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Logo of Varig until 2007
AirlineVARIG Viação Aérea Rio-Grandense S.A.
FoundedMay 07, 1927
Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
Ceased operations2006
Airline hubRio de Janeiro-Galeão
Frequent-flyer programSmiles (until  )
Allianceformer member of Star Alliance
Company sloganEstrela brasileira no céu azul, iluminando de Norte a Sul (A Brazilian star on the blue sky, illuminating from North to South) (1967)
HeadquartersPorto Alegre
Rio de Janeiro
Key peopleKey People List
  • Otto Ernst Meyer
  • Ruben Berta
  • Erik de Carvalho
  • Hélio Smidt
  • Fernando Pinto
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    VARIG (acronym for Viação Aérea RIo-Grandense) was the first airline founded in Brazil, in 1927. From 1965 until 1990 it was Brazil's leading and almost only international airline. In 2005, Varig went into judicial reorganisation, and in 2006 it was split into two companies informally known as "old" Varig - heir to the original airline, and "new" Varig - a new company presently fully integrated into Gol Airlines.

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