TAAG Angola Airlines adds first Dash 8-400

TAAG Angola Airlines De Havilland Canada Dash 8-400 aircraft
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TAAG Angola Airlines has taken delivery of its first De Havilland Canada (DHC) Dash 8-400. The turboprop aircraft joins the airline’s previous all-Boeing fleet.

The national airline of Angola has a total of six DHC aircraft on order, which was announced during the Paris Air Show 2019. Due to ongoing restrictions, the aircraft manufacturer offers a remote delivery process to its customers.

In addition to the new DHC 8-400, TAAG’s fleet consists of Boeing 737 and 777 jets, which are too large for routes with less demand. Therefore, the carrier plans to deploy the newly delivered 74-seat aircraft on services to regions where the larger aircraft are not economical to operate.

In 2007 and 2008, TAAG Angola Airlines was completely banned from operating to European airports. The ban was partly lifted in the following years and since April 2019, the Luanda-based carrier is no longer part of the European Union’s list of restricted or banned airlines. TAAG’s international destinations include Lisbon and Sao Paulo, among other routes.