Industry De Havilland Canada delivers first Dash 8-400 to TAAG Angola Airlines

Aircraft manufacturer De Havilland Canada has released, that it has delivered the first Dash 8-400 to TAAG Angola Airlines.

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De Havilland Aircraft of Canada Limited has delivered the first of six total Dash 8-400 Turboprop aircraft to African carrier TAAG Angola Airlines. The original order for the six aircraft was signed back in 2019 during a ceremonial signing at the Paris Air Show.

With the new aircraft, TAAG seeks to develop a stronger domestic network and to strengthen regional and international networks. The aircraft can accommodate up to 90 passengers on board and was designed to operate on shorter routes very efficiently.

Especially in Africa, the Dash 8-400 has proven itself in challenging environments like in hot and sandy regions. Over 70 customers and operators are using the aircraft in various countries within Africa.

Rui Carreira, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, TAAG Angola Airlines said: “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.”

Todd Young, Chief Operating Officer, De Havilland Canada added: “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 [...] 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.”

TAAG Angola Airlines is the flag-carrier airlines of Angola and state-owned. The carrier currently operates flights with five Boeing 737-700s, two Boeing 777-200s and three 777-300s. TAAG has its main hub at Luanda Aeroporto Internacional Quatro de Fevereiro.

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