The pictured Boeing 737-8EH PR-GXZ (msn 40739) (above) was presented to the media and guests at the Gol Maintenance Center at Confins International Airport at Belo Horizonte (CNF/SBCF). CNF is the Gol’s main maintenance center.
Above Copyright Photo: Rodrigo Cozzato/AirlinersGallery.com. PR-GXZ is later rolled out into the sunshine at Belo Horizonte.
In addition to the new visual identity (everything will change, from the website to the aircraft, through uniforms, napkins, cups, tickets etc.), the company presented the new seats, now in ecological leather.
Above: The new seats.
The pictured PR-GXZ is also the 100th 737NG purchased directly from Boeing. Gol has a total fleet of 140 aircraft. Gol also has 15 737NG to be delivered through 2018, which can be converted to the newer 737 MAX.
In 2018, Gol will receive the first 737 MAX. In all, 100 units were purchased.
Finally, Gol announced a partnership with Go Go to offer a complete inflight entertainment system with on demand Wi-Fi content and streaming – all offered free in a basic page or premium paid packages.
Earlier this year the parent Turkish airline placed orders for 50 aircraft from the Boeing, including 25 737-800NG (Next Generation) aircraft and 15 737 MAX 8 aircraft. The company also has options for ten Boeing 737 MAX 8s.
Copyright Photo: Bernhard Ross/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-8EH D-ASXL (msn 35835) taxies at the Frankfurt base.
The companies already have an interline agreement and the expansion of the partnership through the codeshare agreement will initially allow Etihad Airways to include its code on flights operated by Gol, giving its customers a greater number of connections for destinations in Brazil and South America.
Both companies will soon sign a Frequent Flyer Program (FFP) agreement offering all their customers the benefits of their respective mileage programs – GOL’s Smiles and Etihad’s Etihad Guest.
In other news, Gol has announced it has filed a formal request to Brazil’s National Civil Aviation Agency (ANAC) to operate domestic flights to Carajás and Altamira, in the state of Pará. These destinations have an accelerated level of growth, generating demand for new services.
The request was made to operate in Carajás – with four weekly frequencies and Altamira – three weekly frequencies. The operation, still pending approval by ANAC, is expected to begin in September 2014.
Top Copyright Photo: Rodrigo Cozzato/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-8EH PR-GUO (msn) of Gol in the special FIFA World Cup 2014 livery prepares to land at Sao Paulo (Congonhas).
Bottom Copyright Photo: Rodrigo Cozzato/AirlinersGallery.com. The 2014 version of the Etihad Airways special Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Formula 1 livery on Airbus A340-642 A6-EHJ (msn 933) prepares to land at Sao Paulo (Guarulhos).
Gol Transportes Aereos‘ (Sao Paulo) pictured Boeing 737-8EH PR-GUO (msn 35850) PR-GUO has been painted by the famous Brazilian Graffitti artist twins, Os Gêmeos. The design represents the Brazilian people who are getting ready to support the Brazilian football (soccer) team during the upcoming FIFA World Cup 2014 in Brazil.
The aircraft paint is expected to last at least two years.
Os Gêmeos (Portuguese for The Twins) twins live in São Paulo, Brazil. Otavio and Gustavo Pandolfo are graffiti artists and identical twins. According to Wikipedia, “the twins started painting graffiti artwork in 1987 and gradually became a main influence in the local scene, helping to define Brazil’s own style. Their work often features yellow-skinned characters – taken from the yellow tinge both of the twins have in their dreams – but is otherwise diverse and ranges from tags to complicated murals. Subjects range from family portraits to commentary on São Paulo’s social and political circumstances, as well as Brazilian folklore. Their graffiti style was influenced by both traditional hip hop style and the Brazilian culture”.
Copyright Photos: Gol.
Special thanks goes to Alvaro Romero, reporting from Chile.
Gol Linhas Aéreas Inteligentes S.A. (Gol Transportes Aereos) (Sao Paulo) will start a new international twice-daily route on July 3, 2014 between São Paulo (Guarulhos) and Santiago.
The flights will be operated by Boeing 737-800 aircraft in the GOL+ configuration, ensuring more space between seats. The flight will have on-board service with the option of hot meals, sandwiches, and hot and cold drinks.
On the financial side, the company announced its results for the first quarter of 2014 (all figures in Brazilian Real):
Operating income (EBIT) totaled R$144 million ($65.1 million US) in 1Q14, 43% increase versus 1Q13, with an operating margin of 5.8%. In the last 12 months (LTM), GOL achieved an EBIT of R$309 million and a margin of 3.3%.
Net revenues reached R$2.5 billion, 20% or R$411 million, up year over year and the Company’s highest ever first-quarter figure. LTM net revenue stood at R$9.4 billion.
Total load factor of 76.1% on the 1Q14 represented an 8.9 percentage point improvement over 1Q13 and also a first-quarter record, while yield maintained its upward trajectory, increasing by 4% in the period. These factors helped push RASK and PRASK by 18% to R$19.90 cents and R$18.23 cents, respectively.
Given the average 18% devaluation of the Real against the Dollar and fuel prices reaching record levels for a quarter, R$2.62/liter, total CASK moved up 17% over 1Q13, while CASK ex-fuel increased by 22%. LTM total CASK increased 3%.
EBITDAR totaled R$493 million, 34% more than in 1Q13. LTM EBITDAR of R$1,652 million, a Company record, reducing leverage (adjusted gross debt/LTM EBITDAR) from 27.9x, in 1Q13, to 6.5x in 1Q14.
GOL closed the first quarter with a total cash position of R$2.8 billion, equivalent to 30% of LTM net revenue. The Company remains committed to maintaining ample liquidity, which is essential at times of high volatility in the economic scenario.
Given the devaluation of the Venezuelan Bolivar against the Dollar, the Company recognized an exchange variation adjustment of R$75.9 million in its 1Q14 financial result. As a result, the realizable value of its cash in Venezuela was R$274.6 million on March 31, 2014.
Smiles S.A. reported first-quarter net income of R$78.3 million in 1Q14, 162% up on 1Q13, with a net margin of 41.6%, driven by the 61% period increase in net revenue to R$188 million.
Copyright Photo: Rodrigo Cozzato/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-8EH PR-GXH (msn 39621) advertising the GOL+ seating configuration arrives at São Paulo (Guarulhos).
Gol Linhas Aéreas Inteligentes S.A. (Gol Transportes Aereos) (Sao Paulo) in association with the Ceará state government, has announced the launch of nonstop flights between Pinto Martins Airport, in Fortaleza, and Ezeiza International Airport, in Buenos Aires, beginning on May 10. Gol has 77 flights per week between Argentina and Brazil, more than any other airline.
The connection was brought about by the Ceará State Tourism Department through the Draft Bill 155/2013 for the ICMS tax (state VAT) on jet fuel, after the approval by the state legislature. It reduced ICMS tax (state VAT) on jet fuel from 30% to 12%, applicable for all domestic flights for Companies that has also regular direct international flights departing from this airport. Thus, the state of Ceará stands out even more as a tourist destination for the region.
Copyright Photo: Alvaro Romero/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-8EH PR-GGK (msn 35065) is pictured at the downtown Jorge Newbery Aeroparque Airport (AEP) in Buenos Aires.
Gol Linhas Aéreas Inteligentes S.A. (Gol Transportes Aereos) (Sao Paulo) has received authorization from the National Civil Aviation Agency (ANAC) and other pertinent authorities to operate regular flights between Campinas (SP-Brazil) and Rio de Janeiro (Santos Dumont airport). Additionally, Gol announces it has received the approval to start flights from Campinas to Miami. The flight will have a connection in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, where the passenger has also the option to fly to Orlando. Operations will begin on July 18, 2014.
Campinas (SP) – Rio de Janeiro, Santos Dumont Airport (RJ)
There will be 12 flights per day between Campinas (SP-Brazil) and Rio de Janeiro (Santos Dumont Airport).
Campinas (SP) – Miami
The new flights between Campinas (SP-Brazil) and Miami via Santo Domingo, with the option to fly also to Orlando, will take place, initially, three times per week, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays.
In other news, Gol has announced that it has signed a contract to implement a codeshare and frequent flyer program agreement with TAP Portugal (Lisbon). The agreement will be submitted for the authorization of Portugal and Brazil’s governments, and is still pending the approval of Brazil’s National Civil Aviation Agency (ANAC) and Antitrust Authority (CADE).
Initially, the agreement will allow TAP Portugal, with more than 74 weekly flights from Portugal to Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Campinas, Belo Horizonte, Brasilia, Porto Alegre, Salvador, Natal, Fortaleza and Recife, to include its codes on Gol’s flights, enabling connections to other Brazilian destinations.
Copyright Photo: Rodrigo Cozzato/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-8EH PR-GTE (msn 34278) climbs gracefully Sao Paulo (Guarulhos).