rbirtel
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Why Varig Stopped To Fly To Hk?!?!

Tue Dec 11, 2001 4:09 am

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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Ciro
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RE: Why Varig Stopped To Fly To Hk?!?!

Tue Dec 11, 2001 4:29 am

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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guerosinfe
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RE: Why Varig Stopped To Fly To Hk?!?!

Tue Dec 11, 2001 7:23 am

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

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CPH-R
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RE: Why Varig Stopped To Fly To Hk?!?!

Tue Dec 11, 2001 9:00 am

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.
 
hkgspotter1
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RE: Why Varig Stopped To Fly To Hk?!?!

Tue Dec 11, 2001 9:21 am

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.
 
HS-LTA
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RE: Why Varig Stopped To Fly To Hk?!?!

Tue Dec 11, 2001 11:37 am

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.
 
ryu2
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RE: Why Varig Stopped To Fly To Hk?!?!

Tue Dec 11, 2001 11:41 am

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.
 
9V-SPK
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RE: Why Varig Stopped To Fly To Hk?!?!

Tue Dec 11, 2001 2:43 pm

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.

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BestWestern
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RE: Why Varig Stopped To Fly To Hk?!?!

Tue Dec 11, 2001 6:49 pm

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.

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