TAAG Angola Airlines (DT, Luanda 4 De Fevereiro) has switched from ACMI operations with A330s from Hi Fly Malta (3L, Malta International) between Luanda 4 De Fevereiro and Lisbon to using its own B777-300ERs, according to ADS-B data. The change follows the scheduled end of a long-term ACMI contract with Hi Fly Group, the lessor confirmed to ch-aviation.

The change in operations was announced by TAAG CEO Nelson de Oliveira on May 10 during the opening of a customer service outlet in Talatona near Luanda.

ADS-B data shows that Hi Fly last operated its A330-200 9H-TQP (msn 211) and A330-300 9H-HFA (msn 1779) on the route on May 9 and May 4, respectively. TAAG switched over to one of its company-owned B777-300ERs, D2-TEJ (msn 43253), on May 10. This aircraft had previously been in maintenance in Luanda, according to ch-aviation fleets data. On May 12, TAAG also deployed B777-300ER D2-TEG (msn 40805) on the route.

TAAG and Hi Fly first entered into a three-month wet-lease arrangement in June 2022.

The airline was not immediately available for comment.