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Before arriving at the interview for any airline, you must do your research about the airline at which you are applying for a vacancy.

Here is a quick fact sheet with what you should know about Gol Linhas Aereas Inteligentes.  To the best of our knowledge this information is correct.  However, this is only intended as a guidline and you should do your own research too!

Aircraft types

Gol currently flies only Boeing 737 aircraft, they have 144 737-700 models that are used for short and medium haul domestic routes and 177 737-800 models that are also used for short and medium duration domestic routes and some of their longer international routes.  Of the 737-800 fleet they posses some 1.5 and 2.0 versions which utilize carbon brakes and provide a shorter stopping distance and are used preferentially on flights to and from Santos Dumont and Congonhas and other shorter, more challenging runways.

Here is a comparison between the two 737 models

Boeing 737-800 versus Boeing 737-700
39.50 m 129 ft 7 in length 33.60 m 110 ft 2 in
34.30 m 112 ft 6 in wingspan 34.30 m 112 ft 6 in
125.00 m2 1,345 ft2 wingarea 125.00 m2 1,345 ft2
12.50 m 41 ft 0 in height 12.50 m 41 ft 0 in
2 x CFM56-7 engines 2 x CFM56-7
121 kN 27,300 lbf thrust per engine 108 kN 24,200 lbf
242 kN 54,600 lbf total thrust 216 kN 48,400 lbf
79,000 kgs 174,000 lbs MTOW 70,100 kgs 155,000 lbs
5,425 km 2,930 nm range 6,000 km 3,240 nm
M0.785 cruise speed M0.785
between 183 and 189 PAX capacity Between 143 and 146

Values may not be 100% accurate.
Engine thrust, MTOW and range (full load) based on best options available.

The difference in passenger numbers in the fleet is dependent on the specific aircraft model and on emergency equipment that is carried.

Fleet Size

In January of 2015 Gol was operating a fleet of 139 aircraft.

AERONAVE TOTAL PEDIDOS PASSAGEIROS ROTAS NOTAS
W Y TOTAL
Boeing 737-700 35 42 102 144 Rotas Domésticas de Curtas e Médias durações Espaço mínimo de 30 polegadas e máximo de 34 polegadas (Assentos Gol+Conforto) que lhes confere Selo A da ANAC.
Boeing 737-800 104 80 39 138 177 Rotas Domésticas e Internacionais de Curtas, Médias e Longas durações Espaço mínimo de 31 polegadas e máximo de 34 polegadas (Assentos Gol+Conforto) que lhes confere Selo A da ANAC.Pedidos podem ser convertidos em Boeing 737-900ER
Boeing 737-8MAX 60 TBA Rotas Domésticas e Internacionais de Curtas, Médias e Longas durações  a primeira entrega está programada por 2016 depois a aeronave é approvada pela ICAO e ANAC
TOTAL 139 140

Product

Aside from Passenger flights, Gol also has a freight subsiduary operated as Gollog (Gol Logistics)

Destinations

As of August 2014 Gol Transportes Aéreos, including the brand Varig where mentioned, operated scheduled services to the following destinations, totalling 18  International destinations to 12 countries and and 51 domestic destinations:

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  • Argentina
    • Buenos Aires
      • Aeroparque Jorge Newbery
      • Ezeiza-Min. Pistarini International Airport
    • Córdoba – Ingeniero Aeronáutico Ambrosio L.V. Taravella International Airport
    • Rosario – Islas Malvinas International Airport
  • Aruba
    • Oranjestad – Queen Beatrix International Airport
  • Barbados
    • Bridgetown – Grantley Adams International Airport
  • Bolivia
    • Santa Cruz de la Sierra – Viru Viru International Airport
  • Brazil
    • Aracaju – Santa Maria Airport
    • Bauru/Arealva – Moussa Nakhl Tobias Airport
    • Belém – Val de Cans/Julio Cézar Ribeiro International Airport
    • Belo Horizonte – Tancredo Neves International Airport
    • Boa Vista – Atlas Brasil Cantanhede International Airport
    • Brasília – Pres. Juscelino Kubitschek International Airport
    • Campina Grande – Pres. João Suassuna Airport
    • Campinas – Viracopos International Airport
    • Campo Grande – Campo Grande International Airport
    • Caxias do Sul – Hugo Cantergiani Airport
    • Chapecó – Serafin Enoss Bertaso Airport
    • Cruzeiro do Sul – Cruzeiro do Sul International Airport
    • Cuiabá/Várzea Grande – Mal. Rondon International Airport
    • Curitiba – Afonso Pena International Airport
    • Fernando de Noronha – Fernando de Noronha Airport
    • Florianópolis – Hercílio Luz International Airport
    • Fortaleza – Pinto Martins International Airport
    • Foz do Iguaçu – Cataratas International Airport
    • Goiânia – Santa Genoveva Airport
    • Ilhéus – Jorge Amado Airport
    • Imperatriz – Pref. Renato Moreira Airport
    • João Pessoa – Pres. Castro Pinto International Airport
    • Joinville – Lauro Carneiro de Loyola Airport
    • Juazeiro do Norte – Orlando Bezerra de Menezes Airport
    • Londrina – Gov. José Richa Airport
    • Macapá – Alberto Alcolumbre International Airport
    • Maceió – Zumbi dos Palmares International Airport
    • Manaus – Eduardo Gomes International Airport
    • Marabá – Marabá Airport
    • Maringá – Sílvio Name Júnior Regional Airport
    • Montes Claros – Mário Ribeiro Airport
    • Natal – Greater Natal International Airport
    • Navegantes – Min. Victor Konder International Airport
    • Palmas – Brig. Lysias Rodrigues Airport
    • Petrolina – Sen. Nilo Coelho Airport
    • Porto Alegre – Salgado Filho International Airport (Base)
    • Porto Seguro – Porto Seguro Airport
    • Porto Velho – Gov. Jorge Teixeira de Oliveira International Airport
    • Presidente Prudente – Presidente Prudente Airport
    • Recife – Guararapes/Gilberto Freyre International Airport
    • Ribeirão Preto – Leite Lopes Airport
    • Rio Branco – Plácido de Castro International Airport
    • Rio de Janeiro (Base)
      • Galeão/Antonio Carlos Jobim International Airport – Gol and Varig
      • Santos Dumont Airport
    • Salvador da Bahia – Dep. Luís Eduardo Magalhães International Airport
    • Santarém – Maestro Wilson Fonseca Airport
    • São Luís – Mal. Cunha Machado International Airport
    • São Paulo (Base)
      • Congonhas Airport
      • Guarulhos/Gov. André Franco Montoro International Airport – Gol and Varig
    • Teresina – Sen. Petrônio Portella Airport
    • Uberlândia – Ten. Cel. Av. César Bombonato Airport
    • Vitória – Eurico de Aguiar Salles Airport
  • Chile
    • Santiago – Santiago International Airport
  • Curaçao
    • Willemstad – Hato International Airport (Charter)
  • Dominican Republic
    • Punta Cana – Punta Cana International Airport
    • Santo Domingo – Las Américas International Airport
  • Paraguay
    • Asunción – Silvio Pettirossi International Airport
  • Trinidad and Tobago
    • Tobago – A.N.R. Robinson International Airport (Begins January 31st, 2015)
  • United States
    • Miami – Miami International Airport
    • New York¹ – John F. Kennedy International Airport (Seasonal)[2]
    • Orlando – Orlando International Airport

Presently operations to New York City are considered to be as charter, open for Smiles (mileage) sales only. Traffic is permitted only with origin in Brazil.

  • Uruguay
    • Montevideo – Carrasco/Gal. Cesáreo L. Berisso International Airport
  • Venezuela
    • Caracas – Simón Bolívar International Airport[/expand]

Additionally, Gol operates dedicated executive bus services between some locations and its nearest airports, as connecting services to its flights:[3]

  • Blumenau and Navegantes – Ministro Victor Konder International Airport
  • Rio de Janeiro/Galeão – Antonio Carlos Jobim Airport and Rio de Janeiro – Jacarepaguá Airport in the neighborhood of Barra da Tijuca
  • São Paulo – Congonhas Airport and São Paulo/Guarulhos – Gov. André Franco Montoro International Airport

Bases

Orders

At the time of writing it is believed that Gol currently have 140 aircraft on order, these being:

  • 80 x 737-800
  • 60 x 737-8MAX

Recently Gol have been rumoured to be looking to purchase a fleet of regional jets, though I can not find any evidence to support this.

History

The airline was established in 2000 and started operations on January 15, 2001 with a flight from Brasília to São Paulo. It is a subsidiary of the Brazilian conglomerate Grupo Áurea based at Minas Geraisstate, which has other transport interests including Brazil’s largest long-distance bus company. Grupo Áurea in turn is owned by the Constantino family. As of 2004, Gol had carried 11,600,000 passengers, and constituted 20% of the Brazilian air travel market.

On June 24, 2004 Gol launched simultaneous initial public offerings on the New York and São Paulo stock exchanges. It is now owned by AeroPar Participações (77%), Venture (17.6%) and American International Group (5.4%) and employs approximately 20,000 staff (as of Febuary 2015). The growth in Gol’s stock price made the Constantino family a member of the Forbes Magazine billionaire list in 2005 .

Key People

Chief Executive Officer – Paulo Kakinof

Mr. Paulo Sergio Kakinoff was appointed President, Chief Executive Officer and Member of the Executive Board of Gol Linhas Aereas Inteligentes SA on July 2, 2012. He has served as Independent Member of the Board of Directors of Gol Linhas Aereas Inteligentes SA from January 6, 2010 to July 2, 2012. He was Chief Executive Officer of Audi Brasil and has 18 years of experience in the auto industry, having served as Sales and Marketing Director at Volkswagen do Brasil and as Executive Director for South America at the Volkswagen Group’s head offices in Germany. He holds a degree in Business Administration from Universidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie.

Chief Financial Officer – Edmar Prado Lopes

Mr. Edmar Prado Lopes Neto has served as Chief Financial and Investor Relations Officer and Member of the Executive Board of Gol Linhas Aereas Inteligentes SA since July 24, 2012. Prior to this, he was Capital Market Officer and joined the Company in May 2011. He worked at Organizacoes Globo for 13 years, having served as Net Servicos de Comunicacao SA’s Treasury Officer from 1998 to 2005 and as the Roberto Marinho Foundation’s Planning Manager. He is a member of the Company’s Financial Policy Committee and the Sub-Committee on Accounting and Tax Policies and Financial Statements. With more than 25 years’ experience in the financial area, he has worked for national and multinational companies and graduated in Civil Engineering from the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro.

Executive Director of Flight Operations – Sérgio Quito

Director of Operational Safety – Carlos Junqueira

Chief Pilot – Sérgio Netto

Financial and Performance Overview (Profit, revenue, passengers carried, year on year growth)

Passengers Transported in 2013: (Domestic): 32.540.000
Passengers Transported in 2012 (Domestic): 
30.697.494
Passengers Transported in 2011:
Passengers Transported in 2010: 
30.129.296 (+ 14,38%)
Passengers Transported in 2009: 
26.339.602 (+ 32,73%)
Passengers Transported in 2008: 
19.844.208 (- 01,89%)
passengers Transported in 2007: 
20.227.837 (+ 25,91%)
Passengers Transported in 2006: 
16.065.250.

A full financial review of Gol can be found here 

Recent Company News

(e.g opening a new route or ordering a new aircraft)

The airline’s biggest competitors

Taking in to account the low cost model that Gol believe that they are using, Azul could be considered the largest competitor given that both companies claim to employ low cost models, however, given that the price difference between TAM and Gol is, at best, marginal, TAM could well be considered as Gol’s largest competitor given that TAM have a larger share of the aviation marlet in Brazil.  However, politics and opinions aside, both TAM and Azul can be considered to by the largest competitors to Gol in the domestic market at this time.

Threats to the Airline Industry

  • oil price
  • competition
  • market saturation
  • global epidemics (Ebola/SARs).

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