Luanda, December 6, 2022: TAAG Linhas Aéreas de Angola and Airbus held a presentation ceremony for the A220 aircraft. The event took place at Luanda International Airport, with the highlight being the demonstration flight, which was attended by institutional guests, shareholders, diplomatic representatives, partners and customers on board the aircraft..
TAAG plans to add the A220s to its fleet on a dry lease basis from August 2023, allowing TAAG personnel to operate and maintain the aircraft after training begins in February. The reinforcement of TAAG's fleet is evidence of its modernization and growth path, which includes a more versatile fleet capable of responding to the needs of the continental and Latin American markets (in line with the growing evolution of TAAG's network of destinations and frequencies), allowing the company to take greater advantage of the country's geostrategic position, reinforced by the Luanda hub and the new Drº Agostinho Neto International Airport.
"TAAG's objective is to work with the best manufacturers in the world, structuring its fleet in a multi-brand format (Boeing, Airbus and Dash8) and selecting the most appropriate aircraft for our regional and intercontinental operations," said Eduardo Fairen, CEO of TAAG..
This is the first time that Airbus has carried out a demonstration flight in the Southern African region, with Angola as the selected country. It is a historic event that brings prestige to Angola, to Angolan aviation and to the credibility of the flag carrier. The arrival of the new aircraft (two to be delivered in August 2023 and four in 2024) will allow an increase in flights, enabling TAAG pilots, cabin crew and maintenance technicians to operate and maintain these aircraft, opening up training and career opportunities for all these employees.
The Airbus A220 seats 142 passengers (130 in economy class and 12 in business class). It is a modern and extremely efficient aircraft with a fuel burn reduction of around 25%. It is environmentally friendly with reduced CO2 emissions and noise pollution. Customers will enjoy superior comfort, entertainment and more cabin and baggage space.
About TAAG Angola Airlines
TAAG - Angola Airlines was established in 1938 and is headquartered in Luanda, the capital city. For more than 80 years, TAAG has connected Angolans through domestic and international routes. The airline is globally recognized as a leader in the Angolan aviation market, boasting sustained growth and serving 12 domestic and 13 international destinations. Apart from transporting passengers, it also provides cargo transportation, which is increasingly vital for developing the local ecosystem. TAAG takes great pride in its history, service, and commitment to continuous improvement.
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