737 Max tipped as GOL closes on re-engined narrowbody deal

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Brazilian low-cost airline GOL is finalising an order for an unspecified number of new generation single-aisles, with the Boeing 737 Max believed to be the type selected.

Speaking to Flightglobal at the World Low Cost Airlines conference in London, GOL's head of planning Andre Brandi confirms that the airline could conclude an order for new narrowbodies soon.

"We're looking at the 737 Max and the Airbus A320neo. We've not determined the size of the order," he says. "An announcement could be made before the end of the year."

The airline is already a major 737 customer with 101 -700/800s in service and 92 more on order. Industry sources indicate that airline has already decided to remain faithful to the Boeing twinjet for its new order, although Brandi says that the competition is still on-going.

GOL is integrating the operations of Brazilian low-cost carrier Webjet which is also an all-737 operator with 25 in service. The bulk of these are classic 737-300s and will be replaced by newer 737-800s transferred from GOL.