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TAAG Angola Airlines Announces Fleet Renewal and Board Restructuring
The national airline of Angola is looking to reshape its future.
Just a few days ago, a pivotal moment unfolded within the corridors of TAAG Angola Airlines, the national flag carrier of Angola. The airline’s Shareholders’ Meeting convened, presided over by Eduardo Fairen, to initiate a transformation that would influence the airline’s governance and strategic vision.
The meeting signified the winds of change as the airline embarked on reshaping its leadership structure and charting a new course for its future. The changes come as the airline celebrates a promising fleet expansion, which includes the acquisition of four Boeing 787 Dreamliners and the introduction of a Boeing 737-800BCF into its operational lineup.
The order includes two Boeing 787-9 and two Boeing 787-10 aircraft, with the first delivery expected in August 2024. This forward-looking decision to introduce the 787 Dreamliner, known for its remarkable fuel efficiency and passenger comfort, aligns with the airline’s vision for modern, efficient, and versatile aircraft.
As Eduardo Fairen, CEO of TAAG Angola Airlines, stated, “The 787 option suits our intent for modern, size-wise, and efficient equipment, able to progressively replace our current widebody fleet, and provide our customers with an improved flight experience.”
These Dreamliners are set to open new routes and expand TAAG’s international network, offering passengers larger windows, improved cabin humidity, and a more comfortable flying experience. Moreover, the Dreamliner’s reduced fuel consumption and emissions will contribute to the airline’s commitment to sustainability.
In addition, the airline is in the process of incorporating a Boeing 737-800BCF (Boeing Converted Freighter) into its fleet. This versatile aircraft, originally a 2000-vintage 737-800, is set to play a vital role in the airline’s cargo business operations.
While specific details about the 737-800BCF’s role and routes are forthcoming, it’s evident that TAAG is diversifying its fleet to cater to various flight typologies, including cargo operations. The addition of this freighter marks TAAG’s commitment to offering a comprehensive range of services to meet the needs of its customers.
Board Restructuring: A New Era for Governance
In parallel with its fleet renewal, TAAG Angola Airlines is restructuring its Board of Directors. With the entry of new Executive and Non-Executive Directors, the Board now consists of 11 members, with seven serving as Executive Directors and four as Non-Executive Directors.
1. Chairman of the Board of Directors – Ana Major
2. President of the Executive Committee – Eduardo Fairen
3. Executive Administrator Operations – João Semedo
4. Executive Administrator Maintenance and Engineering – Said Daalaoui
5. Executive Commercial Administrator – Nowel Ngala
6. Executive Administrator Infrastructure, Supply Chain, and Services – Manuela Pardal
7. Executive Finance Administrator – Gabriela Bastos
8. Executive Director, Legal and Human Capital – Suzana Ramos
The Non-Executive Directors, Rui Carreira, Misayely Abias, and Iuri Neto, bring valuable insights and oversight to the Board.
Important to note is that TAAG will be welcoming Asky Airlines’ commercial director Nowel Ngala as its Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) and director. Ngala’s extensive experience in the aviation industry will be instrumental in driving the airline’s commercial activities, especially in light of the challenges posed by the pandemic and the forthcoming opening of the new Luanda airport.
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