TAAG will continue to grow its route network by using the new 777-300ERs for route expansion, including direct routes to Rio de Janeiro and...

Angola’s flag carrier TAAG Linhas Aéreas de Angola (also known as TAAG Angola Airlines) has finalized an order for three additional Boeing 777-300ER widebodies.

The order, which the manufacturer values at $895 million at list prices, also includes purchase rights for three additional Boeing 777-300ER jets.

“Boeing and TAAG share a strong partnership dating back more than 37 years. We continue to build on that relationship to ensure we share the next 35 years together,” says Van Rex Gallard, vice president of sales for Africa, Latin America, and Caribbean for Boeing Commercial Airplanes.

TAAG Angola took delivery on June 14, 2011 of the first of two Boeing 777-300ERs that the carrier had ordered. TAAG was the first African airline to purchase, own and operate a 777-300ER. On April 2, 2012, Boeing announced TAAG had ordered three more 777-300ERs and acquired purchase rights on three additional aircraft

“TAAG operates an all-Boeing fleet and adding three more 777s to its fleet will help TAAG continue to meet its growing demand with products designed for passenger comfort and airline profitability,” adds Gallard.

Aviation growth throughout the African continent continues to outpace the world average as more people fly to and from Africa, according to Boeing, which motes that Angola’s economy continues to grow at a rapid pace and with that growth comes more demand for air travel.

“As we prepare our airline to meet increased demand for travel to and from Angola, adding three more Boeing 777-300ERs to our current fleet of five 777s will keep us well positioned as one of Africa’s leading airlines,” says Dr. Antonio Luis Pimentel Araujo, chairman of TAAG Linhas Aéreas de Angola. “Our customers prefer the comfort of the Boeing airplanes, particularly the 777, and we are proud to add more of what our customers want to our fleet.”

TAAG will continue to grow its route network by using the new 777-300ERs for route expansion, including direct routes to Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo in Brazil, Lisbon and Oporto in Portugal, and other European destinations.

The airline currently operates three Boeing 777-200ERs and two 777-300ERs from Angola’s capital Luanda to Lisbon with 10 weekly flights, to Beijing once a week, to Dubai twice weekly, to São Paulo four times a week and to Rio de Janeiro three times weekly.

“The addition of these airplanes to TAAG’s fleet will further position our national flag carrier to effectively compete with all the foreign carriers that want to serve the Angola market,” says Dr. Augusto da Silva Tomas, Minister of Transports for Angola. “TAAG’s fleet will thus be a critical component of Angola’s transportation network and a major contributor to the Angolan economy as a critical foreign revenue earner to our growing economy.”

Boeing says the 777-300ER has a maximum range of 7,930 nautical miles (14,685 kilometers). TAAG will configure its 777-300ERs to carry 293 passengers in a three-class configuration.

TAAG Angola Airlines was founded in 1938 and is based in Luanda. TAAG says it is dedicated to expanding its services and improving customer experience by acquiring state-of-the-art aircraft, improving its booking system and instituting a customer-loyalty program.