In October 2000 Varig Log was created
already as the largest cargo airline in Latin America,
with eleven cargo airplanes. In 2001 VEM (Varig
Engineering and Maintenance) became a separate company
and was ranked as one of the top ten in the world.
At the end of 2001 VARIG received its first Boeing 777-200ER and Boeing 737-800 with winglet. But 2001 was also a very difficult year for the entire industry. The two Brazil's largest airlines, Varig and Tam, started a codeshare agreement in domestic market, in 2003, ended at the same year.
In 2003 and 2004 VARIG started a full restructuring program, culminating with the merger with its regional subsidiaries Rio Sul and Nordeste. After the merger, VARIG’s fleet reached more than 120 aircraft and incorporated Boeing 737-500 and Embraer ERJ-145. Also in 2004 VARIG received more Boeing 777 and four Boeing 757-200.
Despite efforts, VARIG filed for bankruptcy in 2005. To capitalize itself the company sold VEM for Tap and Varig Log for Volo Brazil. In July, 2006 VARIG was divided into two companies and auctioned. The "new Varig" continued to operate under VARIG’s license until get its own license to operate. On December 14, 2006 VARIG made the last flight.
Passengers: 28 millions (average 28,67 million per year)
How was fly in the 2000s:
What was already
influencing Brazil since the 90s, arrived in 2000 after the creation
of low cost, low fare Gol airlines. In Brazil, the effect of Gol
made the “traditional airlines” adapt itself to compete in this new
reality. After Gol airlines, ticket’s price dropped by half and
aircraft now have more seats and less space.
VARIG’s Economy Class: VARIG offer more space compared to other airlines. Meals are another differential. Passenger can request special meals such as vegetarian, gluten free and lactose free, besides the traditional meal, usually hot and accompanied by salad, fruit, chocolate and various beverages.
VARIG’s Business Class: In the 2000s business class on domestic flights was extinguished. In this class, passengers enjoy more space and greater reclining. In addition on board service offers two entry options, four hot meal options and a dessert with fruit or cheese. Drinks follow the concept VARIG’s First and Wines of The World program. The entertainment of VARIG’s Business have individual video devices in seven different languages. On flights over six hours, passengers receive high quality “nécessaire” with comfort items and products of Amazon forest.
VARIG’s First Class: In First Class passenger receives personalized services. The service follows the "Restaurant Style" philosophy, with a diverse menu and option for lower calorie meal and ingredients that minimize the jet lag effects. Passengers also have individual video entertainment in seven different languages. Beside passengers receive high quality “nécessaire” with comfort items and products of Amazon forest.
FOCUS: Varig's crisis
Many believed that it was impossible VARIG end. After
all was a national pride, situated between the largest
and best airlines in the world.