ANAC approves GOL traffic rights to US, but destinations still unknown

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Brazil's Civil Aviation Authority ANAC has approved VRG Linhas Aereas, which is a subsidiary of Brazil's low fare airline GOL Linhas Aereas, to operate 14 weekly frequencies between Brazil and the USA, without specifying concrete destinations.

GOL has made so far no announcement about its plans to operate flights between Brazil and the USA.

As it recently transferred VRG's last remaining Boeing 767 aircraft to Delta Air Lines, which holds a minority stake in Brazil's second largest airline, now the only available aircraft to operate these flights are GOL's Boeing 737NG aircraft.

While GOL would not comment on its potential plans to serve destinations in the US, the operational range its Boeing 737-800s would allow the airline to serve Miami and Orlando, which have been served in the past by Varig and its successor company VRG.

After Delta Air Lines made last December a US$ 100 million investment in GOL both airlines agreed to expand their code share agreements, which is another hint at GOL's increasing interest in the US market.