Angola: International auditors due to inspect Taag airline this month

13 May 2009

Luanda, Angola, 13 May – A team of French auditors certified by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) is due to travel to Angola between 18 and 22 May to inspect the process of reorganisation of Angolan airline Taag, the company’s spokesman said Tuesday in Luanda.

Rui Carreira said that the visit by the team of auditors was part of the company’s plans to obtain certification to confirm the quality of its services.

The European Union Air Safety Commission is also due to visit Angola in June, at Taag’s invitation, to the same end.

Taag currently needs three certifications to secure and confirm the safety of its services, from Angola’s National Civil Aviation Institute (Inavic), IATA and the European Union Air Safety Commission.

The first certification, Carreira said, consisted of verifying and approval of new safety manuals, most of which have already been approved, inspection and demonstrations and internal audits that are already underway.

IATA certification requires checking compliance with over 900 requirements in eight areas, including, organisation and management systems, flight operations, operational dispatch and maintenance and EU certification will be carried out with a view to lifting the ban on flying to Europe, via inspections of operational safety, with 25 requirements. (macauhub)