Northwest717
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Flying To Brasil: What To Expect?

Tue Feb 07, 2006 10:45 am

Hey yall, I'm flying to Recife in a few weeks and I was wondering what to expect on my flights, so I figured I would ask the experts.

My itinerary is:

Delta Air Lines 4402
Operated by: ATLANTIC SOUTHEAST AIRLINES
Please check in with the operating carrier.

Depart: 12:12pm
afternoon Madison, WI
Madison Dane County Regional (MSN)
Arrive: 3:23pm
afternoon Atlanta, GA
Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson ATL (ATL)

Economy | Canadair Regional Jet (CRJ) | 2hr 11min | 719 miles

Seats: 5A, 5B

Delta Air Lines 105 Depart: 7:45pm
evening Atlanta, GA
Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson ATL (ATL)
Arrive: 7:05am
morning Sao Paulo, Brazil
Sao Paulo Guarulhos Intl (GRU)

Economy | Boeing 767-300 Passenger (763) | Dinner | 9hr 20min | 4653 miles

Seats: 28G, 28F

TAM 3502 Depart: 11:00am
morning Sao Paulo, Brazil
Sao Paulo Guarulhos Intl (GRU)
Arrive: 1:20pm
afternoon Salvador, Brazil
Salvador Airport Luis Eduardo Magalhaes (SSA)

Economy | Airbus Industrie A320 (320) | Snack | 2hr 20min | 909 miles

Seats assigned at check-in.

No plane change. Time between flights: 0hr 30min TAM 3502 Depart: 1:50pm
afternoon Salvador, Brazil
Salvador Airport Luis Eduardo Magalhaes (SSA)
Arrive: 3:00pm
afternoon Recife, Brazil
Recife Guararapes Intl (REC)

Economy | Airbus Industrie A320 (320) | Lunch | 1hr 10min | 403 miles



And on the way back:

Varig 2343 Depart: 4:35pm
afternoon Recife, Brazil
Recife Guararapes Intl (REC)
Arrive: 7:35pm
evening Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
Rio De Janeiro Internacional (GIG)

Economy | Boeing 737-300 Passenger (733) | Snack | 3hr 0min | 1157 miles

Seats assigned at check-in.

Delta Air Lines 60 Depart: 10:55pm
evening Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
Rio De Janeiro Internacional (GIG)
Arrive: 6:40am
morning Atlanta, GA
Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson ATL (ATL)

Economy | Boeing 767-300 Passenger (763) | Dinner | 9hr 45min | 4753 miles

Seats: 33G, 33F

Delta Air Lines 639 Depart: 8:00am
morning Atlanta, GA
Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson ATL (ATL)
Arrive: 9:30am
morning Cincinnati, OH
Cincinnati Cinci./Nrthrn Kentucky (CVG)

Economy | Boeing 737-200 Passenger (732) | 1hr 30min | 375 miles

Seats: 23F, 23E

Delta Air Lines 4940
Operated by: COMAIR
Please check in with the operating carrier.

Depart: 10:10am
morning Cincinnati, OH
Cincinnati Cinci./Nrthrn Kentucky (CVG)
Arrive: 10:34am
morning Madison, WI
Madison Dane County Regional (MSN)

Economy | Canadair Regional Jet (CRJ) | 1hr 24min | 374 miles

Seats: 3A, 3B


I have already checked seatguru.com (did so before choosing the seats). I was just wondering what to expect on the flights in terms of comfort, service, etc. I was also wondering about on the Delta flights (763ERs) how difficult would it be to try to reserve two seats in row 15 for me and my travel companion. Any input is deeply appreciated! Thank you!

-Tim
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RE: Flying To Brasil: What To Expect?

Wed Feb 08, 2006 12:39 am

ASA/COMAIR - Don't expect much other than cereal bars. They are not bad, but don't really offer anything memorable. F/As tend to be nice tho.

Delta - Flight is Ok. No PTVs and meals are average. It's not that bad though.

TAM -  checkmark  great airline, all around. If you get F-100s, however, they won't be as new/modern inside (leather seats tho), however a great airplane.

Varig - It will depend entirely on the aircraft you get (and of course, delays etc.). Some of their 737s are really old and worn, others are better. Their F/As tend to be very nice, however. But simply flying Varig is already something cool if you ask me hehe  Wink

GRU - Not the greatest airport, but not too bad. DL flight arrives early at GRU, which is good for immigration lines.

SSA - Good airport IMO. Haven't really been through the airport much, but it should be a breaze. (nice view on landing/take-off)

REC - New terminal opened just over a year ago. Very nice terminal. last time I've beent here I used the gates from the new, but the other facilities from the old terminal (terrible..). The gates look very nice and from pics I've seen, so does the rest of the terminal. (nice view on landing/take-off)

GIG - Nice airport as well. You should have great views on landing/take-off, so keep that camera on hand  Wink

Enjoy the beaches in Recife, and if you get a chance, try getting on a hour or so flight (usually ATR-42 or 737s) to the Archipelago of Fernando de Noronha*, amazing islands just off our coast. Small little airport, awesome approaches and take-off views.

*Varig offers a special round-the-island flight on your inbound flight.

Cheers and have a great trip!!!
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JCS
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RE: Flying To Brasil: What To Expect?

Wed Feb 08, 2006 2:58 am

Nothing to add to your story, PPVRA.

Good you mean even the horrible immigration lines for international traffic at GRU. Take your time for international arrival and departure...!
 
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RE: Flying To Brasil: What To Expect?

Sun Feb 12, 2006 3:22 am

Quoting JCS (Reply 2):
Good you mean even the horrible immigration lines for international traffic at GRU. Take your time for international arrival and departure...!

Yes, and on early morning the line for foreigners are very big (also horrible) and also americans need some additional procedures (photo and finger print Id). Lucky that you are boarding at GIG as on the last 6 weeks GRU face a terrible line before x-ray machines (on fridays more than 50 minutes) and also 15 to 20 minutes more to clear Federal Police.

Have a Nice trip to Brazil !

Felipe
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RE: Flying To Brasil: What To Expect?

Sun Feb 12, 2006 10:51 am

Quoting Northwest717 (Thread starter):
Flying To Brasil: What To Expect?

You should expect everything nice "Brazil o melhor pais do mundo"
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RE: Flying To Brasil: What To Expect?

Sun Feb 12, 2006 4:25 pm

Expect one of the best beaches in the world.And nice girls.
Oh, and remember to go to Porto de Galinhas and Itamaraca.Ask the local fishermen to make you fresh just caught ''Agulhas'' grilled on the spot, right there on the beach, over a few leafs.
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Northwest717
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RE: Flying To Brasil: What To Expect?

Tue Feb 14, 2006 10:40 am

Thank you all for your insight. I do plan on going to Porto de Galinhas! I am staying there for two nights I think. I am very excited.

Does anyone know about Delta Airlines 763ERs and the row 15 thing? I am really hoping to snag two of those, but I don't know much about it. Anybody know?

PPVRA, do you have anymore information about those islands? It sounds intriguing!

Thanks again!

-Tim
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RE: Flying To Brasil: What To Expect?

Wed Feb 15, 2006 1:27 am

Quoting Northwest717 (Reply 6):

PPVRA, do you have anymore information about those islands? It sounds intriguing!

Check this website for more info on tourism in Brazil:

http://www.turismo.gov.br/site/gb/home/index.php

And here is a direct link with some more info on the Islands:

http://www.turismo.gov.br/site/gb/ci...ade=7408®ioes=1030&estados=1257

This one may be more useful though:

http://www.noronha.pe.gov.br/eng/ctudo-tourism-intro.asp

And this is the only good picture in the database of the place:


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Photo © Carlos A. Morillo Doria



The islands are never crowded with tourists. It's a National Marine Park that is basically run by a research and protection organization (TAMAR - Sea Turtles project thing), so they have a limit on the number of tourists that can be in the island at any one time (that shouldn't be a problm I think).

Cheers!
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