TAAG Angola Airlines is making strides in modernisation and efficiency, introducing four state-of-the-art Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft in partnership with Boeing, marking the airline’s debut order of these fuel-efficient widebody jets. CEO Eduardo Fairen emphasises the importance of collaboration with world-leading manufacturers to enhance intercontinental travel. Boeing’s VP for Africa, Anbessie Yitbarek, highlights how the Dreamliners will expand TAAG’s international network, while Boeing’s Commercial Market Outlook predicts significant African aviation growth.
The Boeing 787 Dreamliner family, renowned for fuel efficiency and passenger comfort, is set to revolutionise TAAG’s operations, reinforcing its position as an African gateway. This investment is a milestone in TAAG’s journey towards efficiency and sustainability.
In a significant stride toward modernisation and efficiency, TAAG Angola Airlines, the national airline of Angola, is set to welcome four state-of-the-art Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft into its growing fleet.
In a partnership announcement made today, Boeing [NYSE: BA] and TAAG Angola Airlines unveiled their collaboration to introduce the highly fuel-efficient 787 Dreamliner to the African carrier’s lineup. This marks the airline’s first order for this popular widebody jet.
Eduardo Fairen, CEO of TAAG Angola Airlines, expressed the airline’s vision: “Our goal is to work with the best manufacturers in the world towards a multi-type fleet, in order to ensure we have the appropriate airplanes for each flight typology, namely our intercontinental connections. The 787 option suits our intent for modern, size-wise, and efficient equipment, able to progressively replace our current widebody fleet, and provide our customers with an improved flight experience.”
Boeing’s Vice President of Commercial Sales and Marketing for Africa, Anbessie Yitbarek, noted, “The 787 Dreamliner will enable TAAG Angola Airlines to open new routes and expand their international network. The Dreamliner’s market-leading efficiency and passenger comfort will advance the carrier’s fleet modernisation plans.”
Currently, TAAG Angola Airlines operates a fleet that includes five 777-300ER (Extended Range) jets, three 777-200ERs, and seven 737-700s, serving 12 destinations across Africa, Europe, South America, and China.
Boeing’s Commercial Market Outlook for Africa forecasts a growing demand for air travel in the continent, projecting a need for 1,025 airplanes over the next two decades. The African aviation sector is expected to experience a robust growth rate of 7.4%, which is the third highest among global regions and surpasses the global average growth of 6.1%.
The 787 Dreamliner family, since entering revenue service in 2011, has revolutionised air travel by opening more than 370 new nonstop routes worldwide. With a 25% reduction in fuel consumption and emissions compared to its predecessors, the Dreamliner not only benefits the environment but also enhances passenger comfort. Travelers can look forward to the Dreamliner’s signature features, including the largest windows of any jet, improved cabin humidity and lower altitude pressure for a more pleasant journey, spacious overhead bins, soothing LED lighting, and cutting-edge technology to mitigate turbulence for a smoother flight.
In joining the ranks of African airlines expanding their fleets, TAAG Angola Airlines is poised to strengthen its position as a gateway to Africa. With the addition of the Boeing 787 Dreamliners, the airline is well on its way to realising its goal of providing passengers with a world-class travel experience. This investment marks a significant milestone in TAAG Angola Airlines’ journey towards a more efficient and sustainable future.