TAAG, Angola’s national airline, has placed an order for four 787 Dreamliner jets, announced Boeing on Tuesday.
The planemaker, however, did not detail the versions chosen by the new widebody customer or when the first plane will be delivered.
TAAG is a traditional Boeing customer, currently having in its fleet eight Boeing 777s (three 777-200ER and five 777-300ER) in addition to seven 737-700 and six Dash 8 turboprops.
In June, the airline entered into a leasing agreement with Avolon to receive three Airbus A220-300s.
“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,” said Eduardo Fairen, CEO of TAAG Angola Airlines.
“The 787 Dreamliner will enable TAAG Angola Airlines to open new routes and expand their international network,” said Anbessie Yitbarek, Boeing vice president of Commercial Sales and Marketing for Africa.
From the eight 777s, only three would currently be in service, according to Planespotters. TAAG’s oldest widebodies are the 777-200 model, which has a passenger capacity closer to the Dreamliner.
In addition to domestic flights and some neighboring countries, TAAG has long-distance destinations in Madrid, Lisbon, Havana and São Paulo.