I've gotta agree--it's really sad that PA no longer reaches to Brazil...such a beautiful country, one that has a special place in PA and American aviation history. Pan Am pioneered the operation of flights to and through Brazil, after purchasing the NYRBA line (New York, Rio and Buenos Aires) in the early '30s.
One of my own special memories is flying on a PA 747 in Clipper Class from New York to Rio--beautiful flight and extraordinary service. The way it worked back then in the late 80s is that the flight would depart JFK in the mid-evening, fly all night, and get in around the early morning.
The fact that the Pan Am name is still on the flip board down there says something powerful about the Pan Am name as a marketing tool in many parts of hte world. Back in '96, when I last visited Trinidad, a faded PA billboard still stood on a hillside as we drived up through the central part of the island. It's rather sad that those who own and run PA III are unable to use the PA name as anything more than a domestic name, no better than Southwest, AirTran, Vanguard, etc. If only they could get the slots they need in international destinations, they'd be able to exploit the incredible brand recognition that still exists with the Pan Am name and Clipper logo after all this time. Perhaps they should start charter service with the 722's.
Maybe the new Pan Am will come back to Brazil some day...but I doubt it.