Maputo, Mozambique, 9 Dec – Mozambican airline Linhas Aéreas de Moçambique (LAM), is due next week to take delivery of its first turbo-prop Bombardier Q400 aircraft, the airline’s communication and marketing director, Adam Yusuf told Macauhub in Maputo.
“Wea re going to receive the first Bombardier on 17 Dec and on the same day there will be an inaugural flight,” said Yussuf.
Yussuf added that LAM would receive another aircraft from the same manufacturer before the end of the year, and that both aircraft had the capacity to carry 70 passengers.
In 2009 the company will also take delivery of two Brazilian Embraer 190 aircraft, Yussuf said, adding that each of them had 93 seats.
In his turn, the chairman of the board of LAM, José Viegas, said that by the end of 2009 three of the Boeing aircraft currently used by the airline would be retired from the fleet, and the fourth and final aircraft would be taken out of service in 2010.
“The entire replacement of the fleet will be concluded in 2010,” Viegas said.
The company had previsouly committed to renew its domestic and regional fleet, with a view to increasing the frequency of flights within Mozambique and to Angola, Kenya, and South Africa.
LAM’s modernisation plan includes an investment, over the next three years, of US$100 million.
LAM has a fleet made up of four jet planes and two turbo-props. Of the ai8craft that make up the fleet, four are Boeing 737-200s, two of which provide 12 executive class seats and 96 economy class seats, which have been used to transport passengers and cargo on medium haul routes, to domestic and regional destinations.
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, such as Vilankulo and Inhambane, in the south of the country. (macauhub)