Virgin Atlantic has announced the launch date for its London-Sao Paulo route. Starting on March 29, 2020, the British carrier will commence flights between London Heathrow Airport and Sao Paulo–Guarulhos International Airport. The new London Heathrow (LHR) - Sao Paulo (GRU) service will be offered daily all year round.
This will be the first South American destination served by Virgin Atlantic, and the airline is going to use the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, which is one of the its newest aircraft as part of its fleet renewal project.
Virgin Atlantic also announced a codeshare agreement with Brazil's GOL Airlines, which means travelers will be able to connect to 37 destinations in Brazil from Sao Paulo.
GOL is Brazil's largest domestic airline and offers flights to cities all over Brazil and the world. GOL offers more than 700 daily flights, including destinations in South America, Central America, the Caribbean and Florida, with flights to Orlando and Miami.
From Sao Paulo, travelers will be able to easily connect to Rio De Janeiro, Porto Alegre and many other destinations, seamlessly. Passengers will also enjoy reciprocal frequent flyer benefits soon. In the near future, Virgin Atlantic also plans to expand the codeshare agreement further with GOL in South America with flights to Argentina, Chile and Uruguay.
As part of the agreement, flyers can pick up their boarding passes before their connecting flights, and both airlines have matching luggage allowances. Passengers can also look forward to having their baggage checked through to their destination.
With this new route, Virgin Atlantic will now offer flights to five of the seven continents in the world.