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TAAG Angola Airlines, the flag carrier of the Republic of Angola, has been a vital player in Africa’s aviation industry since its establishment in 1938. The airline, formerly known as DTAC – Divisão dos Transportes Aéreos de Angola, has not only connected Angola to the world but has also played a significant role in promoting economic growth and international connectivity. This article provides an in-depth look at the history, operations, challenges, achievements, and future prospects of TAAG Angola Airlines, offering insights into its pivotal role in shaping the aviation landscape of Angola and Africa.

Founding and Early Days

TAAG Angola Airlines traces its origins back to the establishment of DETA (Direcção de Exploração dos Transportes Aéreos) on July 17, 1938. This government department was initially tasked with overseeing aviation services in the Portuguese Overseas Province of Angola. Over the years, DETA’s role evolved, and in 1959, it was transformed into an airline called TAAG – Transportes Aéreos de Angola, officially launched on July 17, 1940.

During its early years, TAAG operated as a regional airline, primarily serving domestic routes and offering connections to neighboring countries within the African continent. With the end of Portuguese colonial rule in 1975, Angola gained its independence, and TAAG was designated as the flag carrier of the newly formed Republic of Angola.

Operational Framework

TAAG Angola Airlines operates with a comprehensive framework designed to meet the demands of both domestic and international passengers and cargo:

  1. Fleet Composition: The airline’s fleet consists of a mix of aircraft, including Boeing, De Havilland, and Embraer models. This diverse fleet allows TAAG to serve a wide range of routes, from short domestic flights to long-haul international journeys.

  2. Route Network: TAAG Angola Airlines connects Angola to numerous domestic and international destinations across Africa, Europe, and South America. Key hubs include Quatro de Fevereiro International Airport in Luanda, Lubango Airport, and Ondjiva Pereira Airport.

  3. Quality Service: The airline is known for providing quality service, both in-flight and on the ground. It emphasizes passenger comfort and adheres to international safety standards.

  4. Digital Innovation: TAAG Angola Airlines has embraced digital technology, offering passengers the convenience of online booking, check-in services, and access to flight information through its website and mobile app.

  5. Environmental Responsibility: The airline is committed to reducing its environmental impact through sustainability initiatives, fuel-efficient operations, and waste reduction.

Challenges and Resilience

TAAG Angola Airlines has faced several challenges, typical of the aviation industry:

  1. Economic Factors: Economic fluctuations, currency devaluation, and geopolitical instability can influence passenger demand, profitability, and operational costs. The airline must navigate these challenges while providing affordable air travel options.

  2. Operational Efficiency: Maintaining operational efficiency and controlling costs is an ongoing challenge. The airline has made efforts to streamline its operations.

  3. Competition: The airline operates in a competitive market, facing other carriers in Africa and the global aviation industry. Staying competitive requires ongoing innovation and cost-efficiency.

  4. Safety and Maintenance: Ensuring the safety and maintenance of a diverse fleet can be complex. TAAG has a strong focus on adhering to international safety standards and maintaining its aircraft to the highest quality.

  5. Environmental Concerns: The aviation industry is under increasing scrutiny for its environmental impact. TAAG Angola Airlines actively explores sustainable practices to reduce its carbon footprint and ecological impact.

Achievements and Impact

TAAG Angola Airlines’ journey is marked by several noteworthy achievements and its significant impact on the aviation industry and the country:

  1. National Pride: The airline represents a symbol of national pride for Angola, connecting the nation with the world and promoting Angolan culture and identity.

  2. Economic Contribution: The airline’s operations generate job opportunities in Angola and contribute to the country’s economic growth.

  3. Connectivity: TAAG Angola Airlines plays a vital role in connecting Angola with a multitude of African, European, and South American cities, supporting tourism, trade, and international business.

  4. Quality Service: The airline has maintained a strong focus on passenger satisfaction, offering quality in-flight and ground services.

  5. Safety Record: TAAG Angola Airlines adheres to international safety standards, ensuring the well-being of passengers and crew.

Future Prospects

As it looks to the future, TAAG Angola Airlines has several strategies and developments in mind:

  1. Fleet Modernization: The airline plans to modernize its fleet, incorporating new, more fuel-efficient aircraft to enhance operational efficiency and reduce its environmental impact.

  2. Network Expansion: TAAG Angola Airlines aims to expand its route network further, exploring new international destinations and connecting Angola to even more cities.

  3. Sustainability Initiatives: The airline is committed to sustainability, exploring cleaner fuels, fuel-efficient operations, and waste reduction to lessen its environmental impact.

  4. Digital Enhancements: TAAG Angola Airlines will continue to prioritize digital innovation, offering passengers more convenience through improved booking and management services.

  5. Post-Pandemic Recovery: The airline is focused on recovering from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, rebuilding passenger trust, and restoring operations to their pre-pandemic levels.

Conclusion

TAAG Angola Airlines, with its long and storied history, has been an essential component of aviation in Angola since its establishment in 1938. From serving as a means of connecting the diverse regions of Angola to becoming a symbol of national pride and international connectivity, the airline’s journey is marked by resilience, adaptability, and a dedication to providing quality air travel services to the people of Angola and beyond.

As it faces unique challenges inherent to the aviation industry and the changing dynamics of international travel, TAAG Angola Airlines remains committed to expanding its network, modernizing its fleet, and contributing to the economic development of Angola. The airline’s vision, adaptability, and commitment to offering quality air travel ensure that it continues to soar through African skies, connecting the nation with the world and representing a symbol of national pride.

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Fleet

TAAG Angola operates a fleet of entirely Boeing aircraft. The airline has more than 10 aircraft within its fleet and uses models such as the 737 and 777.

 


Destinations

 

Domestic Destinations

CITY AIRPORT
Cabinda Cabinda Airport (CAB)
Catumbela Catumbela Airport (CBT)
Dundo Dundo Airport (DUE)
Huambo Albano Machado Airport (NOV)
Kuito Kuito Airport (SVP)
Luanda Quarto de Fevereiro Airport (LAD)
Lubango Lubango Airport (SDD)
Luena Luena Airport (LUO)
Menongue Menongue Airport (SPP)
Namibe Namibe Airport (MSZ)
Ondjiva Ondjiva Pereira Airport (VPE)
Saurimo Saurimo Airport (VHC)
Soyo Soyo Airport (SZA)

 

International Destinations

COUNTRY CITY AIRPORT
Belgium Brussels Brussels Airport (BRU)
Brazil Rio de Janeiro Rio de Janeiro–Galeão International Airport (GIG)
São Paulo São Paulo–Guarulhos International Airport(GRU)
Cape Verde Sal Amílcar Cabral International Airport (SID)
Cuba Havana José Martí International Airport (HAV)
Democratic Republic of the Congo Kinshasa N’djili Airport (FIH)
France Biarritz Biarritz Pays Basque Airport (BIQ)
Montpellier Montpellier–Méditerranée Airport (MPL)
Nantes Nantes Atlantique Airport (NTE)
Nice Nice Côte d’Azur Airport (NCE)
Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG)
Pau Pau Pyrénées Airport (PUF)
Germany Frankfurt Frankfurt am Main Airport (FRA)
Kenya Nairobi Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta Airport (NBO)
Mozambique Maputo Maputo International Airport (MPM)
Morocco Casablanca Casablanca Mohammed V International Airport (CMN)
Namibia Windhoek Hosea Kutako International Airport (WDH)
Netherlands Amsterdam Amsterdam Schiphol Airport (AMS)
Nigeria Lagos Murtala Muhammed International Airport (LOS)
Portugal Lisbon Lisbon Portela Airport (LIS)
Porto Porto Airport (OPO)
South Africa Cape Town Cape Town International Airport (CPT)
Johannesburg O.R Tambo International Airport (JNB)
São Tomé and Príncipe São Tomé São Tomé International Airport (TMS)
Zambia Lusaka Lusaka International Airport (LUN)
Zimbabwe Harare Harare International Airport (HRE)

 


Route Map

 


Baggage

Carry-On Baggage

The free carry-on baggage allowance will depend on the route flown and cabin class that passengers are flying in.

  ECONOMY CLASS BUSINESS CLASS FIRST CLASS
DOMESTIC FLIGHTS 5 kg of carry-on baggage 8 kg of carry-on baggage 8 kg of carry-on baggage
FLIGHTS ORIGINATING IN BRAZIL 10 kg of carry-on baggage 10 kg of carry-on baggage 10 kg of carry-on baggage
ALL OTHER INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS 8 kg of carry-on baggage 8 kg of carry-on baggage 8 kg of carry-on baggage

 

All carry-on baggage can’t exceed the overall sum of 115 cm (42″) (length + height + width)

Checked Baggage

The free checked baggage allowance will depend on the route flown and the cabin class flown in.

  ECONOMY CLASS BUSINESS CLASS FIRST CLASS
DOMESTIC FLIGHTS 30 kg of free checked baggage (1 piece) 40 kg of checked baggage (1 piece) n/a
INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS 2 pieces of checked baggage (23 kg per piece) 2 pieces of checked baggage (32 kg per piece) 3 pieces of checked baggage (32 kg per piece)

Checked baggage must not exceed the sum of 158 cm (length + height + width).

 


Check-In

Online Check-In

Passengers can check-in online via the TAAG online check-in page.

On international flights, online check-in is open between 36 hours and 90 minutes before scheduled flight departure time.

On domestic flights, online check-in is open between 24 hours and 60 minutes before scheduled flight departure time.

Online check-in is available when departing from the following destinations:

  • Cabinda
  • Cape Town
  • Johannesburg
  • Luanda
  • Lubanga
  • Ondgiva
  • Rio de Janeiro
  • Sao Paulo

 

Airport Check-In

Passengers can also check-in at the airport of departure by visiting one of the check-in agents at the airline check-in desk. Airport check-in opens four hours before scheduled flight departure time and closes 90 minutes before.

At select airports, check-in is available through self-service kiosks, which allows passengers to check-in much quicker. Self-service kiosks are available at the following destinations:

  • Cape Town
  • Lisbon
  • Porto
  • Rio de Janeiro
  • São Paulo

 


Economy Class

The Economy Class cabin is modern and spacious. The airline’s professional cabin crew will assist passengers with anything that they might need.

Economy Class Facilities

Passengers can order food and drink from the airline in-flight menu, with hot meals served on longer flights and light snacks and beverages served on all flights.

On select flights, passengers can access the airline’s in-flight entertainment system through a personal TV screen attached to their seat.

Economy Class Seating

Seats are set out in a 3 x 3 formation on short-haul flights and a 2 x 4 x 2 or 3 x 3 x 3 formation long-haul flights. Seats give 78–83 cm (31–33″) of seat pitch and 43 cm of (17″) width.

 


Business Class

The Business Class cabin gives extra space, with a more personalised service — perfect for those looking for a touch of luxury on their flight.

Business Class Facilities

On the ground, passengers can enjoy priority check-in and access to the airline’s Business Class lounge.

In-flight, passengers are treated to the Business Class dining experience, with food served on crockery, drinks served in glasses and metal cutlery.

Passengers can access the airline’s in-flight entertainment system through a personal screen attached to their seat.

Business Class Seats

On longer flights operated by wide body planes, seats can be transformed into angled lie-flat beds through the touch-control pad on the seat. On these flights, seats are set out in a 2 x 3 x 2 formation and 182 cm (72″) of pitch and are 50 cm (20″) wide.

On shorter flights operated by narrow body planes, seats are set out in a 2 x 2 formation and give 81 cm (32″) of seat pitch and 43 cm (17″) of width.

 


First Class

The First Class cabin is TAAG Angola Airline’s most luxurious and premium cabin class, offering the ultimate in-flight experience with a cabin crew that is specifically trained to attend to First Class passengers. The First Class cabin is only available on long-haul (wide body operated) flights.

First Class Facilities

Passengers are given access to priority check-in and the airline’s First Class Lounge.

Once in the air, passengers can enjoy the ultimate in-flight dining experience with a First Class three-course meal.

Passengers can also enjoy the airline’s in-flight entertainment system, which can be accessed through the personal TV screen attached to each passengers’ seat.

First Class Seats

First Class seats transform into fully lie-flat beds and give 198 cm (78″) of seat pitch and 55 cm (22″) of width.

 


In-Flight Entertainment

On select flights, passengers can enjoy a range of entertainment from the airline’s in-flight entertainment system. With a selection of the latest movies, hit TV shows, music channels, classic albums and games, TAAG’s in-flight entertainment makes time fly and never leaves passengers bored.

In-flight entertainment can be accessed through a personal TV screen that’s attached to each seat. Headphones are provided.

 


WIFI

WIFI is available for Business Class and First Class passengers on all flights operated by the Boeing 777-300ER. WIFI is complementary and is perfect for browsing the web, scrolling through social media networks, chatting with family and friends or catching up with emails.

 


Food

Passengers are treated to complimentary hot meals on all long-haul flights, with higher-quality dining experiences offered to passengers who fly in Business Class and First Class. All meals are served with a choice of beverage, including hot, cold, alcoholic and soft drinks.

Passengers can order snacks and drinks on both short-haul and long-haul flights.

TAAG Angola offers the following special meal types:

  • Baby Meal (BBML)
  • Children’s Meal (CHML)
  • Diabetic Meal (DBML)
  • Gluten-Free Meal (GFML)
  • High Fiber Meal (HFML)
  • Low Protein Meal (LPML)
  • Low Salt Meal (LSML)
  • No Lactose Meal (NLML)
  • Ovo-Lacto Vegetarian Meal (VLML)
  • Vegetarian Meal (VGML)

 

Special meals are available to order at the time of booking or with Fastofly or the airline directly after the booking.

 


Frequent Flyer Program

Umbi Umbi

TAAG Angola Airlines operates a frequent flyer program called Umbi Umbi, which rewards frequent passengers.

For every $1 spent passengers earn one mile, which can then be used to purchase or upgrade on future flights.

There are a number of status levels with Umbi Umbi, which are determined by the number of miles passengers have accumulated. All members start on the Classic status, which can then be upgraded to the Silver level and finally, to the Gold level. The higher the status level a passenger is, the more benefits they receive.

Here’s all the benefits for each level:

CLASSIC SILVER GOLD
No miles required to reach level 25,000 miles within a 12 month period required to reach level 60,000 miles within a 12 month period required to reach level
Exclusive call center Exclusive call center Exclusive call center
Buy flights with miles Buy flights with miles Buy flights with miles
Upgrade cabin class with miles Upgrade cabin class with miles Upgrade cabin class with miles
Earn bonus miles (10%) Earn bonus miles (25%) Earn bonus miles (50%)
Receive benefits from partners Receive benefits from partners Receive benefits from partners
  Dedicated check-in counter Dedicated check-in counter
  5 kg additional baggage 10 kg additional baggage
  Priority baggage Priority baggage
  Access to lounge Access to lounge
    Access to lounge with additional guest

 


Airline Alliance

TAAG Angola Airlines isn’t a member of any airline alliance. However, it does have codeshare agreements with the following airlines.

Codeshare Agreements

 


Hub Airport

Quatro de Fevereiro Airport

Quatro de Fevereiro Airport (LAD) is an international airport in Luanda, Angola and is the hub airport for TAAG Angola Airlines. With one terminal building and two runways, the airport facilitates flights from around Africa, Europe and parts of the Middle East. It’s the main international airport in Angola and the main gateway into the country.

Other than TAAG, SonAir and Fly Angola also uses Quatro de Fevereiro Airport as its hub airport. Other airlines that use TAAG include Air FranceAir NamibiaBrussels AirlinesEmiratesKLMKenya AirwaysQatar Airways and more.

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