usflyer msp
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Sun Dec 03, 2006 2:57 am

A Trip to Brazil
Nine Flights on Five Airlines:
Northwest, United, TAM, BRA, and Delta

This report is about my flights to attend my brothers wedding in Recife and vacation in Salvador de Bahia and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The trip reports on the vacation will include MSP-ORD-MIA-SSA on NW/UA/JJ, SSA-REC on BRA-Brasil Rodo Aereo, REC-GIG on AM-Transportes Aereos Meridionais (Brazil)">JJ, and GIG-GRU-MIA-ATL-MSP on AM-Transportes Aereos Meridionais (Brazil)">JJ/DL.


Part 2: SSA-REC on BRA-Brasil Rodo Aereo

Flight 5:

19 Nov 2006
AM-Transportes Aereos Meridionais (Brazil)">JJ 3159
Recife (REC) to Rio de Janeiro Galeão (GIG)
Fokker 100
Depart @ 5:00 AM Arrive @ 9:00 AM Gate 10
Actual @ 4:58 AM Arrive @ 8:41 AM

I arrived at REC at 3:55 AM. There was no queue to check-in and I was immediately assisted by an friendly English-speaking TAM agent who checked me in with no problems. This is contrasted with the experience of my travelling companion who left REC the day before, when TAM’s computer system when down for an hour and caused his flight to CNF and GRU to be delayed by 3 hours. My brother and I went to Casa do Pão de Queijo for a farewell breakfast. After a heartfelt goodbye I headed through security at 4:35, where for some reason my flight was in final boarding so I had to hustle. As is standard on TAM flights I walked down the jetway and was greeted by the (hot) purser and captain. I never noticed how tight the TAM FA’s shirts were before this flight; it was a nice view.

I was seated in 8A on this 100% full flight and was amazed by what had to be 35 in seat pitch even though TAM crams 108 seats into their F100’s. We left on time, took of without delay, and was treated to a beautiful view of the Brazilian coast for the entire 2:35 min flight. 30 minutes into the flight we were served a small snack consisting of Crackers, Jam, a pastry, and cream cheese and two rounds of beverage service. I fell asleep after that (it was 5AM) and woke up around 20 minutes before landing. We landed 20 minutes early at Galeão, taxied to the gate. My bag came out around 15 minutes later and I beat off all of the people trying to sell me an inflated price taxi and caught a yellow cab to Copacabana for only R$32.

Boarding Pass

Blurry Pic of Plane at Gate


Recife Terminal at Dawn

Boa Viagem

More Boa Viagem

Atlantic Ocean

The Reef for which Recife is Named


Hot Purser (in sweater)

Mountains around Rio de Janeiro


PrivatAir 757 at GIG

GIG Terminals
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Sun Dec 03, 2006 5:41 am

Nice report, thanks.

Quoting USFlyer MSP (Thread starter):
Blurry Pic of Plane at Gate

- Yep Smile

Quoting USFlyer MSP (Thread starter):
Hot Purser (in sweater)

- I don't see it myself, perhaps it's the angle.

Look forward to the next sector(s)


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Sun Dec 03, 2006 12:40 pm

Great report. I would love to fly on TAM and an F100 some day. Thanks for posting and keep the trip reports coming.
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Wed Dec 13, 2006 1:04 pm

Nice trip report David ! And i wish you appreciate Salvador, Recife and Rio.

TAM F/A's use to be very nice !

New York + Rio de Janeiro = One of the best combinations !

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