Gol Airline accepts delivery of 1st Boeing 737 Max8

Brazil-based airline Gol has announced it has taken delivery of its first Boeing 737 Max 8, the company said.

Boeing said Gol, an all-737 operator, is the first carrier in Brazil to receive the 737 Max.

The aircraft is the first of six 737 Max 8s that Gol expects to receive in 2018. The airline has an order for 120 737 Max aircraft, and has also signed a deal to lease five additional Max 8s from GECAS.

The 737-8 is financed under a sale-and-leaseback with DAE Capital that was completed in early 2017. The agreement covers four more Max deliveries this year.

Gol said it plans to resume US flights with the 737 Max, and will launch service to Miami and Orlando from both Brasilia and Fortaleza in November.

Gol competes in Brazil and other South American countries with Chilean LATAM Airlines Group, Brazilian Azul and Colombia-based Avianca Holdings S.A. It also owns the brand Varig.