The third Boeing 777-300 ER commissioned by Angolan flagship airline TAAG is due to arrive before the end of June and will be used on the carrier’s link to Portugal, the company’s chairman, Peter Hill said Thursday.
During a demonstration flight, Peter Hill said the second plane will be used exclusively on flights between Luanda and Lisbon and Luanda and Porto, “which will allow us to serve Portugal twice a day, or 14 flights per week.”
The new aircraft, which arrived in Luanda on 1 May, cost about US$200 million and was baptised with the name Iona, after the national park in the Namib Desert in southern Angola.
The contract for the acquisition of the three aircraft was signed between TAAG and Boeing on 27 March, 2012. The first aircraft started operating in 2014.
With the arrival of the third aircraft, the company will operate with eight Boeing 777s, and Hill said the airline is considering launching new routes to two European capitals, in addition to the existing connections to Portugal. (macauhub/AO/PT)