Leading up to Carnival, this year’s World Cup and the 2016 Olympic Games, getting to Brazil is alas becoming more accessible and luxurious from several international gateways. Rather quietly, American Airlines launched a new nonstop flight from Los Angeles to Sao Paulo with the distinction of being the only US-carrier with nonstop service from the West Coast to Brazil. While Korean Air services the route ala A380 on layover from Seoul, no US carrier has attempted the route since Delta ditched its service in early-2010 and United’s in April 1993. While many airlines are committing their newer fleet to a two-class configuration on long-haul routes, American will maintain a three-class service on its new 777-300ER with more spacious cabin design of mood lighting, higher ceiling and Dermalogica amenity bag in First Class.
Those looking for a fancier First Class to Brazil can also opt for TAM’s new fleet of 777-300ER’s that provide one of the cushiest services in commercial travel within its one row of First Class. The four-seat cabin features a breathable design that feels like a living room with its low-flung settee that stretches the width of the bulkhead and offers second-seat dining option that doesn’t feel like you’re in an adult highchair. Designed by London-based Priestmangoode, who also penned the new 747 long-haul First Class for Thai Airways and First Class on Malaysia’s A380 that’s a mere 8-seats. In-flight meals come from Brazilian chef Bel Coelho with amenity kit by Rituals on Sao Paulo to Frankfurt, Miami, Buenos Aires, London, Paris, Santiago and New York flights. As for their Business Class, let’s just say stay on your side of the curtain and forget it’s even back there.