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Delta plans new daily nonstop service between New York and Rio

Delta Airlines will offer a new daily nonstop flight between New York-JFK and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil beginning December 21. The route will be operated using a Boeing 767-300 aircraft. The 767-300 has 35 Delta One full flat-bed seats with direct aisle access for every passenger. The aircraft also has oversized personal entertainment screens.

The 210-passenger aircraft also includes 32 Delta Comfort+ seats and 143 seats in the Main Cabin. Delta's latest improvements include the introduction of new sleep kits and several other upgraded amenities for passengers seated in the Main Cabin on flights to and from Brazil.

Customers flying in Delta Comfort+, Delta’s premium economy service, have up to four additional inches of legroom and 50 percent more recline than Delta’s standard international Main Cabin seats; free beer, wine, snacks; and priority boarding. Other product initiatives being rolled out across Delta’s international fleet include the expansion of its Wi-Fi service.

Here is Delta’s proposed schedule:


Flight Number





DL 479

New York-JFK (JFK) at 9:24 p.m.

Rio de Janeiro (GIG) at 10:30 a.m.


Dec. 21, 2017

DL 478

Rio de Janeiro (GIG) at 10:15


New York-JFK (JFK) at 5:36 a.m.


Dec. 22, 2017


Delta has an alliance with GOL Linhas Aereas Inteligentes which means customers flying within Brazil can check their baggage straight through when checking in at JFK.

Elite customers and passengers flying in Delta One through New York-JFK and Rio de Janeiro-GIG can access the 24,000 square-foot flagship Delta Sky Club in JFK’s Terminal 4, the biggest club in Delta’s system, and a recently opened GOL VIP lounge located in GIG’s Terminal 2.

We expect Economy Class flights to cost approx. 30,000 miles, with Business and First Class flights to cost approx. 62,500 air miles.

Delta is a member of the SkyTeam airline alliance. Their frequent flyer program is known as SkyMiles.