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Gol Eyes Adding Boeing 737-900s To Fleet

2015 09 19

Brazilian airline Gol said it is in advanced talks with Boeing regarding the possible addition of 737-900s to its fleet.

Last month chief executive Paulo Kakinoff said Gol could trim its fleet of smaller 737-700 and 737-800 aircraft as it cuts capacity in Brazil, where a deepening recession and a weaker currency have triggered heavy losses.

"We've done extensive studies with Boeing about the possibility of getting the 900 series as well, maybe the MAX 9," said Kakinoff in a press briefing, without giving more details.

Earlier in the day, he said Gol's total capacity in 2015 will be 1 percent to 1.5 percent lower than last year, as the airline trims frequencies but not destinations.

Gol's capacity, measured by available seat-kilometres (ASK), rose 3.1 percent in the first half of 2015 from a year earlier.

Rival Brazilian airline TAM, the local unit of the LATAM Airlines, said in July it would cut domestic operations by 8-10 percent by year-end, reducing full-year ASK by 2-4 percent compared to 2014.

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