RG dug its own hole... the authorities are just trying to look like they're helping because this is an election year. I don't know if RG
will be in Star Alliance for long - UA
no longer honour RG
tickets for pax stranded abroad, and when I talked to UA
customer service, they told me RG
is no longer a part of IATA and the partnership between RG
has formally ended.
This however is further evidence of the fact that the "free market" for aviation in Brazil is naught but a fallacy... the federal authorities still have the power to veto fleet expansions, codeshares, ticket prices and routes. Brazil has improved in many ways since the end of the military regime but civil aviation seems to be stuck in 1964...