Mark, pretty nice writing that you have done. A interesting fact about the CV990A of Varig, they just accepted the aircraft after a test did by Convair. There was a clause at the purchase contract that the aircraft could takeoff from the short Congonhas Airport runway at its maximum takeoff weight. Varig’s lawyers tried to block the delivery on this. Convair brought a CV990A and filled with sandbags until it was at the MTOW and proved that was capable to do it and Varig accepted still, reluctantly, the aircraft.
Post by aerofoto - HJG Admin on May 21, 2021 0:20:38 GMT
This particular article of mine (like a few of my others too) is "desperately in need of rewriting and re-illustration", but, like is the case for me in regard to a number of things, at the moment, it'll "have to" wait
VARIG became a very hard sell in regard to its accepting the CV-990's ....
VARIG Brasilian Airlines became a CV990 operator by default only .... inheriting a REAL Aerovias order for 3 CV880's (later renegotiated for CV990's) when the 2 airlines merged during 1960. Upon realisation of the CV990's under-performance, and whilst both American Airlines, and Swissair successfully renegotiated revised contracts and compensation, VARIG flatly refused accepting its 3 aircraft modified to any standard less than Convair's original garunteed performance. This situation was never resolved until early 1963 when a series of CV990 proving flights were operated along VARIG routes. All 3 VARIG aircraft were finally accepted on March 1st 1963 and employed on the airlines Bogota, Lima, Los Angeles, and Puerto Alegre serivces from both Rio de Janeiro, and Sao Paulo. The 3 VARIG aircraft were also among those few built to pure CV990-A specification and remained in service with the airline until July 1971. As a result of its 1965 takeover of Panair Do Brasil, VARIG also became the only airline in the world to ever operate a combined fleet of B707, CV990, and DC8 jetliners.
The aircraft wasn't ordered by the airline. It already operated B707-420's .... then inherited PANAIR's DC-8-33's through that airlines merger with VARIG. It never wanted the CV-990 .... and only acquired these aircraft as the result of REAL's merger with VARIG also (REAL originally ordered CV-880's but later converted its order to CV-990's). The CV-990's's "under-performance was good enough reason for the airline to try'n reject the aircraft, but, had it done so then CONVAIR/GD would have forfeited the deposits already paid by REAL, so, after a something of a Mexican Stand-Off over quite some period of time (during which both parties refused to budge .... CONVAIR/GD trying to legally "force the sale and VARIG stubbornly "refusing to accept delivery") VARIG eventually accepted the CV-990's (under similar terms as SWISSAIR) .... and as something of a Fait Accomplis situation.
The airline non-the-less flew their CV-990's for almost 10 years .... and ultimately became the only airline in the world to operate B707, CV-990, and DC-8 jetliners during the same period.