Brazil’s Varig and Air China launch shared flights

14 March 2006

Sao Paulo, Brazil, 14 Mar – Brazilian air carrier Varig and Air China Sunday began shared flights between Brazil and China with a stop off in Germany, Varig said Monday in a statement.

Varig is the first Brazilian company to offer two daily flights, via Frankfurt, leaving Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, to Beijing and Shanghai.

“The partnership with Air China is the first step in strengthening Varig’s presence in the East,” the company said in its statement.

The flights, which are the result of five years of negotiations between the two companies, offer tickets at US$5,100 in executive class and from US$1,350 in economy class.

In 2004 Brazilian president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, on an official visit to China, signed an agreement allowing Chinese tourists to visit Brazil.

Before the agreement Chinese citizens were only permitted to travel to Brazil for professional, trade and business purposes. (macauhub)