It was recently announced that the airline Cabo Verde will fly its Boeing 757 to Lagos, Nigeria starting this December. According to FlightGlobal, the flag carrier of the country of Cape Verde will operate the route five times weekly from its hub on the island of Sol.
Flying five times per week, flights will depart from Amílcar Cabral International Airport for the West African city of Lagos on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays. This service will commence on the 9th of December.
The route will be flown by one of the airline’s three Boeing 757s. The Cabo Verde aircraft will offer its passengers the option of two classes: economy and executive. There are 161 seats in economy and 22 in executive.
According to Wikipedia, Cabo Verde takes (or will take) its passengers to 15 international destinations across four continents: Africa, Europe, North America, and South America. Major cities include Paris, Milan, Rome, Boston, Lisbon, and Dakar.
In addition to the launch of the Lagos route, three other destinations will commence around the same time in December:
- Luanda, Angola on December 9th
- Porto Alegre, Brazil on December 11th
- Washington D.C., USA on December 8th
“At Cabo Verde Airlines, we fly to the beat of our own drum. Our island nation is a unique fusion of different things coming together and that’s what we stand for as an airline: to unite people and uncover the wonders of the world.”
Once known as TACV Cabo Verde, the West African airline only recently re-branded. The newly named Cabo Verde is an extremely small airline.
Various sources report different fleet numbers and aircraft. According to FlightGlobal, addition to the three Boeing 757-200 jets, it also operates an ATR 42-300 turboprop. However, Wikipedia does not mention the ATR but instead lists a single 737-300. The website Macau Hub reports that the 737 joined just last week. Finally, Airfleets only lists the three 757s as active aircraft and does not show the 737 as part of the fleet.
All three 757s joined the fleet in the last two years, with two of them coming this past May according to the airline’s website. They range from 24 to 29 years old and have been operated by numerous airlines before joining Cabo Verde. These airlines include:
- British Airways
- Air Mediterranee
- Open Skies France
- SBA Airlines
Last March the Cape Verdean government sold 51% of its national airline to Lofleidir Cabo Verde. Macau Hub reports that Lofleidir Cabo Verde is 70% owned by Loftleidir Icelandic EHF and 30% by Icelandic businesspeople with experience in the aviation sector.
It will be interesting to see if this airline can compete with more established carriers and if there is sufficient demand from within the country of Cape Verde to fill the aircraft and the routes it has committed to. Furthermore, with such a small fleet, any mechanical failure would mean large problems for its operations.
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