Cabo Verde Airlines has taken delivery of its first 737 MAX jet as part of its rebranding and post-pandemic expansion strategy.

The airline aims to operate its 737 MAX 8 on routes Africa, Europe, North America, and South America.

The 737 MAX aligns with the airline's goal of regaining market share and offers a 20% reduction in fuel use.

PRAIA — Boeing and Cabo Verde Airlines marked the handover of the airline's inaugural 737 MAX aircraft at a dedicated ceremony attended by officials and staff. This new acquisition, a core element of the airline's "take-off" rejuvenation strategy, will bolster connections between Cape Verde and continents including Europe and the Americas.

Sara Pires, the CEO of Cabo Verde Airlines, emphasized the jet's crucial role in returning the airline's fleet to its pre-pandemic strength. She noted its strategic importance for catering to the rising travel interest to Cape Verde, which bridges four continents.

The airline, operating pivotal non-stop routes from hubs in Praia and Sal, envisions the 737-8 as a linchpin in its post-pandemic recovery, aiming to revitalize its fleet and reconnect with former destinations.

Anbessie Yitbarek, from Boeing's Commercial Sales and Marketing division, highlighted the 737 MAX's fit for Cabo Verde Airlines, emphasizing its capacity to efficiently serve significant markets across Africa, Europe, and the Americas. Yitbarek pointed out the aircraft's fuel efficiency, which is supported by CFM International LEAP-1B engines and advanced winglets, allowing a 20% reduction in fuel consumption and emissions compared to its predecessors.