Fasten your seatbelts, and get ready to jet-off to the home of Samba, caipirinhas and acai bowls with Virgin Atlantic’s newest flight route to São Paulo. By 2020, flyers will be able to zip across the Atlantic Ocean to one of the fastest growing cities in the world.
Flying daily between London Heathrow and São Paulo’s Guarulhos airport, the 11 hour 55 minute flight is Virgin Atlantic’s first into South America.
Tourists will be able to use the city as a hop off point to see some of the country’s biggest sites, from the roaring Iguacu Falls, a natural border that slices between Argentina and Brazil, and the white crescent beaches of Santa Catarina. Rio, with its carnival, party-atmosphere, and burgeoning food scene, is also within easy reach. Virgin Holidays intends to launch a full product offering within Brazil for the first time.
In addition to a booming tourism industry, Brazil’s lucrative business market is now in easy reach. São Paulo is the commercial capital of Brazil and one of the top 20 global economic cities; it’s the largest city in the Americas (after New York) for multinational companies to have offices, which makes it a brilliant place for Virgin Atlantic to broaden its offering to existing corporate customers.
The route will be flown by a Boeing 787 Dreamliner, with an Upper Class, Premium and Economy Delight, Classic and Light offering.