Gol puts its fourth Boeing 737-800BCF freighter into service

Aircraft converted to cargo received a new paint job from partner Mercado Livre. Brazilian airline will receive two more jets in 2023

Gol’s fourth Boeing 737-800BCF freighter entered into service on Thursday. The aircraft registered PS-GFD took off from Guarulhos Airport, in São Paulo, bound for Porto Alegre, where it landed at 7:30 am.

Like the other three cargo 737s, the new aircraft provides services to Mercado Livre, an e-commerce platform founded in Argentina.

The aircraft, however, received a blue and yellow livery, which highlights the product Mercado Pago, the group’s digital bank.

The partnership between Gol and Mercado Livre includes six cargo aircraft, with the two pending delivery still in 2023.

Mercado Livre also uses the services of Azul, which converted some first-generation E195s into a freighter configuration that can be reversed.

Mercado Livre Boeing 737-800 BCF operated by Gol (Alexandro Dias)

The 737-800 PS-GFD is an old acquaintance of Gol. The aircraft was received from Boeing in 2008 via lease, when it had registration PR-GGD.

The jet had a quick passage through the airline Webjet before returning to operate by Gol until October 2022, when it left operation to be converted to the BCF (Boeing Converted Freighter) standard.

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In the cargo configuration, the aircraft is capable of transporting up to 24 tons of cargo, for which it receives a wide front door and reinforcement on the main floor to accommodate containers and pallets.

According to Gol, the fleet of four 737-800BCF serves seven destinations in Brazil in order to reduce the delivery time of Mercado Livre products.


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