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June 14, 2011

TAAG Angola Receives First Boeing 777-300ER

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TAAG Angola Airlines's first Boeing 777-300ER (D2-TEG). (Photo by Boeing)

Boeing today delivered the first of two 777-300ER widebody jets to TAAG Linhas Aereas de Angola, aka Angola Airlines.

Angola’s flag carrier ordered the aircraft in October 2009. According to Boeing, it is the first 777-300ER to be purchased, owned and operated by an African carrier.

“This is a proud day for Angola and its people,” said TAAG Chairman Dr. Antonio Luis Pimentel Araujo in a statement. “Taking possession of this airplane and being the first in all of Africa to buy, own and operate the airplane further confirms TAAG’s commitment to leadership and innovation in African aviation.”

Direct routes made possible for TAAG with the new planes will include Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, Lisbon and Oporto. They already fly from their hub in Luanda to Lisbon, Beijing and Dubai using 777-200ER aircraft.

The new planes will be configured in a three-class setup containing 293 seats.



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