As Brazil becomes one of the world’s major players in investment
opportunity, airlines are vying to offer new flights and routes.
American Airlines launched service from Miami (MIA) to Recife (REC) and
Salvador da Bahia (SSA) on Nov. 2 and to Belo Horizonte (CNF) on Nov.
4. Delta Air Lines inaugurated daily flights from Atlanta (ATL) to Rio
de Janeiro (GIG) and Manaus (MAO) in late November, along with four
weekly flights to Recife and Fortaleza (FOR) in northern Brazil. On
Nov. 21, TAM began nonstop flights from Orlando (MCO) to São Paulo
(GRU) in addition to its existing flights from New York (JFK) and Miami
to Rio, bringing its total to 10 daily flights between the United
States and Brazil. Meanwhile, deluxe hotels are springing up along the
beaches adjacent to Brazil’s northern cities, luring business travelers
to linger on.

JAL and Jetstar Codeshare

Japan Airlines began codesharing on Jetstar Airways’ Osaka (KIX) – Gold
Coast (OOL) – Sydney (SYD) routes on Oct. 1, adding the Tokyo (NRT) –
Cairns (CNS) routes beginning Dec. 18. The JAL designator will be added
on flights between Osaka (KIX) and the Gold Coast (OOL), as well as
five-times-a-week Gold Coast (OOL) – Sydney (SYD) connection services
operated by Jetstar. The new codeshare agreement also covers Jetstar’s
daily service between Tokyo (NRT) and Cairns (CNS). For information,

Fastly Superior

Virgin Atlantic has cut check-in time for flights from Heathrow (LHR)
to 40 minutes for its Upper Class passengers, offering the fastest
escape from any airport in the United Kingdom. Using Virgin’s
Drive-Thru check-in and the Private Security Channel, travelers can
arrive less than an hour before departure. This speedy exit was made
possible with the opening of Virgin’s Upper Class Wing at Heathrow. For
information, visit

Expedited India

Greaves Tours, specializing in travel to India, Bhutan, the Maldives,
Nepal, Tibet, Sri Lanka and the islands of the Indian Ocean, has
acquired its own Super King Air B200 private plane, accommodating six
passengers. Guests on Greaves trips can now avoid long waits for
scheduled flights, backtracking to hub cities, overnight layovers and
long transfers by train and car. The trip from Jaipur to Delhi, for
example, is a five-hour drive but only 45 minutes by air. The aircraft
provides one more link in the Greaves luxury experience, which includes
5-star hotels, chauffeured sightseeing and behind-the-scenes excursions
in India’s unique culture. For information, visit

Get Carded

The air charter company Air Partner has launched the Air Partner
JetCard, offering personalized service, aircraft flexibility and
simplified pricing at fixed hourly rates. Members customize their
private air travel program by purchasing 10, 25, or 50+ flighthour
increments in any of the four cabin size options. Members can choose
different cabin sizes on a trip-by-trip basis and know the exact cost
before traveling. The card is available in three areas: Continental
United States, Europe and Mexico/Caribbean. There are no long-term
commitments, monthly fees or hidden charges. Hours never expire, and a
member’s investment is fully refundable at any time. For information,

Icelandair Adds Economy Plus

Business travelers can now book Icelandair’s Economy Plus, between
Economy Class and Saga Class, offering wider, more comfortable leather
seats, more legroom and complimentary beer, wine and meals. Passengers
booked in the new class also benefit from business-class checkin and
lounge access. Passengers in all classes will enjoy the upgraded
entertainment system with personal computer screen and control panel
offering a wide menu of options. For information, visit

Dine on the Ground, Sleep in the Air

Maximize sleep time on board Iberia Airlines’ flights to Russia and
Israel by dining in Madrid (MAD) before boarding. Premium passengers to
these destinations can now join those bound for South America, Mexico
and South Africa who already enjoy this option of having dinner in the
Velázquez VIP lounge in the Terminal 4 satellite. For information,