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TAAG receives first Dash 8-400 aircraft

Tue, 30 Jun 2020 13:22 - Transports

Luanda - The first of six Dash 8-400 aircraft acquired by the Angolan Government from Canadian manufacturer De Havilland of Canada Limited, in the context of the modernization and restructuring of the Angolan public airlines, TAAG, arrived last Monday in the country.

  • Luanda: TAAG's first Dash 8-400 aircraft jets in (file).

In a festive atmosphere, to the sound of rhythms and dances typical of the Angolan tradition, the 4 de Fevereiro International Airport received the turboprop model aircraft, with a capacity of 74 seats, 10 of which in business class.

Dash 8-400 arrived in the country already decorated with the new TAAG brand logo, launched last Saturday.

On Angolan soil, the aircraft named “Kwanza-A”, received the first "shower", by two jets from the Fire Service, followed by the symbolic cut of the baptism cake.

Dash 8-400 aircraft, the most modern in its type is easy to deploy in manoeuvres, with low levels of pollution and fuel consumption, has a flight autonomy of about 6 hours, flying up to 2.500 meters in altitude, reaching 700 kilometres per hour of speed.

At the reception ceremony, Rui Carreira,  TAAG's CEO, stressed that the aircraft is very economical and that it reduces operating costs by 30 percent, adding that it will contribute to the company's financial balance.

"This aircraft will provide great commercial flexibility, as it is versatile, quick to adapt to short runways, where it previously could not serve, as is the case with (the cities of) Malanje, Uíge and Mbanza Congo", he said.

According to Rui Carreira, the six planes will promote a turnaround in TAAG's operating modes, starting with the increase in frequencies and, gradually, the withdrawal of 737 boeings on domestic routes, all within the framework of the modernization and restructuring of the company.

In this chapter, the official said that TAAG seeks greater flexibility, to serve the national and regional markets and open a base in the interior of the country.

Asked about the costs of the aircraft, Rui Carreira explained that they had a global cost of 140 million dollars, which will be paid in seven years, with the possibility of another five years.

"The deal was done on an excellent structure, as it will not put pressure on the company's treasury or on the State's responsibilities," he explained.

The ceremony was  chaired by the minister of Transport Ricardo D'Abreu, witnessed by the ministers of  the Interior, External Relations, Culture, Tourism and Environment, Eugénio Laborinho, Téte António, and Adjany Costa, respectively, and the Governor of Luanda, Joana Lina , as well as members of Canada's consulate in Angola.