Boeing To Pay Brazil Airline $412 Million For Grounding 737 MAX Plane

Gol, Brazil's largest airline, is one of Boeing's biggest customers and had ordered more than 100 Boeing 737 MAX planes.

Boeing To Pay Brazil Airline $412 Million For Grounding 737 MAX Plane

Brazil Airline flies Boeing 737 planes exclusively, mimicking the business model of Southwest Airlines Co

Sao Paulo:

Brazil airline Gol Linhas Aereas Inteligentes said on Wednesday it will receive 2.4 billion reais ($412 million) from Boeing Co as compensation for the grounding of the 737 MAX plane.

The aircraft has not flown in more than a year because of two deadly crashes that forced regulators to scrutinize the safety of its design.

The timing of the payments has become a lifeline for Gol, which, like its peers worldwide, is reeling from the coronavirus crisis.

But the disclosure also provides a point of reference for what kind of compensation other airlines will be able to obtain.

Gol, Brazil's largest airline, is one of Boeing's biggest customers and had ordered more than 100 Boeing 737 MAX planes. Those orders have since been reduced and Gol said it will not make new aircraft payments to Boeing for the next two years.

The company flies Boeing 737 planes exclusively, mimicking the business model of Southwest Airlines Co , which has reached only a partial settlement with Boeing and said it would share $125 million with employees.

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In a securities filing, Gol said the coronavirus crisis caused an 80% decrease in revenue in April to 138 million reais. April was the first full month of travel restrictions around the world due to the pandemic, and Gol is one of the first airlines to report its impact.

The company says it has enough cash on hand to sustain its operations at this rate for more than 10 months.

Still, Gol said it is discussing additional financing of up to 1 billion reais with unnamed entities. Gol has also said in the past it is discussing financing with Brazil's BNDES state bank of up to 3 billion reais. It is unclear if this is the same, or separate, source of financing.

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