Rbirtel From Brazil, joined Nov 2001, 94 posts, RR: 0 Posted (13 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 2813 times:
Does anyone know why Varig stopped their flights to Hong Kong? I read and article where some Varig's executives said that the route was good to Varig.... If it was really good, why they stopped? Any reason?
Ciro From Brazil, joined Aug 1999, 662 posts, RR: 6
Reply 1, posted (13 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 2787 times:
It was certainly good for business right in the beggining, specially because this flight was well-supported by an aggressive marketing campaign in Brazil.
However, the economic meltdown in Asia in middle 90´s plus VARIG´s reestructuring process in that same occasion, that involved the return of its 2 747-400, and the advance of the world alliances, which facilitated passenger exchange in major hubs through specialized markets within major carriers, turned the Rio / São Paulo / Johannesburg / Bangkok / Hong Kong a troubled and cash-loosing route.
Interesting enough, VARIG also considered, in 1996 if I´m not mistaken, the possibility to add Beijing in this same route. Pretty crazy management, eh?
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CPH-R From Denmark, joined May 2001, 6276 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (13 years 7 months 3 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 2745 times:
Well, I was toying with the idea of a flight across the Pacific, instead via S.Africa & Bangkok. Would this possible, perhaps with a fuel stop at, say, Tahiti? I can't come up with other places for a fuel stop in that area.
9V-SPK From Hong Kong, joined Aug 2001, 1646 posts, RR: 6
Reply 7, posted (13 years 7 months 3 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 2705 times:
But they do have rights for Hong Kong -Johhanesburg and Johhanesburg -Hong Kong!I remember they had traffic rights because some vistors were taking Varing to Johhanesburg and back...probably couldn't compete with CX or SAA...afterall both CX and SAA are non-stop flights.