Norwegian has launched a new route from London Gatwick to Rio de Janeiro.
This is Norwegian’s second route from Gatwick to South America after Buenos Aires.
Norwegian will fly four times weekly on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sundays from Sunday 31 March 2019. Flights will be operated with the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner.
The route is effectively a replacement for London Gatwick – Singapore which ends on Thursday 28 March 2019.
Norwegian will be competing against British Airways, which is the only other airline to fly direct from London to Rio. Like BA, the outbound flight is a day flight from London.
Rio de Janeiro is a stunningly beautiful city to visit and it would take a heart of stone not to be seduced by it. Brazil does of course have well documented problems and a volatile political culture. However, this should not deter visitors. Rigid adherence to basic personal safety advice does go a very long way.
London Gatwick – Rio de Janeiro
Flight DI7501 Depart London Gatwick 12:00 – Arrive Rio de Janeiro 19:25 (Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday)
Flight DI7502 Depart Rio de Janeiro 22:25 – Arrive London Gatwick 13:35 (Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday)
Here are few changes to both British Airways and LATAM flights between London and Brazil that have emerged recently.
BA appears to have taken First Class off sale for flights between London Heathrow and Rio de Janeiro from Monday 30 October 2017.
This suggests that the route has been downgraded from a four class Boeing 777 to a three class Boeing 777. It was upgraded to first class in 2013. The route continues to operate five times weekly.
BA is now codesharing with LATAM on a number of domestic routes from Sao Paulo Guarulhos airport.
These include routes operated by BA’s fellow Oneworld alliance partner between Sao Paulo and Belo Horizonte, Brasilia, Curitiba, Foz do Iguaçu, Goiana, Porto Alegre, Recife, Salvador da Bahia and Vitoria.
Note that these can only be booked as part of a connecting international itinerary. BA and LATAM are currently securing regulatory approval for a joint-venture between Latin America and Europe so expect further co-operation in the coming years.
Finally, as first reported by Routes Online LATAM is to increase its London Heathrow – Sao Paulo service from daily to 9 times weekly for a little over a month from Sunday 9 July 2017 to Friday 18 August 2017.
The additional flight operates from London on Monday and Friday and from Sao Paulo on Sunday and Thursday.
British Airways has announced it is to upgrade its London Heathrow – Rio de Janeiro route from a three class Boeing 777-200 aircraft to a four class Boeing 777-300 aircraft from Sunday 27 October 2013.