Delta VP of Sales for LA, Christope Didier, was today quoted by Glauce Cavalacanti in O Globo (Portuguese only) as having already increases capacity to Brazil by 18% with GOL codeshares. He also said that LA and Brazil in particular were primary objectives for growth by Delta, and that they wanted to be ready for strong competition with Latam and Avianca. According to Didier they count on Aerolineas Argentina, GOL and Aeromexico alliances to deliver their key growth. He further said DL sales Jan-Sept grew 11% globally with LA grew 34% and Brazil grew 42%. The latter result stemmed mostly from the rapid addition of flight last year with 35 weekly flights now. Despite their growth, it is interesting that TAM still carried about 80% of the Brazil-NA market, even though AA also grew in 2011. In Rio regular discussions focus mostly on the persistent failure of the US carriers to have Portuguese-speaking FA's, so people who are uncomfortable in English usually do not fly US carriers from the Southern Cone.