Angolan airline TAAG plans to fly from Luanda to three more cities in Europe, in addition to Porto and Lisbon where it currently flies. The cities the airline is currently considering are Paris, London and Frankfurt, its chief executive, Peter Hill said.
Hill was cited by trade website Air Transport World (http://atwonline.com/) following an announcement by the airline on 10 June that it had been removed from the European Union black list and received a Third Country Operator (TCO) license to fly to and from European Union countries.
The Angolan carrier, which is owned by the State and is now managed by Emirates airline, already flies to Lisbon and Porto (Portugal) and this month received authorisation from the European Union Air Safety Agency, which granted TAAG a TCO license to fly to all EU countries.
The Angolan airline was put on the EU black list in July 2007, but two years later was authorised to fly from Luanda to Lisbon and then to Porto. This authorisation followed audits and two-way agreements between Portugal and Angola, involving the aviation authorities of both countries.
Although TAAG can fly to all European countries it is only authorised to do so using its Boeing 777-200 ER, 777-300ER and 737-300 aircraft, according to the EU Air Safety Agency. (macauhub/AO/PT)