TAAG Angola Airlines is the state-owned flag carrier of Angola. The airline is based at Quarto de Fevereiro International Airport (LAD), Luanda and flies to over 25 destinations across Africa — with an extensive domestic route network in Angola — as well as to destinations in Europe and South and Central America.
The airline was founded under the name Divisåo dos Transporter Aéreos in 1938 and flew its first services from Luanda to Pointe Nore in 1940. In 1973, the airline rebranded to TAAG — Transportes Aéreos de Angola (TAAG Angola Airlines), which is the name that it flies as today.
Over the years, TAAG Angola Airlines has flown to a number of destinations worldwide, with intercontinental flights to destinations within Europe, the Middle East and East Asia. However, in recent years, the airline has restructured to mainly operate in Africa, with select flights to destinations in other continents, such as Portugal, Brazil and Cuba.
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.
|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)|
|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)|
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)
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).
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:
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:
The Economy Class cabin is modern and spacious. The airline's professional cabin crew will assist passengers with anything that they might need.
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.
The Business Class cabin gives extra space, with a more personalised service — perfect for those looking for a touch of luxury on their flight.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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:
Special meals are available to order at the time of booking or with Alternative Airlines or the airline directly after the booking.
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:
|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|
TAAG Angola Airlines isn't a member of any airline alliance. However, it does have codeshare agreements with the following airlines.
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 also uses Quatro de Fevereiro Airport as its hub airport. Other airlines that use TAAG include Air France, Air Namibia, Brussels Airlines, Emirates, KLM, Kenya Airways, Qatar Airways and more.
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