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Varig - Yay Or Nay?  
User currently offlineAeroAussie From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 264 posts, RR: 0
Posted (11 years 10 months 1 hour ago) and read 2166 times:

Hi there-
I have a 10 day break in October, and an invite to go down to Rio. I'm also going to try and see friends and family in Texas on the same trip. I can use Varig for 2/3 of the trip, or avoid them completely. Any ideas. If I go with Varig, I'd fly Madrid-Frankfurt-GIG (JK/RG) GIG-GRU-LAX-DFW (RG/RG/UA) and then DFW-Frankfurt-Madrid (LH/LH). If not, I'd go Madrid-Frankfurt-GIG (JK/LH) GIG-ORD-DFW (UA/UA) and DFW-Frankfurt-Madrid (LH/LH). I personally am a huge fan of the MD-11, which is why I'm tempted to go with Varig. Anyone have any praise/poison in regards to their longhaul economy service. Any feedback is welcome. (And yes, I must go with Star airlines. I already have 10,000 miles with them for the year, and this would get me a silver card. It'd be silly to go any other way.)

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User currently offlineSafetyDude From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 3795 posts, RR: 14
Reply 1, posted (11 years 10 months 1 hour ago) and read 2133 times:

I have friends who flew on Varig and really liked them. Everything seems to be going your way with a MD-11 and elite status.

By the way, this should be in the Polls and Prefs. forum.


"She Flew For What We Stand For"
User currently offlineAeroAussie From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 264 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (11 years 10 months 1 hour ago) and read 2111 times:

Thanks for the feedback. Indeed, this would be the ultimate MD-11 trip. (3 legs - AB) (FRA / FRF / EDDF), Germany">FRA-GIG, GIG-GRU, and GRU-LAX.) Hopefully I will get a few more responses so I have some idea of what I'm in for...

User currently offlineArcano From Chile, joined Mar 2004, 2426 posts, RR: 22
Reply 3, posted (11 years 10 months 1 hour ago) and read 2108 times:

Yeah, go with RG, although be sure abour the MD11; some times they replace it with 767s.


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User currently offlineVenezuela747 From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 1451 posts, RR: 4
Reply 4, posted (11 years 10 months ago) and read 2072 times:

I have heard both pisitive and negative comments about RG, so your best bet would be try it. And return either with a good or bad impression.

User currently offlineL1011 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 1727 posts, RR: 8
Reply 5, posted (11 years 10 months ago) and read 2069 times:

Two weeks ago I flew on a Varig 777 from AMS to CDG. The plane was continuing on to Sao Paulo. The seats and windows were dirty, and the pitch was very tight. I'm glad I wasn't going all the way to Sao Paulo. The safety demonstration was on the individual PTVs, but it was inaudible. They ran it two or three times, and still it was impossible to hear. So they just dispensed with the safety demo. No headsets were in the seat pockets, so passengers couldn't enjoy the PTV during the flight. Even though the plane wasn't crowded, they put most of the passengers together, instead of spreading us around so we would have more room. The forward economy cabin was practically empty. One good thing about the flight. They served a very tasty sandwich.

Bob Bradley
Richmond, VA

Fly Eastern's Golden Falcon DC-7B
User currently offlineNIKV69 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (11 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 2038 times:

I have flown Varig many times and they are fine. Their 11s are great. Service is good. Use them.

User currently offlinePU707 From Uruguay, joined Jan 2001, 64 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (11 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 1980 times:

I have flown Varig on 737, 767 and DC-10. The latter being the closest I can
get to an MD11. I've flown them on both domestic and international flights. However, my last RG flight was in 1994 in the "good old days" of RG glory. Their service was superb in economy and business. I'm not sure how it is today but if it is similar to what it used to be, DEFINITELY fly Varig!

"Siempre al servicio de la libertad"
User currently offlineIDISA From Italy, joined Jun 2004, 268 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (11 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 1968 times:

Arcano, I agree with you. Go with RG being sure you'll fly a MD11. I sometimes saw old 767s looking very bad...


User currently offlinePualani From United States of America, joined May 2004, 304 posts, RR: 5
Reply 9, posted (11 years 9 months 3 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 1962 times:

Hey...I'm in Rio right now and we flew down on a RG MD11 and it was fine. The inflight entertainment could have been better but all in all, I enjoyed the flight. The aircraft I was on was a former SwissAir A/C and it had the crew rest compartment in the back and the F/A (Marisa) let me take a look when i told her i was cabin crew for another airline. This aircraft was in very good condition and the seats were comfortable. The seat pitch was fine but then i am only 5'8.


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