TAAG’s new airplanes delivered Thursday in Seattle arrive Saturday in Angola

9 November 2006

Luanda, Angola, 09 Oct – Angolan state airline, TAAG will take delivery Thursday in Seattle of the first five aircraft it has bought from Boeing and the airplanes are due to arrive in Angola’s capital, Luanda Saturday, officials said.

TAAG will receive two 777-200 airplanes, which will fly on long haul routes, and three 737-700s, which will be used on domestic and regional routes.

The arrival of the new aircraft will make it possible for TAAG to overcome the problems it has faced over the last few weeks after four of its five airplanes were grounded due to a lack of maintenance.

This situation has caused problems for domestic routes, which are being carried out by TAAG’s only airplane that has permission to fly and two smaller leased aircraft.

The renewal of TAAG’s fleet is the result of a contract signed 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.

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)