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TAAG receives fourth plane purchased from Canadians and will reinforce routes to Congo, DRC and Namibia

This Wednesday, the flagship airline received the fourth of six Dash 8-400 planes, purchased from Canadian aircraft manufacturer De Havilland Aircraft.

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The three aircraft that have already arrived in the country - acquired as part of TAAG's modernization and restructuring - were named with names such as Cunene, Kwanza, and Zaire, and this week it was the turn of the Cassai (name of a river that rises in the province of Lunda Sul).

This is thus the fourth turbo-prop model that the country has received and which also has a capacity to transport 74 passengers, with 64 seats in economy class and 10 seats in business class.

The plane has a flight autonomy of six hours, flying up to 2500 meters of altitude and reaching a speed of 700 kilometers per hour.

Miguel Paulo Cassoma, TAAG's project manager, said that the company's latest aircraft will be part of the operational plans in the next two weeks, after complying with the flight licensing procedures.

"This is yet another aircraft that reinforces domestic and regional flights, for example, to Congo, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Namibia, with a view to reducing regional asymmetries," said the official, quoted by Angop.

The manager added that the next device to arrive in the country, out of a total of six, will have the same characteristics and should be on Angolan soil in November. The last of the acquired aircraft has an arrival date scheduled for the first quarter of next year.

It should be remembered that, in November of last year, TAAG qualified 72 maintenance technicians, 42 pilots, 36 flight attendants and four flight operations officers in order to guarantee the efficient use of the new planes.

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