GOL's configuration of Boeing 737 MAX-8 aircraft increases number of seats by 5%

GOL Linhas Aéreas Inteligentes S.A. (NYSE: GOL; BM&FBOVESPA: GOLL4) has announced the use of new cabin and seats technologies to configure its fleet of new Boeing 737 MAX-8 aircraft and reconfigure its fleet of Boeing 737-800 Next Generation (NG) aircraft, increasing the number of seats by 5%, from current 177 to 186 seats, the airline said.

The new configuration to be completed by July 2018 will maintain GOL+Conforto spaces throughout its fleet, which have 34-inch pitch (86.3cm space between seats) and 50% greater seatback recline, as well as GOL Premium class on all international flights.

GOL has a unique fleet of Boeing 737 aircraft, 93 of the 800 NG model and 28 of the 700 model. A standardized fleet is fundamental to operate the low cost carrier (LCC) model, as it allows the optimization of crew and maintenance, besides allowing operational flexibility and high utilization of the aircraft.

GOL´s new 737 MAX-8s aircraft, which begin to arrive in the second half of 2018, also will be configured with 186 seats and GOL+Conforto spaces, as well as GOL Premium class on all international flights. The 737 MAX-8 aircraft have flight autonomy of up to 6,500 km (compared to 5,500 km of the 737-800 NG) which gives the opportunity to offer non-stop flights from Brazil to Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, Orlando, and Cancun.

Sao Paulo, Brazil-based GOL provides regular and non-regular flight transportation services for passengers, cargo, and mailbags in Brazil and internationally. The company operates in two segments, Flight Transportation and Smiles Loyalty Program. The company has a strategic partnership with Air France-KLM.