Review of GOL flight Porto Alegre São Paulo in Economy

Airline GOL
Flight G3 1203
Class Economy
Seat 32F
Aircraft Boeing 737-800
Flight time 01:40
Take-off 29 Dec 15, 08:20
Arrival at 29 Dec 15, 10:00
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By 1461
Published on 9th February 2016
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Gol Transportes Aéreos G3 1203
POA-CGH (Porto Alegre/Salgado Filho->São Paulo/Congonhas)
DEP POA 08:18 29 DEC 2015
ARR CGH 10:00 29 DEC 2015

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Flight route map courtesy of www.flightaware.com

After good 3-day/4-night trip to Porto Alegre, Sapucaia do Sul, and Gramado, it was time to head back to São Paulo. The return flight was with GOL Airlines, and would take us to Congonhas Airport, a smaller airport than Guarulhos Airport located much closer to the center of the city. My friend was gracious enough to drive us from Sapucaia do Sul to Porto Alegre that morning. We arrived at the terminal by 07:10.

Porto Alegre Terminal on the morning of 29 DEC 2015.
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There were a lot of people checking into the flight. Most of the people were on the same flight to Congonhas.
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The line extended beyond the check-in area.
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This young man was our savior! He let us skip most people on the later flights.
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Porto Alegre departures floor interior (sorry for the poor quality).
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Porto Alegre terminal air side.
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This plane was bound for Curitiba.
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Another Congonhas-bound plane.
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My plane.
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Getting ready for departure.
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My boarding pass for this morning's flight.
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Boarding.
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Interior of the GOL's B738W.
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Not my seat, but somebody was seating on our aisle, so here's a shot of GOL's seats.
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We were seated at the very back of the plane.
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On-board purchase menu.
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Push back was about 10 min behind schedule. What concerned me was that the plane started pushing back even though 4-5 passengers were standing around. Never seen that before.
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Goodbye Porto Alegre!
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Gaining altitude.
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Some snack and water were distributed.
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Approaching into cloudy São Paulo.
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Santos.
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It was indeed cloudy that day.

It seemed as if the plane was going to skirt right above some of the buildings. At the last minute the runway appeared.
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It was raining when the plane landed in Congonhas. We arrived on time despite departing a bit behind schedule from POA.

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Verdict

GOL

5.0/10
Cabin8.0
Cabin crew6.0
Entertainment/wifi2.0
Meal/catering4.0

Porto Alegre - POA

4.8/10
Efficiency4.0
Access6.0
Services5.0
Cleanliness4.0

São Paulo - CGH

4.5/10
Efficiency6.0
Access4.0
Services4.0
Cleanliness4.0

Conclusion

Overall,

- I do like the fact that GOL still gives out snacks and water for free.
- Lack of entertainment system is expected.
- Nice comfy seats.
- Didn't like the fact that the plane pushed back with passengers still standing around with no warning from flight attendants.
- Porto Alegre Airport certainly needs some kind of modernization effort.
- Congonhas Airport was interesting. It felt like the whole terminal had some slope toward the north side.

Information on the route Porto Alegre (POA) São Paulo (CGH)

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3 Comments

  • Comment 157164 by
    NGO85 1622 Comments

    Thank you for sharing this FR!

    I'm surprised at the service on-board, I was expecting something more given what other carriers in Brazil offer on domestic flights. Since G3 is the mileage partner in Brazil with some of the bigger carriers, I thought it would be full-service. EY's website claimed they offer an Comfort Economy product, do you know what this is? Is it just a Y+ section at the front of the plane?

    Anyways, nice to get a plane with BSI and new looking seats.

    • Comment 334430 by
      CH AUTHOR 29 Comments

      It seemed like most of the Brazilians expect to need to pay for food when traveling on GOL flights. Yes, there was an Y+ section in front of the plane, but I'm not so sure if they get more than snack and water. Also, I'm not sure if GOL provides more for food for seasonal flights to USA. Overall, it seems to me that GOL became like Spirit of Brazil.

  • Comment 157789 by
    KévinDC TEAM SILVER 5135 Comments

    Thanks for sharing. Domestic Brazil reports are always interesting.

    What concerned me was that the plane started pushing back even though 4-5 passengers were standing around. Never seen that before.
    - I have, several times in Asia. Granted the pax were probably sitting when the plane started pushing back, but got up to get something. Flight attendants screaming at pax to sit down over the PA. On more than one occasion I've seen pax struggle to walk up the aisle shortly after takeoff. Some people just don't like to follow the rules I guess, haha.

    The blah seats don't seem to fit with the fancy Boeing Sky Interior and mood lighting.

    Thanks for sharing!

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