TAAG Angola Airlines adds Luanda-Lisbon belly capacity

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TAAG Angola Airlines is strengthening its Africa-Europe belly capacity capability with the resumption of its Luanda (LAD) – Lisbon (LIS) route.

The LAD-LIS route is served by two flights a day using two Boeing 777-300ER aircraft.

This service was previously carried out using an aircraft from the HiFly airline on a wet lease basis, due to the maintenance of TAAG’s international fleet.

TAAG told Air Cargo News: “So far this year we have moved 85,000kgs (of cargo) LAD-LIS.”

‘We would like to thank HiFly for their collaboration during the term of this agreement, which has ensured the reinforcement of our operation and the smooth running of a priority route for TAAG,” said Nelson de Oliveira, TAAG chief executive.

TAAG currently operates to 18 destinations in Angola and 16 international destinations in South America, Europe, Asia and Africa.

According to the airline’s website, its passenger fleet includes Boeing 737-700, Boeing 777-300ER and Boeing 777-200ER aircraft, as well as De Havilland Dash 8-Q400 aircraft.

TAAG also has a leased 737-800BCF (Boeing Converted Freighter), delivered in December 2023.

The B737-800BCF is capable of transporting up to 23.9 tonnes of cargo. The main deck offers 141.5 m3 of cargo space, while the lower deck provides 43.7 m3 of space for bulk cargo.

Additionally, the freighter has the capacity for 11 pallet positions that can accommodate 10 contoured 96in x 125in pallets.

Network Airline Management (NAM) currently also has an agreement with TAAG to provide a weekly 747F scheduled service from Liege, Belgium, to Luanda.

NAM provides a 747-400F aircraft with nose door capability which carries up to 120,000 kilos of cargo on its core flight schedule.

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Rebecca Jeffrey

Rebecca Jeffrey
New to aviation journalism, I joined Air Cargo News in late 2021 as deputy editor. I previously worked for Mercator Media’s six maritime sector magazines as a reporter, heading up news for Port Strategy. Prior to this, I was editor for Recruitment International (now TALiNT International). Contact me on: [email protected]