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Varig Boeing 777 (PP-VRB)
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Varig McDonnell Douglas MD-11

Varig (Varig Brazilian Airlines) also known as Viao Area RIo-Grandense SA, is Brazil's leading international airline, followed by TAM. Varig uses the IATA designator RG.

The airline flies the Boeing 737, Boeing 757, Boeing 767, Boeing 777 and MD-11. It is a member of the Star Alliance,

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History

Varig's beginnings can be traced to May 7, 1927 at the Porto Alegre Commercial Association meeting. It was there that Otto Ernst Meyer, a German immigrant, signed the certificate declaring Varig an airline company.

Varig's first plane was a nine passenger Atlantico 9. Its first employee, Ruben Berta, later became the airline's President and led the airline through great expansion until his death in 1966.

Varig's first flight was from Porto Alegre to Rio Grande (the Brazilian city), stopping in Pelotas.

Varig has had three crashes with fatalities since 1970:

Its safety record rates an "A," the highest grade possible, according to Air Rankings Online (see rankings at Airline Rankings (http://www.airsafetyonline.com/safetycenter/reportcard.shtml)). Rankings are cumulatives, based on the number of fatal accidents per million flights that the carrier has flown since 1970.

Subsidiaries

Varig has two Brazilian subsidiaries: Nordeste airlines and Rio-Sul airlines, as well as a domestic codeshare partnership with TAM. In 2004, Varig decided to completely merge these two regional subsidiaries (Nordeste and Rio-Sul) into the company.

Other facts of interest

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Destinations

See Varig destinations

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Members of the Star Alliance
Air Canada | Air New Zealand | ANA | Asiana Airlines | Austrian Airlines
bmi | LOT Polish Airlines | Lufthansa | SAS | Singapore Airlines
Spanair | TAP Portugal | Thai Airways | United Airlines | US Airways | Varig

Regional Members: Adria Airways | Blue1 | Croatia Airlines

Future Members: South African Airways | Swiss


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