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Angola national air carrier to lease six Airbus aircraft next year

New planes will be piloted and maintained by Angolan staff; lease marks a departure for African carrier whose fleet is mainly Boeing.

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New planes will be piloted and maintained by Angolan staff; lease marks a departure for African carrier whose fleet is mainly Boeing.

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UPDATED: 22 Dec 2023, 4:41 am

TAAG Linhas Aéreas de Angola is to lease six new Airbus 220-300 aircraft starting next year, under a contract signed with the Air Lease Corporation (ALC).

The aircraft will be made available in phased deliveries, starting in 2023 and during 2024, with five of them due to be delivered between January and July 2023.

This is the first time the Angolan air carrier has made Airbus part of its fleet. The Airbus A220-300 aircraft will be piloted by Angolan staff and maintained by local teams.

Last month, TAAG entered into a wet lease agreement with the airline HiFly to lease an Airbus A330 that will operate on the Luanda – Lisbon – Luanda route for three months.

A ‘wet lease’ is a contract in which an airline makes the aircraft and crew available, carries out the maintenance and supports the insurance of the aircraft, in exchange for payment for the hours operated by the company.

Currently, the TAAG fleet comprises 21 aircraft, namely the Dash 8-Q400 (six aircraft), Boeing 737-700 (seven aircraft), Boeing 777-200 (three aircraft) and Boeing 777-300 (five aircraft).

 

UPDATED: 22 Dec 2023, 4:41 am

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