The History of TAAG

TAAG History

The years translate a glorious evolution in the operation of TAAG a company with a glorious past and a bright future ahead.

1938 - Creation of DTA – Divisão dos Transportes Aéreos de Angola.

1940 - With a fleet of five small airplanes the first flights are initiated from Luanda to Maçâmedes (today Namibe), Lobito and Ponta Negra

1948 - The first airplanes Douglas DC-3 initiate operation

1962 - The first Fokker Friendship F-27 is acquired

1973 - TAAG changes designation to Transportes Aéreos de Angola, operating domestic flights and launching the regional flights to São Tomé and Príncipe and Windhoek. 

1975 - With the proclamation of the national independence, the first Angolan managers were nominated and the company started flying to Lisbon, initiating its footprint in Europe.

1976 - The jet era begins with the arrival of the first Boeing 737 to the country.

1980 - With the acquisition of new Boeing 707 TAAG begins a period of fast growth. TAAG wings fly more than 30 thousand hours and 18 million kilometers, while expanding its domestic and international network.

1986 - TAAG reaches the million passengers landmark. The abrupt fall of the petroleum prices and the aggravation of the political-military situation in the country the Company incurs in an extraordinary effort to comply with the country needs. The almost absolute stoppages of the road and rail transport turns TAAG into the only reliable and safe connection between the major Angolan cities, a cause of pride for all its 5,000 employees.

1991 - Two new subsidiaries companies are created: Angola - Air Charter, focusing in charters, cargo transportation and non scheduled flights, and SAL - Sociedade de Aviação Ligeira, focusing on aero-taxi services and multi-purpose specialized flights.

1997 - On July the 8th TAAG acquires its first Boeing 747, baptized as “Cidade do Kuito” in the honour of the martyr people of that city

2006 - At the 11 hours and 11 minutes of November 11, TAAG and city of Luanda receive 5 new airplanes: 3 Boeing 737-700NG and 2 Boeing 777-200E. This day is registered in the history of world aviation, as the Boeing 777-200ER broke a world record in the inaugural flight from Seattle to Luanda, as they flew for 16 hours and 40 seconds without refueling. A manufacturers' record was also broken, as this was the first time five new aircraft were delivered at once.

2007 - TAAG received the fourth Boeing 737 - 700NG.

2008 - Acquisition of the third Boeing 777-200ER.

2009 - TAAG continues writing history, improving the connections between Angola and the rest of the world, opening new routes to Europe, Dubai and China. Being fully committed to demonstrate its adherence to the highest international standards, TAAG is awarded the IOSA certification from IATA.

2010 - TAAG is allowed to resume its commercial operations to the entire european airspace with its modern fleet of Boeing 777 and 737.