FARNBOROUGH — Brazilian low-cost carrier GOL announced an order for 15 Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft this afternoon at the Farnborough Airshow.
In addition to this, the carrier announced that it has converted 30 737 MAX aircraft it had on order into the 737 MAX 10.
Today’s order raises GOL’s total 737 MAX backlog to 134 aircraft. GOL took delivery of their first 737 MAX just last month.
Paulo Kakinoff, Chief Executive Officer of GOL:
“This new order aligns with our strategic policy of reducing operating costs by operating a standardized fleet.”
“We are confident that the 737 MAX 10 will offer significant competitive advantages for GOL and enable us to continue to modernize with new aircraft,” Kakinoff continued.
“This airplane will allow us to continue lowering the cost of air travel across Brazil, as well as support a larger network, allowing us to add new destinations.”
“We look forward to flying the MAX and taking advantage of its efficiency and improved passenger comfort,” he concluded.
By converting 30 737 MAXs to the 216 seat 737 MAX 10, GOL becomes the fourth largest customer for largest and newest member of the 737 family.
GOL trails only Lion Air (100), United Airlines (100), and Jet Airways (75) in 737 MAX 10 orders.
“Increased seat capacity per aircraft not only reduces the costs of providing passenger transportation but also improves our ability to distribute passengers within our large domestic and growing international flight networks,” said Kakinoff.
With 119 737 aircraft in their fleet, GOL will look to replace older 737s and expand throughout the heavily competitive Brazilian market.
GOL already finds itself trailing direct competitors Azul and Avianca in terms of next-generation narrowbody aircraft.
Both Azul (10) and Avianca (10) operate the A320neo, the 737 MAXs direct competitors.
Ihssane Mounir, Senior Vice President of Commercial Sales and Marketing for The Boeing Company, shared:
“This order shows why GOL has been a pioneer in low-cost air travel in Brazil.”
“The airline is always looking for ways to bring the best fares to its customers. GOL will be able to do just that with the 737 MAX 10’s additional capacity and unbeatable economics,” Mounir added.
“We continue to see strong market demand for the largest MAX model thanks to the additional capacity and its unbeatable operating costs,” he determined.
The GOL 737 MAX order comes just hours after several other prominent airlines announced orders for the aircraft.
During Monday at the Farnborough Airshow, Boeing logged 737 MAX orders from Jackson Square Aviation (30), Goshawk (20), and TAROM (5).
While significant, Boeing finds itself trailing Airbus by a wide margin at the end of Day One.
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