AWAS seals deal with GOL on 737-800s and 767s

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AWAS has closed a transaction with GOL Linhas Aéreas Inteligentes for the purchase and lease back agreement of five new Boeing 737-800s that the carrier had previously ordered directly from the manufacturer for May 2011-February 2013 delivery.

The operating lessor also agreed to an early return of two Boeing 767-300ER aircraft that do not meet GOL's immediate fleet needs.

The Brazilian carrier approached the market last November with a request for proposal for nine Boeing 737 Next Generation aircraft. GOL's fleet plan includes 40 737-700s and 75 737-800s at the end of this year, compared with 40 737-700s and 71 737-800s at the start of the year. Gol CFO Leonardo Pereira said the carrier is slated to take nine new aircraft in 2011 - all 737-800s - but will return five of its older 737-800s.