TAAG Angola Airlines has agreed to lease six Airbus A220-300 aircraft from Air Lease Corporation. The aircraft will come from ALC’s existing order book with Airbus and will be delivered in 2023 and 2024.
“ALC is pleased to announce this significant lease placement for six new A220s with TAAG and to be the first to introduce Airbus aircraft to the airline,” said Steven Udvar-Házy, Executive Chairman of ALC. “The capabilities of the A220-300 will greatly enhance TAAG;s operational efficiency and expanding route network with the most modern, fuel-efficient aircraft.”
Eduardo Fairen, CEO of TAAG Angola Airlines, said “today we start our relationship with ALC incorporating six new Airbus A220-300 into our fleet. It’s indeed a significant announcement for us as we are celebrating a new era and new vision for TAAG. We are alive, back in business, breaching with the past to achieve greater results and becoming a reference for Africa. This partnership emphasizes our commitment to grow and further improving our credibility among international stakeholders while creating a new value proposition for our passengers.”
ALC’s Executive Vice President, Kishore Korde spoke about the A220 and TAAG. “The A220-300 with its fuel efficiency, range, and improved operating economics will progressively replace TAAG’s Boeing 737-700 fleet and allow the airline to optimize and broaden its flight schedule coverage and destinations from Luanda.”
The A220-300 will provide TAAG with a versatile narrow-body aircraft that is right-sized for the African market, with industry-leading operating economics and range to enable flights throughout the continent.