Air carrier Sonair plans to routes between Angola and China

15 December 2005

Luanda, Angola, 15 Dec – Sonair, the air carrier of Angolan state oil company Sonangol, is in negotiations to acquire a Boeing 767 aircraft to launch a route to China, the company said in Luanda Thursday.

Sonair is planning a weekly flight between Luanda and Hong Kong or Shanghai, with an extension to Beijing.

Directors at Sonair said they considered that an increase in passengers and cargo between Angola and China ensures the financial viability of the route.

Sonangol has been using Sonair to transport oil sector technicians from Houston, in the United States, to Angola.

In the first quarter of 2006 Sonair is due to take possession of two Boeing 767s to increase its regional flights to Angola’s neighboring countries.

Sonair, which was set up in 1998, has a fleet of 25 airplanes and 12 helicopters.

The air carrier recently set up Heli Malongo, a helicopter service, headquartered in Cabinda, aimed at supporting the oil industry in the northern enclave.

Increased economic relations between Angola and China has also led Angolan state airline – TAAG – to study the possibility of opening up a route between Luanda and China, which could be launched in 2006 after TAAG receives a new order of Boeing 767 aircraft, the airline has said.(macauhub)

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