Well this is my first post,topic"Varig",the first time i flew with Varig was in 1988 when i first came to Brasil,what an airline,fly in economy and you could eat filet migon on real plates with little salt and pepper pots and very good wines and not forgetting fantastic service from the cabin staff,this was pretty much the case through the nineties,how times change,now i know that post 9/11 has been very difficult for the aviation industry,high fuel costs etc,the well run survive and post profit while the ill managed do not.
Look at SIA,VS,BA,LH and here in Brazil Tam,all have weathered the last couple of years well.
I have been a varig smiles Diamond card holder for 2 years running and 2 years gold before that.I fly 7 or 8 times to Brazil each year with varig because they are a star alliance member,but i will be sadly changing carrier this years end to either Tam (hopefully they will join skyteam as has been touted) or with Ba.Varig these days is a company on the edge of collapse,wage delays,
planes impounded (777 in Paris 767 in Miami) indifferent ground staff many times and if you are unlucky to fly intl y class,expect a very poor service with even the odd scowl from cabin staff if you so much as dare to ask for another drink ,c class service on a par with good y class service such as Sia.MD 11 (5 just bought from swiss,who funningly are using brand new A340 on there ZRH
route.whilst a great plane,in the hands of a near bankrupt Varig. all is plane to see,tatty fixtures and fittings ife if your lucky is a Brazilian film and unappetizing food.I have traveled c class many times,anyone who travels a lot c class with other carriers would know what i am talking about.the 2 777 leased new are very nice just hope that ife does not crash any more (flew a few times when they started on CPH LHR GRU
route but now fly AMS CDG GRU
route,the other two 777 bought from BA
i have not traveled on,they fly JFK GRU
,and if anybody has any info regarding f c y seating and ife system please post a reply,anyway back to moaning about RG
You can send e-mails to there Smiles (ff program) centers and get no reply for weeks sometimes months and since my last e-mail in March nothing,still waiting for 7000 miles renovation bonus on my card plus upgrade vouchers which i think they no longer offer as i assume another cost cutting exercise.
I just hope that when Varig goes under,which it surely will in the next 18 to 24 months unless they strike lucky with there new routes and upturn in global traffic that Tam can quickly assume intl rights to RG
Varig is controlled by the rubem berta foundation which under the control and influence of Yutaka imagawa made some fundamental mistakes,not least forcing Ferando Pinto to leave(now doing a pretty good job running a profitable
I wish varig had the kind of management found at BA
under Rod Eddington and could return to being a first class airline.
A sad and disgruntled ex Varig fan.