As a frequent visitor to Brasil, I have flown just about every airline one could fly between the US and Brasil and between GRU
. Three weeks ago, I flew GOL for the first time. My experience was not so great. I'm not sure I would label them "one of the best run airlines in the world" just yet. Having said that, I do see much potential.
My flight from GRU
was 45 minutes late, and to make matters worse, I waited onboard the aircraft for over an hour with no air conditioning on a hot summer day in Sao Paulo for 20 or so passengers coming in from EZE
A week later, I flew GIG
and stood in line at Galeao for 1 hour and 45 minutes just to check in! The line was horrendous! Then we boarded the plane and waited again for an hour because "other passengers were still in line checking in", according to the agent at the gate. At least that plane had air conditioning.
Service onboard once we were airborne was great and the fare I paid (R$198.00 Return) was fantastic. You get what you pay for!
They do have a way to go, but I wish them well and hope they will succeed. If their entry into the Brasilian market will lower fares I'm all for their success. The market as it stands in Brasil as well as flights from the US to Brasil is way over priced, compared to markets of comparable distances. Just 2 years ago, I was paying $400-500 US from LAX
(RT) and now it's about $900.00! Meanwhile, LAX
is going for under $500.00.
Again, I wish them well.
HA J Class Lie flats, coming soon to a plane near you........