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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.

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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.

Cabo Verde Airlines to fly to Lagos, Nigeria

Cabo Verde Airlines, the Cape Verdean airline, will start flying to Lagos, Nigeria, from December 9, 2019.

After announcing flights to Luanda (Angola, December 9, 2019), Porto Alegre (Brazil, December 11, 2019) and Washington DC (December 11, 2019), Cabo Verde Airlines now announces a new route for the Winter 2019-2020.

The connection between Sal and Lagos will be operated five times a week, on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays, with a Boeing 757-200 aircraft, with 161 economy class seats and 22 executive seats.

The inaugural flight is scheduled for December 9, 2019 departing from Amílcar Cabral International Airport (Sal) at 20:50 local time and arriving 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.

Cabo Verde Airlines adds a Boeing 737-300

Cabo Verde Airlines announces the reinforcement of the route Praia/Lisbon/Praia, with the arrival of a Boeing 737-300.

The connection between the Cape Verdian and the Portuguese capital will be done three times a week on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

On Mondays, the departure from Praia is set for 3.45 p.m., local time, with estimated time of arrival in Lisbon at 8.00 p.m. The return will be at 09.00 p.m. and expected arrival at 01.20 a.m., local time.

On Wednesdays, the flight will leave Praia at 03.25 p.m. and arrive in Lisbon at 07.40 p.m. The return is scheduled for 09.00 p.m. and the arrival in Praia at 01.20 a.m.

On Fridays, the flight will depart 03.35 p.m. with arrival at the Portuguese capital at 07.50 p.m. The return is scheduled for 09.00 p.m. with an expected time of arrival in Praia at 01.20 a.m.

The new Boeing 737-300 arrives at Nelson Mandela International Airport on August 13th and will begin operating the Praia/Lisbon/Praia route from August 30th.

With this relaunch, Cabo Verde Airlines strengthens the connections between Portugal and Cabo Verde as part of its strategy.

All flights will be connected to the Cabo Verde Airlines’ international hub in the Sal Island, and will make connection with other routes operated by the airlines.

Cabo Verde Airlines is coming to Washington

Cabo Verde Airlines is adding the Ilha do Sal – Washington (Dulles) route on December 8, 2019.

The flight will operate three times a week and passengers will be able to depart from Sal island to Dulles International Airport capital on Sundays, Wednesdays and Fridays and return from Washington to Amílcar Cabral International Airport on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

Cabo Verde Airlines receives its second Boeing 757-200 in the new livery named ‘Baía de Tarrafal’

Cabo Verde Airlines received on May 31, 2019, the ‘Baía de Tarrafal’, the company’s second airplane with its new livery.

The ‘Baía de Tarrafal’ landed at the Nelson Mandela airport in the city of Praia at 1840 (local time) from Boston.


The ‘Baía de Tarrafal’ colors were inspired by the houses on the island of Santiago (above), a call back to the very characteristic architecture of the capital. The new colors aim to be a gentle mix of the people, the houses and the Cape Verdean culture. Aside from the name on the outside of the airplane, inside the passengers will have a picture of the Baía as well as a description of the area.

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.

A public poll to help name the airplane

The ‘Baía de Tarrafal’ was named through a public poll on Facebook, were the users voted between three natural beauties of the island of Santiago, with Baía de Tarrafal receiving the largest share of votes.

The first airplane with new livery, ‘Praia de Santa Maria’, 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 Capeverdian pride in its islands and regions.

The ‘Baía de Tarrafal’ will have 12 premium seats and 180 seats in the main cabin.

Cabo Verde Airlines today operates three 757-200 airplanes and plans to receive two more by the end of the year.