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Name: TACV-CABO VERDE AIRLINES
7JetSet7 Code: TCV
Status: Operational
Region: AFRICA
City: PRAIA
Country: CAPE VERDE
Employees 793
Web: flytacv.com
Email: marketing@tacv.aero
Telephone: +238 2608200
Fax: +238 2618323
Sita: RAICAVR
Background
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TCV-2004-11 - 737

ESTABLISHED IN 1955. IN 1975, FOLLOWING INDEPENDENCE, BECAME NATIONAL CARRIER OF THE CAPE VERDE REPUBLIC. BECAME A PUBLIC COMPANY IN 1983. D B A TRANSPORTES AEREOS DE CABO VERDE. SCHEDULED AND CHARTER, DOMESTIC AND REGIONAL, PASSENGER AND CARGO, JET AIRPLANE SERVICES.

ADDRESS:
PO BOX 1,
AVENIDA AMILCAR CABRAL
PRAIA, ILHA DO SANTIAGO, CAPE VERDE ISLANDS

THE CAPE VERDE ISLANDS (REPUBLIC OF CAPE VERDE) WAS ESTABLISHED IN 1975, COVERS AN AREA OF 4,033 SQUARE KMS, AND ITS POPULATION IS 0.4 MILLION. ITS CAPITAL CITY IS PRAIA AND THE OFFICIAL LANGUAGE IS PORTUGESE.

DECEMBER 1995: THE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT IS ON THE ISLAND OF SAL, WHICH IS DESOLATE, AND HAS A SMALL POPULATION. MAINTENANCE FACILITIES ARE AT PRAIA & (TACV)-CABO VERDE AIRLINES (TCV) WILL FLY THE 757 FROM THERE. PLANS TO DO "A" AND "C" CHECKS, AND CONTRACT OUT HEAVY MAINTENANCE.

BASED AT PRAIA, ILHA DO SANTIAGO.

USES MAINTENANCE INFORMATION PLANNING SYSTEM (MIPS) SOFTWARE, DEVELOPED BY AERO COMPUTER SERVICES (ACS) INTERNATIONAL, PART OF AEROSPATIALE, FRANCE.

1 757-2Q8 (NC074), (ILF) LEASED (3/96 DELIVERY) OPERATES INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS TO LISBON, BOSTON, ROME, PARIS & AMSTERDAM. THE NEW ATR42'S WERE ACQUIRED IN 2ND HALF OF 1994, TO REPLACE HS 748'S (USED AS SPARES).

APRIL 1996: TO FRANKFURT & BERGEN & 2 EXTENDED TWIN-ENGINE OPERATIONS (ETOPS) FLIGHTS/MONTH TO BOSTON. ALSO, TO GUINEA BISSAU.

APRIL 1997: EDWARDO ALMEIDA, PRODUCTION MANAGER.

SOLD 2 B AE HS-748'S. 3RD ATR, 2 IN JUNE 1997.

JUNE 1997: 1 ATR42-300.

APRIL 1998: 580 EMPLOYEES.

JUNE 1998: HS 748-2A (1719) SOLD TO EMERALD AIR.

SEPTEMBER 1998: ACCDT: (TCV) DHC-6-300 (550) CRASHED ON LANDING IN STORMY WEATHER AT PRAIA CARRYING PRIME MINISTER OF CAPE VERDE = 1 PAX FATALITY OF 3/19.

APRIL 1999: 580 EMPLOYEES. SITA: RAIDAVR.

AUGUST 1999: GOVERNMENT OK'S ACQUISITION OF 2ND 757-200, (ILF) LEASED.

ACCDT: DORNIER 228-201 (8091, D4-CBC), LEASED FROM COAST GUARD, CRASHED NEAR SAO VICENTE, IN BAD WEATHER = DESTROYED & WRITTEN OFF (W/O).

DECEMBER 1999: 1 ORDER (JUNE 2000) 737-400/OR 737-500, (ILF) LEASED.

FEBRUARY 2000: 1 FAIRCHILD DORNIER 228-212 (8222, D4-CBK), EX-AIR MALAWI (AML) FOR GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS.

MARCH 2000: 1 ORDER (APRIL 2001) 757-2Q8 (PW2037) (30044), (ILF) 5 YEAR LEASED.

APRIL 2000: 762 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 37 FLIGHT CREW (FC), 54 CABIN ATTENDANTS (CA), & 11 MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS (MT)).

AUGUST 2000: ARNALDO SILVA, PRESIDENT & (CEO) REPLACES ALFREDO ARVALHO.

PLANNED LEASE OF A 757 AND PRIVATIZATION, HAVE BEEN PUT ON HOLD UNTIL AFTER NEXT YEAR'S GOVERNMENT GENERAL ELECTIONS.

SEPTEMBER 2000: JOAO PEREIRA, DIRECTOR MAINTENANCE REPLACES AGNELO BARBOSA. D DUPRET, CHIEF PLANNING & ENGINEERING.

JUNE 2001: INTERNATIONAL AIR TRANSPORT ASSOCIATION (IATA) AND GOVERNMENT OF CAPE VERDE SIGNED AN AGREEMENT TO IMPLEMENT GROUND PROXIMITY SYSTEM (GPS) PROCEDURES AT 8 AIRPORTS IN THE ISLAND NATION.
(IATA)'S PARTNER IN THIS EFFORT IS INNOVATIVE SOLUTIONS INTERATIONAL.

AUGUST 2001: SAL TO CONAKRY. RESUMES ABIDJAN TO BISSAU.

DECEMBER 2001: SITA: RAICAVR. (jpereira@tacv.com).

GRAN CANARIA TO ILHA DO SAL (EUROWINGS (RFG) WET-LEASED OPERATIONS, 1X-WEEKLY).

JANUARY 2002: ANTONIO JORGE RODRIGUES, DIRECTOR MAINTENANCE & ENGINEERING REPLACES JOAO PEREIRA.

MARCH 2002: CODE SHARE WITH (TAP) PORTUGAL FROM PORTUGAL TO SAL, CABO VERDE (8X-WEEKLY).

APRIL 2002: (http://www.tacv.com)

MAIN BASE: SAL AIRPORT (SID).

HUB: PRAIA AIRPORT (RAI).

June 2002: Ihla do Sal to New York (JFK), operated by Air Luxor (LXA) L-1011 (weekly).

October 2002: New airport at Praia to be completed in 3/03, is located adjacent to the existing airport. Runway surfaces allow operations of 737's, but 757's will be weight limited.

Rights to fly to New York have been granted. Envisions flying a 767 (ETOPS) from Sal.

The process of privatizing the airline will begin by the end of 2002.

April 2003: 851 employees (including 63 Flight Crew (FC), 93 Cabin Attendants (CA), & 10 Maintenance Technicians (MT)).

June 2003: (Telephone: +238 63 39 89). (FAX: +238 63 44 65).

September 2003: Cape Verde rated Category 1 by (FAA) safety status.

2002 = 691 Million (RPK) (passenger traffic) (+30.9%; 500,000 passengers (PAX) (+18%).

2002 TOP WORLD AIRLINES PASSENGER TRAFFIC RPK (Million):
214 (ADR) 794; 215 (PIE) 789; 216 (MIB) 771; 217 (IRB) 759; 218 (AUA) 749; 219 (ORC) 722; 220 (EXECUTIVE A/L) 718; 221 (AIR DOLOMOTI) 712; 222 (CITYJET) 694; 223 (TCV) 691; 224 (MNG) 686; 225 (UKA) 676.

December 2003: Ilha do Sal to Bologna, via Las Palmas (737-300, weekly charter).

March 2004: 757-2Q8ER (30045), ex-Aeromexico (AMX), (ILF) 5 year leased.

April 2004: 737-3Q8 (26333) returned to (ILF), leased to Air China (BEJ).

November 2005: DHC-6-300 Twin Otter (663, D4-), delivery.

June 2006: (TACV) (TCV) increased the frequency on its Praia to Boston route from 1x- to 2x-weekly on June 16th. (TCV) operated a weekly flight on Tuesdays, and it will add a Fridays flight, both operated with 757-200s. (TCV) inaugurated nonstop service from Praia to Paris (CDG) and now offers a weekly Friday flight. On July 5th, (TCV) will add a Wednesday flight, both operated with 757-200s.

July 2006: (TACV) Cabo Verde Airlines (TCV) launched 2x-weekly Praia to Boston, USA service.

September 2006: As the national flag carrier of the Cape Verde Republic, (TACV)-Cabo Verde Airlines (TCV) operates an inter-island service, together with flights to Europe, the USA, and the West African mainland.

793 employees (including 59 Flight Crew (FC); 75 Cabin Attendants (CA); & 10 Maintenance Technicians (MT)).

(IATA) Code: VR - 696. (ICAO) Code: TCV - (Callsign - CABO VERDE).

(http://www.tacv.de). (http://www.caboverdeairlines.aero).

(comercial@tacv.aero).

Parent organization/shareholders: Cabo Verde government (100%).

Alliances: Air Senegal International (SNG); & (TAP) Portugal.

Main Base: Sal Airport (SID).

Hub: Praia (RAI).

Domestic, Scheduled Destinations: Boa Vista; Maio; Praia; Sal; Sao Filipe; and Sao Vincente.

International, Scheduled Destinations: Boston; Fortaleza; Lisbon; Milan; Munich; Paris; Porto; and Rome.

October 2006: ATR and (TACV) Cabo Verde Airlines (TCV) signed a $50 million contract for 2 new ATR72-500s and 1 ATR42-500. The airplanes will be delivered in 2007, allowing (TACV) (TCV) to renew its current fleet of 3 ATR42-300s, while increasing capacity. It currently operates the ATR42-300s and 2 757-200ERs.

November 2006: (TACV) Cape Verde Airlines (TCV) and Condor (CDF) (formerly Thomas Cook Airlines) both appointed Aviareps subsidiary Airline Centre UK as general sales agent for the UK.

April 2007: ATR72-212A (747, D4-CBT), delivery.

July 2007: ATR72-212A (755, D4-CBU), delivery.

October 2007: ATR42-500 (669, D4-DBV), delivery.

October 2008: Cayman Airways (CAY) has appointed Gilles Filiatreault as its acting (CEO) in a transition role as he oversees the succession of (CAY)'s Captain Olson Anderson to the position. Anderson is VP Flight Operations and has been named (CEO) Designate. Canadian Filiatreault has worked with Air Canada (ACN) and also has experience in the Caribbean region, after holding senior posts in Caribbean airlines. He joins (CAY) from his post as (CEO) of (TACV) (TCV) in the Cape Verde islands. (CAY)'s previous (CEO), Patrick Starburger resigned in July, citing personal reasons.

January 2012: White (YES) is also currently operating one of its A320-200s on behalf of (TACV) - Cabo Verde Airlines (TCV) for several weeks to provide additional capacity during the busy holiday season.

April 2012: (TACV) - Cabo Verde Airlines (TCV) was forced to suspend operations to Bissau Oswaldo Vieira International (OXB) following a military coup in Guinea Bissau in the evening of April 12. The military has closed the country's airspace until further notice.

June 2012: (TACV) - Cabo Verde Airlines (TCV) will shortly take delivery of the 1st of 2 737-800s (30039; 30675) it will lease from (ILFC) (ILF) to replace its 757-2Q8ER (30045, D4-CBP).

September 2012: (TACV) - Cabo Verde Airlines (TCV) has temporarily wet-leased 767-383ER (24318, CS-TLO) from euroAtlantic Airways (MAE) until mid-November. It mainly uses the airplane on its route from Praia International (RAI) to Boston General Edward Lawrence Logan International (BOS) as well as from Praia International (RAI), Sal Amilcar Cabral International (SID) and São Vicente Cesaria Evora (VXE) to Paris Charles de Gaulle (CDG).

July 2013: (TACV) - Cabo Verde Airlines (TCV), the flag carrier of Cape Verde, an archipelago of 10 islands located in the Atlantic Ocean, commenced operations on the route from Sal (SID) to Marseille (MRS) on July 9th. The route, which operates via Paris (CDG), is offered with weekly frequencies using 737-800s. This is in addition to (TCV)’s existing, also weekly, flight to Paris (CDG).

August 2014: ATR72-201 (212, LY-MCA), ex-(SE-MCA), (DOT LT) leased.

January 2015: 737-430 (27001, OM-GTC), ex-(G-CIEO) delivery.

February 2016: 737-8Q8 (30039, D4-CBX) of TACV - Cabo Verde Airlines ((IATA) Code: VR, Praia) (TCV) has been grounded in Amsterdam over unpaid debts following arrival of flight VR117 from Sal to Amsterdam on Saturday evening (February 20).

December 2016: 1 ATR72-212A (558, D4-CCC), ex-(M-LDME), Elix Aviation leased.

August 2017: Iceland-based capacity solution provider Loftleidir Icelandic is to undertake a management contract with (TACV) Cabo Verde Airlines (TCV), as the archipelago’s government seeks to restructure and privatize the national carrier.

Cabo Verde (Cape Verde in English) is a cluster of islands off the NW coast of Africa that has become an increasingly popular holiday destination in recent years, especially for European tourists seeking to escape the continent’s winter months.

(TACV) Cabo Verde Airlines (TCV) operates a small network of routes to Western Europe, South America, West Africa and Providence, Rhode Island in the USA with a single Boeing 757-200.

One of the aims behind the agreement is to strengthen (TCV) so it can contribute to Cabo Verde’s potential as a year-round tourist destination. The Cabo Verde government also hopes to develop Cabo Verde’s geographic position as a connecting hub, linking 4 continents.

Loftleidir Icelandic is a subsidiary of Icelandair (ICE) and handles charter and (ACMI) wet-lease operations for (ICE). Its roles at (TCV) will include Network Planning, Marketing, Sales & Distribution Planning as well as the restructuring of (TCV)’s fleet.

Loftleidir-Icelandic operates as a capacity solution provider concentrating mainly on airplane and maintenance projects as well as consulting services. In addition to Boeing 757s, which makes up the bulk of Icelandair (ICE)’s fleet, it also operates 737-700 and 737-800s.

“We look forward to assisting (TACV) Cabo Verde Airlines (TCV) in developing further its untapped potential as a key player in the future air hub in Cabo Verde,” Loftleidir Icelandic Senior VP Marketing & Sales Erlendur Svavarsson said. “We believe that (TACV) Cabo Verde Airlines (TCV) is in a great position to take advantage of the unique geographical location of Cabo Verde. To this end, we will draw on the Icelandair (ICE) Group’s successful experience in building a hub-and-spoke system to support an air hub operation in Cabo Verde.”

Cabo Verde’s Minister of Economy & Employment José Gonçalves described the arrangement as “a mutually beneficial agreement with Loftleidir Icelandic leading to the restructuring and privatization of our national airline (TCV).

“We are very proud that Cabo Verde is in a privileged position as 1 of the very few countries in Africa to boast 4 international airports classified as Category 1 by the USA (FAA) and is a national airline certified as an (IOSA) Operator under the (IATA) Operational Safety Audit Program.

“The 2 companies have a long-standing relationship, and for decades Icelandair (ICE) provided ground support to (TACV) Cabo Verde Airlines (TCV) at Boston Logan Airport in the USA,” he said.

September 2017: Cape Verde government outlines early (TACV) privatization legislation.

(TACV) resumes operations using A320s.

October 2017: Cape Verde government extends a $16 million loan to (TACV).

November 2017: (TACV) secures winter 757 wet-lease capacity from IcelandAir (ICE) 757-27B (302-24838 /90 TF-FIW "BURFELL").

May 2018: Grupo (SATA) has shortlisted Loftleidir Icelandic (ICE) as its preferred partner, as it moves to dispose of a 49% stake in its subsidiary Azores Airlines (SAP).

The Portuguese firm had invited expressions of interest in (SAP) but said its Reykjavik-based counterpart was the only bidder to "fully meet both pre-qualification requirements."

(ICE), the Icelandic company, which is also in the process of acquiring a 51% shareholding in (TACV) - Cabo Verde Airlines (TCV) is now expected to submit a binding offer for the Azores carrier (SAP).

July 2018: 757-236 (25808, D4-CCF), ex-(TF-CVA) delivery and 767-204ER (24239, JY-JAL), ex-(G-BOPB) Jordan Aviation leased.

Fleet:
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TCV-737-800 - 2016-02.jpg
TCV-737-8Q8 - 2012-10
TCV-757-200 - 2017-07.jpg

October 2018:

0 737-3Q8 (CFM56-3C1) (2786-26333, /96 D4-CBN "CARLOS ALBERTO MARTINS"), (ILF) 5 YEAR LEASED. RETURNED, LEASED TO (BEJ) 2004-07. 12F, 112Y.

1 737-430 (CFM56-3C1) (27001, OM-CTC), EX-(G-CIEO) 2015-01.

1 737-800 (CFM56-7B) (30646, CS-TQU), (MAE) WET-LEASED 2012-07.

2 737-8Q8 (CFM56-7B) (30039, D4-CBX - - SEE PHOTO - - "TCV-737-8Q8 - 2012-10; 30675), (ILF) LEASED 2012-07, TO REPLACE 757-2Q8ER (30045, D4-CBP).

1 757-2Q8ER (PW2037) (696-27599, /96 D4-CBG "B. LEZA"), (ILF) LEASED, (ETOPS) EQUIPPED, 20C, 165Y.

0 757-2Q8ER (PW2037) (957-30045, /01 D4-CBP), EX-(AMX), EX-(AMX), (ILF) LEASED 2004-03. RETURNED. 20F, 165Y.

1 757-236 (25808, D4-CCF), EX-(TF-CVA) 2018-07.

1 757-27B (RB211-535E4) (302-24838, /90 TF-FIW "BURFELL"), 14C, 194Y.

1 767-204ER (24239, JY-JAL), EX-(G-BOPB), JORDAN AVIATION (JOR) LEASED 2018-07.

0 767-383ER (PW4060) (257-24318, /89 CS-TLO), (SNR) LEASED 2004-06. WET-LEASED TO (VLR) 2004-11 & RETURNED. LEASED TO (EHD) 2005-01. RETURNED FROM (EHD) 2005-03. WET-LEASED TO (TCV) 2012-09 UNTIL MID- NOVEMBER 2012. 16C, 234Y.

1 A320-200, (YES) WET-LEASED 2012-01.

1 DHC-6-300 TWIN OTTER (PT6A-27) (550 W/O, DESTROYED 1998-09) (663, /80 D4-CAY, 2005-11), 20Y.

0 ATR42-300 (PW121) (382, /94 D4-CBE "JOAQUIM RIBIERO;" 386, /94 D4-CBF "RABIL;" 415, /97 D4-CBH "ALEX"), 3 RETURNED. 46Y.

1 ATR42-500 (PW127E) (669, /07 D4-DBV "FRAGATA"), 2007-10. 48Y.

1 ATR72-201 (212, LY-MCA), EX-(SE-MCA), (DOT LT) LEASED 2014-08.

1 ATR72-212A (558, D4-CCC), EX-(M-LDME), ELIX AVIATION LEASED 2016-12.

2 ATR72-500 (PW127F) (747, /07 D4-CBT "JORGE BARBOZA;" 755, /07 D4-CBU "BALTAZAR LOPES"), 68Y.

0 B AE HS 748 (1 STANDBY, 1 OUT OF SERVICE = ENGINES), SOLD.

0 FAIRCHILD DORNIER 228-201 (8091, D4-CBC), DESTROYED 1999-08.

0 FAIRCHILD DORNIER 228-212 (8222, D4-CBK), EX-(AML) 2000-02. RETURNED.

Management:
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JOAO HIGINO SILVA, CHAIRMAN.

ANTONIO NEVES, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (CEO).

ERLENDUR SVAVARSSON, SENIOR VP MARKETING & SALES, LOFTLEIDIR ICELANDIC.

JOAO PEREIRA, DIRECTOR MAINTENANCE.

CAPTAIN EDUINO MONIZ, DIRECTOR FLIGHT OPERATIONS.

LAURA MARIANO, HEAD FINANCE & ADMINISTRATION.

ANTONIO BORGES, HEAD PLANNING & INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY (IT).

EURIZA CARRILHO, HEAD HANDLING.

ANTONIO RODRIGUEZ, HEAD MAINTENANCE (RAIMAVR) (MANZZVR).

RAUL ANDRADE, HEAD COMMERCIAL DEPARTMENT.

ROMEU MODESTO, DIRECTOR HUMAN RESOURCES (HR).

ESPERANZA RIVERA, DEPUTY COMMERCIAL DIRECTOR.

DANIEL DUPRET, CHIEF PLANNING & ENGINEERING (2000-09).

RAUL FEREIRA ANDRADA, QUALITY CONTROL (QC) MANAGER.

EDWARDO ALMEIDA, PRODUCTION MANAGER (1997-04).

OSE MARIA BARBOSA RODRIQUES, POWER PLANT CHIEF ENGINEER.

 
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