Delta, the world's most admired airline, will continue its nonstop seasonal service between New York's John F. Kennedy Airport and Rio de Janeiro-GIG*, boosting holiday season and Carnival travel. The flight will operate overnight southbound as before, but will return northbound in the morning, complementing our evening GIG-Atlanta flight.
For the third winter season in a row, the GIG-JFK route will be operated using a Boeing 767-300 aircraft- beginning on Dec. 19, 2019, and running through March 9, 2020. The 225-passenger aircraft includes 25 Delta One flat-bed seats, featuring regionally inspired meals paired with wines selected by Master Sommelier Andrea Robinson and extra wide in-flight entertainment screens.
"At Delta we continuously adapt our network options to meet our customers' demands. Our seasonal route connecting New York and Rio de Janeiro from December to March provides our customers the convenience of a direct flight connecting two leading markets – for business and leisure," said Fabio Camargo, Delta's Director – Brazil. "We remain committed to the Brazilian market and continue strengthening our alliance with GOL – Linhas Aéreas Inteligentes, our partner in Brazil."
The aircraft also offers 29 Delta Comfort+ seats with four additional inches of legroom and 171 Main Cabin seats. Delta has made significant enhancements to the Main Cabin experience including free in-flight premium entertainment, complimentary headphones on international flights and access to Wi-Fi on nearly all flights. All customers will be able to enjoy over 300 movies and 550 TV show episodes alongside music and games on individual seat-back screens or streamed directly to a laptop, tablet or mobile.
The following schedule and is now available for sale:
- Departs New York - JFK at 5:49 p.m. and arrives in Rio de Janeiro - GIG at 6:45 a.m.
- Departs Rio de Janeiro- GIG at 9:10 a.m. and arrives in New York - JFK at 4:11 p.m.
The seasonal service to Rio de Janeiro is one of Delta's most successful routes, along with current service to other top Latin American business and leisure destinations such as Bogota, Cartagena, Quito, Lima, Santiago, Buenos Aires, and Sao Paulo.
From JFK Delta operates more than 200 flights per day to nearly 90 worldwide destinations, nearly 20 of those destinations are in Latin America and the Caribbean. In 2018, the airline announced new service between JFK and Antigua; Kingston, Jamaica; and Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
Recently, Delta installed its 600th aircraft with seat-back entertainment, making the airline the industry leader in seat-back entertainment. Customers will also be able to use free mobile messaging via iMessage, WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger.
*Subject to government approval.