Boeing 747-200’s success made
VARIG order more two B747. However, this time for 300 version, with
lengthened upper deck and cargo-passenger convertible. The first
Boeing 747-341C, PP-VNH, arrived on December 10, 1985 and the
second, PP-VNI, on December 19.
After observing an increase in demand, VARIG ordered more three units, this time full passenger version. The first, PP-VOA, arrived on April 30, 1988, followed by PP-VOB on May, 13 and PP-VOC on May, 27. VARIG also incorporated a Boeing 747-300 simulator for its Training Center.
During 80s and 90s, VARIG’s Boeing 747 perform daily flights to all continents, boasting the Brazilian flag on their fuselages. VARIG operated 11 Jumbos simultaneously at that time.
In 1996, PP-VNH, was chosen to be the first aircraft to receive VARIG’s new visual identity.
After thirteen years of service, VARIG decided to retire all Boeing 747-300 in 1998.
VARIG Boeing 747-300 Configurations:
First Class: 16 seats (2 + 2 seats per row)
Business Class: 31 seats on the 1st floor (2+3+2 seats per row) and 34 seats on the 2nd floor (2+2 seats per row)
Economy Class: 184 seats in 300C version and 318 seats in 300B version (3+4+3 seats per row)
TOTAL: 265 in version 300C and 399 in version 300B
First Class: 12 seats (2 + 2 seats per row)
Business Class: 31 seats on the 1st floor (2+3+2 seats per row) and 30 seats on the 2nd floor (2+2 seats per row)
Economy Class: 188 seats in 300C version and 318 seats in 300B version (3+4+3 seats per row)
TOTAL: 261 in version 300C and 391 in version 300B