Gol announced on March 28, 2017 the use of new cabin and seats technologies to configure its fleet of new Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft and reconfigure its fleet of Boeing 737-800 Next Generation (NG) aircraft, increasing the number of seats by 5%, from current 177 to 186 seats. The new configuration to be completed by July 2018 will maintain GOL+Conforto spaces throughout the Company's fleet, which have 34-inch pitch (86.3cm space between seats) and 50% greater seatback recline, as well as GOL Premium class on all international flights.
Gol has a unique fleet of Boeing 737 aircraft, 93 of the 800 NG model and 28 of the 700 model, making the Company Brazil's leader in cost, punctuality and operational efficiency. A standardized fleet is fundamental to operate the low cost carrier ("LCC") model, as it allows the optimization of crew and maintenance, besides allowing operational flexibility and high utilization of the aircraft. Currently, Gol is the main customer of the 737 family in Latin America and one of the five largest in the world.
Gol has an order for 120 737 MAX 8 aircraft for delivery up to 2028, with 25 of them between 2018 and 2020. The Company has flexibility in its fleet plan and will increase the number of deliveries in this period, further reducing its operational costs.
Gol's new 737 MAX 8s aircraft, which begin to arrive in the second half of 2018, also will be configured with 186 seats and GOL+Conforto spaces, as well as GOL Premium class on all international flights. The 737 MAX 8 aircraft have a range of up to 6,500 km (compared to 5,500 km of the 737-800 NG) which gives the opportunity to offer nonstop flights from Brazil to Miami, Ft. Lauderdale/Hollywood, Orlando and Cancun, very popular destinations for Brazilians.