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GOL Starts Flights to Chapeco, in Santa Catarina State, Brazil

16 October 2006

GOL Linhas Aereas Inteligentes, Brazil’s low-cost, low-fare airline, starts today its operations in Chapeco, in western Santa Catarina state, Brazil. Daily flights will follow the route Sao Paulo – Florianopolis – Chapeco. Passengers from Porto Alegre may fly to the new destination via a connection in Florianopolis.

source: Yahoo! finance

Brazil airline talks compensation with crash victims’ families

10 October 2006

Gol Airlines has contacted families of 154 victims of Brazil’s deadliest air crash to discuss compensation for the tragedy.

“Gol deeply respects the mourning families, but cannot avoid its duty,” said the company, which put itself at the disposition of the families to open talks on indemnity immediately or when those involved see fit.

“The company must clarify the matter of indemnifications,” the airline said in a statement.

Gol “sought out families of those killed in the accident that downed flight 1907 to bring them up to date with certain actions that will be adopted in coming days,” the airline said.

source: DNA

First bodies recovered from Brazil plane crash

2 October 2006

Rescuers recovered the first two bodies from the wreckage of a crashed Brazilian passenger plane in the Amazon jungle on Sunday and reported that none of the 155 people on board had survived, the Brazilian Airforce said.

The crash of the brand-new Boeing 737-800 belonging to low-cost airline Gol is Brazil’s worst aviation disaster.

Search and rescue teams had to rappel down from helicopters while others hacked their way through thick jungle to reach the wreckage after the plane went down in remote Mato Grosso state on Friday.

source: Sidney Morning Herald

Gol to tap Chilean regional low-cost flying demand

26 September 2006

Brazil’s Gol said on Monday it will provide low-cost flights for up to 200,000 Chile-based passengers in its first year, but does not aim to compete with regional giant LAN Airlines for Chile’s domestic market, of which LAN has 73 percent.

Gol Linhas Aereas Inteligentes has launched two daily flights between Rio de Janeiro and Santiago with stop-overs in Sao Paulo and Buenos Aires, and another between Florianopolis and Santiago via Porto Alegre and Buenos Aires.

source: Reuters

Brazil Low-Cost Airline Gol Launches Chile Ticket Sales

20 September 2006

Brazilian no-frills airline Gol Linhas Aereas Inteligentes SA (GOL) has launched ticket sales for flights to and from Chile, it said late Tuesday. Chile will be Gol’s seventh foreign destination. According to Gol, Chile is the second biggest travel destination for Brazilians in South America behind Argentina.

Gol already flies to Argentina, Bolivia, Paraguay and Uruguay. The company will daily connect Santiago and the Brazilian cities of Rio de Janeiro, Porto Alegre, Sao Paulo, and Florianopolis, with stops in Buenos Aires. Flights will debut on Sept. 25.

source: EasyBourse