LONDON – Continuing on with Boeing’s busy day after announcing Virgin Australia’s conversion intentions, GOL Linhas Aereas Inteligentes unveiled their first 737MAX8 aircraft in Sao Paulo.

The aircraft has been fully outfitted to operate the international routes in their portfolio. 

The airline took delivery of their first this year and has already received a second. 

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“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,” said Paulo Kakinoff, Chief Executive Officer of GOL.

“GOL is a pioneer in bringing affordable fares to Latin America since its inception. We are honored to have such a great partner officially join the Boeing 737 MAX family and serve as one of its ambassadors in the region,” said Ricardo Cavero, vice president of Commercial Sales in Latin America for The Boeing Company.

“We are confident the 737 MAX will help GOL continue bringing great fares and service to its customers, especially with the new 737 MAX 10 that will arrive in the future”, he added.

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The 737MAX8’s that are under GOL’s operation will seat up to 186 passengers and will reduce the carrier’s fuel and emissions use by 15%. GOL currently has 135 737MAXs on order, 30 of them being MAX10s.

The 30 737MAX10s will seat an additional 30 passengers comfortably compared to the likes of the MAX8 they currently have in service. 

The first MAX8s will be used on services to Miami and Orlando from Brasilia and Fortaleza before operating to Quito, the capital of Ecuador.