“Varig was created to serve" Otto Meyer
At the end of 1927 VARIG carried a total of 668 passengers and
received its second aircraft, the Dornier Merkur, named "Gaúcho".
Gaúcho is the name given to those who were born in Rio Grande do Sul
Brazilian state. The company also acquired two Klemm L-25, but these
aircraft were not used to carry passengers, as there were only two
places in the plane: for a passenger and for the pilot. This
aircraft were used to transport mailbag and also advertisement of
commercial aviation in the inner cities of Rio Grande do Sul State.
Dornier Wal "Atlântico", VARIG’s first aircraft / VARIG’s station in Pelotas, where passengers wait to board, protected from the cold
In 20’s VARIG’s passengers need to board in a boat to get to the aircraft
Porto Alegre, Pelotas and Rio Grande
Otto Ernest Meyer Labastille
HOW WAS FLYING IN THE 1920s?
the 1920s, travel by airplane was completely new.
VARIG's challenge was to convince people that traveling
by plane was safe, comfortable and faster than other
types of transport. At that time everything was still
very primitive, starting with boarding. The passengers
were taken to the docks, to be transported by boat to
Ilha Grande dos Marinheiros, where tickets were checked.
On the ticked, the words: "For your safety, smoking is
strictly prohibited, as well as throwing objects through
the windows." Luggage and the passenger were
weighing together, being surcharged if the sum surpassed
IN FOCUS: Brazil's first commercial flight
made the first flight in Brazil, Condor Syndikat or
Varig? Condor Syndikat was Brazilian or German?