Angola: Lufthansa analyses potential cooperation with Angolan airline Taag

13 November 2008

Berlin, Germany, 13 Nov – German airline Lufthansa is analysing the “possibility of cooperating in several areas,” with Angolan airline Taag or the company that will succeed it, including technical cooperation, the spokesman for the German carrier said in Berlin Wednesday.

Boris Ogursky told Portuguese news agency Lusa that Lufthansa, which already flies between Frankfurt and Luanda, could provide consulting services to Taag in technical, maintenance and management areas.

The possibility of code sharing with the Angolan company, as Lufthansa has with its Star Alliance partners, has been ruled out for the time being.

Ogursky declined to comment on the fact that Taag was currently on the European Union air safety black list, but admitted that safety was, “one aspect to consider,” in a future cooperation deal with Angola.

The Angolan government said Wednesday, after a meeting of the council of ministers, that it was looking for a strategic partner for the company that will replace Taag, following the problems faced by the airline after it was placed on the EU black list.

The government had previously announced the release of the Board of Taag, due to the airline being unable to, “overcome the alleged operational and safety obstacles for inclusion of the company in European airspace.” (macauhub)