Mozambican airline LAM adds two new aircraft to its fleet

19 November 2012

Mozambican flagship airline Linhas Aéreas de Moçambique (LAM) Friday took delivery of two new aircraft for its fleet: One Boeing 737-500, with 111 seats, and one Embraer 190 for 93 passengers, the Mozambican press reported.

The aircraft were acquired through an operational leasing system, in which another airline buys the aircraft and later leases them to LAM, which has provided US$850,000 to pay the first three monthly instalments.

LAM now has a fleet of seven aircraft, three of which are Embraer 190s, one Boeing 737-500, and three Bombardier Q 400s, according to the airline’s chief executive Marlene Manave.

The CEO said that the airline would actually be using nine aircraft, two of which are part of its partnership with Moçambique Expresso (Mex).

Of the seven aircraft exclusively operated by LAM, just two are actually owned by the airline, and the remaining five are leased, Manave said, adding that in October 2013 the airline would buy another Embraer aeroplane.

By operating the two new aircraft LAM plans to offer more seats on domestic routes with high demand such as to Beira, Tete, Nampula and Pemba as well as increasing the flights it offers to Dar-es-Salaam and Luanda. (macauhub)