Etihad Airways has unveiled plans to fly to Sao Paolo, Brazil, which would make it the third Middle East carrier to serve the South American country.
Emirates has a daily Dubai-Sao Paolo/Buenos Aires service, while Qatar has a daily Doha-Rio de Janeiro flight.
“Brazil is a logical next step for us and will mark the sixth continent we serve and our coming of age as a truly global airline,” said James Hogan, Etihad Airways president and chief executive officer.
The daily Sao Paulo flights will start in June next year. Brazil is hosting both the FIFA World Cup in 2014 and the Olympic Games in 2016.