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SÃO PAULO, OCTOBER 18, 2012 - GOL Linhas Aéreas Inteligentes S.A. (BM&FBovespa: GOLL4 and NYSE: GOL) (S&P: B, Fitch: B+, Moody's: B3), the largest low-cost and low-fare airline in Latin America, hereby announces that it has submitted to the Brazilian Civil Aviation Agency (Anac) a formal request to operate regular flights in routes connecting Brazil to the United States, with one stop in Santo Domingo. These flights will be operated by a standardized fleet of Next Generation Boeing 737 aircraft.
They are expected to begin at the end of the year. If approved, the plan will consist of two daily flights between Brazil and the United States with stop in Santo Domingo. One flight will depart from São Paulo (São Paulo/Guarulhos International Airport) and the other from Rio de Janeiro (Galeão International Airport). The flights will arrive in Santo Domingo (Las Americas Airport), where passengers will be transferred to flights to their final destinations, Orlando and Miami.
GOL is awaiting all the necessary authorizations before disclosing any details about the new operation, including information about fares, services and products.
ABOUT GOL LINHAS AÉREAS INTELIGENTES S.A.
u 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 62 destinations in 9 countries 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 3,500 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.
ABOUT WEBJET LINHAS AÉREAS S.A.
u Webjet Linhas Aéreas S.A., controlled by VRG Linhas Aéreas S.A., offers around 140 daily flights to 18 Brazilian destinations, using a fleet of Boeing 737-300 and 737-800 Next Generation aircraft. In August 2011, GOL announced the acquisition of Webjet.
GOL LINHAS AÉREAS INTELIGENTES S.A.
/S/ Edmar Prado Lopes Neto
Name: Edmar Prado Lopes Neto
Title: Investor Relations Officer
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