Boeing (NYSE : BA) and Brazil-based airline GOL Linhas AÃ©reas 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 AÃ©reas Inteligentes S.A, also known as VRG Linhas AÃ©reas 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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