Airlines Cabo Verde Airlines debuts its first Boeing 737 MAX

West-African carrier Cabo Verde Airlines has taken delivery of its first Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft, which will boost capacity for the carrier.

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During a delivery ceremony, Cabo Verde Airlines has received its first Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft. The fuel-efficient jet was welcomed with a special event at its home base that officials and employees attended. With the aircraft, Cabo Verde seeks to reconnect the Cape Verdean diaspora with destinations in Africa, Europe, North America and South America.

Sara Pires, Cabo Verde Airlines’ CEO and president commented: “This is a significant moment for Cabo Verde Airlines. With the addition of the Boeing 737-8, we continue to expand our fleet to pre-pandemic levels […] The delivery of an airplane with the capabilities of the 737-8 allows us to meet the growing travel demand to our archipelago country at the crossroads of four continents.”

Anbessie Yitbarek, Boeing vice president of Commercial Sales and Marketing for Africa, added: “The 737 MAX family is perfectly suited for Cabo Verde Airlines to serve prominent markets in Africa, Europe and North and South America, providing it with enhanced capability and flexibility across its network […] The 737-8, with its versatility and fuel efficiency, will support Cabo Verde Airlines’ goal of competing to win back market share.”

After the four Boeing 757 left the airline’s fleet between 2018 and 2022, Cabo Verde seeked for equivalent replacement. Before the 737 MAX joined the fleet, Cabo Verde operated with a sole Boeing 737-700.

Cabo Verde Airlines was founded in 1958, but only commenced operations in 2018 after the TCAV-brand was given up. In 2018, the airline announced it would rebrand to Cabo Verde Airlines in order to strengthen the connection with the country. Operational base is located at Amìlcar Cabral International Airport on Sal Island, off the Mauritanian and Senegalese coast.

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