LAM – Linhas Aereas de Mocambique (Maputo) and Boeing (Chicago and Seattle) announced an order for three Next-Generation 737-700 airplanes. The order, valued at $228 million at list prices, includes purchase rights for three additional Next-Generation 737s.
The order, formally signed in November 2013 and was previously unidentified on the Boeing Orders & Deliveries website, is part of the Mozambique flag-carrier and the country’s Ministry of Transport and Communication’s long-term strategy to increase flight frequency and provide greater route flexibility to and from the southern African nation.
LAM – Linhas Aereas de Mocambique’s new 737-700s will be fitted with Boeing’s latest Performance Improvement Package (PIP), delivering an additional two percent improvement in fuel efficiency for what is already the most fuel efficient single aisle aircraft. The airplanes will also feature the popular passenger-inspired Boeing Sky Interior, with modern sculpted sidewalls and window reveals, LED lighting that enhances the sense of spaciousness and larger pivoting overhead stowage bins.
Based at Maputo International Airport in Mozambique’s capital city, LAM – Linhas Aereas de Mocambique currently operates flights domestically and regionally, across southern Africa with a fleet that currently includes Boeing 737-500s, and other smaller regional aircraft.
Copyright Photo: TMK Photography/AirlinersGallery.com. The new Boeing 737-700s will replace the older 104-seat 737-500 type. Boeing 737-53S C9-BAP (msn 29074) arrives in Johannesburg.
Route Map: African routes that will be operated with the new Boeing 737-700s:
LAM’s ERJ 190 C9-EMC crashed into the ground with the autopilot engaged, did the captain intentionally crash the airliner?
LAM’s (Linhas Aereas de Mocambique) (Luanda) Embraer ERJ 190-100 IGW C9-EMC (msn 19000581) on November 29, 2013 was operating flight TM 470 from Maputo, Mozambique to the Luanda, Angola. The airliner never arrived. The aircraft crashed in a Namibian game park, killing the 27 passengers and six crew members on board.
According to Reuters, citing a preliminary report released to the media by Namibia’s Transport Ministry, the crew was “flying in normal conditions and no mechanical deficiency was detected when it suddenly began a descent from its normal cruising altitude with its automatic pilot on and its altitude selector set to below ground level.”
According to Reuters, “the aircraft made the descent on autopilot, and after actions that would have required knowledge of its systems, denoted a “clear intention”. The aircraft was under the command of the captain, Herminio dos Santos, who “was alone in the cockpit at the time of the crash, after his co-pilot had gone to the bathroom. Alarms going off could be heard on the flight recordings, and also the sound of someone beating on the cockpit door “as if asking to be let in”.
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LAM’s (Linhas Aereas de Mocambique) (Luanda) Embraer ERJ 190-100 IGW C9-EMC (msn 19000581) yesterday (November 29) was operating flight TM 470 from Maputo, Mozambique to the Luanda, Angola with 28 passengers and six crew members. The airliner never arrived. The weather in the area was reported to be stormy with low visibility. Today rescuers located the burned out wreckage in the Bwabwata National Park according to Reuters. There were no survivors. The airliner was only a little over one year old, having been delivered on November 8, 2012.
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Copyright Photo: Paul Denton/AirlinersGallery.com. The pictured sister ship ERJ 190-100 IGW C9-EMA (msn 19000301) was the first E190 to arrive on August 6, 2009.
Video: LAM’s 33 years of flying: