Overview

Varig Airlines, an airline based in Sao Paulo, Brazil, is the country's leading international airline. The company was re-organized in 2005 and was renamed as VRG Linhas Aereas in the year 2006. However, it has continued to operate under its popular name Varig Airlines.

Varig Airlines' IATA Code is RG, ICAO Code is VRN and Callsign is Varig.

Where Do They Fly?

Varig Airlines offers international, regional and domestic destinations across Brazil and South America. Destinations include Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Venezuela, Brasilia, Manaus, Fernando de Noronha, Recife, Salvador, Belo Horizonte, Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paolo, Curitiba, Florianopolis and Porto Alegre.

Check In

Varig Airlines now offers online check-in for passengers who are not comfortable with lining up with people just to check-in. This new feature allows passengers to check-in comfortably at their homes or hotels. Say goodbye to long lines and use the online check-in facility that they offer.

Those who need special services should check-in personally at the airport. Passengers are advised to arrive at the airport early for all their needs and concerns to be addressed immediately. Check-in should be done at least an hour before the flight departure for international passengers and at least 45 minutes before the flight departure for domestic passengers.

Baggage

Each passenger is entitled to two checked bags that weighs no more than 50 lbs. This baggage allowance does not apply for animals or pets being transported, sports equipment and mobility devices such as bicycles. All passengers with excess baggage will be asked to pay an additional fee of $100.

Carry-on luggage is free of charge but is subject to a weight allowance of 11 lbs and 45" in overall dimensions. Any baggage that exceeds all given weight allowance is subject to additional charges that will depend on your destination. Any baggage that exceeds 154 lbs will not be accepted and shall be recommended for cargo.

Infants

Infants are defined as babies who are at least eight days old to 23 months old that are in perfect health and are allowed for travel. Proper documents from an attending physician should be presented to prove that the child is allowed to travel. Infants who are traveling with a parent or guardian can travel for free, provided that the adult presents proper identification documents and proof of age. For guardians, authorization from the proper court should have been issued and the adult bringing the child should at least be 18 years old.

Minors

Varig Airlines currently does not have an unaccompanied minor service. Children who are five to 14 years old will not be allowed to travel without an accompanying adult. Minors who are 15 to 17 years old will be allowed to board, but they should be able to travel on their own. However, the staff of Varig Airlines will do everything they can to meet all the needs of passengers, including these minors.

Pets

Reservations should be made for a pet to be transported on Varig Airlines. Only two animals per flight will be accepted, therefore this service is on a "first come first served basis." However, exceptions to this rule are service dogs for the handicapped. They may travel with a passenger provided that all documents are presented and sanitation regulations are complied.

A passenger should be responsible for the animal documents needed by a pet animal to comply with country/city regulation on animals. The airline will not be responsible for the pertinent documents that should have been brought for the animal entry.

Frequent Flyer Program

Varig Airlines' frequent flyer program is called "My Smiles." This rewards passengers with extra miles for traveling with the airline and purchasing products and services with the airline's partners. Passengers acquire Smiles Silver, Gold and Diamond cards. "Smiles Gold" and "Smiles Diamond" members enjoy their own special lounge before boarding the plane. Other special members enjoy a whole lot of benefits.

In Flight Services

Passengers who fly with Varig Airlines get to enjoy excellent customer service from friendly and dedicated flight attendants. Comfortable seats and cozy pillows are provided. There are wide selections of evening meal choices that will make your flight even better. The airline pampers its passengers by giving the best cuisine and beverages. Entertainment is also available and passengers get to enjoy music and television.

Airline Magazine

Varig Airlines currently does not have an airline magazine.

Air Alliances

Varig Airlines was a former member of the Star Alliance.

Contact Information

For reservation inquiries, My Smiles inquiries and other concerns, you may call Varig Airlines at 1-800-GO-VARIG (1-800-462-8144). For more information about the airline, you may also contact them at their website, VARIG

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