KLM to Launch Rio De Janeiro Flights

 In an interview with Luchtvaart Nieuws, KLM CEO Mr. Peter Hartman has stated that the carrier is planning to launch flights to Rio De Janeiro ( GIG ), Brazil, from the next Winter season.

 The carrier expects to cut capacity on some routes, which should reveal how the airline will be bringing in the aircraft capacity needed for this route. Mr. Hartman has stated that KLM will be using more smaller aircraft on routes to North America, possibly signalling the deployment of more A330 capacity to North America.
 It is expected that the airline will launch a daylight service to Rio, initially operating thrice weekly.

KLM Boeing 777 Landing - Close up

Photo by AirSpace user ilpavone2004

 KLM ceased operations to Rio in 2000. The airline first began services to Rio in 1946, at the time operating as Amsterdam – Lisbon – Dakar – Natal – Rio De Janeiro and continuing into Montevideo.
 Rio De Janeiro has recently seen a surge in capacity with Lufthansa launching a new service and British Airways doubling capacity.

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