In a statement, to which VerAngola had access, the flag carrier informs that it has entered into a commercial agreement with ALC "for the leasing of six Airbus A220-300 model aircraft with phased deliveries from 2023 and during 2024, in line with the orders made by ALC to the Airbus construction".
Thus, the note adds, "five of the six aircraft ordered are scheduled to be delivered between January and July 2023".
TAAG also informs that the agreement was signed during the 'Farnborough International Airshow 2022' and that this commitment is the result of "a direct negotiation".
Cited in the statement, Eduardo Fairen, CEO of the company, considered that this partnership with ALC will allow TAAG to reinforce its fleet: "Today we started a partnership with ALC that allows us to reinforce our fleet with six new Airbus A-220-300 This is a historic and very significant agreement for TAAG, as we are starting a new era and projecting a new vision for our national flag company. TAAG breaks with the past, shows its vivacity to the market and seeks to achieve greater performance, in a journey to become a reference in Africa. This partnership highlights our commitment to continue to grow and consolidate our reputation with international stakeholders, as well as to create a new value proposition for our passengers".
The company also notes that "in the context of Angolanization and transfer of know-how, the Airbus A220-300 aircraft will be piloted by Angolan staff, as well as maintenance management will be carried out by local teams".
It also adds that it continues to carry out its fleet growth plan and for the first time is betting on a multi-brand strategy by integrating Airbus into its operation through an "agile and financially sustainable investment model for the company's context".
This model, Airbus A220-300, concerns the latest generation aircraft in terms of efficiency and average consumption, with a flight autonomy of eight hours and a capacity to transport 142 passengers (130 in economy class and 12 in business class).
"The versatility of the A220 gives TAAG a unique flexibility to cover the entire intra-African market, while allowing it to expand to other intercontinental markets with high efficiency", the note adds, adding that with this operation the company "It predicts a 30 percent savings in fuel costs - when compared to existing Boeing 737 models on long-haul routes - and a 20 percent reduction in operating cost globally."