Boeing Delivers Five Commercial Jets to TAAG Angola
This had to be THE trip for Carolyn
Corvi... As Boeing's Commercial Airplanes Vice President of
Airplane Production, Corvi led a 38-member company delegation on a
16-hour and 47-minute record-setting 777-200ER delivery flight of
8,060 nautical miles from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in
Seattle that arrived Saturday, Nov. 11, in Luanda, Angola.
The lead airplane will share the record with TAAG Angola
Airline's second 777-200ER that matched the speed-over-distance
record and arrived in Luanda an hour later. In addition, two of
three 737-700s departed Seattle on Nov. 9, while the 777s and a
third 737 departed the next day. All five airplanes arrived in
Luanda between 11 a.m. and noon on Nov. 11.
"I know I speak for all the hard-working and talented people
back in Seattle who are responsible for building these magnificent
airplanes when I offer our most heartfelt congratulations on this
day of national celebration," Corvi said. "It's wonderful to see
the pride TAAG and the government of Angola share with us as we
mark the occasion of this record 5-airplane delivery on this
The arrival ceremony for TAAG's new fleet of commercial
jetliners was attended by Angola's President, his Excellency Eng.
José Eduardo dos Santos and many of the country's
TAAG becomes the latest African airline to opt for both
single-aisle and twin-aisle offerings from Boeing. Boeing's latest
twin-aisle airplane, the 787 Dreamliner, is scheduled to enter
service in 2008 and has already been selected by three of the
continent's major airlines.
TAAG's Chairman Dr. Jesus Nelson, who was on hand at the
official delivery ceremony in Seattle a day prior to the airplanes'
departure, remarked that TAAG will take delivery of an additional
737-700 in January 2007 and an additional 777-200ER in the fourth
quarter of next year. He also commented that the airline was in
negotiations for a 777-300ER.
"We've always been confident that we had chosen the very best
and efficient jetliners," Dr. Nelson said. "However, it is the
relationship we've forged with Boeing and their willingness to work
hand in hand with us as we implement our strategic plan -- one that
ultimately will enhance our country's economic growth -- that truly
solidified our decision."