Gol Linhas Aéreas Inteligentes, Brazil’s largest airline, is renewing its fleet with an order of 135 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft, which are expected to be fully delivered by 2028.
Gol already operates Brazil’s newest and most modern fleet. The delivery of 105 Boeing 737 MAX 8 and 30 Boeing 737 MAX 10 aircraft will maintain this competitive advantage, while enabling the airline to expand its operations with more long-haul flights.
The first three MAX 8 aircraft were delivered to Gol between June and October 2018 and are already operating on commercial flights. The company will add four MAX 8 aircraft to its fleet by the end of 2018, replacing its Next Generation (NG) models.
Gol currently operates 91 Boeing 737-800s and 24 737-700s.
The Boeing 737 MAX 8 was developed by Boeing with the help of Gol’s pilots, engineers and technicians. The new aircraft are equipped with state-of-the-art technology, offering the best operational performance and a range of over 4,000 miles, enabling Gol to fly to new destinations. Among other improvements and innovations, the Boeing 737 MAX 8 also has reduced fuel consumption and lower emissions.
The 737 MAX 10 aircraft will comfortably accommodate 30 additional passengers when compared to the MAX 8 seating configuration, which accommodates up to 186 clients. This increase in passenger numbers will give GOL greater network flexibility and a competitive advantage over long-term costs, as the MAX 10 will have the lowest cost-per-seat of any single-aisle aircraft on the market. It expects to fly the first MAX 10 aircraft in its fleet in 2022.
In other news, the company announced it is launching direct flights from Brazil to U.S. destinations, including Miami and Orlando on November 4, 2018. The routes will be operated by Gol’s new Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft, which can fly further.
The new routes to Florida will have four daily flight departures from Brasília and Fortaleza in Brazil. GOL’s route network ensures that Customers can make fast and efficient connections to and from a further 30 Latin American destinations.
Gol’s existing partnership with Delta Airlines (NYSE: DAL) will also allow the new flights to Florida to be connected to eight cities served by the North American airline: Atlanta, Salt Lake City, Cincinnati, New York LaGuardia, Detroit, Los Angeles, Indianapolis and Minneapolis.