LAM’s new Embraer airliner starts commercial flights

12 August 2009

Maputo, Mozambique, 12 Aug – Mozambican national carrier LAM’s new Embraer-190 aircraft enters service Wednesday on routes from Maputo to Johannesburg, Luanda and Dar-es-Salaam.

A second aircraft of the same type will come into service in September, the Noticias daily newspaper reported. Each airliner cost US$ 35 million and LAM has bought the planes with financing from the BCI bank.

The 98-seat Embraer-190 operates with a high level of computerization and cruises at an altitude of 40,000ft for more than two hours with low levels of CO2 emission and noise pollution, also having low operating costs, according to Embraer.

Unveiling the new airliner, LAM CEO Jose Viegas said Mozambique’s flag flier will resume intercontinental flights in 2010. LAM announced recently it will invest US$ 100 million in modernizing its fleet. (macauhub)