The flag carrier of Angola, TAAG Angola Airlines, is launching a new route between Angola’s capital, Luanda, and London Gatwick, with flights beginning December 14, 2023. Tickets aren’t yet on sale, but I can’t wait to snag a seat on this mysterious airline’s stunning 777-300ER.
The new route, discovered by a fantastic airline schedule analyst, @SeanM1997, will operate on the following schedule:
- DT606: Luanda (LAD) to London (LGW), operating on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays
- DT607: London (LGW) to Luanda (LAD), operating on Wednesdays, Fridays & Sundays
Excitingly, this route will be flown by TAAG’s gorgeous Boeing 777-300ER aircraft. The plane features 292 seats, laid out across three classes.
- 12 first class seats in 1-2-1 configuration
- 56 business class seats in a 2-3-2 configuration
- 224 economy seats in a 3-3-3 configuration
Why this is awesome
You’re probably wondering why I’m excited about a new route between the UK and Angola. Well, TAAG Angola has long fascinated me, for a few reasons:
- It has among the most abysmal service imaginable. Ben over at OMAAT took a flight in first class from Luanda To Sao Paulo and called it one of the worst airlines he’s ever flown, with terrible food and an overtly hostile cabin crew.
- TAAG is the only African airline with a true international first class. The hard product on its 777-300ER actually looks phenomenal.
- TAAG’s aircraft have absolutely beautiful liveries, more resembling an official government plane than a commercial airliner.
I get excited whenever I see TAAG Angola in the news, but I’m particularly excited about this announcement because this new route will make flying the airline much more convenient for me because I’m regularly in London to see family. Currently, TAAG’s only long haul routes on the 777 are from Luanda to Havana, Madrid, Lisbon, Porto, and Sao Paulo, though it has periodically flown to London Heathrow in the past.