Argentina From Argentina, joined Aug 2000, 374 posts, RR: 11 Posted (8 years 8 months 4 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 4124 times:
It's in Portuguese, taken from VARIG website. Apparently, Varig needs to stop services to Argentina because of a government decision.
VRG divulga nota sobre as operações na Argentina
A VRG Linhas Aéreas S.A., que opera a marca VARIG, informa que foi obrigada a suspender suas operações na Argentina por decisão do governo daquele país. A VRG vinha operando em situação provisória, pois ainda não havia recebido permissão do governo argentino, solicitada em 18 de dezembro de 2006 pelo governo brasileiro, para operar vôos naquele país de acordo com os termos do acordo bilateral vigente.
A VRG cumpriu com todos os requerimentos necessários à obtenção da permissão de vôos em seguida a sua designação como empresa de bandeira brasileira para operar vôos entre o Brasil e a Argentina.
Ressaltamos que a autorização até agora não foi concedida por razões absolutamente fora do contexto do acordo bilateral Brasil-Argentina. A VRG já solicitou a intervenção de autoridades brasileiras para restabelecer suas operações no país.
Como medida para minimizar os transtornos causados aos passageiros, a Companhia os está reacomodando, de acordo com a disponibilidade, em vôos da GOL e em congêneres.
Para mais informações, tabela de vôos e tarifas da VARIG, os passageiros podem acessar o site www.varig.com.br ou ligar para: 4003-7000 no Brasil, 54 11 4329 9211 em Buenos Aires (dias úteis) e 0810 32182744 nas demais localidades da Argentina (dias úteis) e 54 11 5480 8017 9 (sábados, domingos e feriados em Buenos Aires e demais localidades argentinas).
Argentina From Argentina, joined Aug 2000, 374 posts, RR: 11
Reply 1, posted (8 years 8 months 4 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 4100 times:
ENGLISH VERSION --- Today all flights to/from EZE by Varig were cancelled
Argentina Stops VARIG Airline Ops
Buenos Aires, Aug 10 (Prensa Latina) Argentine authorities decided to suspend operations of Brazilian VARIG airline on Friday, because it did not meet the technical insurance requirements included in national legislation.
Aero-commercial Transportation Undersecretary Ricardo Cirielli told press that faced with the verified circumstances the measure was adopted, putting an end to the 63 weekly flights to Argentina that the company was operating.
He also said the office he runs inspected VARIG SA and detected that its operations are unauthorized because it lacks the technical and insurance certificates Argentine law requires.
The Brazilian company has been undergoing a financial crisis since 2006, which had a strong impact on the domestic passenger movement and also on its international routes.
As a consequence, the company was reorganized, and they created VRG Lihnas Aereas SA, operated by the GOL firm, which was created in 2001, as a low-cost commercial flight company.
Questioned in Buenos Aires about the measure, GOL issued a declaration asserting that after operating in a temporary situation, because it did not have the required certificates requested in December 2006, it was forced to suspend its operations.
LipeGIG From Brazil, joined May 2005, 11519 posts, RR: 57
Reply 3, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 3787 times:
It seems to be such a government reaction against RG because of the old-RG workers up to know had not received payments (salary for some months.. i don't know till when.. ). Just need to say that G3 was not able to run extra flights and they requested to TAM to create during the past three days an extra flight to accommodate their demand.
ANAC today sent a message to Argentinian Authorities as well as Brazilian Foreign Affairs Ministry is now discussing with the Government of Argentina about this issue.
New York + Rio de Janeiro = One of the best combinations !
LINATE From United States of America, joined Jun 2007, 77 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 3779 times:
I have friends that used to be FAs on the old VARIG and they say the Union is forcing the NEW VARIG to employ former FAs again. I find that unfortunate since many of the "old" VARIG FA's were set in their ways and were not necessarily good FAs. Many treated passengers like "dirt". I was hoping that after taking over VARIG, GOLwould create some positive changes in the attitude of the FAs.
I usually avoided flying VARIG Internationally whenever I could.
C010T3 From Brazil, joined Jul 2006, 4000 posts, RR: 18
Reply 5, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 3657 times:
Quoting LINATE (Reply 4): I have friends that used to be FAs on the old VARIG and they say the Union is forcing the NEW VARIG to employ former FAs again. I find that unfortunate since many of the "old" VARIG FA's were set in their ways and were not necessarily good FAs. Many treated passengers like "dirt". I was hoping that after taking over VARIG, GOLwould create some positive changes in the attitude of the FAs.
I usually avoided flying VARIG Internationally whenever I could.
I'm sorry you had that impression, but I have always heard good comments on VARIG's FAs and I have never been treated badly by VARIG's FAs. The thing is that the union is not forcing 'new' VARIG to employ former FAs. That's actually a clause from the selling contract of VARIG's Productive Unit, which is VRG today (VRG is the new VARIG). Not only VRG must call VARIG's old employees back, it must rent VARIG's infra-structure, in order to create revenue for the company that is actually still protected under bankruptcy protection. In fact, old VARIG is trying to come back as Nordeste and it has just convoked old employees to send out their CVs, so you have now two companies committed in hiring every old VARIG employee that is still unemployed, but ironically they are becoming increasingly rare, since VARIG had the most qualified employees of the Brazilian aviation.
I'm sure you did not fly VARIG in its last year before the collapse, but if you had, I'm certain that you would have been touched by the dedication of these professionals, since the only thing they could do in the effort of saving VARIG was their professionalism. I have heard and read about cases in the last months before the collapse, when VARIG's employees did not get even payed, of cases in which employees payed to work, since they had to take money out of their private savings in order to pay for transportation to go to work. I'm most certainly convinced that and many other cases only show the dedication they have I the one I always experienced whenever I flew VARIG.