DELTA NEWS ON THE GO. Subscribe and follow.

Delta Air Lines continues to expand its service between Brazil and the United States with a new nonstop flight from Rio de Janeiro to New York-JFK, available for booking through on Saturday. Delta will connect the two cities through a daily service, southbound starting Dec. 21, 2017, and northbound the day after.

The airline’s strategic alliance with GOL Linhas Aéreas Inteligentes will extend this service’s reach to 23 other destinations in Brazil through seamless connections at Antonio Carlos Jobim International Airport (GIG) in Rio de Janeiro. In the north, Delta will connect to 49 other U.S. destinations from its hub at New York-JFK.

“By boosting our network to and from Rio de Janeiro, we’re giving customers more options to suit their travel needs,” said Luciano Macagno, Delta’s Director-Brazil. “It is exciting to begin offering a daily direct flight from Rio de Janeiro to our second-largest international hub at New York-JFK. Delta’s continued route expansions demonstrate our commitment to the Brazilian market and the strength of our alliance with our Brazilian partner, GOL.”

Delta’s schedule between Rio de Janeiro (GIG) and New York-JFK (JFK) is as follows:





New York-JFK (JFK) at 9:22 p.m.

Rio de Janeiro (GIG) at 10:25 a.m.


Dec. 21, 2017

Rio de Janeiro (GIG) at 10:10 p.m.

New York-JFK (JFK) at 5:28 a.m.


Dec. 22, 2017

The GIG-JFK route will be operated using a Boeing 767-400 aircraft with 40 Delta One full flat-bed seats with direct aisle access for every passenger. The aircraft also has oversized personal entertainment screens, allowing travelers to increase productivity or better relax, as well as enjoy the on-demand audio/video in-flight entertainment system. Delta customers flying in Delta One will enjoy industry-leading food with regionally inspired meal paired with elegant wines chosen by master sommelier Andrea Robinson.

The 246-passenger aircraft also includes 28 Delta Comfort+ seats and 178 seats in the Main Cabin. Delta had been investing on customer experience over the last couple of years, including latest improvements such as new blue woven blanket, sleep kits and ear buds for passengers seated in the Main Cabin on flights to and from Brazil. Customers flying in Delta Comfort+, Delta’s premium economy service, benefit from an enhanced amenity kit, up to four additional inches of legroom and 50 percent more recline than Delta’s standard international Main Cabin seats, and priority boarding. Other product initiatives being rolled out across Delta’s international fleet include the expansion of its Wi-Fi service.

Elite customers and passengers flying Delta One between Rio de Janeiro-GIG and New York-JFK will also benefits from a premium airport experience at the 24,000 square-foot flagship Delta Sky Club in JFK’s Terminal 4, the biggest club in Delta’s system, and the recently-opened GOL VIP lounge located in GIG’s Terminal 2.