Brazilian carrier GOL Linhas Aéreas Inteligentes S.A. is considering opening a new route between Brazil and Nigeria. GOL says the new flight would be operated by aircraft from its existing fleet of Boeing 737NG single-aisle jets.

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GOL expects to begin operating six new daily round-trips from Viracopos-Campinas International Airport on September 1. Of the six round-trips, five would be on a new route to Rio de Janeiro Santos Dumont Airport and one on an existing route to Brasília-Presidente Juscelino Kubitschek International Airport.

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Boeing values the order at approximately $6 billion at published list prices. This makes it the largest order in GOL’s 12-year history and the largest commercial-jet order from a single airline in South America’s aviation history, according to Boeing.

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The new non-stop flights will depart from São Paulo Guarulhos International Airport (officially called Governador André Franco Montoro International Airport) to Montevideo in Uruguay, Asunción in Paraguay, and Santa Cruz de La Sierra in Bolivia.

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At the delivery ceremony for the first of four ATR 72-600s leased from Air Lease Corporation, Passaredo revealed it had ordered 10 more ATR 72-600s directly from ATR and had taken options on 10 more. In addition to its ATR 72-600s, Passaredo will also take two leased ATR 72-500s this year.

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GOL Linhas Aéreas Inteligentes plans to offer five-times-weekly service with Boeing 737NGs from Guarulhos International Airport in São Paulo to Simón Bolívar International Airport in Maiquetía, near Caracas. The flight would continue on to Miami International Airport.

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Delta Air Lines and GOL Linhas Aéreas Inteligentes have agreed to create a long-term exclusive commercial alliance. As part of the agreement, Delta will invest $100 million in GOL Linhas Aéreas Inteligentes and will have a seat on the GOL board of directors.

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Passengers will access the new, free platform through their own mobile communications devices or laptops and the content for GOL’s IFE platform will be automatically updated on landing at nine major Brazilian airports. GOL says the IFE platform will be the first of its kind.

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Boeing has delivered the 100th 737 outfitted with the Boeing Sky Interior to GOL Linhas Aéreas Inteligentes. The 737-800 was also delivered with CFM56-7BE “Performance Improvement” engines, making GOL the first airline in Latin America to receive the improved engines.

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Delta Air Lines is adding a sixth nonstop flight each week between Atlanta and Brasilia, Brazil’s capital city, on May 31.

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The U.S. carrier is now selling service on 56 GOL Linhas Aéreas Inteligentes flights between Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Brasilia and 15 Brazilian destinations.

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GOL Turns Ten

Airlines January 17, 2011 0

During its first 10 years of scheduled-service flying, GOL expanded its fleet from six to 112 aircraft, captured almost a 40 per cent share of the entire Brazilian air transport market and established itself as one of the most profitable and one of the fastest-growing airlines in the world.

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As a result of the agreement, GOL will add the cities of Marilia, Ribeirao Preto, Sao Jose de Rio Preto (Sao Paulo), Barreiras, Vitoria da Conquista (Bahia) and Ji-Parana (Rondonia) to its route network. Operating through Passaredo, GOL will also offer eight new direct flights.

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GOL and Delta Air Lines announced earlier this year that members of their respective frequent flyer programs – SkyMiles and SMILES – could earn miles on all flights operated by either carrier and now customers of either partner can redeem benefits through both programs.

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GOL will offer three daily round-trips to Aeroparque Jorge Newbery from São Paulo’s Guarulhos International Airport, one of them originating and terminating at Tancredo Neves International Airport, which serves the city of Confins in Minas Gerais state.

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American Airlines has launched codesharing on flights operated by GOL Linhas Aéreas Inteligentes between Sao Paulo and Salvador, Belem, Brasilia, Curitiba, Fortaleza, Manaus, Natal, Porto Alegre and Recife, as well as between Rio de Janeiro and Porto Alegre.

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As a result of its sales agreement with NOAR, GOL will be able to add Caruaru to its route network and its sales channels will offer new direct flights between destinations in Northeastern Brazil.

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GOL’s daily scheduled flights to Montes Claros will begin on November 1 from Belo Horizonte’s Aeroporto Internacional Tancredo Neves – Confins.

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Delta Air Lines and Brazil’s GOL Linhas Aéreas Inteligentes have launched an agreement to offer members of Delta’s SkyMiles and GOL’s SMILES frequent flyer programs the ability to earn miles on all flights operated by each carrier.

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