Delta Air Lines has received approval from the Department of Transportation (DOT) to operate twice-weekly service between its Detroit Metropolitan Airport hub and Sao Paulo in Brazil. beginning October 21. The carrier has a pending application with the DOT to expand service to daily between Detroit and Sao Paul in the future and is celebrating the new service with special introductory fares starting at $449 each way when purchased by May 24 for travel between October 21 and December 10.
Flights depart Detroit every Thursday and Sunday at 5:45 p.m., landing in Sao Paulo at 6:15 a.m. the next morning. Departures from Sao Paulo take off every Monday and Friday at 10:15 p.m. and arrive at Detroit at 7:20 a.m. the next morning. The service will operate using 216-seat Boeing 767-300ER aircraft with 35 seats in BusinessElite and 181 seats in Economy Class.
The new route builds on Delta's continued expansion in the Detroit market, which includes new nonstop service to Hong Kong and Seoul-Incheon beginning in June. Delta also received approval from the DOT for nonstop service between Detroit and Haneda Airport in Tokyo. The new routes have been enabled by Delta's merger with Northwest Airlines, which was completed last year. The airline currently serves 138 destinations from its Detroit hub, including 16 international destinations.
Delta currently offers more than 30 nonstop weekly flights between Brazil and the United States. This includes service between Atlanta and Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Fortaleza, Brasilia and Manaus; and service between New York-JFK and Sao Paulo.