An225
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Flying To Rio - Which Airline To Choose From?

Sun Jun 05, 2005 6:15 am

Hello,
I need to go to Rio next month, and I need an advise with which airline to go. My options are:
* AF, all the way
* LY to MAD, and IB to GIG
* LH to FRA and Varig to GIG

Which should I choose?
- The price is not the same - LH is much more expensive, LY/IB is mid range and AF is the cheapest
- MCT is more or less the same
- Equipment is also different: AF - A320 and B747-400; LY - B757-200 / IB - A340; LH - B747-400 / Varig - MD11

So, which would you choose, and why?
My heart is more or less going to the direction of AF, but I haven't decided yet
 
B742
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RE: Flying To Rio - Which Airline To Choose From?

Sun Jun 05, 2005 6:18 am

I would fly:

Lufthansa
TLV-FRA - LH - 744
FRA-GIG - LH - M11

If not I would choose AF, then IB!  Wink

Why not choose BA - 763+744?

Rob!
 
An225
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RE: Flying To Rio - Which Airline To Choose From?

Sun Jun 05, 2005 6:24 am

Rob,

Quoting B742 (Reply 1):
Why not choose BA - 763+744?

I would love to fly BA (as a former employee in TLV station, I have a warm place in my heart), but they are too pricy for my budget


Cheers,

Uzi
 
legacy135
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RE: Flying To Rio - Which Airline To Choose From?

Sun Jun 05, 2005 6:25 am

I just discovered a couple of weeks ago that Aviancas fares in Business Class for a flight going MAD - BOG - GIG are by far cheapest. You would have a second stop, on the other hand you could travel Business Class for about $ 2000.-
I don't know if stopovers are allowed. If yes, Bogotá is a very nice town, spend a night there!
Enjoy your trip and once in Rio don't forget to have an ice cream on the sugar loaf.
 
LipeGIG
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RE: Flying To Rio - Which Airline To Choose From?

Sun Jun 05, 2005 7:13 am

Quoting An225 (Thread starter):
- Equipment is also different: AF - A320 and B747-400; LY - B757-200 / IB - A340; LH - B747-400 / Varig - MD11

Hy An225, i wish you a marvellous trip to my lovely city.

One little comment: RG will use in some days next month the 777-200ER into GIG-FRA.
Looking to your options, AF will add more points/miles into FF program (same to Star Aliance), it's the cheap one, and every time is good to travel in a 747-400. Furthermore AF has a special care with GIG-CDG, very good service, good and clean planes and always on time. At the same time probably it's the fastest trip and it's non-stop (BA and AV stops in São Paulo). More time available to drink chopp's at the Beaches !

If you need any further information concerning to Rio de Janeiro, don't hesitate in send more questions.

Regards,
Felipe
New York + Rio de Janeiro = One of the best combinations !
 
RCS763AV
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RE: Flying To Rio - Which Airline To Choose From?

Sun Jun 05, 2005 7:14 am

Quoting B742 (Reply 1):
TLV-FRA - LH - 744
FRA-GIG - LH - M11

The MD-11 portion is operated by RG.

Quoting Legacy135 (Reply 3):
If yes, Bogotá is a very nice town, spend a night there!

Not to be picky but Bogota has nothing of a town in it. We have more population then Switzerland itself. We are 8 million in this "town".  Smile
 
avek00
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RE: Flying To Rio - Which Airline To Choose From?

Sun Jun 05, 2005 7:31 am

Go CO TLV-EWR-GIG and enjoy OAG's Airline of the Year 2005.
Live life to the fullest.
 
PPVRA
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RE: Flying To Rio - Which Airline To Choose From?

Sun Jun 05, 2005 7:53 am

How about thru LIS with TP/RG? RG B772 and TP A343 as options.

If not, sounds like the AF option is the best one... unless you haven't flown on the MD-11 yet and would like to try it out like many do.

Have a great trip whoever you fly with!

Cheers,
PPVRA
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richardw
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RE: Flying To Rio - Which Airline To Choose From?

Sun Jun 05, 2005 8:07 am

if you start your journey to GIG in BRU, you may be pleasantly surprised.
 
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RE: Flying To Rio - Which Airline To Choose From?

Sun Jun 05, 2005 10:26 pm

Quoting RCS763AV (Reply 5):
The MD-11 portion is operated by RG.

This is a full codeshare flight with RG.

Quoting Richardw (Reply 8):
if you start your journey to GIG in BRU, you may be pleasantly surprised

Why? Does SN have plans for GRU/GIG?

In my opinion AF would be the best among the options you mentioned. As stated above, AF's flight to GIG is excellent.

As a second option, have you tried TAP flight via LIS (A340), they usually have very attractive fares. LH+RG via FRA is also very good, but AF is still better.

Btw, there were rumours that El Al would fly to Brazil. Anyhting in this respect? I would be great to see El Al B747 in GIG!

Enjoy the Wonderful City! Here is a useful link:
http://www.riodejaneiro-turismo.com.br

Rgs,
 
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RE: Flying To Rio - Which Airline To Choose From?

Sun Jun 05, 2005 11:41 pm

Concerning the service on board/airplane type, it's all a matter of taste.

For the fastest connection and most direct trip : AF is by far the best option.

TLV : 17h00 ---> CDG :21h05 AF1621 A320 Daily
CDG : 23h15 ---> GIG : 06h25 AF 442 B744 Daily Nonstop

GIG : 17h07 ---> CDG : 07h50 AF443 B744 Daily Nonstop
CDG : 10h20 ---> TLV : 15h55 AF1620 A320 Daily
 
wunala
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RE: Flying To Rio - Which Airline To Choose From?

Sun Jun 05, 2005 11:49 pm

I would fly BA, otherwise whoever gives you the best FFP's/status.
 
An225
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RE: Flying To Rio - Which Airline To Choose From?

Mon Jun 06, 2005 4:39 am

Thanks guys!!

Your remarks gave lots of information to think about.
I will probably fly AF, but I'll decide in a few days


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