Singapore Airlines (SIA) has launched its inaugural flight from Singapore Changi Airport to Sao Paulo’s Guarulhos International Airport. The flight departed Changi at 12.40am yesterday, arriving in Brazil’s commercial capital, via the Spanish city of Barcelona, at 3.55pm yesterday. On the return leg, flight departed Sao Paulo at 1.45am this morning, and will arrive in Singapore at 1.35pm tomorrow.
Sao Paulo is SIA’s first destination in South America, which has become the sixth continent in its route network. The new service will operate three times per week (departing Singapore every Monday, Thursday and Saturday) using a three-class Boeing 777-300ER aircraft.
“We are pleased to add Sao Paulo to our growing network of destinations. With such high profile events as the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympic Games lined up in Brazil, we are confident that travel demand to Brazil will be strong. Similarly, we hope that Brazilians will take the opportunity to visit Singapore and use Changi Airport as a gateway to the Asia-Pacific region,” said Singapore Airlines’ Executive Vice-President Commercial, Mak Swee Wah.
In celebration of the launch, a pre-departure event was held at Changi Airport for the airline’s customers, who were treated to refreshments and received a crystal football paperweight as a memento.
SIA also welcomed Brazil’s Ambassador to Singapore, HE Paulo Alberto de Silveira Soares, and his wife, as well as Singapore’s Non-Resident Ambassador to Brazil, Choo Chiau Beng, among the passengers on the inaugural flight.