THE CENTRAL AMERICAN AVIATION THREAD
"Tribute to Varig in Central America"
The Brazilian airline VARIG which was acquired by Gol served the Central American skies in the past . It promoted the first jet-line flights heading to deep South America, disregarding the operations of Braniff in Panama City and others.
By the mid 80s, Lacsa, Ecuatoriana and Varig signed a sort of agreement operating a weekly flight routed in the northbound sector as Rio de Janeiro - Sao Paulo - Guayaquil - Quito - San Jose with Boeing 767-200 Extended Range. The airline Cruzeiro sometimes performed these flights on behalf of Varig with Airbus 300.
Varig also flew Sao Paulo - Manaos - Panama City with Boeing 737-300, discontinued by the mid 90s. I don’t manage if other regional routes or equipments were available before on Varig.
These flights became unattractive, once both Taca Peru and Copa Airlines incursioned in deep South America, almost 20 years ago.
Edited on July 04th, 2013.