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About Gol Airlines
GOL Transportes Aéreos (also known as VRG Linhas Aéreas) is a Brazilian airline headquartered in Sao Paulo, Brazil.The airline operates a growing domestic and international scheduled network – its main hubs are Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Brasilia. In addition, GOL Airlines has focus operations at Belo Horizonte, Porte Alegre, Salvador da Bahia and Punta Cana. To find out more about Salvador da Bahia and plan your trip to Brazil, see our Salvador da Bahia travel guide.
The airline is the 2nd largest Brazilian airline by market share. Born in the dynamic Brazilian city of Sao Paulo in 2001, GOL has grown over 10 years into a giant low-cost airline with 138 aircrafts flying to 62 destinations.
GOL currently offers the most extensive and convenient route network in South America and the Caribbean, with almost 900 flights a day to 62 destinations, domestic and international, in 13 countries. Combined with operational partnerships with foreign and domestic companies, GOL's route network is among the best for clients that want to travel to Brazil, within Brazil, or from Brazil.
Gol Airlines Fleet
The Gol Airlines fleet is constantly adapting and changing but currently includes Boeing 737-300, Boeing 737 Next Gen Boeing 737-700, Boeing 737-800, Boeing 737- MAX 8, Boeing 767, Boeing 767-200 and Boeing 767-300 aircraft.
Gol Airlines Baggage
GOL Airlines passengers may travel with a bag up to 10kg (22lbs), as well as a personal item, such as a laptop or duty-free shopping bag.
Checked baggage for GOL Airlines should not exceed more than 23kgs (51 lbs).
Maximum dimensions: 50 x 28 x 80 cm (20 x 11 x 31 in)
GOL Airlines offer passengers travelling under different fare classes different free baggage allowances. These are the necessary requirements:
Promo: Does not include free checked baggage.
Light: Does not include free checked baggage.
Plus: 1st bag can be checked free of charge.
Max: 1st and 2nd bags can be checked free of charge.
Premium*: 1st and 2nd bags can be checked free of charge. (*international flights)
Gol Airlines Check-in
For domestic flights, passengers should complete check-in at the self-service check-in at the airport at least 2 hours before departure. For international flights, passengers must check in 3 hours before departure.
Gol airlines provides online check in for its customers on its website.
GOL Class Fares
Gol's fleet of planes are configured with two cabins: Premium Economy Class (known as Comfort Class) and Economy Class.
Economy Class Facilities
Depending on the length and destination of your flight, GOL offers a variety of menu choices to make your trip even more enjoyable. This includes complimentary beverages on all flights, and meals or light meals on international flights.
What are Economy Class Seats Like?
Economy offers comfortable new seatining. You are able to choose your seats when you book online. On flights classed as medium to long distance, GOL also provides comfort items like blankets, pillows and dental kits.
From the time you check in to when you disembark,Premium Economy brings you convenience and exclusive benefits on your international flights.
Premium Economy Facilities
Get exclusive customer service and preferred check-in and boarding, in addition to having your baggage tagged as priority. You have 2 free bags weighing up to 23 kg (51 lbs) each
On board, in the Premium Economy, you will have reserved baggage compartments, will receive a blanket, pillow and a personal toiletries kit. Receive a welcome drink and enjoy an exclusive complimentary menu with hot meals and snacks, in addition to wines and other beverage options.
What are Premium Economy Seats Like?
When you fly Premium Economy, you will enjoy comfort and privacy. Seats recline 50% more, the middle seat is blocked and there’s more legroom.
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Gol Airlines Hub Airport
Sao Paulo-Congonhas Airport
Sao Paulo-Congonhas Airport is one of the three commercial airports serving Sao Paulo, Brazil and acts as the hub airport for LATAM Airlines (previously TAM Airlines) and GOL Airlines. Other airlines which fly to and from Sao Paulo Airport include Avianca Brazil, Gol Airlines and LATAM. The airport has two runways and can handle nearly 20 million passengers every year.
Photo credit: Valter Campanato/ABr, Agência Brasil
Gol Airlines Codeshare Agreements
GOL Airlines has codeshare agreements:
Copa Airlines, Air France, Delta Airlines, Qatar Airlines, Aerolineas Argentinas, Aeromexico, Emirates, KLM, TAP Portugal, Air Canada
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Pets, Emotional support animals and service animals
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Gol Airlines Popular Routes
Miami Rio De Janeiro
Sao Paulo Orlando
Porto Alegre Brasilia
Goiania Belo Horizonte
Rio De Janeiro Orlando
Gol Airlines Route Map
8th November 2018
GOL Airlines returns to US
GOL Airlines have announced its return to the US market, with new flights to Orlando and Miami.
The airline last flew to North America in 2016.
4th June 2018
GOL Airlines confident in growth despite the price of fuel
Despite currency fluctuations and the rising cost of fuel in Brazil, GOL Airlines are confident that they will shrug off those economic difficulties and continue to grow as a business.
Gol has recently released a report that states it saw a 10.7% increase in revenue for Q12018, as well as a 13% rise in average fares. Gol Airlines — which are Brazil's largest carrier — predict a capacity growth of flat—2% for 2018. The airlines have said that it might need to slightly raise its ticket prices to accommodate for the higher price in fuel in Brazil, but they're confident that the country's growing demand in air-travel will allow them to do so.
30th April 2018
Boeing Expands Services Engagement in Latin America with GOL Airlines and Aeromexico
GOL to use Airplane Health Management (AHM) for 737 MAX fleet. Aeromexico to use Boeing landing gear exchange program for 787 fleet
Both carriers will use Boeing AnalytX solutions to deliver significant cost savings
Boeing (NYSE: BA) is expanding its commercial services capability in Latin America with new customer orders from GOL Airlines to use Boeing's Airplane Health Management for its 737 MAX fleet and from Aeromexico to use Boeing's landing gear exchange program for its 787 fleet. These announcements demonstrate the tremendous potential for services growth in this rapidly expanding region.
According to Boeing's 2017 Services Market Outlook, the Latin American commercial aviation services market is currently growing at five percent per year. Boeing expects the total aviation support and services market in the region to be worth $530 billion by 2036.
"Airline efficiencies are changing the game and today's orders demonstrate how Latin American carriers are finding ways to be nimble and flexible," said Gardiner Porter, regional managing director for the Americas with Boeing Global Services. "Our state-of-the-art analytics tools and exchange programs are all about keeping customer fleets operating and ready for use in an age of rapid technological advancement."
GOL Linhas Aereas S.A., Brazil's largest domestic carrier, signed an agreement adding Airplane Health Management to its 737 MAX fleet. With Airplane Health Management, a Boeing AnalytX solution, GOL will now be able to take greater advantage of Boeing's deep understanding of systems and design, as well as fleet-wide operational maintenance learning. This enables predictive maintenance actions that improve efficiency and lower operating costs.
GOL will take delivery of its first new 737 MAX 8 starting this year. Employing Airplane Health Management will empower GOL to improve MAX fleet management, especially on its international expansion.
Aeromexico, the largest airline in Mexico, operates one of the most technologically-advanced fleets in the region and is a leading regional operator of the 787 Dreamliner. It will use Boeing's Landing Gear Overhaul and Exchange Program for 17 aircraft in its 787 fleet, as well as AOG access. Through the program, operators receive an overhauled and recertified landing gear from an exchange pool maintained by Boeing, with stocked components and supporting parts shipping within 24 hours.
Aeromexico will also start using AerData's Engine Fleet Planning and Costing tool for its Boeing fleet, which helps customers optimize engine maintenance planning, engine spares availability and budgets. Using Boeing AnalytX capabilities, the tool analyzes in hours what typically takes an airline weeks to examine using other methods.
10th January 2018
GOL Airlines SWOT: network expansion and cost containment are key in the new competitive era
Brazilian airline GOL holds a special position in Latin American aviation, having ushered in the low cost model in South America during the early 2000s. Since that time it has faced competition from start-ups that have included Azul and a reinvigorated TAM, after its merger with LAN to create the LATAM Airlines Group.
After a recession swept over Brazil in late 2014, GOL was forced to undertake a financial restructuring in 2015 as credit for Brazilian companies dried up. GOL worked to create a more stable capital structure to withstand the downturn so that it could maintain its leading position in GOL’s domestic market.
GOL has also evolved its product over the past few years to capture more lucrative corporate customers; it holds a leading share among Brazilian corporate travellers, which puts the airline in a favourable position as the country’s economy starts a slow recovery. But GOL also faces formidable challenges, including a heavy reliance on Brazil’s domestic market, where competition remains fierce. It also faces rising fuel costs in 2018, which ups the stakes in keeping its non-fuel costs at bay as a means to sustaining low fares.
13th December 2017
Delta, GOL celebrate six years of partnership, bringing U.S. and Brazil closer
Delta Air Lines and GOL Linhas Aéreas Inteligentes are celebrating a six-year alliance in Brazil, which has allowed more than 1 million customers to connect between the United States and Brazil.
Since the alliance was announced, Delta and GOL have grown to serve 99 percent of the destinations between the U.S. and Brazil. Today, the airlines have more than 320 codeshare flights together, to more than 321 destinations in nearly 60 countries.
“This is a very important year for Delta in Brazil as it marks 20 years of uninterrupted service to the country, and GOL is part of our success in the Brazilian market,” said Fabio Camargo, Delta’s Director - Brazil. “This alliance has resulted in improved service for Delta customers traveling to and from Brazil and has also allowed our teams to share best practices to provide a seamless travel experience.”
This year alone, the airlines expanded the international codeshare in South America, where GOL began offering codeshare flights between Santiago, Chile, to other destinations served through the partnership with Delta, providing customers from both airlines with increased travel options to and from the United States and South America.
In addition to expansion of the network, cabin modernization has been a key focus of the alliance. Delta and GOL have made considerable investments to provide benefits such as premium seats in the main cabin—Delta Comfort+ and GOL+ Comfort, as well as onboard Wi-Fi on Delta’s entire long-haul international fleet and on an increased number of GOL’s flights. The airlines have also sought to improve the customer experience through digital offerings like Delta’s groundbreaking wayfinding map feature in the Fly Delta App, which is now includes a map of the Guarulhos airport, and GOL’s Selfie Check-In.
Delta and GOL have worked diligently to provide customers the best service throughout their journey. From joint sales channels and single check-in at airports, to an enhanced experience at Delta and GOL airport VIP lounges throughout the network, and reciprocal benefits to Delta’s SkyMiles and GOL’s Smiles frequent flyers programs, allowing customers to earn and redeem miles on eligible flights.
The airlines’ joint commitment includes Delta logos on all GOL planes’ bulkheads and fuselages, and well-aligned teams and priorities across the entire business, including TechOps, finance, commercial and sales, marketing, sales support and airport customer service. Delta and GOL also lead their markets in punctuality, completion factor and luggage handling, seeking to be the most reliable carriers for customers.
“The shared commitment to operational excellence has helped the airline partners to increasingly become a top choice of customers on business or leisure travel on North American and South American connections,” said Celso Ferrer, GOL’s V.P. - Planning. “We are very pleased with the solid alliance we have built together in these past six years, and we will continue working with Delta to offer even more benefits to all our customers.”