Interesting topic. Just to add some more facts:
(daily) is one of SA
most profitable routes (2004). It's almost always packed on business class. GRU
was also SA
launching destination for its new business class. The route is operated codeshare with RG
As Rafabozzolla mentioned, VR
flights are mainly cargo, but also many pax in transit to LIS
. This because VR
flight is much cheaper than TP
daily service FOR
. I even know pax that use VR
flight to transit to AMS
operates 2 x week SID-AMS
, since there is a huge Cape Verde community in Rotterdam.
SID is also the stop-over airport used by Embraer on route for the delivery of its a/c to European customers. For example, Embraer's LOT a/c were all seen refueling in SID a couple of weeks ago. Of course, SID was selected by Embraer because, besides its strategic location betweeen Africa and Brazil, Portuguese is the local language. Time flight FOR
to SID is less than 4 hours!
TAAG, as stated, still flies 1 x week LAD
with the 747. RG
operated to LAD
until some years ago; but with the civil war in Angola, and the fact that some of RG
crew were killed in an incident in Luanda, RG
decided to cease operating this flight.
and TAM completed a partnership agreement (as of Sep/04) in wich TAM operates GRU
and MEA CDG
with immediate connection and the issue of only one ticket. MEA
for a while and dropped the service due to poor loads.
is studying flighst to GRU
nonstop(!). There is specualtion of a possible partnership EK
has been seen at JJ HQ
in Sao Paulo.