Gol reviewing combined fleet plans after Webjet acquisition

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Brazil's Gol today announced it will unveil a revised fleet plan after the low-cost carrier decides how to refresh a fleet of Boeing 737-300 Classics belonging to a recent acquisition.

Gol is still waiting on anti-trust officials to clear its acquisition of Webjet, an ultra-low cost carrier in Brazil.

The carrier completed the acquisition in September, and said earlier this month that the anti-trust review could be finished in April. The precise timing, however, could still change, Gol said.

Gol previously has outlined a strategy of transferring 737 next generation aircraft from the mainline fleet to Webjet.

The newer 737-700 and -800s would replace Webjet's older 737-300s.

Webjet already has integrated two Boeing 737-800s into its fleet, joining 24 Classics.

The transfers are part of Gol's strategy to freeze capacity and allow natural increases in traffic to improve yields across its existing network. Gol's 2012 guidance anticipates capacity to remain flat or grow less than 2% this year. Meanwhile, the carrier's load factor should improve to between 71% and 75%.

Gol, meanwhile, operates a fleet of 34 737-700s and 69 737-800s. Another 94 737-800s are now on order, according to Flightglobal Pro's database.

The revised fleet plan "will be announced to the market as soon as it has been defined", Gol said.