Founded way back in 1927, Varig (RG) was the flag carrier airline of Brazil based out of Sao Paulo, Brazil. It was Brazil’s leading airline during the period from 1965 to 1990 flying to destinations in Argentina, Chile, Brazil, Venezuela and Columbia. It had its hubs in São Paulo-Guarulhos and Rio de Janeiro-Galeão. A member of the Star Alliance, Varig floated a frequent flyer program called Smiles.
With headquarters in Porto Alegre, Rio de Janeiro and Porto Alegre, Varig flew to many popular destinations like Brasília, Buenos Aires, Bogota, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Bangkok, Paris, New York and San Francisco. It had a fleet of sleek airplanes. It went into judicial reorganizations in 2005 and eventually had to cease operations in 2006 due to a split within the organization.