It said passengers will be informed that their flight now will be flown on the 737 Max, and any passengers who do not want to fly on the plane will have their tickets exchanged for flights using other equipment.
GOL said it is confident that the changes made in the plane during its 20-month grounding make its safe to fly. A safety mechanism designed to stop the plane from climbing too fast and stalling was responsible for pushing down the noses of the two fatal flights, causing the crashes. The plane now has extra sensors to protect against false readings that would trigger that safety mechanism.
“We are pleased about the return of the Boeing 737 Max to our network,” said GOL CEO Paulo Kakinoff. “The Max is one of the most efficient aircraft in aviation history and the only one to undergo a complete recertification process, ensuring the highest levels of safety and reliability. We reiterate our trust in Boeing.”
GOL also said it conducted additional training for 140 of its pilots who will fly the Max on how to handle the new safety systems on the plane.
“It is a pleasure to be partners with GOL in reaching this important milestone and we look forward to what is yet to come in our partnership,” said Landon Loomis, Boeing’s managing director in Brazil.