SAVAG – Sociedade Anônima Viação Aérea Gaúcha

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SAVAG – Sociedade Anônima Viação Aérea Gaúcha
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Founded 1946
Commenced operations 1947
Ceased operations 1966
Headquarters Rio Grande, Brazil
Key people Gustavo Kraemer
Augusto Otero

SAVAG – Sociedade Anônima Viação Aérea Gaúcha was a Brazilian airline founded in 1946 that operated mainly in the state of Rio Grande do Sul. It was absorbed by Cruzeiro do Sul in 1966.

History[edit]

SAVAG was founded in on November 25, 1946 in the city of Rio Grande, in the state of Rio Grande do Sul, by Augusto Otero and Gustavo Kraemer, with a concession to fly within the state of Rio Grande do Sul. Later, the concession was expanded to include the state of Santa Catarina.[1]

In 1947 SAVAG purchased 3 Lockheed Model 18 Lodestar from Panair do Brasil and initiated services between Porto Alegre, Rio Grande, Pelotas, and Bagé. In 1948 SAVAG started flying to the north of the state was well.

SAVAG faced fierce competition from Varig and, for this reason, it had strong support from Varig's competitor in the region, Cruzeiro do Sul. It was from Cruzeiro do Sul that SAVAG purchased 2 Douglas DC-3 and it was with Cruzeiro that SAVAG established an operational partnership.

Varig, a politically more powerful player, pressured the Air Force Ministry to gradually cancel the route concessions of SAVAG, alleging excessive competition. On January 1, 1966, SAVAG was bought and merged into Cruzeiro do Sul.[2]

In 1953 Bagé International Airport was named in honor of Gustavo Kraemer, founder of SAVAG. Moreover, Salgado Filho International Airport in Porto Alegre was named in honor of the senator and minister Joaquim Pedro Salgado Filho, who was killed in the 1950 accident with a SAVAG aircraft.

Destinations[edit]

In 1960 SAVAG operated in the following locations in the states of Paraná, Santa Catarina, and Rio Grande do Sul

Fleet[edit]

SAVAG Fleet[3]
Aircraft Total Years of operation Notes
Lockheed Model 18 Lodestar 3 1947–1951
Douglas DC-3 2 1949–1966

Accidents and incidents[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Instituto Histórico-Cultural da Aeronáutica (2005). História Geral da Aeronáutica Brasileira: de janeiro de 1946 a janeiro de 1956 após o término da Segunda Guerra Mundial até a posse do Dr. Juscelino Kubitschek como Presidente da República (in Portuguese) 4. Rio de Janeiro: GR3 Comunicação & Design. p. 354. 
  2. ^ Pereira, Aldo (1987). Breve História da Aviação Comercial Brasileira (in Portuguese). Rio de Janeiro: Europa. pp. 300–301. 
  3. ^ Pereira, Aldo (1987). Breve História da Aviação Comercial Brasileira (in Portuguese). Rio de Janeiro: Europa. pp. 300–301. 
  4. ^ "Accident description PP-SAC". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 24 May 2011. 
  5. ^ "Accident description PP-SAA". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 15 August 2011. 
  6. ^ Germano da Silva, Carlos Ari César (2008). "Salgado Filho". O rastro da bruxa: história da aviação comercial brasileira no século XX através dos seus acidentes 1928-1996 (in Portuguese) (2 ed.). Porto Alegre: EDIPUCRS. pp. 102–107. ISBN 978-85-7430-760-2. 

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