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Brazil’s Varig Starts to Spread Wings Overseas Again with Six Agreements

Brazil's Varig Airlines Varig, Brazil's former flagship airline, which has started to emerge from the ashes after going into bankruptcy, has signed agreements with six international airline carriers, including Qatar Airways, El Al and Mexicana.

Starting this month, Varig passengers traveling on domestic and international flights can purchase tickets to all destinations served by Germany's Hahn Air, Hungary's Malev, Israel's El Al, Italy's Air One, Mexico's Mexicana and Qatar's Qatar Airways.

"Through these agreements Varig offers its customers an expanded flight network providing services to cities where the company does not currently operate," says Lincoln Amano, Varig's Commercial Director.

Besides offering passengers the added convenience of having their luggage checked through to their final destination, these interline agreements also simplify ticket purchases through global travel agents or Varig's call centers.

Since September 17, Varig has participated in MITA (Multilateral Interline Traffic Agreement), an IATA network of airlines from around the world. All MITA members have the option to enter interline agreements with other member airlines.

Passengers traveling under the Smiles frequent flier program can only accumulate miles on flights operated by Varig.

Varig has being bought by Gol Airline. Together, Gol and Varig offer daily flights to more destinations in Brazil than any other domestic airline.

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  • E. Louter

    I am still waiting compensation for cancelled flights Lima- Amsterdam on 03-aug-2006
    We are still waiting to ger our maney back or any compesnation for the fact the we have to buy a ticket with KLM to come back home in Amsterdam.
    We bought the ticket via Internet, so we didn’t know who was Varig’s representative in The Netherlands. We found KALES airlines services, we sent a certified letter on 30-08-06 and since them we were talking with teh director Mr. Denis vad Hart, but intil now (2 years later) we have not get any compensation.
    I think it is a shame for VARIG!
    Are there more Varig’s victims without compensation? Our 2 KLM tickets costed USD 1600!!!!
    How can we get it solved?

  • Ric

    Our travel agent told us this week that they are not booking Varig at all.

    A number of their clients have not received compensation for trips that were paid for and then cancelled by Varig.

    They donÀ‚´t care if itÀ‚´s the New or the Old or whatever. To them itÀ‚´s Varig.

    By contrast all the travel agent-generated cancelled tickets that Trans-Brasil had issued were evidently reimbursed. Not all of the online sales however.

    It would be good business for whoever is running what is now called Varig to take care of this. Airlines customers have long memories.

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