Brazilian carrier GOL Airlines announced an order for an additional 15 737 MAX 8s. The carrier has also converted 30 current MAX orders to the 737 MAX 10.
With this order, GOL has ordered 135 737 MAXs. The airline took delivery of it’s first 737 MAX last month.
Paulo Kakinoff, Chief Executive Officer, 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. 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.”
A 737 MAX 10 will enable GOL to comfortably serve more than 30 additional passengers compared to its 737 MAX 8, which seats up to 186 passengers in the airline’s configuration. The additional capacity will provide GOL greater flexibility and a competitive cost advantage since the MAX 10 will have the lowest cost per seat of any single-aisle airplane in the market.
GOL currently trails it’s competitors Azul and Avianca which both operate 10 Airbus A320neo each in next generation narrow bodies.
“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.
Ihssane Mounir, Senior vice president of Commercial Sales and Marketing, Boeing
“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, We continue to see strong market demand for the largest MAX model thanks to the additional capacity and its unbeatable operating costs.”
On day one of the Farnborough Airshow, Boeing logged orders for 70 737 MAXs from TAROM, Goshawk and Jackson Square Aviation.