Virgin Atlantic will launch flights between London Heathrow and São Paulo, Brazil, in 2020, the first foray for the carrier into South America. The airline will operate a Boeing 787 aircraft on the route, which will involve an 11-hour, 55-minute flight. Juha Jarvinen, executive vice president, said there are a significant number of corporate customers and multi-national businesses located in “this powerhouse of South America who can now enjoy the Virgin Atlantic experience on this busy international route.” Virgin Atlantic has embarked on a major growth plan and in 2019 will welcome the first four of 12 Airbus A350-1000 planes to its fleet. The carrier said the aircraft will help transform the fleet into one of the quietest and most fuel-efficient in the industry.