Angolan public-private consortium Air Connection Express – Transporte Aéreo, the company that will operate domestic air transport in Angola, plans to buy six Bombardier Q400 aircraft, under a contract worth US$198 million signed in Luanda, the local press reported.
The new Angolan airline is a consortium between TAAG, Bestfly, Air Jet, Air 26, Guicango, Dieximim, Sjl and Mavewa and national airport company Empresa Nacional de Aeroportos e Navegação Aérea (ENANA), and its representatives signed the agreement, which was signed by Bombardier’s representative for Africa and the Middle East, Jean Paul.
Bombardier committed to training 25 cabin crew, 55 pilots, 40 mechanics, and to place a representative in Angola for a period of 36 months to ensure the start-up of Air Connection Express.
Transport Minister Augusto Tomás, who attended the ceremony, said that the choice of these aircraft took into account the need to correct errors in place for several years, which consisted of the use of Boeing 737-700 aircraft for short flights and low demand, which contributed to the negative financial results of the country’s flagship carrier.
Tomás, quoted by state newspaper Jornal de Angola, also said that Air Connection Express was the result of a process that began with the restructuring of TAAG and ENANA, two public sector companies that are part of the consortium.
At TAAG – Linhas Aéreas de Angola, this process went through stages that allowed the company to be taken off the so-called European Union “blacklist” where it had been placed in 2007, and TAAG now has 14 weekly flights to Portugal.
The first two Bombardier Q400s are expected to arrive in Angola in the first quarter of 2019, two others to be delivered before the end of that year and the remaining two in 2020, on the eve of the opening of the New Luanda International Airport. (macauhub)