Angola Airline orders two 777-300ER jetliners from BoeingApril 30th, 2010 - 5:33 am ICT by BNO News
SEATTLE (BNO NEWS) – Boeing and Angola’s TAAG Linhas Aereas de Angola (Angola Airlines) announced on Thursday that the airline ordered two 777-300ERs (Extended Range) in a deal that also includes purchase rights for two additional jetliners.
The two 777-300ERs are valued at approximately $544 million at list prices. The order originally was posted as unidentified on Boeing’s Orders & Deliveries Web site in 2009.
TAAG, the flag carrier for Angola, will use the airplanes for route expansion to additional European destinations. TAAG currently flies Boeing 777-200ERs ten times weekly from Luanda, Angola, to Lisbon, twice weekly to Beijing via Dubai and four times weekly to Rio de Janeiro.
“The efficiency, reliability and popularity of the 777 family will contribute to TAAG re-establishing itself as one of Africa’s premier airlines,” said Marlin Dailey, vice president, Sales, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “With this purchase Boeing recognizes TAAG’s continuing commitment to our products and services as an all-Boeing carrier, and we honor that commitment. We look forward to continue working together with TAAG as a long-term, trusted partner.”
U.S. Government officials present included John D. Porcari, deputy secretary, Department of Transportation and Fred Hochberg, chairman and president of the Export-Import Bank of the United States.
The Boeing 777-300ER is 19 percent lighter than its closest competitor which greatly reducing its fuel requirement. It produces 22 percent less carbon dioxide per seat and costs 20 percent less to operate per seat. The airplane can seat up to 365 passengers in a three-class configuration and has a maximum range of 7,930 nautical miles (14,685 km). The 777 family is the world’s most successful twin-engine, twin-aisle airplane. Sixty customers around the world have ordered more than 1,100 777s.
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