The Varig brand returned to the Uk this week, with
the resumption of flights between London and
the Brazilian cities of Rio and
Once Brazil’s flagship carrier, all of
Varig’s international flights were postponed last summer following financial
difficulties and subsequent restructuring under new owners Gol Transportes
Aereos. But the airline (operating under the name VRG Linhas Aereas SA) has been
steadily resuming flights to Europe, with Frankfurt, Rome, and Paris already commenced, and the latest London
Heathrow route starting on October 30.
Flight RG8753 departs Heathrow daily (except Thursdays) at 2205, arriving
into Sao Paulo’s Guarulhos International Airport at 0815 the next day, before connecting to
Rio de Janeiro
and arriving at 1000. The return leg RG8752 leaves Rio for London at 2030 (daily
except Wednesdays), connecting in Sao Paulo and arriving into Heathrow at
between 1400 and 1605 depending on the day of travel.
Varig’s competitors on the Sao Paulo-London route include BA and
Brazil’s TAM Linhas Aereas, which
both offer a daily service. The news follows Emirates’ first foray into the
Brazilian market, with a daily service from Dubai (see online news October 19).
For more information visit varig.com.
Report by Mark Caswell