Aerolíneas Argentinas pax to Oceania is made of MORE THAN 50 PER CENT
by Brazilians. Recently, AR
started to operate their A342 into GRU
to fetch these pax, which goes afterwards to AKL
. So, some days of the week, the route is: GRU
Most of Brazilians to Australia are students in Exchange Programmes. Australia has become the new appeal for Brazilians, instead of the US and UK for studying.
Australian Government predicts in 2008 three times more Brazilians students than previous years.
I don't have figures about LAN Chile stats. But I assume Brazilians play a big role in LA
route as well.
Two years ago, I was told about the BIIGGG Community of permanent residents of Uruguayans and Bolivians in Australia. They use these routes as well.
LA will launch this year their 5th frequency to New Zealand/Australia, while AR operates 4 weekly.
VARIG main aircraft type is the MD11s. The trihollers don't depend on ETOPS. Thus Varig can fly to Oceania without major adjustments. From GRU
, however I think a technical stop-over in Río Gallegos, EZE
or PPT should be necessary.
With all these facts, I assume Varig didn't launch flights to Oceania because of mismanagement. If they had predicted such traffic, just like LA
did, VARIG would be flying daily today to Australia, no doubt via South Africa.
In the 90's, VARIG launched a fiasco route to BKK
, performing very poor yields. They had then to axe it. If they had started GRU
instead, they would still be flying it successfully today, I bet with 747!!!
Unfortunately, they can't fly it anymore because of their current financial situation and AR
became the major players.
[Edited 2005-09-17 14:01:40]