Luanda, Angola, 08 Oct – The first five aircraft bought by Angolan airline TAAG, from US manufacturer Boeing are due to arrive in Luanda on November 11, the president of the airline, Jesus Martins said Friday.
In an interview with Angola’s national radio, Martins said that the new aircraft, three 737-700s and two 777-200s, after the necessary procedures, would go into service within a maximum of 48 hours.
According to Martins, the 737-700s will carry out regional routes served by TAAG, but will not be able to be used on all internal flights due to the state of the runways in most of the country’s regional airports.
In relation to the 777-200s, the president of TAAG said that they would serve international routes, and would initially link Luanda with Lisbon and Paris.
In the short term the new aircraft would also be used on a new route between Luanda and London.
In October 2005 TAAG signed a contract with Boeing to buy six aircraft, two Boeing 777-200s, for long-haul flights and four 737-700s for domestic and regional routes and provides an option to buy a further three aircraft; one 777 and two 737s.
Following the deal, the US manufacturer opened up a representational office in Luanda in December to provide support to TAAG.
The renewal of TAAG’s fleet is being financed by a banking syndicate headed by Angola’s three-largest private banks.
The financing involves Banco Fomento de Angola (BFA), owned by Portuguese group BPI Banco Espírito Santo Angola (BESA) and Banco Africano de Investimentos.
The air carrier currently operates two Boeing 747-300s for cargo and passenger transport, for long-haul flights, and five Boeing 737-200s, for internal flights and international flights to neighboring countries. (macauhub)