South American carrier, LATAM has commenced operations to Africa with the inauguration of flights between Sao Paulo, Brazil and Johannesburg, South Africa.
Flight JJ8162 which took off from São Paulo's Guarulhos International Airport on October 2, touched down at O.R. Tambo International Airport Johannesburg on 3 October 2016 following a nine-hour flight across the Atlantic Ocean.
The inaugural flight was welcomed by the traditional water canon salute witnessed by a host of dignitaries, including representatives from Embassies of Ecuador, Chile, Peru,Uruguay, Argentina, Brazil. Bongiwe Pityi, general manager, O.R. Tambo International Airport and her team also witnessed the occasion.
LATAM's inaugural flight marked the first time a Latin American commercial carrier will operate a direct flight service between Latin America and Africa.
The thrice-weekly service will be operated on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays aboard the airlines Boeing 767-300 aircraft.
Flight JJ8162 departs São Paulo at 11.55pm (local time) on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, and arrives Johannesburg at 2.10pm the next day (local time).
The return trip, Flight JJ8163 leaves Johannesburg at 11.10pm (local time) on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays, and arrives São Paulo at 4.45am the next day (local time).