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October 2, 2012

Gol Orders 60 Boeing 737 MAX Airliners

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Brazilian low cost airline Gol has placed a firm order for 60 Boeing 737 MAX airliners worth $6 billion at list prices, the companies announced on Monday.

Boeing said it marked the largest order in South American history.

“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,” said Paulo Kakinoff, CEO of GOL, in a statement. “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.”

The deal puts the 737 MAX program at 724 firm orders, Boeing said. “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,” said Ray Conner, president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes.

Founded in 2000, Gol currently operates a total of 123 Boeing 737-700 and 737-800 jets to 75 destinations in Brazil, South America and the Caribbean.

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