Boeing has delivered the 100th 737 outfitted with the Boeing Sky Interior to GOL Linhas Aéreas Inteligentes, the world’s third-largest low-cost operator of the 737NG.
The milestone aircraft, a 737-800, was also delivered with newly certified CFM56-7BE “Performance Improvement” engines, making GOL Linhas Aéreas Inteligentes the first airline in Latin America to receive the improved engines.
“GOL continues to do everything possible to diminish fuel consumption and emissions, further reducing its operating costs, which are among the lowest in the sector,” says Adalberto Bogsan, GOL’s technical vice-president.
The new CFM56-7BE engine configuration, which is now standard on all production 737s, is an improved design which includes a high- and low-pressure turbine modification. Coupled with drag-reduction improvements that Boeing started phasing into 737 production earlier this year, the improved engine will result in lower fuel consumption and maintenance cost savings, according to Boeing.
Boeing says it has improved the fuel-efficiency of the Next-Generation 737 family by 4 per cent to 6 per cent since the first Boeing 737NG was delivered in 1998. The manufacturer says the improvement is the result of continuous investment in the 737 family, including the latest ‘Performance Improvement Package’, with specific results dependent on customer configuration.
“GOL continues to show its leadership throughout the world’s airlines,” says Van Rex Gallard, vice president of Boeing Sales for Latin America, Africa, and the Caribbean. “In just its first 10 years of operation, GOL has entered the ranks of the world’s top five 737 operators and is included in the exclusive club of airlines with at least 200 737 airplanes in its fleet, including the airline’s current operating fleet and backlog of more than 90 737s.”
The Boeing Sky Interior introduces new lighting and curving architecture to create a distinctive entryway. Boeing says passengers will experience a greater sense of spaciousness in the cabin in a blue-sky-like simulated by light-emitting diode (LED) lighting. The new interior also features decorative sculpted sidewalls as well as newly improved and expanded, pivoting stowage bins.