OceanAir begins operating in Luanda in March

23 February 2007

Luanda, Angola, 23 Feb – Brazilian airline OceanAir is due to begin flights to Luanda on March 15, as it tries to create new international routes.

According to Angolan news agency Angop, which cites Brazilian tourism newspaper, Brasilturis, OceanAir will use a Boeing 767 to fly to Luanda, but gave no details about how often the flight would run.

The paper added that the company was planning further routes to Africa for the first half of this year.

As well as Africa, the airline plans to open up routes to some South American countries and to the United States.

In order to carry out this new project, OceanAir had to restructure its board and hire former professionals from the sector, the newspaper said citing company sources.

OceanAir is a Brazilian airline with headquarters in Sao Paulo and was set up in 1998 as an air taxi company to serve oil companies in the Campos basin in Rio de Janeiro.

In 2002 the company began a cargo business and is no considered to be the number one Brazilian regional airline, operating in 36 cities and 14 states in Brazil.

OceanAir owns Colombian airline Avianca and 49 percent of Ecuador’s Wayraperu and Vipsa, as well as being a shareholder in Nigeria’s Capital Airlines and OceanAir Taxi Aéreo. (macauhub)