Angolan airline takes delivery of another Boeing 777 this year

4 May 2016

The last Boeing 777-330 of an order three aircraft is due to arrive in Angola this year, the Angolan minister of Transport said in Luanda recently.

Augusto Tomás presided over the reception ceremony at the 4 de Fevereiro international airport in Luanda, of the second unit ordered from US aircraft manufacturer Boeing, under an acquisition contract signed on 27 March, 2012.

These aircraft, the first of which entered service in 2014, have the capacity to carry 225 passengers in economy class, 56 in business class and 12 in first class, providing passengers with mobile phone and Internet connections.

The new aircraft that arrived Sunday in Luanda cost about US$200 million and was baptised with the name Iona, after the national park in the Namib Desert in southern Angola.

Tomás said this new Boeing 777-300 ER will “expand the horizons of Taag in the medium and long term” and transform it into a company that is a “leader in the region(…) taking into account the reforms under way in the flagship company.”

The minister also mentioned the management contract signed with the airline Emirates noting that “it is being implemented with great professionalism, with a very positive outcome for the first six months.” (macauhub/AO)