TAAG Angola Airlines signed an order for four long-haul Boeing 787-9 Dreamlinerannounced the American aircraft manufacturer.
TAAG Angola Airlines currently operates a Boeing aircraft fleet composed of five long-haul 777-300ERs, three long-haul 777-200ERs and seven single-aisle 737-700s, to serve 12 international destinations in Africa, Europe, South America and China. The 787 Dreamliner will allow the Angolan airline to open new routes and expand its international network.
“Our aim is to work with the best manufacturers in the world towards a multi-type fleet, to ensure that we have the appropriate aircraft for each type of flight, including our intercontinental routes.“, said Eduardo Fairen, CEO of TAAG Angola Airlines. “The 787 option meets our objective of having modern, small and efficient equipment capable of gradually replacing our current wide-body fleet and offering our customers an improved flying experience.”
According to Boeing, Africa will need 1,025 planes over the next two decades. Overall African air traffic growth is expected to reach 7.4%, the third highest among world regions and higher than the global average growth of 6.1%.