Angola: China seeks to sell aircraft to Angolan state airline

25 January 2008

Luanda, Angola, 25 Jan – A director of Angolan national airline Taag said in Luanda he was satisfied with the technical quality and comfort of the Chinese manufactured MA-60 aircraft, which Thursday carried out a demonstration flight between Luanda and Lubango in Angola.

Speaking to Angolan news agency Angop in Luanda after the flight, the Taag director for the technical area, Constantino Dia’Lunda said that “in technical terms, the plane has good characteristics and brings together the basic requirements of the type of aircraft that we (Taag) plan to buy.”

However, he said, at the moment, the Angolan airline was in the process of evaluation as negotiation between Taag and China National Aero technology (Catic) was still underway, because the airline was also looking at other aircraft produced by other manufacturers.

Later the company will make its decision and assess whether it will acquire this type of aircraft, and conclude the deal with the manufacturer.

Dia’Lunda also noted that the fact that the MA-60 was able to land on long or short dirt or asphalt runways was an advantage.

“This type of aircraft, if it is acquired, could operate on certain domestic routes where Taag faces some difficulties, replacing Boeing 737-200 and Fokker aircraft,” he said.

He also noted the fact that the MA-60 was a turbo-prop aircraft, the characteristics of which were of interest to Taag, which was not the case with Boeing aircraft.

There are currently Chinese manufactured MA-60s operating for Congo-Brazzaville airways, Air Zimbabwe and the Zambian Air Force, which supplied the aircraft for the test flight in Angola. (macauhub)