LipeGIG
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Last Old-Varig 777 Will Depart GIG

Sat Jun 23, 2007 1:39 pm

Just to advise, the last one Boeing 777-200ER under Varig colours, PP-VRF, will depart GIG probably this Monday or Tuesday (June 25 or 26) due to a technical problem (should be this Friday, June 22nd).

This is the last of eight 777 that Varig operated till their problems in June 2006 to depart back to lessor after received good engines (PW4090). Rumors that the new operator will be Royal Brunei.

It will fly as N208UA and up to know i don't know the destination.

As soon as GIG confirm it's departure i will post again.



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RE: Last Old-Varig 777 Will Depart GIG

Sat Jun 23, 2007 4:05 pm

Thanks for the update!

Please let us know when you have more info!

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RE: Last Old-Varig 777 Will Depart GIG

Thu Jul 05, 2007 4:20 am

Departed today GIG-DFW non-stop.

PP-VRF is now N208UA.

The end of an era.

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RE: Last Old-Varig 777 Will Depart GIG

Thu Jul 05, 2007 10:33 am

Interesting info Felipe, thanks for the posting. What's up with ex-PP-VRB? Is it already getting maintenance prior to its delivery to AM?
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RE: Last Old-Varig 777 Will Depart GIG

Thu Jul 05, 2007 10:40 am

Quoting EddieDude (Reply 3):
Interesting info Felipe, thanks for the posting. What's up with ex-PP-VRB? Is it already getting maintenance prior to its delivery to AM?

PP-VRB is at China being prepared for Aeromexico at the same facility that was used for PP-VRA.
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RE: Last Old-Varig 777 Will Depart GIG

Thu Jul 05, 2007 11:05 am

Merci beacoup AF086... or should I say muito obrigado???

Any idea when this plane will be delivered to AM?
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RE: Last Old-Varig 777 Will Depart GIG

Thu Jul 05, 2007 11:13 am

Quoting EddieDude (Reply 5):
Merci beacoup AF086... or should I say muito obrigado???

Both are fine, Eddie, and you're welcome!  Wink  biggrin 

Quoting EddieDude (Reply 5):
Any idea when this plane will be delivered to AM?

I don't know actually. Guess it depends on the guys at Guangzhou but since the plane left GIG on May 27th, guess it won't take long.

Just for the record here are a few pictures of N181LF (ex PP-VRB) at CAN:

http://myaviation.net/search/photo_search.php?id=01069464
http://myaviation.net/search/photo_search.php?id=01068411
http://myaviation.net/search/photo_search.php?id=01068419
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RE: Last Old-Varig 777 Will Depart GIG

Thu Jul 05, 2007 11:29 am

any news on the ex-UA non ER birds? Thats VRI and VRJ isn't it? Will they be broken up like the ex-BA aircraft or move to a new operator?
 
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RE: Last Old-Varig 777 Will Depart GIG

Thu Jul 05, 2007 11:31 am

Very nice pics my friend. Thanks for the links. I hope we will see it soon here!

Back to topic, it is sad that the 777-era is officially over at RG, but I am sure Gol-ownership will bring good things for RG.
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RE: Last Old-Varig 777 Will Depart GIG

Thu Jul 05, 2007 12:45 pm

Is PP-VRB going to become AM's fourth 777?
 
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RE: Last Old-Varig 777 Will Depart GIG

Fri Jul 06, 2007 2:00 am

Quoting Mexicana757 (Reply 9):
Is PP-VRB going to become AM's fourth 777?

Yes, it will be the fourth and it will also be leased. The first two (Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo) are brand-new planes, whereas the third is ex-PP-VRA. Originally, AM agreed with ILFC to receive 3 brand-new planes with the last one scheduled to arrive at the end of this year. I have read here that AM no longer will receive the third brand-new plane because it was able to get both VRA and VRB, and because of AM's bad financial situation and the pending sale of the company. I hope this is not the case and AM will receive the third new one as planned, for a grand total of 5 777s.
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RE: Last Old-Varig 777 Will Depart GIG

Fri Jul 06, 2007 12:09 pm

i am due to fly gru to mexico city in business. what am i to expect in terms of seat type?
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RE: Last Old-Varig 777 Will Depart GIG

Fri Jul 06, 2007 12:35 pm

N208UA is actually a United 777 callsign. Am I correct in saying this a/c was with Ua before Varig up to 2004?
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RE: Last Old-Varig 777 Will Depart GIG

Fri Jul 06, 2007 2:51 pm

Quoting Jetfuel (Reply 12):
N208UA is actually a United 777 callsign. Am I correct in saying this a/c was with Ua before Varig up to 2004?

Yes, they rejected the lease as part of their bankrupcy. Varig had 4x ex UA 777's. 2 ER's and 2 regulars. AFAIK Air India has the other 4 ex UA "rustbuckets" that they rejected. (3 ER's and a regular)
 
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RE: Last Old-Varig 777 Will Depart GIG

Sat Jul 07, 2007 12:03 am

Quoting VC10er (Reply 11):
am due to fly gru to mexico city in business. what am i to expect in terms of seat type?

Hey VC10er, it depends on whether you will fly in a 777-200ER or a 767-300ER (MEX-GRU is not yet an all-777 route because of AM's lack of sufficient planes). The 772ER has much better Clase Premier seats than the 763ER, with a much better IFE system too. Check the website of AM, Amadeus or SkyTeam to see what plane you will be getting. If you have the time, look for a report in the trip reports section about a NRT-TIJ flight in business.
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RE: Last Old-Varig 777 Will Depart GIG

Sat Jul 07, 2007 4:17 am

Looks like the aircraft went to AA at AFW for a maintenance visit.

http://flightaware.com/live/flight/N208UA

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RE: Last Old-Varig 777 Will Depart GIG

Mon Jul 09, 2007 12:07 am

Anyone know where the pilots who flew PP-VRF and PP-VRB out of Brazil came from?
Were they former RG pilots or from somewhere else?
 
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RE: Last Old-Varig 777 Will Depart GIG

Mon Jul 09, 2007 2:44 am

Quoting SK973 (Reply 16):
and PP-VRB out of Brazil came from?

ILFC pilots flew PP-VRB out.

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