American, Delta and US Airways receive new Brazil frequencies

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The US Department of Transportation (DOT) has finalised its allocation of new US-Brazil frequencies to American Airlines, Delta Air Lines and US Airways.

American and Delta will receive seven frequencies each for their proposed Los Angeles-Sao Paulo Guarulhos and Atlanta-Sao Paulo flights, respectively, on 1 October, according to a regulatory filing.

A year later, Delta and US Airways will receive seven frequencies each for their proposed Detroit-Sao Paulo and Charlotte-Sao Paulo flights, respectively.

Fort Worth-based American plans to operate the Los Angeles-Sao Paulo flight - the only one on the route - with a 247-seat Boeing 777-200 from 21 November.

Delta will use its 2013 frequencies to add a second daily flight between its Atlanta headquarters and Sao Paulo on a 210-seat Boeing 767-300ER from 15 December. It will use the 2014 frequencies to maintain its existing daily Detroit-Sao Paulo nonstop from 1 March 2015, after it transfers seven frequencies to US Airways.

Tempe, Arizona-based US Airways will use its frequencies to maintain its daily Charlotte-Sao Paulo flight from 25 October 2014, after it relinquishes the frequencies to United.

The DOT also granted US Airways authority to fly to any point in Brazil with its existing frequencies.

The awards finalise the tentative decision made by the DOT in June.