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Gol announces new nonstop flights to Lima, Peru

Gol Transportes Aereos Boeing 737-8EH WL PR-GTA (msn 34474) SCL (Alvaro Romero). Image: 946390.

Gol Linhas Aéreas Inteligentes S.A. haannounced the expansion of its international network with regular flights to Lima, Peru.

This will be the 15th international destination that Gol will serve, beginning on December 12, 2019, with direct flights from the Guarulhos Airport in São Paulo to the Peruvian capital.

The route will be operated with Boeing 737 aircraft.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by the airline): Gol Transportes Aereos Boeing 737-8EH WL PR-GTA (msn 34474) SCL (Alvaro Romero). Image: 946390.

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Gol accelerates its fleet renewal to the Boeing 737 MAX 8

Gol Linhas Aéreas Inteligentes S.A. has announced a further acceleration of its fleet renewal and modernization plan and the execution of sale and leaseback agreements, with Castlelake and Apollo Aviation, for 13 Boeing 737 Next Generation (NG) aircraft in the Gol fleet that will be replaced with Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft over the next few years.

Due to favorable market conditions for transactions with its Boeing 737 NGs, Gol has accelerated its fleet renewal and modernization plan with sale and leaseback transactions of 13 Boeing 737-800 NG aircraft that will be removed from the fleet during 2019-2021.

 

The accelerated fleet renewal will not alter Gol’s planned capacity, as these aircraft will be returned simultaneously with the receipt of new Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft under its order with Boeing and recent direct operating leases of 11 737 MAX8 aircraft.  The accelerated return of NGs will allow Gol to finish 2019 and 2018 with 24 and 34 737 MAX 8s in its operating fleet, respectively.

The 737 MAX will be the backbone of Gol’s fleet, increasing average seat per aircraft and bringing incremental cost per seat to very low levels. 

By 2023, over 40% of the fleet with be comprised of 737 MAXs and over the next five years the transition to the MAX is expected to increase productivity by over 20% and reduce fuel consumption.

Compared to Gol’s 737-800 NG aircraft, the 737 MAX 8 has decreased fuel consumption on GOL’s routes by approximately 15%.   

 

Expanded Delta-GOL codeshare connects Florida to Brasilia and Fortaleza

Gol's first Boeing 737-8 MAX 8

Delta Air Lines and GOL Linhas Aéreas Inteligentes SA announced four daily nonstop codeshare flights connecting Miami and Orlando with Fortaleza and Brasilia.

“This is the most significant expansion we have done with GOL since last year, when we announced international codeshare in South America, and it is the next step as we grow our alliance partnership,” said Luciano Macagno, Delta’s Managing Director – Latin America and the Caribbean. “Codesharing on these flights shows our commitment to Brazil and to Florida and our desire to offer our customers more access between Northern Brazil and the U.S.”

Customers traveling to Orlando from Brasilia and Fortaleza will be able to connect to six of Delta’s domestic hubs as well as several focus cities, providing access from coast to coast with flights to Los Angeles and New York as well as to Detroit, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Salt Lake City and to Delta’s headquarters city, Atlanta.

“We are excited to connect our capital and Fortaleza to the U.S. with Delta as our partner,” said Celso Ferrer—GOL’s Vice President – Planning. “This network expansion enhances a successful alliance focused on providing our customers improved services, more options and the best experience in every step of their journey.”

The Brasilia and Fortaleza hubs provide connectivity to 12 destinations in the interior of Brazil, including Belem (BEL), Belo Horizonte (CNF), Recife (REC), Natal (NAT), Manaus (MAO), Salvador (SSA), Maceió (MCZ), São Luís (SLZ), Cuiaba (CGB), Palmas (PMW), Teresina (THE), and Porto Velho (PVH).

The codeshare schedule of daily flights between Orlando, Miami, Fortaleza and Brasilia is as follows:

Southbound itinerary

Flight Number City Pair Departs Arrives
DL7601 MCO-BSB 9:30 p.m. 8:20 a.m. (next day)
DL7655 MCO-FOR 9:45 p.m. 7:15 a.m. (next day)
DL7749 MIA-BSB 9:45 p.m. 8:20 a.m. (next day)
DL7733 MIA-FOR 10 p.m. 7:15 a.m. (next day)

Northbound itinerary

Flight Number City Pair Departs Arrives
DL7600 BSB-MCO 9:50 a.m. 2:50 p.m.
DL7748 BSB-MIA 9:50 a.m. 2:25 p.m.
DL7654 FOR-MCO 8:35 a.m. 2:25 p.m.
DL7732 FOR-MIA 8:35 a.m. 2:05 p.m.

The route will be serviced with GOL’s Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft (top). These aircraft feature 186 seats and GOL+Conforto spaces, which have up to 34-inch pitch and up to 50 percent greater seatback recline than a standard economy seat, as well as GOL Premium class on all international flights.

In addition to the codeshare expansion to Brazil, the airlines announced last year their international codeshare in South America, where GOL began offering codeshare flights between Santiago, Chile, to other destinations served through the partnership with Delta, providing customers from both airlines with increased travel options to and from the United States and South America.

Since the alliance between Delta and GOL started nearly seven years ago, the airlines provide access to 99 percent of the destinations in Brazil. Today, the airlines have more than 330 codeshare flights together, to more than 321 destinations in nearly 60 countries. A third of the passengers that fly Delta (from Brazil) to the United States start their travel with GOL. Delta’s capacity to Latin America is up 41 percent versus a decade ago, significantly outpacing competitors, and Delta is the only major U.S. global carrier to fly more flights to Latin America than it did a decade ago.

Top Copyright Photo: Gol Transportes Aereos Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 N6046P (PR-XMA) (msn 43986) BFI (Joe G. Walker). Image: 942460.

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Gol orders 15 APB Split Scimitar Winglet sets for its Boeing 737-800s

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Aviation Partners Boeing (APB) (Seattle) has announced Gol Linhas Aereas Inteligentes Airlines (Gol Transportes Aereos) (Sao Paulo) has ordered Split Scimitar Winglets for 15 of its Boeing Next-Generation 737-800 aircraft.

According to APB, “APB’s latest program is the culmination of a five-year design effort using the latest computational fluid dynamic technology to redefine the aerodynamics of the Blended Winglet into an all-new Split Scimitar Winglet. The unique feature of the Split Scimitar Winglet is that it uses the existing Blended Winglet structure, but adds new aerodynamic scimitar tips and a large ventral strake.”

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APB has now developed and certified the Split Scimitar Winglet System for all commercial variants of the Boeing Next-Generation 737, including the: 737-700, 737-800, 737-900, 737-900ER and Boeing Business Jets.

Copyright Photo: Rodrigo Cozzato/AirlinersGallery.com. Gol is already a customer for the original APB Winglets. The airline will now upgrade to the latest design.

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The new Gol – a closer look

Gol's new livery unveiling 7.15.15 CNF (RDC)(LRW)

Gol Linhas Aéreas Inteligentes S.A. (Gol Transportes Aéreos) (São Paulo), as we previously reported, unveiled a new look yesterday (July 15).

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.

Gol 737-800 WL PR-GXZ (15)(Tail) CNF (RDC)(LRW)

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.

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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.

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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.

Gol CEO Paulo Kakkinof (RDC)(LRW)

Above Photo: Gol CEO Paulo Kakkinof.

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Rodrigo Cozzato reporting from Belo Horizonte.

All Copyright Photos by Rodrigo Cozzato/AirlinersGallery.com.

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Gol introduces a new look, logo and livery

Gol 737-800 (15)(Flt)(Gol)(LRW)

Gol Linhas Aereas Inteligentes (Sao Paulo) today unveiled in a ceremony this new look on Boeing 737-8EH PR-GXZ (msn 40739). The new look also features this new logo.

Gol 2015 logo (LRW)

Gol and Delta Air Lines strengthen their strategic alliance

Gol Linhas Aereas Inteligentes (Sao Paulo) has agreed to enter into several strategic transactions with the Constantino Family, Gol’s controlling shareholder, and Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) to strengthen the airlines’ strategic alliance and enhance Gol’s financial position and liquidity.

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As part of the agreement, Gol’s controlling shareholder will invest up to $90 million (US) in newly issued preferred shares of Gol and Delta will invest up to $56 million in newly issued preferred shares of Gol. Delta also will guarantee a term loan to be entered into by Gol with third party lenders of up to $300 million. In connection with these transactions, Gol and Delta will extend their commercial cooperation arrangements.

The consummation of each of the strategic transactions is subject to the execution and delivery of definitive documentation and customary closing conditions, including receipt of required regulatory approvals.

Copyright Photo: Rodrigo Cozzato/AirlinersGallery.com. Gol’s Boeing 737-76N PR-GOH (msn 32440) departs from Sao Paulo (Guarulhos).

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