ALTA: Gol and Boeing sign biofuel pact

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Low-cost carrier Gol has signed a memorandum of understanding with Boeing to research, develop and approve new sources of sustainable aviation biofuel in Brazil.

Gol is an all-Boeing 737 operator. "The expansion of our partnership with this new project will further advance the effort to expand biofuel use in Brazil," says the airline's chief executive Paulo Kakinoff.

The plan is for Gol to use sustainable biofuel to operate 200 flights during the World Cup in Brazil in 2014, and for 20% of its flights during the 2016 Olympic Games.

"Boeing will work with Gol to identify and select the most promising feedstocks and refining technologies and then will play a leading role in the approval process for new fuel pathways to ensure the fuel meets safety and performance standards," says the airframer.

Gol conducted Brazil's first commercial biofuel flight with a 737-800 on 23 October.