Angolan flagship airline TAAG will receive between January and February 2020 six Dash 8 Q400 aircraft, currently built by Havilland Canada, said the airline’s chief executive.
Rui Carreira, quoted by the Jornal de Angola newspaper, also said that the new 72-seater aircraft, with a unit cost of between US$34 million and US$38 million, is part of the flagship carrier’s fleet renewal strategy and will be used for regional and provincial flights.
The announcement of this purchase was made during the 53rd International Paris Air Show, which took place from 21 to 27 June in the French capital.
TAAG’s CEO stressed that the acquisition cost of the new aircraft could be amortised over five to six years, “as they allow for significant operating gains, especially due to their low fuel consumption, which is one third lower than that of the Boeing 737 aircraft. currently operating on these routes.”
The purchase of new planes for the Angolan flagship carrier had been cancelled by President Joao Lourenco’s in April, who called for “further study” of the carrier’s recovery plan.
A presidential order of 9 April specifically mentioned the authorisations given in January for contracts with Boeing, of the USA and Bombardier, of Canada (the former Dash 8 Q400 manufacturer) to purchase 15 new aircraft by 2022. (Macauhub)