EMB195ER From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2004, 254 posts, RR: 9 Posted (9 years 3 months 10 hours ago) and read 2714 times:
VASP employees stop working for 24 hours two days ago because their August salaries haven't been paid yet. Although they came back to work yesterday after a meeting with VASP's CEO - Wagner Canhedo, many flights were canceled today.
Old airplanes, high fuel prices, and a bad administration are the main responsible issues for putting a traditional Brazilian airline in this situation. What a sad end.
JCS From Netherlands, joined Jun 2004, 208 posts, RR: 0 Reply 4, posted (9 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 2587 times:
I made about 7 weeks ago my last flight with VASP. I made 12 flight with them in July/august, all 737-200s and on all these flights almost every seat was occupied. They seem to do very good business with no costs for new planes and full flights. All crew and pax said they fully trusted VASP's maintains. But nobody could explain why VASP does only fly with those crazy old planes. (However it was nice to fly with them.) Why is VASP running so bad?
VASP has only 31 aircraft. With six jets grounded, that is 20% of its fleet out of the skies. Add to that labor disputes, billions of dolars in unpaid taxes, awful credit rating and incompetend and crooked management. Is this the beginning of the end for VASP?
JCS From Netherlands, joined Jun 2004, 208 posts, RR: 0 Reply 9, posted (9 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 2261 times:
What a story. Corporate crime.
@Airplane; I want to say VASP's service was very well in their planes and on the ground. I flew GRU - MAO with 4 hours delay because of technical problems. But VASP did give us a dinner. It was ok. We couldn't land in MAO and flew to Belem. We had again 15 hours delay, but... we did have a taxi to the city-center and a good hotel. Stupid story, but they could have let me wait at the airport. And do all those free restaurants/taxis/hotels for pax explain the financial problems also a little bit? (lol)
LVZXV From Gabon, joined Mar 2004, 2041 posts, RR: 38 Reply 10, posted (9 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 2223 times:
The 727s belong to VP's cargo division "VASPEX", and are all freighters.
Despite countless potentially serious incidents invloving VASP aircraft, and the loss of six 737-200s in 35 years, a lot of people continue to compliment VASP on their maintenance. Last year, a former VASP pilot now flying for GOL (newer aircraft and higher salaries) defended VASP's maintenance when I questioned it, although search the database and you can find pictures of VASP aircraft with smoky engines or APUs, hydraulic failures and what have you, all fairly recent, so the truth about VASP's safety must lie somewhere in the middle.
As to why VASP operates such an antiquated fleet (bar 4 737-300s), the reason is the usual: the 737-200s and A300B2s are PAID for. It wasn't out of choice that VASP had to return all their MD-11s to the leasing companies...
LVZXV From Gabon, joined Mar 2004, 2041 posts, RR: 38 Reply 13, posted (9 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 2152 times:
...VASP has THE BEST maintenance in South-America. She was doing business in travel-industry.
I worked for VP during some months and there is no doubt they have one of the best maintenances in Latin America.
Could that be why Lloyd Aéreo Boliviano's maintenance is reputed to be another one of the "best" in South America? Or can VASP take no credit?
Aerolíneas, LAN and Varig also some of the best maintenance in the region, with impeccable safety records to show for it (touch wood!). The only unanswered question is why do VASP suffer from so many potentially serious "technical problems", particularly related to high engine temperatures?
Jeff32 From Brazil, joined Jun 2004, 23 posts, RR: 0 Reply 14, posted (9 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 2119 times:
But nobody could explain why VASP does only fly with those crazy old planes
It's simple: back in the 1900's they leased a bunch of planes to expand their service and simply didn't pay . As result , they have no credit to buy anything, and nobody wants to invest in this company because of the CEO's bad reputation. They are operating the oldest 727-200 fleet in the world, delivered back in 1969 and early 70's and have no plans for any new acquisitions in the near future. (If they survive, which is very improbable)
LVZXV From Gabon, joined Mar 2004, 2041 posts, RR: 38 Reply 15, posted (9 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 2111 times:
They are operating the oldest 727-200 fleet in the world, delivered back in 1969 and early 70's...
Not true. Air Mediterranée of France operates 737-200s of 1968-build, as do "Nuevo Continente" in Peru, while Air Philippines continues to operate the 6th 737 ever built, dating from 1967. And in fact, most of VASP's 737-200s are not even impressively old, compared with some of those of Aerolíneas, LAN, SKY and Southern Winds...
All this assuming you meant 737-200s and not 727s as you wrote, erroneously I presume. What is true is that some of VASP's 737-200s are the longest serving 737s with a single operator, since some have flown for VASP uninterrupted since 1969.