LipeGIG From Brazil, joined May 2005, 11201 posts, RR: 61 Reply 3, posted (6 years 10 months 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 3354 times:
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Quoting PPVRA (Reply 2): Will it operate at SDU? It would be the largest aircraft at SDU
Not now. This 738 (and some other coming on the next months) will be able to depart/land at airports like SDU (know on Gol as SFP , Short Field Performance). The certification for SDU could take more 1 to 2 months as per ANAC sources, during this GTA will be used probably on GIG-GRU-EZE-SCL.
It departed from BFI and after a technical stop at AUA and them a non stop to CNF where it arrived about 30 minutes ago!
A picture probably will be available very soon
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Jrosa From Brazil, joined Jun 2005, 365 posts, RR: 12 Reply 4, posted (6 years 10 months 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 3340 times:
Quoting LipeGIG (Reply 3): The certification for SDU could take more 1 to 2 months as per ANAC sources, during this GTA will be used probably on GIG-GRU-EZE-SCL.
Gol is anxiously waiting for this plane to start the flights to SCL, because it has an extended oxygen supply (I believe it is an O2 generator) for the passengers (22 minutes), which is necessary to cross the Andes.
As Felipe mentioned, the SDU flights will start in 1 or 2 months from now due to ANAC certification procedures and to the need of more 738SFP frames to serve SCL and the SDU-CGH shuttle service.
It is good to mention that CCS (Maiquetia) is in Gol's pipeline to start very soon, the pilots are already certified (Airline Traffic Control and local operational procedures) it is just missing a few frames to start the route.
Does someone know if there are any visual differences between an ordinary B738 and a B738SFP?
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Baron95 From United States of America, joined exactly 7 years ago today! , 1335 posts, RR: 9 Reply 11, posted (6 years 9 months 3 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 2861 times:
Boy, I know that SDU is at sea level and that there are no obstructions in the initial climb segment, but a 738 is a pretty big bird to operate out of a 4300 feet runway, particularly since temperatures are often above 35C and at times above 40C.
What passanger load can this plane take on a 40C degree day out of SDU assuming enough fuel to get to CGH? Can it take a full load?
PPVRA From Brazil, joined Nov 2004, 8493 posts, RR: 43 Reply 12, posted (6 years 9 months 3 weeks 6 days ago) and read 2779 times:
Quoting Baron95 (Reply 11): What passanger load can this plane take on a 40C degree day out of SDU assuming enough fuel to get to CGH? Can it take a full load?
You made me wonder about one thing. If GTA is to operate CGH-SDU and is to have reduced take-off/landing distances, why are they fitted with winglets? They weigh extra, and are supposedly to help on longer flights and during cruise, not climb. So either the SFP is fine at SDU and the extra weight of the winglets is not a problem, or they are gonna fly GTA somewhere else- somewhere further away. And possibly to a high altitude airport (MEX, LIM, BOG?) that could benefit from these upgrades?
. . . or am I missing something?
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Good question. My take is every 73G/738/739 will be leaving the factory with winglets from now on. The weight penalty is modest and it adds tremendously to the resale value of the plane. Also, as you imply, GOL probably wants the flexibility to fly it on longer routes.
Think about this. SDU-CGH shuttle during the week. GIG-REC or GIG-EZE on weekends. That would get great utilization out of the aircraft since the SDU-CGH shuttle has much lower frequencies on weekends.
Jrosa From Brazil, joined Jun 2005, 365 posts, RR: 12 Reply 15, posted (6 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 2689 times:
Quoting PPVRA (Reply 12): If GTA is to operate CGH-SDU and is to have reduced take-off/landing distances, why are they fitted with winglets?
GTA is the first delivery of Gol's 101 B738SFP frames order (options included). This aircraft will be the workhorse of Gol and will fly not only SDU-CGH-SDU but also all the other routes of Gol's network. Remember that the SFP also has a higher MTOW.
Baron95 From United States of America, joined exactly 7 years ago today! , 1335 posts, RR: 9 Reply 16, posted (6 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 2619 times:
Quoting Jrosa (Reply 15): GTA is the first delivery of Gol's 101 B738SFP frames order
Jrosa do you know what the size of the GOL fleet will be after all the aircraft currently on firm ordered are delivered minus the planned retirements? Is it about 150 planes? If so that would be twice the RG fleet size pre-bankruptcy - incredible.
LipeGIG From Brazil, joined May 2005, 11201 posts, RR: 61 Reply 17, posted (6 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 2611 times:
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Quoting Baron95 (Reply 16): Jrosa do you know what the size of the GOL fleet will be after all the aircraft currently on firm ordered are delivered minus the planned retirements? Is it about 150 planes? If so that would be twice the RG fleet size pre-bankruptcy - incredible.
Around 102 planes, it's their plan for 2011. But it will probably change again and again, and with the incentive provided by the government yesterday (no income tax on leasing) we could really expect more planes!
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Jrosa From Brazil, joined Jun 2005, 365 posts, RR: 12 Reply 20, posted (6 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 2517 times:
Quoting Baron95 (Reply 18): Does JJ and G3 lease all their planes like RG? Will they all be able to take advantage of the tax break?
G3 used to lease its planes, but it posted a firm+options order with Boeing for the above referred 101 B738SFP. I believe, its not confirmed by G3, that by 2010 it will have a mix of owned and leased aircraft, but the owned aircraft will be a majority.
JJ by its turn did a move a couple of years ago aiming to improve its financial statements, it converted some A320 and A330 lease with option to buy at the end of the agreement to simple lease agreements without the option to buy the plane, with it JJ was able to change the way it accrued those lease payments making them expenses instead of investments.
Now that JJ is in much better shape (from a financial and share price stand point) it is also acquiring aircraft, remember its last Airbus order for 37 aircraft one or two months ago.
Quoting Baron95 (Reply 18): And do you mean sales/use tax (I believe it is called ICMS in Brazil)? Or do you actually mean income tax (imposto de renda)?
The tax relief is relating to the income tax (imposto de renda), making a long story short, since 2003 the Brazilian IRS considered that aircraft lease payments were income generated in Brazil for the foreign lessors, and therefore, the lessors should pay 15% of the lease installment as income tax, but Brazilian law transferred to the Brazilian lessee the tax responsibility for the payment. The lessors understood, correctly by the way, that this income tax was an unilateral act of the Brazilian Government, and all lessors demanded a gross up calculation to transfer this cost to the Brazilian lessee, who had to bear this cost.
With this tax relief, it is a temporary one until 2013 if I recall correctly, the Brazilian lessees will not have to bear this 15% gross up increase in the lease installment.
Regarding the sales/use tax (ICMS the Brazilian VAT, but really worst) the Brazilian airlines are still in talks with the state governments (this is a state tax in Brazil) in order to obtain a relief granted by law. However, there are several judicial decisions already granting this ICMS tax relief on aircraft acquisition to the Brazilian airlines.
I sincerely apologise if this explanation sounds crazy or too complicated to understand, but the Brazilian tax system is not a rational and intelligent one, it is very complicated and it has reflects in the three levels of the federation.
SDU is a domestic/regional airport and there is no need for a runway capable of receiving a widebody for instance, there are also some maritime navigation issues because SDU is in the middle of the entrance to Rio de Janeiro harbor, to a Marina and really, really close to the ferry (Rio de Janeiro - Niteroi) station. Also, there are some ecologic issues around (Guanabara bay).
Calags From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 47 posts, RR: 0 Reply 23, posted (6 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 2459 times:
If the 737-800SFP can operate in Santos Dumont will it be able to do the same in London City airport? I did a search and the two fields are almost the same length with SDU at 1,323 meters and LCY at 1,319.
Are those 4 meters significant or are there other factors that preclude the 738SFP from flying in and out of LCY?