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1981-1996

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Following its principle to always fulfill the most strict quality, efficiency and comfort criteria, VARIG also increases its fleet with aircrafts most adequate to Brazilian needs and characteristics and also to international market. According to this philosophy in 1981 VARIG incorporated to its fleet the Boeing 747: the biggest commercial aircraft in Western world. The first wide-body B747, PP-VNA and PP-VNB, started operations on February 1981, serving Rio-New York line. The third, PP-VNC, arrived on March 20, already bringing passengers from the United States. The B747-200 also operated in Rio de Janeiro - Paris and Rio de Janeiro – Frankfurt routes.
All Boeing 747-200 were retired in 1996 and sold to be converted in freighters.

VARIG's Boeing 747-200 internal configuration:

1st
First Class: 28 seats
Business Class: 60 seats
Economy Class: 150 seats
TOTAL: 238 seats

2nd
First Class: 28 seats
Business Class: 53 seats
Economy Class: 278 seats
TOTAL: 359 seats

 

Operated units

03

Constructor

The Boeing Company, USA

Engine

Four turbines GE CF6-50E with 52,500 pounds of thrust each.

Wingspread

195,67 feet

Length

231 feet

Height

63,42 feet

Cruising speed

581 miles/hr.

Flight reach

7,456 miles

Maximum flight altitude

45,100 feet

Cruising radius

13h 30min.

Empty aircraft weight

379,921 pounds

Maximum take-off weight

833,141 pounds

Maximum landing weight

629,908 pounds

Technical crew

03 (2 pilots, 1 flight engineer)

Maximum number of passengers

550

Maximum number of passengers (VARIG’s configuration)

268

Maximum capacity of fuel tank

44,645 gallons

Normal consumption

3,295 gallons

Maximum cargo capacity

147,448 pounds

Minimum runway length

10,171 feet

Minimum landing strip length

6,168 feet

 

 

 

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