Today I spoke with United's Global Services desk to get a First Class ticket on JJ8079, the famous non-stop from JFK to GIG. I was flexable on the return but after a long talk about a simple round trip, I wound up on a 6am flight from Rio to Sao Paulo, no info available on the layover time, then GRU to JFK.
It's obviously a day flight. I can't get a GIG to JFK redeye. But it "seems" there maybe "another" flight to JFK from GRU in the evening. Isn't the "non-stop" daily now?
I called the Continental Elite desk too. They too can't seem to sort this out - although most days the flight in June is packed in all 3 classes! So it must be a hot route that others failed at!
I have asked this before: on an A330, TAM's First Class is a real lie-flat and not business seat in a cabin on it's own. The ticket is not cheap! Right Lipe!