Angola’s Macon updates fleet with Chinese and Brazilian buses

28 June 2006

Luanda, Angola, 28 June – Angolan private public transport company Macon will begin renewing its fleet of buses in August using Brazilian and Chinese buses, the company’s operations manager, Willian Aparecido Silva told Angolan news agency Angpop.

The new buses, 15 Volkswagens and 53 Kinglong brand buses from China, are part of an investment by the company of around US$2 million.

Aparecido Silva said that the new vehicles would cover a lack of buses felt by the company and the market, as of the 122 vehicles in Macon’s fleet only 94 are currently in use.

Silva said that the first half of this year, in relation to last year, recorded a significant fall of 30 percent in passenger transport due to this situation.

The main reasons for this reduction, he explained, is the precarious state of Angola’s roads that leads to increased wear of the vehicles, as well as competition from taxis.

On average Macon transports 1.8 million passengers per month on the 13 bus routes it runs. (macauhub)