Twenty years ago, on January 15, 2001, GOL Linhas Aéreas’ inaugural Flight 1741 on a Boeing 737-700 aircraft took off from Brasília and landed in Congonhas, São Paulo. The flight crew included Captain Grabler and Flight Attendant Giselle, who are also celebrating their 20 years at the Company, together with another 127 employees.
This group is representative of our Team of Eagles, which is composed of thousands of people who dedicate themselves unconditionally to GOL every day, strengthening the bases of our contribution to transforming the history or air travel and Brazilian society itself journey that has made GOL the leader in the Brazilian airline industry.
Millions of Brazilians took their first ever flight with GOL, and that democratization of air travel is the best possible outcome. Through our constant efforts, the countless lessons learned throughout our journey, and the choice to always take courageous and disruptive action on several fronts – ranging from the organizational culture to the products and services offered – GOL has irreversibly widened access to quality air travel in Brazil. GOL’s aim is to Be First for Everyone. However, GOL would not be celebrating these achievements today if innovation had not been imprinted in the Company’s DNA from the beginning.
Gol Linhas Aéreas Inteligentes S.A. (Gol Transportes Aereos) (Sao Paulo) has announced as of today (November 23), it will begin the process of winding up the activities of its subsidiary Webjet Linhas Aereas (Rio de Janeiro) and the discontinuation of its name and brand. The airline was grounded today.
The group continued in its statement; “The first step is to extinguish flight operations. Webjet has an operational model based on a fleet that mostly consists of aging Boeing 737-300 aircraft that are advanced age, technologically out of date and consume large amounts of fuel. Given the Brazilian sector’s new cost standards, this model is no longer competitive.
As a result of the winding up of operations, around 850 employees, including flight and cabin crew and maintenance personnel, will be laid off.
Webjet’s clients and passengers will be fully served by Gol and their flights will be guaranteed. As of this date, Gol will be responsible for all air transport and associated services for these passengers. In this context, all the necessary measures are been taken.
As a result of this decision and its consequences, the Company estimates a non-recurring increase in costs in the fourth quarter of 2012, which will be disclosed to the market opportunely. However, the measures will improve operational efficiency as of 2013.
In relation to Webjet’s Boeing 737-300 fleet, Gol estimates that it will return all 20 aircraft by the end of the first half of 2013, 16 of which in the first quarter.
Thanks to the smaller fleet, Gol expects to reduce its domestic supply (ASK) by between 5% and 8% year-on- year in the first half of 2013, underlining its commitment to recovering its operating margins and the sustainability of the business.”
Copyright Photo: Marcelo F. De Biasi. Boeing 737-33A PR-WJW (msn 27267) climbs away Guarulhos Airport near Sao Paulo.
Gol Linhas Aéreas Inteligentes S.A. (Gol Transportes Aereos) (Sao Paulo) has announced that it has submitted to the Brazilian Civil Aviation Agency (ANAC) a formal request to operate regular flights in routes connecting Brazil to the United States, with one stop in Santo Domingo. These flights will be operated by Next Generation Boeing 737 aircraft.
They are expected to begin at the end of the year. If approved, the plan will consist of two daily flights between Brazil and the United States with a stop in Santo Domingo. One flight will depart from São Paulo (Guarulhos International Airport) and the other from Rio de Janeiro (Galeão International Airport). The flights will arrive in Santo Domingo (Las Americas Airport), where passengers will be transferred to flights to their final destinations, Orlando and Miami.
Gol is awaiting all the necessary authorizations before disclosing any details about the new operation, including information about fares, services and products.
Copyright Photo: Bernardo Andrade. Boeing 737-8EH PR-GTY (msn 34273) prepares to taxi to the runway at Santos Dumont Airport in Rio de Janeiro.
Copyright Photo: Rodrigo Cozzato. “Smiles” is not the operative word at Gol’s headquarters with this financial report. Boeing 737-809 PR-GIT (msn 28403) approaches the Sao Paulo (Guarulhos) hub while promoting the in-house “Smiles” frequent flyer program (click on the photo for the full view and further information).
American Airlines (Dallas/Fort Worth) and Gol Linhas Aereas (Gol Transportes Aereos and VARIG (2nd)-VRG Linhas Aereas) (Sao Paulo) are moving closer together with new codeshare and frequent flyer agreements.