GOL plans to finish installing the Gogo 2KU inflight connectivity system in its Boeing 737-800s by October 2018, according to Marco Gallinaro, the airline’s maintenance manager. At that time, GOL will have installed the Wifi system in about 100 -800s.
The first installation, finished in October, took 12 days, but “we’re in the middle of a learning curve and now take eight working days,” he adds. However, in the near future he hopes to cut that to five days, thanks to pre-kitting parts, Lean initiatives and better preparing the aircraft in advance.
The airline installs the system in a dedicated line at its inhouse maintenance facility in Belo Horizonte, where it performs heavy maintenance. “We are also just starting installing some systems during heavy checks,” when about “90% of what needs to be dismantled to install the system is already done,” says Alberto Castro Correnti, GOL’s maintenance director, who spoke to Aviation Week on the sidelines of the MRO Latin conference.
With the two options, he expects GOL to install 60-80 systems this year.
GOL hopes to receive a supplemental type certificate to install the Gogo 2Ku system on its 737-700s in the fourth quarter. The airline operates about 30 of the aircraft.
In related news, Correnti says GOL plans to open an “engine hospital shop” in the second half of the year. Being able to do light work on engines “will save a lot of money because we will be able to do the work ourselves,” he says.