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Why Varig Stopped To Fly To Hk?!?!  
User currently offlineRbirtel From Brazil, joined Nov 2001, 94 posts, RR: 0
Posted (14 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 3435 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?


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User currently offlineCiro From Brazil, joined Aug 1999, 662 posts, RR: 6
Reply 1, posted (14 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 3409 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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User currently offlineGuerosinfe From Brazil, joined Mar 2001, 316 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (14 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 3383 times:

When they drop this route they were considering to add Kuala Lumpur to their routes.


User currently offlineCPH-R From Denmark, joined May 2001, 6544 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (14 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 3367 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.

User currently offlineHkgspotter1 From Hong Kong, joined Nov 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (14 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 3357 times:

They had three -400's. Flights to Hong Kong started with the -400, then for a very short time the -200 then the -300 and then the MD-11.

User currently offlineHS-LTA From Hong Kong, joined Oct 1999, 231 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (14 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 3345 times:

RG flight flight right only is HKG/Brazil. If they can get the right between HKG/BKK.There load factor will be look much more better.

User currently offlineRyu2 From Taiwan, joined Aug 2002, 512 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (14 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 3346 times:

How about LAX-HKG? That might work out, especially since there is only one CX flight serving this important route.

Similar to how they now fly LAX-NRT.

User currently offline9V-SPK From Hong Kong, joined Aug 2001, 1646 posts, RR: 5
Reply 7, posted (14 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 3327 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.

Best Regards

User currently offlineBestwestern From Hong Kong, joined Sep 2000, 8738 posts, RR: 57
Reply 8, posted (14 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 3305 times:

The Brazilian economy is in a very bad state at present, meaning that they domestic market cannot and do not want to fly.

The Asian market has also dried up of late, and are not flying either.

The world is really getting smaller these days
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