Aviation Delta applies to fly New York-Rio route By Robert Silk / March 23, 2017 Share 1 -- Delta plans to begin flying from New York to Rio de Janeiro in December. A Boeing 767-300 configured with 35 Delta One business class seats, 32 Comfort Plus seats and 143 economy seats would service the daily flight. The route must receive regulatory approval from the Department of Transportation. Delta would compete on JFK-Rio with American’s daily and LATAM’s thrice-weekly service. LATAM and American are currently seeking antitrust immunity that would allow them to jointly schedule and market U.S-South America routes.Delta will leverage its codeshare partnership with Brazilian carrier Gol to connect passengers from Rio to 23 destinations within Brazil. Delta hopes to commence the route on Dec. 21.