Sao Paulo - The first of the 125 Boeing 737 MAX expected by the Brazilian low-cost operator GOL Linhas Aereas has been delivered.
The Brazilian cheap flight specialist GOL Linhas Aereas took possession of its first 737 MAX 8. The company expects another five by the end of the year.
The aircraft arrived at Sao Paulo on June 29. GOL has announced its intention to use the Boeing's new generation of single-aisle aircraft to restart flights to the United States by the end of this year. There will be four daily flights from Brasilia (DF) and Fortaleza (CE) to Miami and Orlando.
Before the company debuts the new airplane on international routes, it will be deployed on domestic routes for crew training.
The South American low-cost carrier already operates 26, 737-700 (42 + 104) and 96, 737-800 (36 + 150). With this delivery, GOL becomes the second operator in South America for the MAX family, after Aerolineas Argentinas.
The new version of the 737 family is about 15% more fuel efficient compared to the previous generation. Updates to the new MAX series, which include new generation engines and the new winglets, allow the 737 MAX 8 to run up to 3645 nautical miles (6,570 km), 594 nautical miles (1,100 km) more than the 737-800.
The new Gol 737 MAX will be configured with 186 seats, and have satellite system for internet access.
Deliveries are expected to be completed by 2027, the year in which the company's entire fleet is expected to consist only of next-generation jets.