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1966-1989

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When VARIG start its flights to Europe, in 1965, was necessary to increase its international fleet and the airline chose Boeing 707-320 as main international aircraft. The first two B707-341C (PP-VJR and PP-VJS) arrived in Brazil on December 28, 1966, while the third (PP-VJT) arrived on March 22, 1967. These three aircraft were directly ordered from Boeing and were Combi type (recognized by letter "C" at the end), ie convertible to cargo or passengers. Thus, these aircraft had flexibility to carry more passengers or more cargo, depending on demand.
In addition to great flexibilityk, Boeing 707-341C was equipped with new Pratt & Whitney engines with 18,000 pounds of thrust, aerodynamic improvements, higher take-off weight and fuel capacity, allowing operate flights between Rio de Janeiro and Europe nonstop.
VARIG received more two Boing 707-320, PP-VJK and PP-VJX in 1968, three (PP-VJH, PP-VJY and PP-VJZ) in 1969, two (PP-VLI and PP-VLJ) in 1971, three (PP-VLN, PP-VLO and PP-VLP) in 1973 and one (PP-VLU) in 1974.
Boeing 707-320 was responsible for VARIG's expansion to Asia and Africa, when it inaugurate Rio de Janeiro - Lima - Los Angeles - Honolulu - Tokyo line, on June 25, 1968, and Rio de Janeiro - Johannesburg - Luanda, on August 21, 1970.
During second half of 60s and first half of 70s, Boeing 707 were the main aircraft for international flights and flew to almost all VARIG’s destinations. Even with the introduction of wide-body aircraft in 70s, B707 continued to operate in VARIG’s international routes with lower demand and then only as freighters. Boeing 707 freighters operated until 1989, when were replaced by Boeing 727-100F.


Destination of VARIG’s B707-300:
- Sold to FAB: PP-VJH, PP-VJX, PP-VJY, PP-VLK
- Sold to Transbrasil: PP-VJS
- Sold: PP-VLI, PP-VLL, PP-VLM, PP-VLN, PP-VLO, PP-VLP
- Crashed: PP-VJK, PP-VJR, PP-VJT, PP-VJZ, PP-VLJ, PP-VLU

 

Operated units

17

Constructor

The Boeing Company, USA

Engine

four Pratt & Whitney JT3D-3, 18,000 pounds of thrust

Wingspread

145,74 feet

Length

152,92 feet

Height

42,42 feet

Cruising speed

546,83 miles/hr.

Flight reach

6,524 miles

Maximum flight altitude

41,996 feet

Cruising radius

12 h 45 min

Empty aircraft weight

143,353 pounds

Maximum take-off weight

331,722 pounds

Technical crew

05 (2 pilots, 1 flight mechanic, 1 navigator and 1 radio telegraph operator)

Maximum number of passengers

219

Maximum number of passengers (VARIG’s configuration)

138

Maximum capacity of fuel tank

19,909 gallons

Normal consumption

1,300 gallons/hr.

Minimum runway length

10,039 feet

Minimum landing strip length

6,233 feet

 

 

 

 

 

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