comes to that goal.
LATAM will launch flights between Boston and Sao Paulo as of the summer of 2018. The exact dates, frequencies, etc., haven’t yet been announced, though a LATAM executive has confirmed the new route.
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According to the Boston Business Journal:
“The start of the direct route to São Paulo not only continues to demonstrate our commitment to strengthening the network between the US and South America, but reinforces our position as the leading carrier within the region,” said LATAM executive Pablo Chiozza in a statement.
Apparently Massachusetts is home to the second largest foreign born Brazilian population in the United States, with over 60,000 residents (which actually doesn’t sound like that many, especially in the context of launching a new flight).
The flight will cover a distance of ~5,370 mile, so it’ll be Boston Logan’s southernmost flight. LATAM Brazil’s longhaul fleet consists of 767s, A350s, and 777s, so it’s my guess that the route will likely be operated by a 767, since it’s a new route and they’ll want the plan to have the smallest capacity possible.
In terms of other routes out of Boston Logan to South and Central America, Avianca flies from Boston to Bogota and Copa flies to Panama City.
Congrats to Boston Logan on the new route. Boston has been one of the hottest airports in the country lately in terms of new routes, and this is just their latest win.
(Tip of the hat to Peter)