Angola Airlines receives third 777-300ER
Written by defenceWeb, Wednesday, 25 June 2014
The 777-300ER departed Paine Field in Everett on June 23 for a more than 14 000 kilometre (7 563 nautical mile) non-stop flight to TAAG’s home base in Luanda at Quatro de Fevereiro International Airport.
TAAG took delivery of its first 777-300ER in 2011 and became the first African airline to purchase, own and operate the type. The airline also has one of the largest 777 fleets on the continent with a combination of three 777-200ERs and three 777-300ERs, according to Boeing. The carrier is scheduled add two more 777-300ERs in the coming years.
“The 777 is recognized by airlines and passengers alike as the premier choice for long-distance travel,” said Joaquin Teixeira da Cunha, chairman and CEO, TAAG Linhas Aereas de Angola. “Adding yet another 777-300ER to our growing fleet of modern Boeing airplanes provides us with greater capacity, flexibility and route options, while ensuring our passengers continue to travel in the highest standards of comfort.”
At the same time, TAAG Angola Airlines renewed its five-year contract for Boeing Maintenance Engineering services.
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TAAG will continue to grow its route network by using the 777-300ER fleet for direct routes to Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, Brazil; Lisbon and Oporto, Portugal, and other European destinations.
“The 777-300ER has rightly become the flagship of TAAG’s long-haul fleet, providing increased range, capacity and superb economics,” said Van Rex Gallard, Boeing Commercial Airplanes vice president of Sales for Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean. “We have a relationship that spans some four decades with TAAG and are rightly proud that the airline continues to operate an all-Boeing fleet. We remain ready and committed to supporting TAAG through its continued growth and success.”
Founded in 1938, TAAG operates an all-Boeing fleet of over ten aircraft made up of 777s and a combination of Classic and Next-Generation 737s.
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