American Airlines Applies for Authority to Fly Nonstop from Dallas/Fort Worth to Rio
American Airlines on Thursday applied to the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) for authority to fly nonstop from Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) to Rio de Janeiro (GIG) three times a week beginning November 18, 2010.
American will fly the route using Boeing 767-300 aircraft configured with 28 Business Class and 191 Economy Class seats.
“Brazil is an important Latin American marketplace and will host the 2014 World Cup. Rio is a cultural and commercial financial center that will be home to the 2016 Olympic Games. American is committed to investing its resources to serve this important part of the world,” said said Peter Dolara, American’s Senior Vice President – Mexico Caribbean and Latin America.
American recently was granted DOT approval to offer daily nonstop service between New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and Rio de Janeiro and 4-days-a-week nonstop service between Miami and Brasilia starting Nov. 18.
American also offers daily nonstop service from DFW and JFK to Sao Paulo and multiple flights from its hub at Miami International Airport to Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Belo Horizonte, Recife, and Salvador.
In 2009, American entered into a codeshare alliance with GOL, which will offer service beyond Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo to other cities in Brazil.
AA previously flew this route in the 1980s using DC-10-30 aircraft. (H/T to @hharteveld