CFM SAYS GOL ANNOUNCES FIRM ORDER FOR ADVANCED LEAP-1B ENGINES

(The following is a reformatted version of a press release
issued by CFM International and received via electronic mail.
The release was confirmed by the sender.) 
CFM12-036 
GOL Airlines becomes first South American operator to order
LEAP-1B-powered 737 MAX 
SÃO PAULO, Brazil - 1 October 2012 -- Brazilian low-cost carrier
GOL Linhas Aéreas Inteligentes S.A. today announced a firm order
for advanced LEAP-1B engines to power 60  Boeing 737 MAX
airplanes. 
“We are very pleased to continue our long relationship with
CFM,” said Paulo Kakinoff, CEO of GOL Airlines.  “The quality
and world-class reliability of the CFM56 engine family has been
instrumental in helping us grow and to achieve our goals of
providing our passengers with the best possible service using
safe, modern, fuel efficient airplanes.  Based on our long
experience, we expect nothing less from the new LEAP engine and
look forward to introducing it into our fleet.” 
GOL has been a CFM customer since it began operations in January
2001 and the airline has grown into an agile, innovative airline
operating a high-tech fleet of new, modern aircraft.  GOL
currently offers more than 810 flights daily on 51 domestic
Brazilian routes and 12 international destinations.  Its current
fleet consists of 128 CFM56-7-powered Boeing Next-Generation
737-700/-800 aircraft. 
“GOL Airline’s current fleet is entirely powered by CFM56
engines, and we are certainly honored that it has entrusted its
future single-aisle fleet to the new LEAP engine,” said Jean-Paul Ebanga, president and CEO of CFM International. 
“We have been with GOL since the very beginning,” said Doug
Izarra, sales general manager for CFM at today’s signing
ceremony.  “We have built an incredibly strong relationship with
the team there and feel that we understand both their concerns,
as well as their goals.  LEAP is a truly revolutionary engine
and the LEAP-powered 737 MAX will help GOL achieve many of its
objectives by providing incredible fuel efficiency, in addition
to the industry’s best reliability and world-class cost of
ownership. ” 
The LEAP-1B engine, which is the result of an exhaustive six-year collaboration effort with Boeing, is the exclusive
powerplant for the new 737 variant, with the engine uniquely
optimized for the airplane.   The 737 MAX continues a 30-year
relationship between CFM and Boeing; CFM engines have been the
sole powerplant for all 737 aircraft sold since 1981. 
LEAP engines incorporate revolutionary technologies never before
seen in the single-aisle aircraft segment.  The new engine
combines advanced aerodynamic design techniques, lighter, more
durable materials, and leading-edge environmental technologies,
making it a major breakthrough in engine technology. 
As a result, operators of the 737 MAX will achieve up to 13
percent lower fuel burn compared to today’s best CFM56-powered
737; an equivalent reduction in carbon emissions; a 50 percent
reduction in NOx emissions versus current ICAO CAEP/6
requirements; an engine noise signature well below anticipated
regulatory limits; all while maintaining the benefits of CFM’s
legendary reliability and low maintenance costs. 
About CFM 
The LEAP engine family is a product of CFM International, a
50/50 joint company between Snecma (Safran group) and GE.   CFM
is the world’s largest commercial aircraft engine supplier, and
the company has delivered approximately 24,000 engines to more
than 530 operators around the globe.  The CFM56 fleet has logged
more than 600 million flight hours in the past 30 years as the
most reliable engines in the air. 
About GOL LINHAS AÉREAS INTELIGENTES S.A. 
GOL Linhas Aéreas Inteligentes S.A. (Bovespa: GOLL4 and NYSE:
GOL), the largest low-cost and low-fare airline in Latin
America, offers around 810 daily flights to 51 destinations in
Brazil and 12 in South America and the Caribbean under the GOL
and VARIG brands, using a young, modern fleet of Boeing 737-700
and 737-800 Next Generation aircraft, the safest, most efficient
and most economical of their type. It also offers its clients a
further 12 Brazilian destinations through agreements with local
regional airlines. In addition, the SMILES loyalty program, the
biggest in Brazil, allows members to accumulate miles and redeem
tickets to more than 560 locations around the world via flights
with foreign partner airlines. The Company also operates Gollog,
a logistics service which retrieves and delivers cargo and
packages to and from more than 3.400 cities in Brazil and eight
abroad. With its portfolio of innovative products and services,
GOL Linhas Aéreas Inteligentes offers the best cost-benefit
ratio in the market. 
For more information, contact: 
Jamie Jewell
T:  513.552.2790
M:  513.885.2282
jamie.jewell@ge.com 
Rick Kennedy
T:  513.243.3372
M:  513.607.0609
rick.l.kennedy@ge.com 
Antoinette Menard
T:  33.1.69.87.09.28
M:  33.6.74.78.10.65
antoinette.menard@snecma.fr 
www.cfmaeroengines.com 
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