Angolan carrier, TAAG Angola Airlines has announced orders for four Boeing 787 dreamliners.
The goal of TAAG Angola, according to its Chief Executive Offricer, Mr. Eduardo Fairen is “to work with the best manufacturers in the world towards a multi-type fleet, in order to ensure we have the appropriate airplanes for each flight typology, namely our intercontinental connections,” affirming that the 787 “suits our intent for modern, size-wise and efficient equipment, able to progressively replace our current widebody fleet, and provide our customers with an improved flight experience.”
“The 787 Dreamliner will enable TAAG Angola Airlines to open new routes and expand their international network,” said Anbessie Yitbarek, Boeing vice president of Commercial Sales and Marketing for Africa. “The Dreamliner’s market-leading efficiency and passenger comfort will advance the carrier’s fleet modernization plans.”
TAAG Angola Airlines jet fleet comprises five 777-300ER (Extended Range) jets, three 777-200ERs and seven 737-700s in addition to Dash 8-Q400 turboprop aircraft. It operates to destinations across Africa, Europe, South America and China.
Boeing’s Commercial Market Outlook for Africa projects that the continent will need 1,025 airplanes over the next two decades. Overall African air traffic growth is forecast at 7.4%, the third highest among global regions and above the global average growth of 6.1%.