Boeing, GOL unveil Brazilian airline's 1st 737 MAX Airplane

Boeing (NYSE : BA) and Brazil-based airline GOL Linhas Aéreas Inteligentes (NYSE: GOL) (B3: GOLL4) have debuted the carrier´s newly outfitted 737 MAX 8, the company said.

The carrier announced plans to open new routes with the more fuel-efficient and longer-range 737 airplane on international routes.

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 airplanes.

The first MAX airplanes arriving at GOL are the MAX 8 variant, which seats up to 186 passengers in GOL´s configuration. The airplane will reduce GOL´s fuel use and emissions by 15 percent compared to today´s single-aisle airplanes, and can fly farther than its predecessor. 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.

Gol Linhas Aéreas Inteligentes S.A, also known as VRG Linhas Aéreas S/A is based in Rio de Janeiro. According to the National Civil Aviation Agency of Brazil (ANAC), between January and December 2017 Gol had 36.2% of the domestic and 10.8% of the international market shares in terms of passengers per kilometer flown, making it the largest domestic and third largest international airline in Brazil.

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