American Airlines is one of three domestic carriers that the government wants to allow to fly new routes to Brazil.
The Department of Transportation said on Thursday it proposes to award American a new route between Los Angeles and Sao Paulo and allowing Delta Air Lines to add a second flight between Atlanta and Sao Paulo. Under the proposed order, Delta would be able to continue its daily service between Detroit and Sao Paulo and US Airways would be allowed to continue its daily flight from Charlotte to Sao Paulo.
"New air services to Brazil will provide important benefits for thousands of American and for tourists coming to the U.S.," said Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.
The new routes are part of an agreement between the two governments that phases in new air service until October 2015 when all air restrictions between the two countries is lifted. American currently offers service to Sao Paulo from Dallas-Fort Worth, New York and Miami.
"LAX currently has no nonstop service to Brazil by a U.S. carrier and American wants to expand its service to Brazil to meet customer demand in this extremely important and growing market," said Will Ris, American's senior vice president of government affairs.
The DOT will take comments on the proposed route awards for 10 days and then answers to the comments for a week after before preparing a final decision.