Angolan government cancels aircraft purchase from Canada’s Bombardier

27 July 2018

The Angolan Transport Ministry has dissolved the technical commission in charge of organising the new model for domestic air transport in Angola and voided the actions undertaken by that commission, indicates a statement released on Thursday in Luanda.

The statement also noted that some of the companies that were to become part of the public-private Air Connection Express – Transporte Aéreo consortium had not even been formally constituted when it was announced, whereby they could not sign the contract dated 5 May of this year.

The statement adds that a counterparty to the contract announced on 5 May with the Canadian company Bombardier for the purchase of six DH8-Q400 aircraft was a private capital company “without any connection to the planned domestic air operator.”

It also details that the public companies that would supposedly become part of the new domestic operator had not complied with the procedures and formalities set out in Law 11/13 of 3 September (Basic Law for the Public Enterprise Sector) and in Decrees 37/97 and 27/98 (approving statutes of the national airline and airport companies, respectively TAAG and Empresa Nacional de Aeroportos e Navegação Aérea (ENANA)).

In statements to European TV network Euronews last June, Angolan President João Lourenço categorically rejected the entry into operations of Air Connection Express – Transporte Aéreo, which was supposed to handle domestic air transportation in the country.

Lourenço said that the consortium, which would comprise the public enterprises TAAG and ENANA as well as the private companies Bestfly, Air Jet, Air 26, Guicango, Dieximim, Sjl and Mavewa, would not happen, as it was, in his words, a “fictitious company.” (Macauhub)