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Varig Flying B747s Again!  
User currently offlineMpdesa From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 76 posts, RR: 0
Posted (13 years 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 1531 times:

Varig Brazilian Airlines who years ago got rid of their B747s because of their bad financial situation, will be flying them again. They are planned to fly into JFK, NY sometime in late October.

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User currently offlineYyz717 From Canada, joined Sep 2001, 16285 posts, RR: 56
Reply 1, posted (13 years 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 1439 times:

Where did you hear this from? This would be a surprize as VARIG has already announced a reduction in the MD-11 fleet (currently their largest aircraft) due to the current downturn. Re-intrducing 747's would seem to contradict this and the current market downturn. They also have 777's on order.

Panam, TWA, Ansett, Eastern.......AC next? Might be good for Canada.
User currently offlineMpdesa From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 76 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (13 years 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 1416 times:

This surprised me as well, considering that their financial situation is now worse than ever. However i was told by a Varig employee that they were scheduling about seven or so flights with the B747 during the month of October of this year.

User currently offlineJiml1126 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (13 years 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 1396 times:

Perhaps bigger capacity with less frequency for North American route?

User currently offlineAir Taiwan From Australia, joined Dec 1999, 1518 posts, RR: 4
Reply 4, posted (13 years 1 day ago) and read 1336 times:

NY only?? what about LHR and CPH?

User currently offlineCx flyboy From Hong Kong, joined Dec 1999, 6605 posts, RR: 55
Reply 5, posted (13 years 23 hours ago) and read 1317 times:

What 747s? Where did they come from?

User currently onlineMAH4546 From Sweden, joined Jan 2001, 32802 posts, RR: 71
Reply 6, posted (13 years 22 hours ago) and read 1301 times:

What about MIA-GRU? That's perhaps thier biggest route.

User currently offlineMpdesa From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 76 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (13 years 21 hours ago) and read 1284 times:

This is my theory. Maybe they are expecting a big surge in passengers since United/Continental/American all cancelled or will be cancelling their JFK/EWR-GRU/GIG routes. They'll probably be flying elsewhere as well, but all i was told was that they would be coming into NY in October.

User currently offlineNa From Germany, joined Dec 1999, 10736 posts, RR: 9
Reply 8, posted (13 years 21 hours ago) and read 1268 times:

Good news from an airline connected with only bad news in the last years. If true.

User currently offlineAcvitale From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 922 posts, RR: 10
Reply 9, posted (13 years 20 hours ago) and read 1252 times:

Considering the US carrier cutbacks to South America, the cheaper cost of 747s right now compared to MD11s and the glut of 747s as Fed Ex was buying MD11s like crazy. The lease of a 747 is around anywhere from 50-73% of that of an MD11. (Depending on model and condition) Of course early classic 747s are pennies on the dollar compared the MD11 acquisition costs.


User currently offlineLatinplane From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 2724 posts, RR: 14
Reply 10, posted (13 years 6 hours ago) and read 1175 times:

I highly doubt that Varig will actually be doing this. Varig was loosing a lot of money before the accidents of Sept 11 ($150 million last year) and they have just formally announced that they will reduce their fleet from 93 to 80 aircraft a 14% reduction. At the same time the expected increase of flights to the U.S. has been thrown out the door. Varig needs to refocus on becoming profitable again in order to keep it's place as the leader in Latin America and Brazil. It is not logical to acquire used 747s when you have a new 777 being delivered next week. So don't expect Varig to return with 747 to the skies any time soon.

 Smile Latinplane

User currently offlinePolAir From United States of America, joined May 2001, 893 posts, RR: 2
Reply 11, posted (13 years 6 hours ago) and read 1164 times:


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