Avolon leases 11 Boeings to Brazilian airline Gol

Irish aviation financier will begin delivery of planes from the middle of next year

Brazilian airline Gol will lease 11 Boeing aircraft from Irish aviation financier Avolon from next year.

Avolon said on Monday that it has agreed to lease 11 of the Boeing 737 Max 8 craft that it has on order from the US manufacturer to Rio de Janeiro-based Gol.

The Irish company intends to begin delivering the planes to Gol from the middle of next year.

Felipe Campos, Avolon's head of Latin America, pointed out that the company's relationship with Gol went back to the earliest days of the airline, which began flying in 2001.


He noted the craft would boost the airline’s efficiency and reliability and allow Gol to expand.

“Our commitment to our customers is to have a product offering built around the latest and most technically advanced aircraft available in the market and the 737 Max is a core part of that offering,” he said.

Paulo Kakinoff, Gol's chief executive, said that the deal underlined the airline's long-term relationship with Avolon.

"They have a deep understanding of the Latin American market and we look forward to working with Avolon and their team for many years to come," he added.

Gol is listed in New York and Sao Paulo. It had revenues of $9 billion last year and profits of $70 million.

The carrier has almost 40 per cent of Brazil’s domestic air travel market and around 10 per cent of its international traffic.

Dublin-headquartered Avolon is one of the biggest aircraft lessors in the world.

Last week it signed an $11 billion deal to buy 100 jets from leading European manufacturer, Airbus.

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