Angola: Angolan airline may be allowed to re-launch Europe flights this year

6 March 2008

Luanda, Angola, 6 March – France’s ambassador to Angola, Francis Blondet, said Wednesday in Luanda that it was possible that Angola’s national airline, TAAG, could return to flying in European airspace this year.

The diplomat, who was speaking on Angola’s Rádio Nacional station on bilateral relations between Angolan and France, said there were “some prospects” for Taag to return to European airspace.

The ambassador noted that the “European Union is the big decision-maker in this process, and France will only contribute in whatever is possible for a favorable outcome for the case, as long as the company has the operating conditions demanded by the European Union Air Safety Commission.

In July 2007, Taag was banned from flying in Europe’s airspace following the European Commission’s decision to include the airline in the blacklist of companies prohibited from flying in European air space, due to its allegedly failing to meet internationally accepted safety standards.

In order to come out of this crisis the company has introduced a number of improvements so that its services comply with the demands made by the European Union Air Safety Commission.

Taag, which was created 69 years ago, began flying to Europe with a fleet of five Dragon Rapid, Klemen and Leopard Moth aircraft.

It currently has a large fleet including Boeing 737 and 777-200ER aircraft. (macauhub)