Brazilian carrier GOL has unveiled its newly outfitted Boeing 737 MAX 8 during a celebration in Sao Paulo and announced plans to fly the more fuel-efficient and longer-range 737 aircraft on international routes.
The airline took delivery of its first 737 MAX 8 this year and has been improving onboard products and services, such as adding wireless internet. GOL is now outfitting its second 737 MAX aircraft – which it received last week – with the same cabin amenities.
As part of its strategic fleet renewal program, GOL has placed multiple orders for the 737 MAX, including a new order last month at the Farnborough International Airshow. In all, GOL is on track to become the largest MAX operator in Latin America with a fleet of 135 MAX aircraft.
The first MAX aircraft arriving at GOL are the MAX 8 variant, which seats up to 186 passengers in GOL’s configuration. It will reduce GOL’s fuel use and emissions by 15 per cent compared to today’s single-aisle aircraft.
With the additional range, GOL said it will begin regular service from Brazil’s capital Brasilia and Fortaleza to Miami and Orlando. GOL also plans new international routes to Quito, the capital of Ecuador, with the MAX. Thirty of GOL’s new aircraft will be for the larger MAX 10, which will enable GOL to serve more than 30 additional passengers.
GOL chief executive officer, Paulo Kakinoff said: “Today is an exciting day for the entire GOL team, we are happy to welcome the 737 MAX 8. We can further improve our operational efficiency by flying a young, modern and safe fleet, while also lowering the cost of air travel and expanding our network to new international destinations.”