Brazil’s GOL Orders 60 Boeing 737 MAX Airliners

The Brazilian low-cost carrier GOL Linhas Aereas Inteligentes has announced it will purchase 60 Boeing 737 MAX airliners.  GOL says it plans to use the new aircraft to increase operational efficiency and reduce costs.
The order is valued at approximately $6 billion at published list prices, making it the
largest order in GOL’s 12-year history and the largest aircraft order from a single airline in South America’s aviation history.
Paulo Kakinoff, CEO of GOL commented, “The decision to order Boeing 737 MAX is in line
with our commitment to maintain a modern and safe fleet that will allow us to sustain our competitive advantage in the long term.  The new airplanes will have one of the best cost-benefit ratios in the market due to its unique operational economy, so it is fully compatible with our low-cost model.”
Equipped with new LEAP-1B engines from CFM International and improvements such as the Advanced Technology winglet, the Boeing 737 MAX is designed to reduce fuel burn and CO2 emissions by 13% and is said to maintain the 8% operating cost advantage over
future competition.  This order puts the 737 MAX at 724 firm orders to date.
Ray Conner, President and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes said, “Boeing has partnered with GOL since their inception just over 12 years ago.  We’ve watched them
grow from a small start-up airline to a driving force in global aviation and we are proud to partner with them as the South American launch customer for the 737 MAX.
“The unmatched operating economics of the 737 MAX make it the absolute best airplane
for the world’s low-cost carriers and legacy carriers alike. GOL’s commitment to the MAX proves this once again.”