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TACV Cabo Verde Airlines
IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded 1958
Focus cities
Frequent-flyer program TACV Club
Fleet size 6
Destinations 25
Company slogan O prazer de viajar bem ("A pleasurable way of flying ")
Headquarters Cape VerdePraia, Cape Verde
Website flytacv.com

TACV Cabo Verde Airlines (TACV is an acronym for Transportes Aéreos de Cabo Verde, meaning “Air Transportation of Cape Verde” in Portuguese) is a scheduled and charter, passenger and cargo airline based in Praia, Cape Verde.[1] It is the national flag carrier of Cape Verde, operating inter-island services and flights to Europe, North America, South America and the West African mainland. Its main base is Sal Airport, with smaller ones at Praia International Airport and São Pedro Airport. TACV is also a ground handling company serving all airports in Cape Verde.


TACV was established in 1958. In July 1975, following the independence of Cape Verde, the airline was designated as the national carrier and became a public company (that means government-owned) in 1983. It employs 788 staff. The Cape Verdean government is currently preparing the airline for privatization. The privatization of TACV is supposed to be concluded in 2014. Among the foreign airlines that are interested in acquiring the national airline are the Chinese (Okay Airlines) and Angolan (TAAG Angola Airlines) airlines.

European flights began in 1985, with Lisbon as first European destination of TACV. In 1996 TACV got its first Boeing 757-200, brand new and directly from the Boeing factory, in Seattle, considered as “the pride and joy of Cape Verde Airlines", baptized with the name B.Leza. With B.Leza (registration D4-CBG), TACV begins flying to Europe with its own aircraft and crew.

In 2004 another Boeing 757-200 joined the TACV fleet named Emigranti (registration D4-CBP). After several years the Boeing 757 pair operated on all of TACV's international routes. Before one being replaced by two smaller Boeing 737-800's.


Main article: TACV destinations

The TACV logo includes a blue wing with seven lines that represent the number of domestic inter-island flights offered by the airline.


As of August 2012, TACV Cabo Verde Airlines had codeshare agreements with the following airlines:

Current fleet[edit]

TACV Boeing 757-200 in the old livery.
TACV ATR-42 in the current livery .

As of December 2015, the TACV fleet consists of the following aircraft:[2]

TACV Cabo Verde Airlines fleet
Aircraft In Service Orders Passengers Notes
J Y Total
ATR 42-500
0 48 48
ATR 72-500
0 68 68
ATR 72-600
Boeing 737-800
0 174 174 One leased from Euro Atlantic Airways
Boeing 757-200
0 210 210
Total 6 3

Incidents and accidents[edit]

  • On 28 September 1998, a TACV de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter (registered D4-CAX) carrying Carlos Veiga, then Prime Minister of Cape Verde, 18 other passengers and three crew members capt/instructor Socorro,first officer Elianne and third cockpit crew, crash-landed at Francisco Mendes Airport (serving Praia at that time) during a landing attempt in stormy weather, in which one bodyguard of the minister was killed. Four other people were injured and the aircraft was damaged beyond repair. Upon approach following the flight from Preguiça Airport, the aircraft had been hit by a gust of wind in an instant when the pilots intended to execute a left turn, and forced down.[3]
  • On 7 August 1999 at 12:02 local time, the domestic TACV Flight 5002 from São Pedro Airport to Agostinho Neto Airport crashed into a mountain on Santo Antão island at an altitude of 1370 metres, killing the 16 passengers and 2 crew members on board. The domestic flight had been carried out using a Dornier Do 228 (registered D4-CBC) on this day. Due to bad weather conditions with rain and fog, the pilot was prevented from landing at the destination airport (which was only VFR-certified), so he had decided to return to São Pedro. The aircrash marked the worst aviation accident in the history of both Cape Verde and TACV.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Membership." iata.org, retrieved 14 December 2011
  2. ^ TACV fleet list at ch-aviation. ch-aviation.com, retrieved 19 July 2015
  3. ^ Harro Ranter. "Aviation Safety Network > ASN Aviation Safety Database > Operator index > Cape Verde > TACV - Cabo Verde Airlines". Retrieved 24 April 2015. 
  4. ^ Harro Ranter (7 August 1999). "ASN Aircraft accident Dornier 228-201 D4-CBC Santo Antão Island". Retrieved 24 April 2015. 
  5. ^ Harro Ranter (24 October 2005). "ASN Aircraft accident ATR-42-320 D4-CBH Dakar-Yoff Airport (DKR)". Retrieved 24 April 2015. 

External links[edit]

Media related to TACV at Wikimedia Commons