Gol Linhas Aereas Inteligentes, also known as VRG Linhas Aereas, is a Brazilian airline based in Comandante Lineu Gomes Square, Sao Paulo, Brazil. The airline is the second largest in Brazil by market share and fleet size. GOL competes in Brazil and other South American countries with Chilean LATAM Airlines Group, Brazilian Azul and Colombia-based Avianca Holdings S.A. It also owns the brand Varig Airline.
GOL’s main hubs are Sao Paulo Congonhas Airport, Rio de Janeiro-Galeao International Airport and Brasilia International Airport. GOL also has focus operations at Tancredo Neves International Airport near Belo Horizonte, Rio de Janeiro-Santos Dumont Airport, Sao Paulo, Guarulhos International Airport, Salgado Filho International Airport in Porto Alegre and Punta Cana International Airport in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. The airline was established in 2000 and started operations on January 15, 2001 with a flight from Brasilia to Sao Paulo.
In 2009, GOL was merged into VRG Linhas Aereas. VRG Linhas Aereas became an airline that operates two brands: GOL and Varig, and operated only under GOL flight numbers. On July 9, 2011, VRG Linhas Aereas, owner of the brands GOL and Varig, purchased full control of WebJet Linhas Aereas. GOL operates flight to 75 destination across South America and Central America. GOL Airlines has a fleet size of 138 aircrafts, mostly comprising of Boeing 737-700, Boeing 767-200ER and Boeing 767-300ER. It has further placed orders for Boeing 737-700 and Boeing 737-800 jets. Smiles is the name of GOL/Varig's Frequent-flyer program since July 20, 2006. Points can be used for services from GOL/Varig and partners Aerolineas Argentinas, Air France, Delta Air Lines, Iberia, KLM and Qatar Airways, including flights, upgrades, holidays, hotel stays and car rentals.