The service to Rio was orginally an extension of the GRU
flight. When I first went to Rio in August of 2001, 3 flights per week were non stop and the other 4 were one stop in Sao Paolo. The next year, Delta offered daily nonstops. However, later in 2002 they stopped service all together. I believe that the orginal service to Brazil was with a 767. When I flew nonstop to GIG
in 2002, it was once again a 767.
When we went in 2002, Brazil's economy was suffering from the collapse of Argentina's economy. They felt they could continue to make the GRU
flights work, but not the GIG
flights. Hopefully, now that things in Argentina and Brazil are stabilized, Delta will restart flights. There was another thread which quoted an Argentinian newspaper about Delta returning to EZE
. Hopefully a return to GIG
Of course, they could just decide to transfer passengers to the CO