Angola: Brazil’s OceanAir postpones launch of flights between Sao Paulo and Luanda indefinitely

7 April 2008

Luanda, Angola, 7 April – Brazilian airline OceanAir has indefinitely postponed the launch of flights between Sao Paulo and Luanda, which had been due to begin in May.

Company officials currently in Luanda said that the postponement was for technical and operational reasons.

OceanAir had said it would launch flights between Brazil and Angola on 5 May.

OceanAir, which is the third largest Brazilian airline, said it would carry out three flights per week (Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays) after carrying out feasibility studies for the potential market.

“Angola is a country that is growing rapidly on an economic level, attracting Brazilian investments and increasing the travel of workers of companies that set up in the country,” said German Efromovich, chairman of OceanAir.

OceanAir’s flights are due to use a Boeing 767-300 ER, with capacity for 203 passengers.

Created in 1998, OceanAir has three Boeing 767-300 aircraft. 3 Boeing 737a, 1 Boeing 757, 15 MK-28 jets, 5 Fokker-50s and 4 Brasilias.

In 2007 the company acquired 28 Airbus aircraft, 14 A319 jets, which will be used for domestic and Latin American flights, seven A320 jets also domestic and Latin American flights and seven A330s to operate international routes. (macauhub)