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Cabo Verde Airlines receives its third aircraft in the new livery named “Fontainhas”

Cabo Verde Airlines (CVA) received “Fontainhas”, the company’s third aircraft in its new livery, a Boeing 757-200 with registration D4-CCH.

“Fontainhas” arrived in Amílcar Cabral International Airport, Sal, in Cabo Verde, on December 17, 2019 at 08:09 am, and started flying on CVA’s routes the same day.

The new aircraft’s colors were inspired by the natural landscapes of the island of Santo Antão. The new colors aim to be a gentle mix of the people, the houses and the Cape Verdean culture.

All airplanes of the company will follow the same model of inspiration from every Island with the tricolour style. The color palate inside and outside show that change comes from within, in the search to better serve the airline’s customers and to bring Cabo Verde to the world and the world to Cabo Verde.

The “Fontainhas” was named through a public poll on Facebook, were the users voted between three natural beauties of the island of Santo Antão, with Fontainhas village receiving the largest share of votes.

The first two airplanes with new livery, “Praia de Santa Maria” and “Baía de Tarrafal”, received its name using the same process. With these open polls through social media, the company wants to bring the Cape Verdean people closer and involve them in the process of welcoming the new airplane to the country.

There will be other open votes on Facebook dedicated to all islands and their natural beauties. This way, the Cape Verdean people will assist in bringing a little bit of Cabo Verde to the world, while calling back to the Cape Verdean pride in its islands and regions.

“Fontainhas” will have 16 premium class seats and 180 seats in the business class.

Cabo Verde Airlines today operates five Boeing 757-200, three in dry lease and two in wet lease, and plans to receive one more by the end of January to replace one of the wet lease aircraft.

Cabo Verde Airlines starts a new route to Porto Alegre

Airline Color Scheme - Introduced 2019

Cabo Verde Airlines began regular flights between Porto Alegre, Brazil, and Sal, Cabo Verde.

The inaugural flight between Porto Alegre and Sal took place on Thursday, December 12, 2019 departing from Salgado Filho Airport at 08.55 pm, local time, and arriving at Amílcar Cabral International Airport at 07.55 am, local time.

The route starts with two connections a week, on Wednesdays and Fridays between Sal Island and Porto Alegre and on Thursdays and Saturdays between Porto Alegre and Sal. From December 23rd, there will be a third connection, leaving Sal on Mondays and departing from Porto Alegre on Tuesdays.

All flights will connect to Cabo Verde Airlines’ international hub in Sal, and there it will be able to connect to the airline’s destinations in Cabo Verde, Senegal (Dakar), Nigeria (Lagos), Europe (Lisbon, Paris, Milan and Rome), Washington DC and Boston.

In addition to the hub connections on Sal Island, Cabo Verde Airlines’ Stopover program allows passengers to stay up to 7 days in Cabo Verde and thus explore the diverse experiences on the archipelago at no additional cost on airline tickets.

This new route between Porto Alegre and Sal seeks to strengthen the connection between Brazil and Cabo Verde, as part of the company’s strategy for the South American market. In Brazil, besides Porto Alegre, Cabo Verde Airlines also flies to Fortaleza, Recife, and Salvador.

Top Copyright Photo: Cabo Verde Airlines Boeing 757-236 WL D4-CCF (msn 25808) IAD (Brian McDonough). Image: 948548.

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Cabo Verde Airlines is now flying to Lagos

Cabo Verde Airlines began regular flights to Lagos, Nigeria, on December 9, 2019.

The inaugural flight took place on Monday, December 9, 2019 departing from Amílcar Cabral International Airport, in Sal, at 10:45 pm and arriving at Murtala Muhammed Airport (Lagos) at 04:30 am local time.

The Sal-Lagos route will be operated five times a week, on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays, with a Boeing 757, with 161 economy class seats and 22 executive class seats.

All flights will connect to Sal Island, Cabo Verde Airlines’ international hub, and will be able to connect to the airline’s destinations in Cabo Verde, Senegal (Dakar), Europe (Lisbon, Paris, Milan and Rome), Washington, D. C. (three times a week) and Boston, as well as to the company’s destinations in Brazil – Salvador, Porto Alegre, Recife and Fortaleza.

Cabo Verde Airlines is now flying to Washington, D. C.

Cabo Verde Airlines, the Cape Verdean airline, began regular flights to Washington, D. C., the capital of the United States, starting on December 8, 2019.

The inaugural flight took place this Sunday, December 8th, and departed from Amílcar Cabral International Airport, in Sal, at 09:30 am, landing at Dulles International Airport at 02:00 pm.

The route will operate three times a week, on Sundays, Wednesdays and Fridays departing from Sal Island and on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays from Washington, D. C.

All flights will connect to Sal Island, Cabo Verde Airlines’ international hub from where it will be possible to connect to the airline’s destinations in Cabo Verde, Brazil (Fortaleza, Recife and Salvador), Senegal (Dakar), Nigeria (Lagos), and Europe (Lisbon, Paris , Milan and Rome).

In addition to the hub connections in Sal Island, Cabo Verde Airlines’ Stopover program allows passengers to stay up to 7 days in Cabo Verde and thus explore the diverse experiences on the archipelago at no additional cost on airline tickets.

This new connection seeks to strengthen the company’s presence in the North American market. Recently, Cabo Verde Airlines also decided to reinforce its connections to Boston, with one more call per week, which will start operating from December 14th.

Cabo Verde Airlines announces a second weekly flight to Boston

Cabo Verde Airlines (CVA), the air flag carrier of the Republic of Cabo Verde, will add a second flight between Cabo Verde and Boston in December.

From December 14, 2019, Cabo Verde Airlines will start flying twice a week to Boston, on Tuesdays and Saturdays. On Tuesdays, the connection between Amílcar Cabral International Airport (SID), on Sal Island, will depart at 10:00 AM local time, arriving at Logan International Airport at 14:10 PM. The return flight will leave Boston at 15:40 Local Time and arrive in Nelson Mandela International Airport (RAI), in Praia, at 03:10 AM local time. On Saturdays, the aircraft will leave Praia at 03:00 AM and arrive in Boston at 07:10 local time, and head back to Sal Island, departing BOS at 08:10 AM, and arriving Sal Island at 19:40 PM.


The connection will be made with a Boeing 757-200, with 22 seats in Comfort class, and 161 seats in Economy class.

Currently flying regularly from Boston to Praia (Cabo Verde) on Mondays, CVA wants to increase its share in the market for Americans visiting Africa as well as for the African Diaspora in the United States of America.

This is possible through CVA’s hub on Sal Island, from where the airline flies to other Cape Verdean destinations as well as West African cities, like Dakar and Lagos, Nigeria, a new service that will start on December 9, 2019 with five flights a week. CVA’s hub also offers flights to Lisbon (five times a week), Milan (four times a week) Paris and Rome (three times a week), as well as Brazilian destinations.

Earlier this year, the company had already announced that it would start flying from Sal Island to Washington DC in December, three times a week.

Cabo Verde Airlines, previously TACV – Transportes Aéreos de Cabo Verde – went through a restructuring process, being now owned in 51% by Loftleidir Cabo Verde.

Cabo Verde Airlines is the national carrier of the Republic of Cabo Verde, with the state of Cabo Verde owning 46,35%, workers owning 2,65% and Loftleidir Cabo Verde owning 51%.

The airline was established in 1958 as a public enterprise when it absorbed the then called Aero Club of Cabo Verde. Until to 1984 the company’s operations were restricted to the domestic market for eight (8) of the nine (9) inhabited islands of the archipelago.

In the 1980s, new horizons were opened to the company. The large emigration of Cape Verdeans to Europe that began in the 1960s, followed by the advent of the independence of Cabo Verde in 1975, brought on favorable market conditions for the start-up of the TACV international operations. The first route, Sal – Lisbon – Sal, started in 1985, and since then TACV has gradually expanded into new markets.

It currently has a wide and consolidated network that involves domestic and international operations. The two important factors that have influenced the success of these fifty years of the life of the company are: the existence of an important diaspora spread over five continents, whose number is larger than the resident population of the country itself and the “discovery” of Cabo Verde in the 90’s as a tourist destination, particularly for Europeans.

As an international operator, Cabo Verde Airlines implemented regularly the ever more demanding requirements in the area of aviation safety and security, imposed not only by its own authorities but also by the European Union and the United States of America. In February 2009, the company acquired its registration in the internationally recognized IOSA program, the IATA Operational Safety Audit. In May 2018, TACV changed its name to Cabo Verde Airlines.

Cabo Verde Airlines delays the launch of Luanda service

Cabo Verde Airlines has decided to postpone connections between Sal and Luanda, Angola, until the Summer 2020.

Due to commercial reasons, given the specificities of the Angolan market, Cabo Verde Airlines has decided to postpone the connections between Sal and Luanda, which was scheduled to start in December, to the IATA Summer season 2020.

This postponement will allow the proper implementation of all promotion, sale and partnership mechanisms, respecting the conditions of the Angolan market and its various intermediaries that provide services in the tourism and air transport industry.

In the meantime, the company has already begun the process of protecting passengers who had already purchased tickets for this route.

Nevertheless, Cabo Verde Airlines maintains its commitment to the Angolan market, including the codeshare agreement with the Angolan airline TAAG – Linhas Aéreas de Angola, which, since April 26th, has been flying between the Angolan capital and the island of Sal, with a stop in São Tomé e Príncipe, twice a week.

Cabo Verde Airlines enters the Nigerian market

Cabo Verde Airlines will start flying from Lagos to Sal, Cabo Verde, on December 9, 2019 five times a week, on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays, with a Boeing 757-200, with 161 economy class seats and 22 executive seats.

The inaugural flight is scheduled to depart from Amílcar Cabral International Airport (Sal) at 20:50 local time and arrive at Murtala Muhammed Airport (Lagos) at 02:10 local time.

All flights will connect to Sal Island, Cabo Verde Airlines’ international hub, and will make connections to Lisbon (five times a week), Washington DC (three times a week) and Boston (once a week), as well as to the airline’s destinations in Brazil, Salvador, Porto Alegre, Recife and Fortaleza.

Photo: Cabo Verde Airlines.