Brazil
February 2002

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Summing up then ...... in the six days we logged approximately 208 Brazillian-registered airliners (give or take a few) of which I 'made' about 138, about 70-75 Brazillian biz-jets of which I got 59 new, and of course a number of ERJs.

It's not a part of the world where you can go and get 100% of the domestic fleet new - obviously as mentioned earlier a lot of ex-European Boeing 737s moved down there in recent years, while trips to aircraft manufacturers also reduces the frame count somewhat - I had seen two TAM A.320s at Toulouse before, whilst I'd seen no fewer than 17 PT- 737s during visits to Boeing over the years, including the whole fleet of five VARIG -700s.

Of those 208 we logged only the following 17 were 'narrow-bodies' we saw in Rio that we didn't subsequently see at either of the Sao Paulo airports ....

Fly S.A Linhas Aereas PP-BLS 727-224
Fly S.A Linhas Aereas PP-JUB 727-227
Rio Sul PT-SPH ERJ.145ER
Rio Sul PT-SPJ ERJ.145ER
Rio Sul PT-SPP ERJ.145ER
Rio Sul PT-SRC Emb.120ER
TAM Brasil PT-MQU F.100
TAM Brasil PT-WHK F.100
VARIG PP-VON 737-341
VARIG PP-VOT 737-341
VARIG PP-VPQ 737-36Q
VARIG PP-VQR 737-4Y0
VARIG PP-VQZ 737-33A
VASP PP-SFN 737-3L9
VASP PP-SMQ 737-214
VASP PP-SMR 737-214
VASP PP-SPJ 737-2M9

So what do I still need ? - annoyingly a single TAM Airbus A.319, a fleet that I thought was a sure thing before the trip, PT-MZB presumably being on maintenance; just two Rio Sul ERJ.145s PT-SPA and PT-SPB (and 2 of just 8 of the first 100 ERJs I'm still looking for - are they in storage ?) although I would have settled for the 13 we did get beforehand; one Rio Sul 737, again presumably on maintenance as the rest of the fleet were daily sightings at Congonhas; only five TAM Fokker 100s; one Pantanal ATR.42; nine VARIG 737-300s and one -400, one -800 and one 777; eleven VASP 737-200s, although whether all of these are still in service is unknown, and one VASP A.300.

It may be useful for future visitors to copy the Brazillian airliner 'majors' log sorted by airline/registration, along with date/location codes (GL=Rio Galeao / RJ=Rio Santos Dumont / SP=Sao Paulo Congonhas / GR=Sao Paulo Guarulhos .... the numbers relate to the consecutive visit to the airport)

GOL Transportes Aereos
PR-GOA 737-7L9 SP1SP2SP4
PR-GOB 737-75B RJ1RJ2RJ4SP2SP4
PR-GOC 737-75B GL1GL2SP1SP2SP4
PR-GOD 737-75B RJ1RJ2GL2SP1SP2SP4
PR-GOE 737-75B RJ4SP1SP2SP4
PR-GOF 737-76Q GL1RJ2SP2SP4
PR-GOG 737-76Q SP1SP2SP4
PR-GOH 737-76N RJ1SP1SP2SP4
PR-GOI 737-76N GL1SP1SP2SP4
PR-GOJ 737-8CX GL1GL2SP2GR1
PR-GOL 737-7L9 SP2SP4
Nordeste Linhas Aereas
PT-MND 737-53A SP2SP4
PT-MNH 737-5Y0 SP2SP4
PT-MNI 737-53A SP2SP4
PT-MNJ 737-33A SP2SP4
Pantanal Linhas Aereas
PT-MFJ 42-320 SP1SP2GR1
PT-MFK 42-300 SP2SP4
PT-MFM 42-310 SP2SP4
PT-MFU 42-310 SP4
PT-MFX 42-310 SP1SP2GR1
Rio Sul
PR-SAA 737-76Q SP1SP2SP4
PT-SLN 737-5Y0 SP1SP2SP4
PT-SLU 737-5Y0 SP1
PT-SLW 737-53A RJ1RJ2RJ4SP4
PT-SPC ERJ.145ER GL2SP1SP2
PT-SPD ERJ.145ER RJ3RJ4SP4
PT-SPF ERJ.145ER RJ1RJ2RJ3RJ4SP2
PT-SPG ERJ.145ER SP2GR1SP4
PT-SPH ERJ.145ER RJ1
PT-SPI ERJ.145ER RJ1RJ2RJ3SP4
PT-SPJ ERJ.145ER RJ1
PT-SPK ERJ.145ER SP2SP4
PT-SPL ERJ.145ER SP1SP2SP4
PT-SPM ERJ.145ER SP1SP2SP4
PT-SPN ERJ.145ER RJ1SP1SP2
PT-SPO ERJ.145ER SP1SP2
PT-SPP ERJ.145ER RJ1RJ2RJ3RJ4
PT-SRC Emb.120ER RJ1RJ2
PT-SRD Emb.120ER SP1SP2SP4
PT-SRE Emb.120ER SP1SP2SP4
PT-SRG Emb.120ER SP2
PT-SSA 737-5Y0 SP1SP2
PT-SSB 737-5Q8 SP1SP2SP4
PT-SSC 737-5Q8 SP1SP2SP4
PT-SSD 737-56N SP1SP2SP4
PT-SSE 737-5Q8 SP1SP2SP4
PT-SSF 737-5Q8 RJ1SP1SP2SP4
PT-SSG 737-5Q8 RJ1RJ4SP1SP2SP4
PT-SSH 737-58E SP1SP2SP4
PT-SSJ 737-33A RJ1RJ2SP1SP2SP4
PT-SSK 737-3Y0 RJ1SP1
PT-SSL 737-5Y0 SP1SP2SP4
PT-SSM 737-5Y0 RJ1SP2SP4
PT-SSO 737-53A SP1SP2
PT-SSP 737-33A SP2SP4
TAM Brasil
PR-MAA A.320-233 SP1SP2SP4
PT-MQA F.100 SP1SP2
PT-MQB F.100 SP1SP2
PT-MQC F.100 SP1SP2
PT-MQD F.100 SP2SP4
PT-MQE F.100 SP2SP4
PT-MQF F.100 SP2GR1SP4
PT-MQG F.100 GL1SP4
PT-MQH F.100 SP1SP2SP4
PT-MQJ F.100 SP1SP4
PT-MQK F.100 SP4
PT-MQL F.100 SP2GR1SP4
PT-MQM F.100 GL2SP2SP4GR2
PT-MQN F.100 RJ1SP1SP4
PT-MQO F.100 GL1RJ2SP2
PT-MQP F.100 SP2
PT-MQQ F.100 GL1SP2SP4GR2
PT-MQS F.100 GL1GL2SP4
PT-MQT F.100 SP2
PT-MQU F.100 GL1
PT-MRA F.100 SP1SP2SP4
PT-MRB F.100 SP1SP2
PT-MRC F.100 SP1SP2
PT-MRD F.100 GL1SP1SP4
PT-MRG F.100 SP1SP2SP4
PT-MRH F.100 SP2GR1SP4
PT-MRI F.100 SP1SP2
PT-MRJ F.100 RJ1SP1SP2SP4
PT-MRM F.100 GL1GL2SP2
PT-MRN F.100 SP4
PT-MRO F.100 SP2SP4
PT-MRP F.100 RJ1SP2SP4
PT-MRQ F.100 SP2GR1SP4
PT-MRR F.100 GL1SP2
PT-MRS F.100 SP1SP2SP4
PT-MRT F.100 SP2SP4
PT-MRU F.100 SP4
PT-MRV F.100 SP1SP2SP4
PT-MRW F.100 SP1
PT-MRX F.100 SP1
PT-MRY F.100 SP2SP4
PT-MRZ F.100 SP1SP2SP4

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VARIG
PT-MVA A.330-223 GR1
PT-MVB A.330-223 GR2
PT-MVC A.330-223 GR2
PT-MZA A.319-132 RJ1RJ2SP1SP2SP4
PT-MZC A.319-132 RJ1SP1SP4
PT-MZD A.319-132 RJ1RJ2SP1SP2SP4
PT-MZE A.319-132 RJ1RJ2RJ4SP1SP2SP4
PT-MZF A.319-132 RJ1RJ3RJ4SP1SP2
PT-MZG A.320-232 SP2
PT-MZH A.320-232 SP1SP2
PT-MZI A.320-232 SP2GR1SP4
PT-MZJ A.320-232 GL1SP4
PT-MZK A.320-232 SP1SP2
PT-MZL A.320-232 SP1SP2SP4
PT-MZM A.320-232 GL2SP1SP2GR1GR2
PT-MZN A.320-231 SP3SP4
PT-MZO A.320-231 SP1SP2SP4
PT-MZP A.320-231 SP2
PT-MZQ A.320-231 GR2
PT-MZR A.320-231 SP1SP2SP4
PT-MZS A.320-231 SP4
PT-MZT A.320-232 GR1GR2
PT-MZU A.320-232 SP2SP4GR2
PT-MZV A.320-232 SP1SP2SP4
PT-MZW A.320-232 GR1GR2
PT-MZX A.320-232 SP2SP4
PT-MZY A.320-232 GR1
PT-MZZ A.320-232 GL1SP1SP2SP4
PT-WHK F.100 RJ1RJ2RJ3RJ4
PT-WHL F.100 RJ1RJ2RJ4SP2SP4
PP-VLE 727-172C GR2
PP-VLS 727-173C GR2
PP-VNN 767-241ER GR1
PP-VNP 767-241ER GL1GL2
PP-VNR 767-241ER GR2
PP-VNS 767-241ER GL1
PP-VNX 737-33A GL2GR1GR2
PP-VOE 737-341 GL1GR1
PP-VOF 737-341 GL1GR2
PP-VOH 737-341 GL1GR1GR2
PP-VOI 767-341ER GL2GR1
PP-VOJ 767-341ER GR1
PP-VOK 767-341ER GL1GR2
PP-VON 737-341 GL2
PP-VOO 737-341 GL1GR2
PP-VOR 737-33A GL1GR1
PP-VOT 737-341 GL1
PP-VOU 737-341 GL1GL2GR2
PP-VOW 737-3Q8 GR1SP4
PP-VOY 737-3K9 GR1
PP-VPA 737-341 GL2SP4
PP-VPB 737-341 GL2GR1
PP-VPC 737-341 GR2
PP-VPF 737-3S1 GR2
PP-VPQ 737-36Q GL1
PP-VPR 737-36Q RJ1GL2RJ3RJ4SP1SP2SP4
PP-VPU 737-36N RJ1RJ2RJ4SP1SP2SP4
PP-VPV 767-375ER GL2
PP-VPY 737-33R RJ1RJ2RJ4SP1SP2SP4
PP-VPZ 737-3S3 RJ1RJ2RJ3RJ4SP1SP2SP4
PP-VQA 737-76N GR2
PP-VQB 737-76N GL2GR1GR2
PP-VQC 737-76N GR2
PP-VQD 737-76N GL1GR1
PP-VQE 737-76N GL1GL2GR1GR2
PP-VQI MD-11ER GL2
PP-VQK MD-11ER GL1
PP-VQM MD-11 GR1
PP-VQN 737-33A GL1SP1
PP-VQO 737-3M8 GR1GR2
PP-VQP 737-36N GR1
PP-VQR 737-4Y0 GL1
PP-VQS 737-4Y0 GL1GL2GR1GR2
PP-VQT 737-4Y0 GR1GR2
PP-VQV 727-243F GR1
PP-VQW 737-3S3 GR1
PP-VQZ 737-33A GL1
PP-VRA 777-2Q8ER GL1
PP-VSA 737-85F GL1GR2
VASP
PP-SFC 727-264F SP2
PP-SFJ 737-3K9 RJ1SP1SP2SP4
PP-SFN 737-3L9 GL1
PP-SMB 737-2A1F SP2
PP-SMF 737-2A1 GL1SP2GR1GR2
PP-SMH 737-2A1 GL1GR1GR2
PP-SMP 737-2A1 GR1SP4GR2
PP-SMQ 737-214 GL1
PP-SMR 737-214 GL1
PP-SMS 737-214 GR1
PP-SMZ 737-2A1 SP4
PP-SNB 737-2A1 GR2
PP-SNM A.300B2-203 GL1GR1GR2
PP-SOT 737-3L9 RJ1RJ2SP2SP4
PP-SOU 737-3L9 RJ1RJ2RJ3RJ4SP1SP2SP4
PP-SPG 737-2L9 SP1SP2GR2
PP-SPI 737-2Q3 GR1
PP-SPJ 737-2M9 GL1

On a more general note the country was fascinating and very welcoming - communication was difficult at times, more our problem than that of the locals of course (it was surprising however how so many started conversations with "excuse my poor english" and then were able to speak excellent english - you do see some brilliant literal translations on signs etc. that make no sense at all in English !), and whilst you obviously need to be careful, we didn't feel threatened or in danger at any time - of course airports are always going to be safer places to frequent anyway. I still took precautions however - we left the camera bags at home and used rucksacks; I left my 'good watch' at home and indeed didn't wear the cheap one I took; I made sure insurance policies covered everything I took with me; and I did keep my unused travellers cheques and credit cards under the insoles of my tennis shoes !. We were never talked to by any of the authorities, enquiring as to our activities. It's cheap as well, very cheap - I think I only used about 80GBP of spending money the whole week !.

I'd certainly go back, maybe only to Rio to do one or two 'touristy things', but Congonhas certainly - we fell in love with the place and the superb Golden Flats, and maybe next time visit one or two of the other major Brazillian cities.

Thanks for reading if you got this far.

Thanks/Acknowledgements: all those who had submitted earlier reports from this part of the world, and answered queries in the weeks before my departure - Jim Birch, Simon Brooke, Paul Rainford, 'Stefano', Eddie Swift, Steve Bailey, Jeff de Vore, Nick Moss, Leonardo Oliveira, 'the Sao Paulo five', Renato and Luiz, Alexandre Polati, Malcolm Lander, and those who have helped since our return - Ian 'bev', Kevin Latham ... and any others whose names I've mislaid.

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