South America’s largest airline is LATAM, which is based in several countries, as it’s made up of the former airlines LAN and TAM (based in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, etc.).
While LATAM collectively flies to quite a few points in the US, LATAM Brazil doesn’t have that many destinations in the US. They have flights from Sao Paulo to Miami, New York, and Orlando, and we recently learned that they’ll add flights to Boston as of July 1, 2018.
The airline has now added a fifth nonstop US destination from Brazil. LATAM will add a seasonal flight between Sao Paulo and Las Vegas between June 21 and August 31, 2018.
The flight will be operated by a Boeing 767-300 (featuring 30 business class and 191 economy seats), with the following schedule:
LATAM 9460 Sao Paulo to Las Vegas departing 11:55PM arriving 8:30AM (+1 day) [Mon, Thu, Sat]
LATAM 9461 Las Vegas to Sao Paulo departing 1:05PM arriving 5:25AM (+1 day) [Tue, Fri, Sun]
At 6,071 miles in each direction, this is approaching the operational limit of the plane.
This represents LATAM Brazil’s first flight to the US west(ish) coast. On one hand you’d think if there were one west coast city they’d fly to, it would be Los Angeles or San Francisco. However, neither city has a significant Brazilian population, and American already flies between Los Angeles and Sao Paulo, and partners with LATAM. Las Vegas is a popular destination for Brazilian tourists, so this certainly seems like a route for Brazilians looking to vacation. Personally I try to stay away from Las Vegas in summer, but I get that it’s also when people have school holidays, so it makes sense.
This new flight has already been loaded into the schedule, though inventory is still zeroed out, so you can’t book tickets yet. Hopefully once they open reservations there will also be award seats (though historically LATAM is fairly stingy with award space).
What do you make of LATAM’s new flight between Las Vegas and Sao Paulo?