July 24, 2007


Delays mount at Brazil airports (Todd Benson, 7/24/07, Reuters)

More than half of all flights in Brazil were delayed or canceled on Tuesday for the third straight day as the country's air crisis deepened following a deadly crash last week and a major radar outage.

Brazil's airports authority, Infraero, said 590 flights were delayed nationwide and 298 more were canceled by the evening, further angering travelers who have already been subjected to repeated disruptions in the past 10 months.

Posted by Orrin Judd at July 24, 2007 9:18 PM

Come now, Embraer has nothing to do with the ATC system in Brazil, nor anything to do with ungrooved runways.

I don't know for sure, but I'll bet that Embraer has sold twice as many planes in North America and Europe and China than in Brazil. GOL flys mostly Boeing and TAM mostly Airbus. And Varig (before its demise) flew mostly Boeing, I think.

I am taking my kids on their first plane ride tomorrow, on an E145 to Newark (followed by a 737 to Boston). I'll let you know if there is any appreciable difference.

For my part, I like the E145s - when the plane isn't full, it's like flying on a corporate jet. Seat 18C (which I have sat in probably 50 times) is much better than the middle seat on any Boeing.

Posted by: jim hamlen at July 25, 2007 8:31 AM

You going to land at a Brazilian airport?

Posted by: oj at July 25, 2007 1:43 PM

I would fly into either GIG or GRU (the international airports in Sao Paulo and Rio). In fact, the thickest fog I ever landed in was at GIG - we didn't see the runway until the plane was probably 20 feet off the ground. What made it interesting was that as we flew over Sao Paulo that morning, the sun was shining brightly and we could see pockets of fog on the ground. It turned out the airport was in one of them.

But the domestic airports? No. The latest crash was at CGH in Sao Paulo, their equivalent of La Guardia or Midway.

Posted by: jim hamlen at July 25, 2007 5:00 PM

Except that Americans will land at the latter.

Posted by: oj at July 25, 2007 6:55 PM