AirSpare From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 589 posts, RR: 5 Posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 6500 times:
I didn't see this in any previous TAAG posts, apologies if it's been noted before.
I just got to Luanda and read the typical hotel business rag, there were many articles on the TAAG fleet update (and Luanda airport upgrades), and one tidbit was that their two 747SP-300s were going to be converted to cargo haulers. There was were no further details.
As previously mentioned, it also said their 4 737-700s that are on order will replace all in serivice 737-200s. I'm not familiar with the -200s, they looked to be pretty tired old turbojets when we taxied past them (I was on flight BA77).
MCOflyer From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 8734 posts, RR: 12
Reply 2, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 6488 times:
First off, their is no 747-SP300. Their is a 747-300. They have the 743 and I believe these are all former SR examples. Second, it wouldn't surprise me as it would be more reliable in terms of freighter a/c. I would rather convert my own ( like AF is doing to their 744 in converting them to F stats) b/c it would be easier than to get a/c already configured for F.
They have the right frames. They can easily be configured as these were 357C models.
NA From Germany, joined Dec 1999, 11376 posts, RR: 9
Reply 5, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 6279 times:
The TAAG 747-300s are Combis, one a 747-357 ex Swissair, one a 747-312 from SIA. As much as I know they use them as such, transporting Cargo in the back. The 777s they are about to get carry less Cargo than a 747 Combi. Seems TAAG need more capacity than the smaller 777 can provide in their underbelly.
Anyway, good to hear 747s will still be around for years in the beautiful TAAG livery.
A388 From Netherlands Antilles, joined May 2001, 10518 posts, RR: 15
Reply 7, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 6043 times:
Quoting HAJFlyer (Reply 6): Now these birds a gone and the economic boom created by the rapidly expanded oil production has created an increased demand for cargo capacity that the B772 will not be able not meet on their own.
For TAAG it certainly makes more sense to convert their B743 and use them in an all-cargo role rather than to sell them on the market and then wet lease cargo capacity from another carrier.
AirSpare From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 589 posts, RR: 5
Reply 12, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 5604 times:
Quoting Viasa (Reply 11): Did TAAG really get the B737-700 and the B777-200?
The info was from the "Economia & Mercado", dated Julho-Agosto 2006. There are a series of articles on updates to UHF/VHF via satellite, an interview with Jorge Melo of the Empress Nacional de Aeroportos e Navegacao Aerea, (sorry, can't add the correct accents...), also that there are 500 million dollares in upgrades to Angolan airports (new color TVs in the managers' offices?). The article says they are receiving 3 777-200ERs and 6 737-700s.
They want to build a new airport also near Luanda.
LipeGIG From Brazil, joined May 2005, 11501 posts, RR: 57
Reply 21, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 5041 times:
Guys, TAAG used their 743 on cargo market between Brazil and Angola for Telecom (as posted above the new GSM network) and also for some equipment for Odebrecht (a major engineer company with huge activities in Angola). Their past idea is to use one of the planes on a cargo flight from Sao Paulo to Luanda thru SSA. Probably there are other markets, like Portugal, Rio, Houston, China among others where the 743 can be successfully used.
New York + Rio de Janeiro = One of the best combinations !