Eastern Airlines plans continued growth in Latin America with three new routes to Belo Horizonte, Brazil.
Eastern Airlines Plans Service To Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Belo Horizonte is Brazil’s third largest metropolitan region behind Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeriro. Eastern will serve Tancredo Neves International Airport (CNF) from Boston, Miami, and New York. The New York and Miami routes are already for sale, with New York service operating Tuesdays and Saturdays and Miami on Mondays and Fridays (with same days turns in Belo Horizonte). The Boston schedule has not yet been released.
Flights begin in late March with pricing running $198 for a one-way restricted economy class ticket from Miami up to $598 for a flexible premium economy seat. New York pricing is slightly higher. Eastern has also not indicated which aircraft it will use on the new route, but now has a fleet of:
- 5 Boeing 767-200s
- 4 767-300s
- 3 777-200s
Eastern Airlines Miami to Belo Horizonte Schedule
The Miami service will depart Miami in the evening and arrive the following morning. The aircraft will remain on the ground all day and return to Miami overnight.
2D110 Miami (MIA) to Belo Horizonte (CNF) departing 10:00PM arriving 7:35AM+1
2D111 Belo Horizonte (CNF) to Miami (MIA) departing 10:00PM arriving 5:25AM+1
Eastern Airlines New York to Belo Horizonte Schedule
Eastern’s New York service will depart JFK at night, then do a quick-turn in Belo Horizonte, with a daytime service on the return.
2D112 New York (JFK) to Belo Horizonte (CNF) departing 11:00PM arriving 9:45AM+1
2D113 Belo Horizonte (CNF) to New York (JFK) departing 10:15AM arriving 7:ooPM
Why Belo Horizonte?
No other U.S. carrier currently serves Belo Horizonte and that is exactly the way Eastern likes it. It hopes to capitalize on this niche market to capture leisure demand. It’s why its aircraft are all single cabin and frequencies are not daily. Eastern Airlines’ CEO Steve Harfst told AirlineGeeks:
“There are a lot of small, secondary, or niche types of markets that aren’t big enough for big legacy airlines to commit capacity to, but still have viable demand. And with our cost structure and the way that we’ve built our company, we think we can operate limited frequency in these smaller markets and do well and provide a service that doesn’t exist today. Namely giving people a chance to fly nonstop in markets that require one or two stops.”
Eastern Airlines will offer scheduled service to Belo Horizonte. Flights from New York and Miami are now on sale, with plans to add Boston. Flight prices are reasonable, but shop around and expect no-frills service onboard.
Will you fly Eastern Airlines to Belo Horizonte?
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