Angola’s Taag authorised to fly to Europe using only two new generation Boeing aircraft

1 August 2013

Angolan airline Taag said it has been authorised to fly to European Union countries since March 2010 as since then it has not been on the “black list” of airlines banned from flying in EU air space, according to the Angolan press.

“Taag once again clarifies that it has been authorised since March 2010 to operate in all of European Union territory with its new generation fleet of Boeing 777-200/300ER and Boeing 737-700, and operations are restricted only for the Boeing 737-200 fleet, which is only used for domestic flights,” said a statement issued by the airline.

The airline said that in Europe it only offers flights to Portugal (Lisbon and Porto) “for commercial reasons,” and noted it intended to offer flights to “another large European capital,” in the second half of next, after it takes delivery of another Boeing 777-300ER.

“We only have five long-haul aircraft and we do no believe there is a big enough market to upon up new routes, but, in May we are due to receive a Boeing 777-300 and in June or July will launch a route to London or Paris, we are not sure which yet, but it will certainly be one of them,” a company official said recently.

Taag was placed on the European black list in July 2007 due to a lack of safety in its operations. All of Angola’s other airlines remain on the list. (macauhub)

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