Korean Air will launch new, nonstop service on June 2nd from Los Angeles to S“o Paulo, Brazil’s economic center.

The service between the commercial hubs is a direct result of Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s 2006 trade mission to Asia and a reflection of his intent to re-establish Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) as one of the world’s great international gateway airports, according to the mayor’s office.

“We are excited by the new service to S“o Paulo and look forward to its start this summer,” Villaraigosa said. “The establishment of new international service from Los Angeles is a high priority for my administration and a focus point of our promotional initiatives around the world as we work to revitalize LAX, expand operations at LA/Ontario International Airport and boost the Southern California economy.”

“Korean Air’s nonstop flight between LAX and Sao Paulo is a key route for people who want to conduct business in the world’s second largest city,” said Jong Eun Lee, Korean Air’s regional vice president for the Americas. “Korean Air already offers the best options for travel to Asia, but we’re also a global airline that will now provide the much needed passenger and cargo service between Los Angeles and S“o Paulo that no other company has the scope to do.”

Subject to government approval, the flight will operate Monday, Wednesday and Friday between LAX and S“o Paulo (GRU) using Boeing 777-200 aircraft. The aircraft will have a seating capacity of 260 in three classes, including eight first-class sleeper seats, 27 lie-flat business-class seats and 225 economy-class seats.