DETROIT, May 4 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) today announced it has received approval from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to operate twice-weekly service between its Detroit Metropolitan Airport hub and Sao Paulo, Brazil. The new service, which will begin Oct. 21, is currently available for purchase at delta.com and other ticketing channels.
"We are gratified the Department of Transportation quickly approved our proposal to link Sao Paulo, South America's largest business market, with our Detroit hub," said Andrea Fischer Newman, senior vice president - Government Affairs. "Our new service to Brazil will strengthen the airport's importance as a leading international gateway."
To celebrate the new service, Delta is offering special introductory fares* starting at $449 each way (based on round-trip purchase) on flights between Detroit and Sao Paulo. Availability at these fares is limited, and tickets must be purchased by May 24 for travel between Oct. 21 and Dec. 10, 2010. Additional taxes, fees, restrictions and baggage charges may apply. Additional details are included below*.
Delta's schedule between Detroit and Sao Paulo starting Oct. 21:
*Effective Oct. 22, 2010
Delta will operate the flights using 216-seat Boeing 767-300ER aircraft with 35 seats in BusinessElite and 181 seats in Economy Class. Delta's award-winning BusinessElite service features new bedding with a full-size pillow and quilted duvet comforter, Chef Michelle Bernstein's cuisine featuring larger entree portions and Sommelier Andrea Robinson's upgraded wine program. BusinessElite customers also enjoy a full-menu pre-departure beverage service, PC power and state-of-the-art, on-demand entertainment system, priority check-in and baggage claim. Delta is in the process of upgrading all of its international widebody aircraft, including the 767-300ER, to include full flat bed seats in BusinessElite.
The new Detroit service will create a second competitive gateway to Brazil from the Midwest region and build 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 has an application pending with 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.
Delta also has a pending application with the DOT to expand service to daily between Detroit and Sao Paul in the future as additional frequencies become available.
Delta serves 138 destinations from its Detroit hub, including 16 international destinations. Delta customers flying at Detroit Metropolitan Airport enjoy service at the state-of-the-art, 120-gate terminal designed specifically for international connections. Detroit's airport was recently ranked No. 1 among large airports in overall customer satisfaction by J.D. Power and Associates.
Between Brazil and the United States, Delta currently offers more than 30 nonstop weekly flights. This includes service between Atlanta and Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Fortaleza, and Manaus; and service between New York-JFK and Sao Paulo. In December, Delta became the first and only U.S. airline to offer nonstop service from the United States to Brazil's capital city, with flights between Atlanta and Brasilia.