GOL Linhas Aereas Inteligentes maintenance facility at Tancredo Neves International Airport in Belo Horizonte has been authorization by Brazil’s National Civil Aviation Agency (ANAC) to paint all types of commercial aircraft registered in Brazil, and not just GOL’s fleet, as previously permitted.
Alberto Corrente, GOL’s maintenance director, says that before January GOL was painting only its own737 aircraft, but with this new approval it can start attracting third-party customers.
Corrente says GOL’s maintenance arm will now paint 737s belonging to Webjet Linhas Aereas Economicas, the Brazilian operator GOL is hoping to acquire, and all of GOL’s 737 fleet, which totals about 100 aircraft, according to Aviation Week’s Intelligence Network. GOL also will market available slots to regional airlines in Brazil looking to repaint aircraft or use special liveries.
Corrente says that the hangar’s painting area will fit narrowbody aircraft as large as a 737 or anand that the MRO will paint one aircraft at a time in a dedicated hangar.
GOL revamped its maintenance center in 2010 with a BRL65 million (US $35.5 million) expansion to extend its heavy maintenance capability. The hangar at GOL’s maintenance center in Belo Horizonte performs services on up to 120 aircraft per year.