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TAAG Angola (www.taag.com) is the flag carrier airline of Angola. Founded in 1940 and headquartered in Luanda, the airline flies to 11 destinations in Africa, as well as to Brazil, Cuba, China, Portugal, the UAE and the Asia Pacific region.
About the airline
TAAG (IATA: DT), or TAAG Linhas Aereas de Angola EP in Portuguese, is 100% owned by the Government of Angola. The airline commenced operations even before the start of the second World War, during which operations were disrupted until the end of the conflict.
The airline gained official flag carrier status in 1975. By the beginning of 2017, the airline was a member of both IATA and the African Airlines Association. The airline recorded a loss of $14 million during 2015, but has marketing their Cape Town to Lisbon and Cape Town to Portugal routes aggressively, with new routes direct from Cape Town to Europe expected in due course.
The airline was only formally rebranded to TAAG Angola Airlines – short for Transported Aereos de Angola – in 1973. The first four Boeing 737-200s were ordered during 1974.
By the first quarter of 1980, the carrier had a fleet of three Boeing 707s, three Boeing 737s six Fokker F27s as well as four Yakovlev Yak-40s. By the first quarter of 1990, the airline was employing over 5,700 staff members across its various regional operations. At that stage, the airline was still flying to international flight destinations such as Berlin-Schonefeld, Brazaville, Kinshasa, Lusaka, Maputo, Mosco, Rio de Janeiro, Paris, Sao Tome and Paris.
The airline continued to buy a Boeing 747-300 Combi from Singapore Airlines in 1997.
During 2007, the airline was temporarily banned from flying to the EU following safety concerns. The United Kingdom followed suit in banning them, to which Angola responded by banning British Airways from flying to Angola. TAAG managed to pass IATA safety inspection standards again by 2009, after which their flight services to Havana were restarted during the same year. The airline had also launched a new flight route to Beijing during 2008.
The EU ban was partially lifted during 2009, with TAAG being allowed to operate flights from Cape Town to Portugal’s Lisbon and Porto only, and only using its 3 fleet stalwart Boeing 777-200ERs.
By March 2010, restrictions over TAAG operations were relented again following the announcement the airline would again be allowed to fly their Boeing 777-200ERs and 737-700 series aircraft to all European airports.
By late 2014, the airline had also entered a 100-year management, frequent flier program and codesharing agreement with Emirates Airlines.
By the beginning of 2017, TAAG had codesharing agreements in place with the likes of Air France, British Airways, Kenya Airways, Brussels Airlines, Lufthansa, KLM, Royal Air Maroc and LAM Mozambique Airlines, to name but a few.
As of the end of 2016, the TAAG Fleet consisted of 5 Boeing 737s, 7 Boeing 777s. Previous aircraft models have included the Airbus A340-300, Boeing 707s, 727s, 747s, as well as the Russian Antonov, Fokker F27 and Lockheed L series aircraft.
The Taag Angola First Class service is branded as Diamond First Class, available aboard the Boeing 777 series aircraft only. First class features include fully reclining flat bed seats, as well as luxury amenity kits, pillows and blankets. First Class passengers also have an exclusive concierge desk and access to the TAAG Welwitchia Lounge in Luanda Airport.
Taag’s Business Class offering is branded as the Executiva Class, and is available aboard all of the airline’s aircraft models. On the Boeing 777, the seats offer an angled lie-flat experience, and amenity kits, pillows and blankets are included. Business class passengers also enjoy a priority check in service and access to the Welwitchia Lounge in Luanda.
The airline’s Economy Offering is known as HighFly Economic Class, with hot meals served on all international flight routes.
You can get a taste for the airline’s Economy Class offering in the video below:
Online Check Ins
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TAAG Online Flight Tracking
To track the progress of any TAAG international flight online, click here.
Taag typically offers the following checked baggage allowances per flight class:
Economy: 2 pieces of luggage up to 23kg each.
Business: 2 pieces up to 32kg each.
First Class: 3 pieces up to 32kg each.
For a detailed description of TAAG’s allowance for checked and hand luggage, click here.
Contact TAAG South Africa
You can contact TAAG Airlines Reservations and customer service using the following details:
Reservations Telephone Number:
To book your TAAG flights via the phone, call 0861 878 278 or +27 21 468 4300
Physical Address: TAAG South Africa
Booking your own TAAG flights online from SA
Book your own TAAG Angola SA flights online using the above flight booking form 24/7, 365, or call 0861 878 278 to speak to a seasoned travel consultant. For more information, visit www.taag.com – NOT www.taag.co.za or flytaag.co.za or flytaag.com.