Maputo, Mozambique, 6 Oct – Mozambican airline Linhas Aéreas de Moçambique (LAM), plans to invest US$100 million in the acquisition of four Embraer 190 and two Bombardier Q400 aircraft to replace its current fleet of Beoing /37-200s, the company’s chairman, José Viegas said.
The two turbo-prop aircraft from Canada’s Bombardier are expected to be delivered by the end of this year, whilst the four jet aircraft from the Brazilian manufacturer, with capacity for 119 passengers each, are due to be delivered in phase in 2009, 2010 and 2011.
The chairman of the board of LAM said he believed that the new aircraft would make it possible to reduce maintenance costs, as they were new (the current Boeing 737-200s are 20 years old), as well as fuel costs.
As well as the 737-200, LAM also uses, via its subsidiary, Mex-Mozambique Express, two turbo-prop aircraft capable of carrying 29 passengers in economy class.
These aircraft also operate on regional routes, to Johannesburg and Durban in South Africa, and domestic routes, including some internal tourist destinations, namely Vilankulo and Inhambane, in the south of the country.
LAM was recently certified by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) as an operationally safe aviation company. (macauhub)