Star Alliance Opens the Door to Brazil With New Airpass

Nov 22, 2002, 00:00 ET from Star Alliance

    RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil, Nov. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Star Alliance(TM), the
 airline network for Earth, today announced the introduction of the new Star
 Alliance VARIG Brazil Airpass that will make traveling around this vast and
 fascinating country easier and more affordable than ever before.
     The new airpass, available for sale beginning January 1, 2003, provides
 access to 77 destinations in Brazil that are served by approximately 5,300
 flights per week. Foreign nationals and Brazilians residing abroad can
 purchase this new product, which contains from four to nine coupons with fares
 ranging from US$399 to US$899, excluding taxes and other applicable fees.
     "Our new Airpass offers an extremely affordable way to travel through
 Brazil," said Rainer Dittrich, Director, Revenue Management, Star Alliance. "A
 nine-coupon itinerary may cover more than 13,000 miles of travel in Brazil and
 customers can choose from more than 15,000 flights within a 21 day timeframe.
 At US$899 plus applicable taxes, this is definitely value for money"
     The Star Alliance VARIG Brazil Airpass is sold only in conjunction with a
 confirmed international Star Alliance flight to and from Brazil, or it can be
 purchased in South America under the condition that travel commences in Rio de
 Janeiro or Sao Paulo. The airpass is valid for travel on Star Alliance member
 VARIG Brazilian Airlines and its regional affiliates Rio-Sul and Nordeste.
 Full terms and conditions of the airpass are available online at .
     The Star Alliance VARIG Brazil Airpass will complement similar Star
 Alliance products that are available for travel in Europe and North America.
 Other Star Alliance special fare offerings include Round-the-World fares and a
 Circle Pacific fare.
     Established in May 1997, Star Alliance is the first truly global airline
 alliance to provide customers the benefits of global reach and a smooth travel
 experience. The member airlines are Air Canada, Air New Zealand, ANA-All
 Nippon Airways, Austrian Airlines, bmi british midland, Lauda Air, Lufthansa
 German Airlines, Mexicana Airlines, SAS Scandinavian Airlines, Singapore
 Airlines, Thai Airways International, Tyrolean Airways, United Airlines and
 VARIG Brazilian Airlines.
     Asiana Airlines of South Korea, LOT Polish Airlines and Spanair of Spain
 will join Star Alliance in 2003. The future member carriers will further
 strengthen the Star Alliance network, which currently serves 729 airports in
 124 countries with almost 11,000 daily flights.
     For further information, please contact:  Media, Stephanie Bercuson of rbb
 Public Relations, +1-305-448-7450, ext. 155,, for
 Star Alliance.
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