On Friday, De Havilland Aircraft of Canada delivered the first of six Dash 8-400 aircraft to TAAG Angola Airlines E.P (TAAG). This first delivery to the state-owned Angolan airline is a part of an agreement announced at the 2019 Paris Air Show.
De Havilland Aircraft of Canada Limited issued the following statement about the Dash 8-400 delivery to TAAG Angola Airlines
“We selected the Dash 8-400 aircraft to support our development of a stronger domestic network and also to support our regional and international networks,” said Rui Carreira, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, TAAG Angola Airlines.
“With our acceptance of our first Dash 8-400 aircraft, we are continuing to implement our restructuring strategy and enhancing our service to smaller communities. The Dash 8-400 aircraft is well known for its comfortable passenger amenities, operational versatility, and outstanding economics, which will be critical for TAAG’s operations where large aircraft are not economical. We look forward to its introduction to our fleet and to the diligent, ongoing support of De Havilland Canada’s teams as we build our network.”
The Dash 8-400 is well-suited to Africa
“We are delighted to announce that TAAG has taken delivery of its first Dash 8-400 aircraft, which was completed through a delegated delivery process,” said Chief Operating Officer, De Havilland Canada Todd Young.
“Amidst the current health restrictions facing many countries and the need for efficient regional aircraft to restart air services, we have developed a remote delivery process to support our customers’ recovery efforts. Regional aircraft are proving to be the most important tools to support market recovery, and De Havilland Canada’s teams are standing ready to provide ongoing service solutions to support TAAG’s success.
“The Dash 8-400 aircraft has proven its reliability and flexibility in Africa’s most challenging environments, including the hot and sandy regions in North Africa and the Ethiopian Highlands. The aircraft’s hot and high operational capability, along with its jet-like speed and comfort — while retaining turboprop economics — are well suited for Africa and contribute to the aircraft’s diverse customer base. We are confident that the Dash 8-400 aircraft is ideally suited to meet and exceed TAAG’s requirements, and welcome the airline to our family of more than 70 customers and operators – many of whom are currently using the Dash 8-400 aircraft to restart flying and deliver essential goods and transport during the COVID-19 pandemic,” added Mr. Young.
About TAAG Angola Airlines
First called Divisão dos Transportes Aéreos, when it was formed in Portuguese West Africa in 1937, the airline flew several domestic and limited African routes. In 1973 it was renamed TAAG – Transportes Aéreos de Angola and comprised four shareholders Angolan government (51%), TAP Air Portugal (29%), and ex-DTA employees (20%). Today the Angolan national flag carrier is 100% government-owned operating services within Angola, Africa, and select global destinations that include flights to Brazil, Cuba, and Portugal.
Based in Luanda, TAAG operates a fleet made up of the following aircraft:
- 5 Boeing 737-700s
- 3 Boeing 777-200s
- 5 Boeing 777-300s
- 1 De Havilland Canada DHC-8-400
About the Dash 8-400
According to De Haviland of Canada, the Dash 8-400 is the world’s most advanced turboprop, offering airlines a regional workhorse with short takeoff and landing capabilities. The Dash 8-400 can carry 90 passengers and has a range of 2,040 kilometers (1,267 miles) and has a maximum cruising speed of 667km/h (414mph).
De Haviland of Canada claims that the Dash-8-400 offers airlines the ability to add more flights to scedules. This is due to the aircraft being 30% faster and having a more extended range than conventional turboprops. The Dash 8-400 allows airlines the option of slower flights with less fuel burn or faster flights with quicker turn arounds. Compared to the 76 seat ATR offering, the Dash 8-400 offers the same operating cost but with an additional 14 seats.
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