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Taag Angola 737-700 Windhoek-Luanda In Y W/Pix  
User currently offlineMHTripple7 From United States of America, joined Feb 2008, 1104 posts, RR: 8
Posted (3 years 10 months 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 15555 times:



Introduction


This flight is a continuation of my trip to Portugal, Morocco, and Namibia. For more information about the trip in general, please refer to my most recent Trip Report:

Taag Angola 777-200ER Lisbon-Luanda In Y W/Pix (by MHTripple7 Aug 29 2010 in Trip Reports)

Windhoek (WDH):


After staying two nights in the excellent city of Windhoek, it was time to conclude the trip by making the LONG journey home. Our return routing back the United States was as followed:

WDH-LAD-LIS-EWR-TPA. WOW! Let’s just say I was praying everything would work out. Considering our outbound journey on TAAG, I was most definitely nervous for what this Angolan airline had in store for us. This would be an intra-Africa flight on TAAG, away from the watchful eyes of the European Commission and flight-tracking websites. There was really no way of knowing if this flight was regularly plagued with 5-hour delays, or if it even operated at all! I suppose I just had to have faith!

We were dropped off at Windhoek’s Hosea Kutako International Airport roughly two and half hours before the scheduled departure time of 2:30 PM. On the 30 minute drive to the airport, we made an effort not to tell our driver what airline we were flying. I have learned that people become genuinely concerned for your safety and well-being when they discover you are flying TAAG. Or they laugh at you.

My experience with Windhoek airport was great! While small, this airport is well-kept and very nice.







The first thing I did was run inside the terminal to check the FIDS to see if our flight to LAD was on-time. It listed our flight with the scheduled departure time but it there were no remarks next to it. I assumed this meant we were supposed to leave on-time. Since check-in hadn’t opened yet, we went over to a nice sit-down restaurant in the airport where I got a tasty T-Bone steak. Yum!



Check-in opened at about 12:30 PM, which was 2 hours before departure. I stood in a line with about 10 people in front of me. It took about 20 minutes to get to the front of this line -- reminds me of the days before online and kiosk check-in. However, there was a really pretty Angolan woman standing behind me who talked to me a bit which was definitely nice!



The check-in agent was a friendly guy who worked for Air Namibia I believe. It took him a whole two minutes to check us in, so I really don’t know why the line was moving so slowly. When asking the check-in agent if the flight was on-time, he responded “I sure hope so!” Haha, oh TAAG!

What? We aren’t flying Air Namibia   :



Arriving flights:



We cleared security and immigration which went smoothly, and were in the departure lounge within minutes. The aircraft was supposed to arrive from LAD at 1:30 PM. I began to get a little nervous when it was 1:45 PM and there was no TAAG 73G on the ramp, and the FIDS hadn’t been updated. At around 1:55 PM, I saw our TAAG 737-700 land and taxi to the stand. Ok, I could breathe again.

It looked like today’s flight to LAD would be operated by TAAG’s newest 73G, D2-TBJ, which was delivered in January 2007. The aircraft has been named “Luena”, which is a city in Angola.



Air Namibia (SW) 737-200:



I noticed our crew come into the terminal where I believe they purchased some duty free items. The cabin crew was black while the cockpit crew was white. I assume they were all Angolans.



FIDS:



Our gate:



At around 2:30 PM, boarding still hadn’t begun, and the screens above our gate changed to display a Comair flight to Johannesburg. Beginning to worry again, I asked the gate agent what was going on. She was friendly and explained that the incoming flight was transporting a passenger on a stretcher. At the moment, they were having trouble offloading the stretcher but she expected boarding to begin “soon”.

At 3:00 PM, boarding finally began for TAAG Angola Airlines flight DT 574.

Flight DT 574:


Date: 17 August 2010
Airline: TAAG Angola Airlines
Flight: DT 574
Aircraft: Boeing 737-7M2
Aircraft Reg: D2-TBJ
Aircraft Name: “Luena”
Departure City: Windhoek, Namibia
Departure Airport: Hosea Kutako International Airport (WDH / FYWH)
Arrival City: Luanda, Angola
Arrival Airport: Quatro de Fevereiro Airport (LAD / FNLU)
Scheduled Departure Time: 2:30 PM
Actual Departure Time: 3:27 PM (57 min late)
Scheduled Arrival Time: 5:00 PM
Actual Arrival Time: 5:44 PM (44 min late)
Class: Economy
Load Factor: 60%

At WDH, everyone walks to their respective aircraft which is great. Some airports bus passengers to the aircraft even if it is within walking distance – I’m glad to see WDH is not one of those airports.



We were welcomed on board by a young and attractive flight attendant.

Ah, here we are again. Welcome aboard TAAG Angola Airlines!

An Air Namibia A340-300 was parked next to us.





Picture of a flight attendant my father creepily took:



The cabin was colored and styled just like TAAG’s 777s. I believe these seats were produced by the same manufacturer as well. Consistency is always nice!

Bulkhead legroom:



Doors were closed at 3:27 PM. The safety video was shown on the drop-down LCD screens, and the cabin crew followed along by pointing out the exits.

I tried to move towards the rear of the aircraft to get a takeoff video from behind the wing. Unfortunately, a TAAG flight attendant told me I couldn’t sit there until after takeoff. I wasn’t sure of the reasoning behind this, but I complied with her instructions.

Taxi to the runway was short.



Here is a video of our takeoff in HD:



The climb-out was fairly turbulent, to the point where some passengers were screaming. It was a little nerve-wrecking, but I had faith in this newly-built 737-700!





I attempted yet again to relocate towards the rear of the aircraft to get some shots behind the wing. This time, I succeeded!



I must say that the cabin on this aircraft was not in good condition. The seat fabric was ripping, some seats would not recline while others would not stay upright. Not sure if TAAG’s passengers are extremely abusive towards the aircraft, or if TAAG just fails to maintain the cabin. It’s a shame, because I’m sure this cabin was really nice when this aircraft was delivered in 2007.

Legroom:







Shortly after takeoff, the IFE screens displayed a live moving-map display of our flight. This was the same moving-map as found on the IFE system of TAAG’s 777s. Next, “Date Night” was shown but only in Portuguese. However, it was still funny watching Steve Carell be hilarious as usual.

A meal was served shortly after takeoff. While the service started from the front of the aircraft, another flight attendant was taking orders from passengers seated towards the rear. He then brought each order out individually. Nice!

Anyway, the beef I ordered was quite tasty:



The legroom was pretty generous on this flight:



Location of the stretcher on the previous flight – I’ve never seen this before:



After what seemed like a very short flight, descent into LAD began. It rewarded us passengers with some nice views of Luanda Bay and the city.









Landing video on runway 23 in LAD:



SonAir / Atlas Air 747-400 leaving for IAH in a few hours:





EK A330-200 leaving the apron:



Shots of the airplane grave yard – also known as Quatro de Fevereiro Airport:













Trânsito in Luanda:


Here we go again! It’s time to make the infamous transfer in Luanda.

Walking down the airtairs onto the tarmac, we noticed a uniformed TAAG agent and immediately walked up to her. We told her “Transito – Lisboa!”. She responded by saying “Ah, Lisboa!”, and ushered us onto the bus with the other passengers from our flight. As the bus dropped us off at the immigration area, we were led to the far left immigration lane. We were told to wait behind the white line while the TAAG agent gave the immigration officer our passports. When she got our passports back, we were led through a corridor to some seats in front of this small office. We sat there while they took our passports into this office and entered our information into a computer. About 5 minutes later, she came back and escorted us to a check-in desk. We were checked-in for our flight without problems, and the TAAG agent escorted us back through security and to the immigration desk. The officer took our passports, and I waited for it – VICTORY! My passport now has an Angolan stamp! She then took us to another office where they asked us if we had any U.S. dollars. My dad had literally $1 and they laughed. She then led us back up to the departure lounge where she shook both of our hands and thanked us. Excellent! Good job TAAG!

Me and the “transito agent”:



** The trick to the Luanda Transit is to look for a TAAG agent at the bottom of the airstairs on your arriving aircraft. There will be one there, not at immigration!

Some pictures of LAD while waiting for our flight to LIS:









Conclusion:


This was another nice flight with TAAG Angola Airlines. The cabin crew were friendly, the aircraft was nice, the food was tasty, and the flight only left an hour late for what seemed like a legit reason. I didn’t notice any apparent safety issues on this intra-Africa flight, although there is obviously much more that goes on than what meets the eye. I was once again very impressed with the handling in LAD, however, I won’t be able to recommend a transfer through this airport to the common passenger until TAAG becomes more “predictable”. But from an enthusiast standpoint, I highly recommend this trip – you will never forget it!

This concludes my adventure with TAAG, and I hope you enjoyed reading about it.

Some Pics of Windhoek:






Train station:



New license plate!



Restaurant in Windhoek:



Prior Trip Reports:

Taag Angola 777-200ER Lisbon-Luanda In Y W/Pix (by MHTripple7 Aug 29 2010 in Trip Reports)
Asiana Airlines 777-200ER ICN-LAX In J W/Pix (by MHTripple7 Apr 16 2010 in Trip Reports)
Thai Airways A340-500 CNX-BKK In Y W/Pix (by MHTripple7 Apr 6 2010 in Trip Reports)
Bangkok Airways A319 BKK-REP In Y W/Pix (by MHTripple7 Mar 30 2010 in Trip Reports)
Asiana Airlines 747-400 LAX-ICN In J W/Pix (by MHTripple7 Mar 28 2010 in Trip Reports)
Delta 737-700 ATL-SXM In Y W/Pix (by MHTripple7 Aug 5 2009 in Trip Reports)
Air India 777-200LR DEL-JFK In J W/Pix (by MHTripple7 Jan 11 2009 in Trip Reports)
Drukair A319 PBH-DEL In Y W/TONS Of Pix/Vid (by MHTripple7 Jan 10 2009 in Trip Reports)
Air India 777-200LR JFK-DEL In C W/Pix (by MHTripple7 Jan 5 2009 in Trip Reports)
South African 737-800 JNB-CPT In C W/Pix (by MHTripple7 Sep 21 2008 in Trip Reports)
South African BAe 146-200 LVI-JNB In Y W/Pix (by MHTripple7 Aug 13 2008 in Trip Reports)
Delta 767-400ER JNB-ATL In J W/Pix (by MHTripple7 Aug 1 2008 in Trip Reports)
Air Botswana BAe 146-100 JNB-MUB In Y W/Pix (by MHTripple7 Jul 23 2008 in Trip Reports)
Air France 777-300ER CDG-JNB In J W/Pix (by MHTripple7 Jul 23 2008 in Trip Reports)
Air France A330-200 DTW-CDG In J W/Pix (by MHTripple7 Jul 22 2008 in Trip Reports)
Delta 737-800 JFK-TPA (Pix And Vid) (by MHTripple7 Apr 18 2008 in Trip Reports)
Jet Airways 777 DEL-JFK Mar 28 2008 Pix (by MHTripple7 Mar 29 2008 in Trip Reports)
Jet Airways 9W707 W/Diversion (Pix) (by MHTripple7 Mar 22 2008 in Trip Reports)
Jet Airways 777-300ER JFK-DEL ( Pix) (by MHTripple7 Mar 21 2008 in Trip Reports)

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User currently offlineMaverickM11 From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 17291 posts, RR: 46
Reply 1, posted (3 years 10 months 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 15414 times:

Cool trip report. You were only in WDH for two days?

Quoting MHTripple7 (Thread starter):
Restaurant in Windhoek:

I think I've been there--is it mostly outdoors with a 100 different kinds of game on the menu?



E pur si muove -Galileo
User currently offline767747 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1910 posts, RR: 25
Reply 2, posted (3 years 10 months 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 15412 times:
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Thank you, MHTripple07 for the next installment of your trip!

Looks like TAAG got you back to Luanda all safe and sound, and luckily not more than 57 minutes late!   The service on the plane once airborne doesn't look to bad, but on the ground, it seems to be a different story. I know that feeling of seeing your departure time come and go, and no announcement!

Thanks for sharing! What a long route! All the way back to TPA from WDH? Too bad you couldn't just fly to JNB and then take South African over to Washington, DC, and then catch a flight down to TPA. Then again, you wouldn't have gotten an Angolan stamp in your passport ..

Matthew (767747)


User currently offlineabrelosojos From Venezuela, joined May 2005, 5063 posts, RR: 55
Reply 3, posted (3 years 10 months 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 15375 times:

It is like Africa season here on A.Net ... along with EK reports I think  .

Hey man - again, great job with the final installation (?) of the trip reports. Great stuff, and great report on TAAG. Looking at their livery, I am reminded how classy I think it is!

Saludos,
A.



Live, and let live.
User currently offlineburj From United States of America, joined Nov 2007, 900 posts, RR: 4
Reply 4, posted (3 years 10 months 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 14946 times:

Cool trip report! Thanks for sharing!

What a great sport the transito agent is to have her picture taken with you!


User currently offlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6489 posts, RR: 55
Reply 5, posted (3 years 10 months 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 14811 times:

Very nice report again with very nice pictures! TAAG looks really good on the 73G. The meal looks nice and great to have the airshow on the screens on this flight along with a movie.

Looking forward to your next report!

The777Man



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User currently offlinelychemsa From United States of America, joined Oct 2009, 1151 posts, RR: 3
Reply 6, posted (3 years 10 months 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 14728 times:

Did you take shots for Namibia? I noticed you went to Botswana on safari and S. Africa? What shots do you recommend? Thanks for a fascinating report.

User currently offlineContact Air From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 1154 posts, RR: 14
Reply 7, posted (3 years 10 months 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 14079 times:

Really great trip report, I enjoyed reading a lot. It reminds me of my visit to WDH about three years ago. But I left on Air Namibia's A340 which was nice as well.

Quoting MHTripple7 (Thread starter):
At WDH, everyone walks to their respective aircraft which is great. Some airports bus passengers to the aircraft even if it is within walking distance – I’m glad to see WDH is not one of those airports.

Yes, I also like walking to the aircraft, at least as long as it doesn't rain - which it usually doesn't at WDH...

Regards
Christoph


User currently offlineLuftfahrer From Germany, joined Mar 2009, 1012 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (3 years 10 months 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 14003 times:

Excellent TR. I love seeing trip reports from Africa, especially when they include such high-quality pictures. Very interesting!

Quoting MHTripple7 (Thread starter):
EK A330-200 leaving the apron:

They're everywhere...

Quoting MHTripple7 (Thread starter):
It’s a shame, because I’m sure this cabin was really nice when this aircraft was delivered in 2007.

Indeed, this isn't a desirable state for having been service for 3 years only.

Thanks for sharing!



Et là tu montes encore plus haut et ça persiste, alors on vole
User currently offlinesw733 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 6293 posts, RR: 9
Reply 9, posted (3 years 10 months 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 13927 times:

Glad you enjoyed my amazing hometown!

Quoting MHTripple7 (Thread starter):

Air Namibia (SW) 737-200

Interesting...SW doesn't, to my knowledge, operate the 732 on passenger flights anymore...wonder what it's doing there. They were replaced by the 735's completely...I thought...

Quoting Contact Air (Reply 7):
as long as it doesn't rain - which it usually doesn't at WDH...

Rain? What's that?  
Quoting MaverickM11 (Reply 1):
I think I've been there--is it mostly outdoors with a 100 different kinds of game on the menu?

Joe's Beer House, on Nelson Mandela Avenue...tasty and meaty, yes. Actually not far from where I grew up!


User currently offlineMHTripple7 From United States of America, joined Feb 2008, 1104 posts, RR: 8
Reply 10, posted (3 years 10 months 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 13651 times:

Quoting MaverickM11 (Reply 1):
Cool trip report. You were only in WDH for two days?

Thanks MaverickM11. Yeah only two days in WDH as it was sort of a last minute arrangement. I want to go back and explore more of the country though.

Quoting MaverickM11 (Reply 1):
I think I've been there--is it mostly outdoors with a 100 different kinds of game on the menu?

Yes! And it's an excellent restaurant.

Quoting 767747 (Reply 2):
Thank you, MHTripple07 for the next installment of your trip!

No problem, 767747!

Quoting 767747 (Reply 2):
Looks like TAAG got you back to Luanda all safe and sound, and luckily not more than 57 minutes late!   The service on the plane once airborne doesn't look to bad, but on the ground, it seems to be a different story. I know that feeling of seeing your departure time come and go, and no announcement!

Yes this pretty much sums up the TAAG experience. It's pretty stressful not knowing what's going on with your flight.

Quoting 767747 (Reply 2):
Thanks for sharing! What a long route! All the way back to TPA from WDH? Too bad you couldn't just fly to JNB and then take South African over to Washington, DC, and then catch a flight down to TPA. Then again, you wouldn't have gotten an Angolan stamp in your passport ..

Indeed! Yes I was thinking how easy it would be to fly WDH-JNB-ATL-TPA but that would have cost a LOT more money. TAAG's roundtrip tickets are less expensive than one-way tickets! And yes, I'm pretty happy about the Angolan stamp - especially since we didn't technically enter the country.

Quoting abrelosojos (Reply 3):
It is like Africa season here on A.Net ... along with EK reports I think  .

Yes it is an I love it! I'm going to comment on your excellent ASKY report soon.

Quoting abrelosojos (Reply 3):
Hey man - again, great job with the final installation (?) of the trip reports. Great stuff, and great report on TAAG. Looking at their livery, I am reminded how classy I think it is!

Thank you and I agree that TAAG's livery is very classy. In fact, they are surprisingly very thorough on their overall branding.

Quoting burj (Reply 4):
Cool trip report! Thanks for sharing!

No problem, burj. I'm glad you enjoyed.

Quoting burj (Reply 4):
What a great sport the transito agent is to have her picture taken with you!

Yes, the transito agents were awesome. I forgot to mention that we saw the transito agent from the LIS-LAD-WDH ordeal on our return trip, and she remembered us. It was great, and she was very happy to see us again!

Quoting The777Man (Reply 5):
Very nice report again with very nice pictures! TAAG looks really good on the 73G. The meal looks nice and great to have the airshow on the screens on this flight along with a movie.

Thanks The777Man! Yes I love TAAG's branding and cabin design. I just wish they maintained their cabins.

Quoting lychemsa (Reply 6):
Did you take shots for Namibia? I noticed you went to Botswana on safari and S. Africa? What shots do you recommend? Thanks for a fascinating report.

No shots for Namibia and I can't remember which shots I got for my other Africa trip. I believe I just got whatever was required / recommended!

Quoting Contact Air (Reply 7):
Really great trip report, I enjoyed reading a lot. It reminds me of my visit to WDH about three years ago. But I left on Air Namibia's A340 which was nice as well.

Thanks Contact Air, and I've read your trip reports which are fantastic.

Quoting Luftfahrer (Reply 8):
Excellent TR. I love seeing trip reports from Africa, especially when they include such high-quality pictures. Very interesting!

Thanks Luftfahrer! I love African trip reports too - something about them is just much more interesting than anything else.

Quoting Luftfahrer (Reply 8):
They're everywhere...

Yes they are!

Quoting Luftfahrer (Reply 8):
Indeed, this isn't a desirable state for having been service for 3 years only.

Absolutely not. Almost all of TAAG's "next generation" planes are due for their D-Checks soon. Hopefully, the cabin will be worked on.

Quoting sw733 (Reply 9):
Glad you enjoyed my amazing hometown!

Yes I loved it!

Quoting sw733 (Reply 9):
Interesting...SW doesn't, to my knowledge, operate the 732 on passenger flights anymore...wonder what it's doing there. They were replaced by the 735's completely...I thought...

I had though the same.

Quoting sw733 (Reply 9):
Joe's Beer House, on Nelson Mandela Avenue...tasty and meaty, yes. Actually not far from where I grew up!

Thanks for providing the name, I had forgotten. A great restaurant with excellent meat!

sw733, I have a question about WDH. Many of the streets are named after "evil dictators". Robert Mugabe and Fidel Castro are two examples I remember. What's the reasoning for this? This was somewhat surprising considering how "western" Windhoek appears to be. Thanks!


User currently offlineWhereToNext From United States of America, joined Jul 2010, 96 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (3 years 10 months 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 13572 times:

MHTripple7,

Another great trip report! You really are spoiling us with all those TAAG TR's haha!

Quoting MHTripple7 (Thread starter):
It looked like today’s flight to LAD would be operated by TAAG’s newest 73G, D2-TBJ, which was delivered in January 2007.

TAAG's livery sure does look sharp on their 73Gs.

Quoting MHTripple7 (Thread starter):
We told her “Transito – Lisboa!”

I love how this has become the standing joke about LAD here on the forums.

Thanks for writing the report!
-Matt



Next Adventure: TBD
User currently offlineburj From United States of America, joined Nov 2007, 900 posts, RR: 4
Reply 12, posted (3 years 10 months 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 13536 times:

Quoting WhereToNext (Reply 11):
I love how this has become the standing joke about LAD here on the forums.

I'm pretty sure that "Transito" is the only word of Portuguese that I know!


User currently offlineBA319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8470 posts, RR: 55
Reply 13, posted (3 years 10 months 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 13519 times:
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Nice report and pictures, good too see another TAAG TR, seemingly common at the moment!

I have to say the TAAG c/s is really classy, especially on the 737's.

Food looks pretty decent and well sized for a flight of this duration.

Overall vie got to admit TAAG seem a lot better than I would have given them credit for.

Thanks for posting.

Rgds

Mark



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User currently offlinesw733 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 6293 posts, RR: 9
Reply 14, posted (3 years 10 months 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 13279 times:

Quoting MHTripple7 (Reply 10):
sw733, I have a question about WDH. Many of the streets are named after "evil dictators". Robert Mugabe and Fidel Castro are two examples I remember. What's the reasoning for this? This was somewhat surprising considering how "western" Windhoek appears to be. Thanks!

Well, first off, remember it feels very western because it has had so much German influence in it. Even by your pictures, you can tell there are some places that look (and can even feel) like you are in Germany.

The street names go back to independence (which, as you probably knew, wasn't terribly long ago...we're still one of the youngest countries in the world, and the second youngest in Africa after Eritrea. Our SWAPO leaders (who were the group who basically fought for Namibian independence) were good friends with people like Mugabe and Castro who, while not the most stand-up guys in the world, really supported SWAPO in their fight for independence, and wanted us (Namibia) to get away from being "part of South Africa." As such, there are a couple streets named after them in Windhoek, as you experienced. Unfortunately, our government is still a little too close to Mugabe for my (and many in Namibia's) liking...

Just an FYI, SWAPO is still the largest political party in Namibia, and stands for "South West Africa People's Organization." Though largely a black organization, there are some white's and coloureds that vote for them. SWAPO was very interesting in independence...whereas in South Africa, when the black's took power they shunned many of the white's, in Namibia we white's were embraced...we were told we should all work together, because after decades of apartheid, there were some experience issues that the blacks knew they lacked. That is why Namibia is the safest country in Africa, and one of the most well off with a largely solid rule of law...largely, we all get along despite racial and historical issues. I say largely...but with only about 6% of the population being white, things could change at any moment and there isn't much we could do about it honestly.

Sorry, that was all probably more info than you wanted!


User currently offlineronerone From Jordan, joined Aug 2004, 1653 posts, RR: 53
Reply 15, posted (3 years 10 months 3 days ago) and read 12840 times:

Hey MHTripple7!

Looks like you had another great experience with TAAG - on and off ground!

I definitely agree with you that the key to your transit -apart from Transito- is to find the TAAG Agent who would usually be at the bottom of the mobile steps, and not necessarily inside the terminal building after entering the immigration hall.


By the way, dod you fly Air Namibia metal at all?

Thanks a lot for sharing! Great pictures as always!


Cheers,
Roni



A Stop Away From One-Stop, Is Non-Stop : Airbus A340-500
User currently offlinetravelR From Australia, joined Sep 2010, 94 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (3 years 10 months 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 12543 times:

Great report MHTripple7. Pics are very good and nice insight on an African carrier.

Quoting MHTripple7 (Thread starter):
I must say that the cabin on this aircraft was not in good condition. The seat fabric was ripping, some seats would not recline while others would not stay upright.

I agree with you on the tattered state of the seats on the plane. They certainly have seen better days. I guess they save their money on not maintaining the inside of the plane so they can keep flying.

Quoting MHTripple7 (Thread starter):
Anyway, the beef I ordered was quite tasty:

The meal does look nice. It seems better than some of the meals on other established carriers on other peoples' reports.

Cheers,

Rob



You can never travel too much in your life!
User currently offlineSpeedbird741 From Portugal, joined Aug 2008, 654 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (3 years 10 months 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 12402 times:

Quoting MHTripple7 (Thread starter):
An Air Namibia A340-300 was parked next to us.

What a beautiful bird she is!

Quoting MHTripple7 (Thread starter):
Picture of a flight attendant my father creepily took:

TAAG manages to have one of the most magnificent liveries around, the best planes in the skies but my oh my every time I see those God awful uniforms I really can't help myself in asking what on earth did they have in their head when they came up with them.

Quoting MHTripple7 (Thread starter):
SonAir / Atlas Air 747-400

Now that plane has a very nice interior!



Another great report on DT. I have not been lucky enough to hop on one of their 73Gs, but they look like a splendid ride to me! Nice pictures of the great city of Windhoek.


Speedbird741



Boa noite Faro, Air Portugal 257 climbing flight level 340
User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6708 posts, RR: 78
Reply 18, posted (3 years 10 months 2 hours ago) and read 12049 times:

Great report with many nice pictures! I had been waiting for this one. The meal looks good, bad to hear about the poor condition of the cabin.

Quoting sw733 (Reply 9):
Interesting...SW doesn't, to my knowledge, operate the 732 on passenger flights anymore...wonder what it's doing there. They were replaced by the 735's completely...I thought...

It's probably one of two birds currently leased from Airquarius and Star Air Cargo.


PH



Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlineairbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4250 posts, RR: 51
Reply 19, posted (3 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 11922 times:

Hi MHTripple7

congrats! It's a great report and you've some good pics included. Good to read your experience including the transit at LAD. Seemingly no problems at all. Good to know, and then we' ve TAAG, an airline to consider for flying South!

Regards
Eric



"The whole world steps aside for the man who knows where he is going"
User currently offlineMHTripple7 From United States of America, joined Feb 2008, 1104 posts, RR: 8
Reply 20, posted (3 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 11771 times:

Quoting WhereToNext (Reply 11):
Another great trip report! You really are spoiling us with all those TAAG TR's haha!

Thanks WhereToNext! Haha, yes TAAG reports seem to be norm on the forum these days.

Quoting WhereToNext (Reply 11):
TAAG's livery sure does look sharp on their 73Gs.

I agree, it's one of my favorites.

Quoting WhereToNext (Reply 11):
I love how this has become the standing joke about LAD here on the forums.

Indeed. I'd love to see a report from someone who actually originated in LAD.

Quoting burj (Reply 12):
I'm pretty sure that "Transito" is the only word of Portuguese that I know!

You and me both.

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 13):
Nice report and pictures, good too see another TAAG TR, seemingly common at the moment!

Thanks BA319-131! Yes, this mysterious airline is suddenly becoming not-so-mysterious.

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 13):
I have to say the TAAG c/s is really classy, especially on the 737's.

Indeed! The airline has a good taste in design.

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 13):
Food looks pretty decent and well sized for a flight of this duration.

I agree, it's much more than I've gotten even on some Asian carriers.

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 13):
Overall vie got to admit TAAG seem a lot better than I would have given them credit for.

Yeah, they really aren't as bad as their reputation makes them out to be.

Quoting sw733 (Reply 14):
Sorry, that was all probably more info than you wanted!

No, that was very helpful. Thank you.

Quoting ronerone (Reply 15):
Looks like you had another great experience with TAAG - on and off ground!

Yes, I was very pleased.

Quoting ronerone (Reply 15):
I definitely agree with you that the key to your transit -apart from Transito- is to find the TAAG Agent who would usually be at the bottom of the mobile steps, and not necessarily inside the terminal building after entering the immigration hall.

Yes, and it would be helpful for the TAAG agent at the aircraft to hold up a sign or something. Then again, the Transito just wouldn't be the same if that was the case.

Quoting ronerone (Reply 15):
By the way, dod you fly Air Namibia metal at all?

Yes, a 737-500 from LAD to WDH. But I was too exhausted to take picture, plus I was seated in a center seat in the last row.

Quoting ronerone (Reply 15):
Thanks a lot for sharing! Great pictures as always!

Thanks, ronerone!

Quoting travelR (Reply 16):
Great report MHTripple7. Pics are very good and nice insight on an African carrier.

Thanks, traveIR.

Quoting travelR (Reply 16):
I agree with you on the tattered state of the seats on the plane. They certainly have seen better days. I guess they save their money on not maintaining the inside of the plane so they can keep flying.

Perhaps. I hope the interiors will be fixed up when the aircraft goes in for its D-Check soon.

Quoting travelR (Reply 16):
The meal does look nice. It seems better than some of the meals on other established carriers on other peoples' reports.

Yes, I agree. I was very impressed.

Quoting Speedbird741 (Reply 17):
What a beautiful bird she is!

Indeed!

Quoting Speedbird741 (Reply 17):
TAAG manages to have one of the most magnificent liveries around, the best planes in the skies but my oh my every time I see those God awful uniforms I really can't help myself in asking what on earth did they have in their head when they came up with them.

Really? I kind of liked their uniforms.

Quoting Speedbird741 (Reply 17):
Now that plane has a very nice interior!

Oh yes! I wouldn't mind taking a flight on that.

Quoting Speedbird741 (Reply 17):
Another great report on DT. I have not been lucky enough to hop on one of their 73Gs, but they look like a splendid ride to me! Nice pictures of the great city of Windhoek.

Yes, the 73G was indeed a fun ride. Thanks!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 18):
Great report with many nice pictures! I had been waiting for this one. The meal looks good, bad to hear about the poor condition of the cabin.

Thanks, PH!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 18):
It's probably one of two birds currently leased from Airquarius and Star Air Cargo.

That would make sense since the plane was all white except for the Air Namibia logo on the side.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 19):
congrats! It's a great report and you've some good pics included. Good to read your experience including the transit at LAD. Seemingly no problems at all. Good to know, and then we' ve TAAG, an airline to consider for flying South!

Thanks, airbuseric. Yes, the LAD transit is great as long as everything is on-time.


User currently offlinereifel From Germany, joined Feb 2005, 1326 posts, RR: 1
Reply 21, posted (3 years 9 months 4 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 11626 times:

Excellent report, I've already have read the first part as well. I'm very curious to try DT as well now... Can't wait to read the rest of the story back to the States  

User currently offlineSpeedbird2025 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (3 years 9 months 4 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 11483 times:

Very nice TR. Thanks for sharing.

--Nate


User currently offlineMHTripple7 From United States of America, joined Feb 2008, 1104 posts, RR: 8
Reply 23, posted (3 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 11205 times:

Quoting reifel (Reply 21):
Excellent report, I've already have read the first part as well. I'm very curious to try DT as well now... Can't wait to read the rest of the story back to the States

Thanks you, reifel. I'm glad you are now curious about DT, it was the The777Man's trip report that sparked my interest in TAAG.

Quoting Speedbird2025 (Reply 22):
Very nice TR. Thanks for sharing.

Thanks, Speedbird2025.


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