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Name: TAAG ANGOLA AIRLINES
7JetSet7 Code: ANG
Status: Operational
Region: AFRICA
City: LUANDA
Country: ANGOLA
Employees 3300
Web: taag.com
Email: taagsac@flytaag-angolaairlines.com
Telephone: +244 222 332 077
Fax: +244 222 390 396
Sita: LADDDDT
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FORMED IN 1938 AND STARTED OPERATIONS IN 1940. FORMERLY DIRECCAO DE EXPLORACAO DO TRANSPORTES AEREOS (DTA) - LINHAS AEREAS DE ANGOLA AS A DIVISION OF THE ADMINISTRATION OF RAILWAYS, HARBORS AND AIR TRANSPORT. SCHEDULED & CHARTER, DOMESTIC, REGIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL, PASSENGER & CARGO, JET AIRPLANE SERVICES.

ADDRESS:
RUA DA MISSAO 123
P O BOX 79
LUANDA, CP 3010, ANGOLA

ANGOLA (REPUBLIC OF ANGOLA) WAS ESTABLISHED IN 1975, COVERS AN AREA OF 1,246,700 SQ KM, ITS POPULATION IS 11.5 MILLION, ITS CAPITAL CITY IS LUANDA, AND ITS OFFICIAL LANGUAGE IS PORTUGESE.

JANUARY, 1993: TO 18 DOMESTIC, & INTERNATIONALLY TO AFRICAN, USA, AND EUROPEAN CITIES, INCLUDING: BRAZZAVILLE, HARARE, HAVANA, KINSHASA, LISBON, LUSAKA, ROME, MOSCOW, SAL, SAO TOME, RIO DE JANEIRO, AND WINDHOEK.

LOOKING AT 737 EXTENDED TWIN-ENGINE OPERATIONS (ETOPS).

APRIL 1996: 737-200 (PY161) "D" MAINTENANCE CHECK BY EURALAIR INDUSTRIES (ERA) AT LE BOURGET - FLIGHT CREW (FC) COULD NOT PRESSURIZE AIRPLANE ON FLIGHT FROM ANGOLA TO LE BOURGET (DUE TO SEVERE CORROSION).

APRIL 2997: ACCDT: (ANG) FOKKER F27-600 (D2-TFP) ROLLED TO RIGHT HAND SIDE AFTER TAKEOFF FROM BRAZZAVILLE, CONGO = 1 FATALITY OF 7.

JULY 1997: 1 747-312 (SCD) (23410), EX-SINGAPORE AIRLINES (SIA).

SEPTEMBER 1997: OPERATING 747-300 TO BRAZIL.

APRIL 1998: 5,770 EMPLOYEES.

SEPTEMBER 1998: 747-200, LEASED FROM AIR MADAGASCAR (MAD) UNTIL NOVEMBER 1998.

APRIL 1999: 5,770 EMPLOYEES.

DECEMBER 1999: 747-300C, EX-SWISSAIR (SWS).

APRIL 2000: 5,770 EMPLOYEES.

NOW SERVES 20 ROUTES WITHIN ANGOLA, SOUTHERN AFRICA, AND EUROPE.

DECEMBER 2001: 4,530 EMPLOYEES. SITA: LADDDDT.

MARCH 2002: SIGNS 150 MILLION RAND DEAL WITH SOUTH AFRICAN AIRWAYS (SAA) TECHNICAL FOR MAINTENANCE OF 2 TAAG ANGOLA AIRLINES (ANG) 747'S.

APRIL 2002: (http://www.taag-airlines.com).

OWNER: GOVERNMENT OF ANGOLA (100%).

July 2002: 2001 = 465 MILLION (RPK) PASSENGER TRAFFIC; 49.6% LF LOAD FACTOR; 193,000 PASSENGERS (PAX); 52.35 MILLION FTK FREIGHT TRAFFIC.

September 2003: Luanda - Sal (monthly).

October 2004: 747-344 (22971, D2-TEC), South African Airways (SAA) 3 month wet-leased. (MOU) 6 orders 737-700's and 3 orders 777-200ER's.

July 2005: $650 million, 4/2 orders (July 2006) 737-700QC's & 2/1 orders 777-200ER's.

October 2005: (TAAG) Angola Airlines (ANG), which is expecting delivery of its 1st Boeing 777-200ER in July of next year along with its 1st 737-700, is already planning new routes for its new fleet of 9 airplanes. Under consideration are a service to Houston, and in Asia, the airline would like to service Beijing and Dubai.

November 2005: Boeing (TBC) will install Class 3 Electronic Flight Bags (EFB) on 2 777-200ERs and 4 737-700s for (TAAG) Angola Airlines (ANG) beginning in 3rd-quarter 2006, making (ANG) the 1st African carrier to fly the Class 3 (EFB) in commercial service, the 1st commercial operator to use the (EFB) on a 737NG platform and the 1st carrier to use it on multiple fleet types.

December 2005: (TAAG) Angola Airlines (ANG) had 1 of its 747-300s (D2-TEB) held at Lisbon Airport, however, shortly after, a Portuguese court decided to lift the seizure warrant on account of the debt of an Angolan institution had no connection to the airline.

May 2006: Rockwell Collins and its enCompass group signed a 2-year deal with (TAAG) Air Angola (ANG) for complete In-Flight Entertainment (IFE) solutions for its 777-200s and 737-700s.

August 2006: 737-7M2 (34559, D2-TBF), delivery.

September 2006: Boeing (TBC) said (TAAG) Angola Airlines (ANG) signed up for its Component Services Program (CSP) covering (ANG)'s 777-200ERs and 737-700s. According to (TBC), (CSP) is a materials management and supply-chain solution "designed to help airlines reduce costs, enhance efficiency and improve spares availability." It is offered in partnerships with Air France (AFA) Industries (777) and (KLM) Engineering & Maintenance (737-700).

737-7M2 (34560, D2-TBG; 34561, D2-TBH), deliveries. (ANG) took delivery of its 1st 777-2M2ER (34565, D2-TED) - see photo. Also 777-2M2ER (34566, D2-TEE) delivery.

November 2006: (TAAG) Angola Airlines (ANG) took delivery of 3 737-7M2 and 2 777-2M2ERs - see photo. Chairman Jesus Nelson said (ANG) will take delivery of an additional 737-7M2 in January and another 777-2M2ER in the 4th quarter of next year. He added that the airline is in negotiations to acquire a 777-300ER.

January 2007: 737-7M2 (34562, D2-TBJ), and 747-357 (23751, D2-TEB), deliveries.

April 2007: (TAAG) Angola Airlines (ANG) launched 2x-weekly Luanda - Sao Tome - Lisbon service aboard a 737-700.

June 2007: ACCDT: A (TAAG) Angola Airlines (ANG) 737-2M2 (1084-23220, /85 D2-TBP "Nelson Mandala"), carrying 78 passengers and 5 crew crashed at M'Banza Congo Airport on arrival from Luanda, killing 5 passengers and one crew member, according to Flight Safety Foundation's Aviation Safety Network (ASN). The airplane broke apart after hitting the runway and skidded into a house or a building. (ANG) reportedly was added to the (EU)'s airline blacklist to be published next month, along with all Indonesian carriers and several from Eastern Europe.

The Pratt & Whitney (P&W) (JT8D-17A)-powered airplane 1st flew in January 1985, (ASN) indicated. It is TAAG (ANG)'s 5th fatal accident since 1980. Most recent was in 1997, when 3 people were killed in an F-27 accident. (ANG) lost another 737-200 in 1983 in an accident that killed 130. Its fleet comprises 4 737-200s, 4 737-700s, 2 747-300s and 2 777-200s.

July 2007: The European Commission (EC) published the 4th update of its "blacklist" of airlines banned from operating in the European Union (EU). The list, which takes effect today, now includes all 51 carriers certified in Indonesia, Angolan flag carrier (TAAG) Angola Airlines (ANG) and Ukrainian cargo operator Volare Aviation Enterprise (VLE). In addition, 10 airlines from Russia, 6 from Bulgaria and 8 from Moldova must cease or limit operations in the (EU) because of preventive safety measures adopted by their respective national civil aviation authorities in consultation with the (EC). 4 Russian passenger carriers: Kuban Airlines (KIL), Yakutia Airlines, Red Wings and Kavminvodyavia have been denied all (EU) access.

Restrictions previously imposed on Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) have been modified and it now is allowed to fly to the (EU) with specific 747 and A310 airplanes in addition to the already-authorized 777 fleet.

Both Indonesia and Angola were angered by the ban. The Indonesian government announced it is considering possible retaliation. "We regret their decision as the (EU) never gave us a chance for a dialogue. The President, [Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono] has asked me to look for ways to fairly retaliate against them," Transportation Minister, Jusman Syafei Djamal said in a statement cited by "Reuters." At present, no Indonesian carriers fly to the (EU), although Garuda Indonesia (GIA) planned to reintroduce Amsterdam service next year. The USA (FAA) downgraded Indonesia's safety rating in the spring.

Meanwhile, Angola (ANG) rescinded British Airways (BAB)'s traffic rights after UK authorities informed TAAG (ANG) that it would not be allowed to fly there. (ANG) was scheduled to begin passenger service to London Gatwick this month. According to press reports, Angola is considering prohibiting other European carriers (both Air France (AFA) and (TAP) Portugal fly to Luanda) from operating into Angola.

November 2007: (TAAG) Angola Airlines (ANG) will start 2x-weekly, Luanda - Beijing service on November 23 using 777-200ERs.

The European Commission (EC) issued the 6th update of its airline blacklist, removing Suriname's Blue Wing Airlines and lifting the operating restrictions imposed on Pakistan International Airlines (PIA). Both carriers, however, will remain subject to prioritized ramp inspections at Community airports in order to ensure their "consistent adherence" to relevant safety standards. "This latest revision shows that when airlines take rapid and sound corrective action to comply with safety standards, they can be withdrawn from the list quickly," (EC) VP Transport Jacques Barrot noted. "It also shows that the list increasingly serves as a preemptive, rather than punitive tool for safeguarding aviation safety." He added that relevant oversight authorities verified measures taken by (PIA) and Blue Wing Airlines and "that these measures provide for long-lasting sustainable solutions to avoid the same problems recurring in the future."

The blacklist now comprises 8 individual carriers including (TAAG) Angola Airlines (ANG), Mahan Air (MHN), and Ukrainian Mediterranean Airlines (UM Air - (UKM)), whose operations are fully banned in the (EU). Also banned are all airlines from Equatorial Guinea (ECV), Indonesia: (AWR); (BLN); (BTV); (DHI); (FES); (GIA); (KTK); (LKW); (MLI); (MND); (NOK); (PNM); (PTF); (REX); (SJA); (TGN); (TMG); (WON); (XPR); Kyrgyzstan: (ITL); (KYR); (PHG); (PHX); (STZ); Liberia: (LBG); Sierra Leone: (ORG); (RUM); (UVL); Swaziland: (AFC); and Democratic Republic of Congo: (TCS); (WDA); & (WET) with the exception of Hewa Bora Airways (EXD), which is subject to operating restrictions). Operational restrictions were placed on Air Bangladesh (BGD) and Air Service Comores (COM).

December 2007: (TAAG) Angola Airlines (ANG) launched 2x-weekly Luanda - Addis Ababa service. Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) will partner with (ANG) to carry passengers from Addis Ababa, while (ANG) will do the same for those arriving in Angola on (ETH)'s 3x-weekly service.

777-2M2ER (34567, D2-TEF), delivery.

November 2008: The European Commission (EC) added some other airlines to its list of airlines banned from flying into the European Union (EU). It also extended its ban on (TAAG) Angola Airlines (ANG) to all Angolan carriers in light of "significant safety concerns" raised by (ICAO) in its October 1 audit report.

April 2009: (TAAG) Angola Airlines (ANG) will launch 3x-weekly, Luanda - Sao Paulo Guarulhos service on May 9 using a 747-300 Combi.

July 2009: Iran's Mahan Air (MHN) was added to the (EU)'s list of banned airlines, while Garuda Indonesia (GIA), Airfast Indonesia (PTF), Mandala Airlines (MND) and Premiair were removed from the "blacklist." The latest update did not include Yemenia Yemen Airways (YEM), despite recent controversy following the June 29 A310-300 crash that killed 152 passengers and crew. All airlines from Zambia and Kazakhstan were added to the list with the exception of Air Astana (AKZ), which will be allowed limited access to (EU) nations.

(TAAG) Angola Airlines (ANG), already on the list of >200 carriers, will be allowed to operate "into Portugal only with certain airplanes and under very strict conditions," the European Commission (EC) said, adding that the limited access was granted to acknowledge "progress made by the civil aviation authority of Angola [and (ANG)] to resolve progressively any safety deficiencies." All other Angolan airlines remain banned. All Indonesian carriers remain banned apart from the aforementioned four. Complete bans are in place on airlines from Benin, Democratic Republic of Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Kyrgyzstan, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Swaziland.

European Commission VP Transport Antonio Tajani has called for a global blacklist, a suggestion that has been rejected by (ICAO) for now. "We will not accept that airlines fly at different standards when they operate inside and outside Europe," he said, renewing his call. "It is high time that the international community rethinks its safety policy; those airlines which are unsafe should not be allowed to fly anywhere."

December 2009: The European Commission (EC) released its updated list of airlines banned from European Union (EU) airspace and cited progress with carriers from Ukraine and Angola. From the former, Motor Sich was removed from the list entirely and Ukrainian Mediterranean Airlines now is allowed to operate into the (EU) with 1 airplane, while (TAAG) Angola Airlines (ANG) was permitted to increase the number of planes it flies to Portugal owing to "significant progress" made by the carrier and civil aviation authority "to resolve progressively any safety deficiencies," the (EC) said. Conversely, all airlines from Djibouti, Republic of Congo, plus Sao Tome and Principe are newly banned, along with Air Koryo, Air West, Ariana Afghan Airlines (AFG), Siem Reap Airways and Silverback Cargo Freighters.

(TAAG) Angola Airlines (ANG) relaunched its weekly, Luanda - Ilha do Sal - Havana using a 747-300 Combi. The route becomes 2x-weekly January 20.

March 2010: The European Commission (EC)'s 13th update of its list of airlines banned from operating within the European Union (EU)'s borders includes all carriers from the Philippines and Sudan, as well as Iran Air (IRN). Philippine Airlines (PAL) currently operates to 5 North American destinations but neither it nor its affiliates fly to Europe, while Iran Air (IRN) does serve the continent.

The (EC) said it "acknowledges the recent efforts launched by the competent authorities to reform the civil aviation system in the Philippines" and that (PAL) and Cebu Air (CEB) have taken measures. However, it said it would "follow the principle of precaution" and impose a full operating ban. Sudan, the (EC) said, was guilty of "persistent noncompliance with international standards in the area of oversight." Ramp checks of Iran Air (IRN) airplanes serving the (EU), along with "serious incidents and accidents suffered by the carrier and insufficient oversight from the authority over the past year," led the (EC) to ban certain airplanes from operating. It said it plans a visit to Iran "over the next months" to verify safety oversight. It did not indicate which airplanes are banned.

The (EC) lifted some restrictions on (TAAG) Angola Airlines (ANG) and Air Koryo (KOY). (KOY), banned since March 2006, will be allowed to operate 2 specially equipped airplanes into the (EU), while (ANG) will be allowed to fly to any (EU) destination "under certain strict conditions with specific airplanes." Other Angolan airlines remain banned. The commission said it is "closely monitoring" airlines from Albania and Egypt. The blacklist still includes Ariana Afghan Airlines (AFG), Siem Reap Airways International (SRA), Silverback Cargo Freighters (VRB) and all airlines from 17 countries, including Indonesia.

April 2010: (TAAG) Angola Airlines (ANG) placed a firm order for 2 777-300ERs and secured purchase rights for 2 more. The 2 777-300ERs are valued at $544 million at list prices. (ANG) said it will use the airplanes "for route expansion to additional European destinations." It currently operates 777-200ERs from Luanda to Lisbon (10x-weekly), Beijing via Dubai (2x-weekly) and Rio de Janeiro (4x-weekly). The European Union (EU) lifted restrictions on (ANG) when it published its latest blacklist of banned airlines in March, saying (ANG) would be allowed to fly to any (EU) destination "under certain strict conditions with specific airplanes."

July 2010: (TAAG) Angola Airlines (ANG) signed a 10-year "OnPoint solution" services agreement for the maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) of its 10 (GE90) engines powering its 777-200ERs and 777-300ERs. The agreement is valued at >$50 million over its life.

August 2010: As the national flag carrier, (TAAG) Angola Airlines (ANG) serves more than 20 destinations within Angola and in southern Africa and to Lisbon.

Employees = 5,770.

(IATA) Code: DT - 118. (ICAO) Code: DTA - (Callsign - DTA).

Parent organization/shareholders: Angolan government (100%).

Airline subsidiaries/shareholdings: Angola Air Charter (AOH) (100%).

Alliances: Air Namibia (NAM); Air Zimbabwe (ZMB); & Ethiopian Airlines (ETH).

Main base: Luanda International Airport (LAD).

Domestic, Scheduled Destinations: Cabinda; Catumbela; Dundo; Huambo; Luanda; Lubango; Malanje; Menongue; Namibe; Ongiva; & Soyo.

International, Scheduled Destinations: Accra; Brazzaville; Johannesburg; Kinshas; Lisbon; Lusaka; Paris; Point Noire; Rio de Janeiro; Sal; Sao Tome Island; & Windhoek.

(LAM), the national airline of Mozambique, will be joined on the Maputo - Luanda route by TAAG (ANG), the national airline of Angola.

January 2011: (TAAG) Angola Airlines (ANG) grounded its fleet of 3 777-200ERs on December 24 following 2 engine incidents within 17 days. “(ANG) decided to suspend all flights for its 777-200ER fleet for the sake of caution and international security," an (ANG) spokesman said. (ANG) confirmed it canceled its Luanda - Dubai - Beijing service. The (GE90)-powered airplane suffered a low-pressure turbine failure in the No 2 engine after takeoff from the Portuguese capital of Lisbon in early December. The 2nd incident happened after takeoff from Luanda on a flight to Dubai. (ANG) said (GE) and Boeing (TBC) are carrying out an investigation to determine the causes of the 2 incidents. (ANG) was only recently granted permission to fly its 777-200ERs to European Union (EU) countries after safety concerns prompted a ban in 2007.

April 2011: (TAAG) Angola Airlines (ANG) will launch 2x-weekly, Luanda - Porto service on July 1.

May 2011: (TAAG) Angola Airlines (ANG) said its 1st 777-300ER has completed final assembly in Boeing (TBC)'s Everett, Washington factory. “(TAAG) (ANG) is the 1st airline in all of Africa to purchase, own and operate the 777-300ER," said (ANG) Chairman Antonio Luis Pimentel Araujo. (ANG) ordered 2 777-300ERs with rights to an additional 2. It said it will use the airplanes for route expansion to new destinations including direct routes to Beijing, and will apply to fly the new 777 to the USA.

June 2011: (TAAG) Angola Airlines (ANG) secured a $256 million long-term loan guarantee from the USA Export-Import Bank for the purchase of a 777-300ER airplane with (GE90-115B) engines, the Ex-Im Bank said. The 777-300ER will be used to expand the Angolan national flag carrier’s intercontinental service provided by its all-Boeing fleet.

The guaranteed lender is the New York-based Private Export Funding Corporation and the arranger is (HSBC) Bank PLC in London. The transaction is structured as an asset-backed finance lease in which Ex-Im Bank retains a 1st-priority security interest in the financed airplane. Ex-Im Bank’s guarantee is supported by a sovereign guarantee from the Angolan government.

“Ex-Im Bank’s financing support of our acquisition of 777-300ER airplanes is critical to (TAAG) (ANG)’s success in achieving a strongly competitive position in the Africa-to-Europe marketplace,” said (TAAG) Chairman Pimentel Araujo.

1st 777-3M2ER (40805, D2-TEG) delivery. (ANG) will use the airplanes for route expansion to destinations including direct routes to Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, Lisbon, and Oporto. (ANG) is also preparing its application to fly into the USa with its new 777-300ERs. (ANG) currently flies 777-200ERs from Luanda, Angola to Lisbon 7x-weekly, to Beijing once a week, to Dubai 2x-weekly, to Sao Paulo 4x-weekly, and to Rio de Janeiro 3x-weekly.

August 2011: (TAAG) Angola Airlines (ANG) postponed its relaunch of weekly, Luanda - Beijing service from July 5 to August 9.

November 2011: The European Union (EU) relaxed its "blacklist" ban on (TAAG) Angola Airlines (ANG) flying into European airspace. The update for (ANG) means that it can fly into Europe using its 2 modern 777-300 airliners "which (ANG) has shown that it is capable to manage safely," the (EU) statement said.

April 2012: (TAAG) Angola Airlines (ANG) has finalized an order for 3 777-300ERs. The order is valued at $895 million at list prices. (ANG) also has options for 3 more 777s.

The 777-300ERs will be used to grow its route network and route expansion, including direct routes to Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, Brazil, Lisbon and Oporto, Portugal, and other European destinations.

"As we prepare our airline to meet increased demand for travel to and from Angola, adding 3 more 777-300ERs to our current fleet of 5 777s will keep us well positioned as 1 of Africa's leading airlines," (TAAG) Chairman, Antonio Luis Pimentel Araujo said.

(ANG) operates 3 777-200ERs and 2 777-300ERs on routes from Luanda, Angola to Lisbon (10x-weekly), Beijing (weekly), Dubai (2x-weekly), Havana; Johannesburg; Porto; Sao Paulo (4x-weekly) and Rio de Janeiro (3x-weekly).

(TAAG) will configure its 777-300ERs to carry 293 passengers in a 3-class configuration.

June 2012: (TAAG) Angola Airlines (ANG) is planning to open new routes and increase frequencies on existing ones as the economy grows in the African country.

(ANG) Chairman & (CEO) Pimentel Araujo said that (ANG) is not only planning routes to Frankfurt or Paris but also wants to fly to the USA “in 2 to 3 years.”

(ANG) is expecting an average annual passenger growth of +14% in the next 5 years.

(ANG), which operates 2 777-300ERs and 3 777-200ERs on long-haul routes, finalized an order for 3 additional 777-300ERs last month. Araujo said the cabin of 1 777-200 has been retrofitted with a new economy class, increasing seat pitch to 34 inches.

(ANG) plans to phase out its last 3 737-200s and is considering acquiring either additional 737-700s, of which 5 are already in service, “or a lighter airplane for some domestic routes,” he said.

(ANG) is planning more frequencies to Porto and Lisbon for the summer peak season. Luanda (LAD) - Beijing services will increase from one to two weekly services in the winter season; (LAD) - Dubai flights will increase from two to three per week.

Araujo said the infrastructure at its (LAD) base has improved; however, a new airport will be built 43 km from the Angolan capital and could start operations in three to four years.

(ANG) was banned from European airspace because of maintenance issues, which have been solved. “With our new generation airplanes, we have no limits to fly to Europe,” Araujo said.

(ANG), which transports 1.2 million passengers a year, said that half its passengers come from an extensive domestic network. In 5 years, Araujo said the carrier wants to be not just 1 of the bigger carriers in Africa, but “we want to be better.” He said (ANG) intends to be in an alliance 1 day, but “1st we have to grow.”

August 2012: Marana Aerospace Solutions (EVR) has completed heavy maintenance and interior reconfiguration on a 777-200ER for (TAAG) Angola Airlines (ANG). The project was managed by Cascade Engineering Services.

December 2012: Hainan Airlines (HNA) inaugurated services on the route from Beijing (PEK) to Abu Dhabi (AUH) en route to Luanda, the capital of Angola in western Africa, on December 3. 2x-weekly service will operate with 767s. (HNA) will see competition from Etihad (EHD)’s daily service from Beijing to Abu Dhabi, as well as from the weekly non-stop service from Luanda to the Chinese capital provided by (TAAG) (ANG) of Angola. (HNA) introduces Abu Dhabi as a new destination in replacement of Dubai, which it also served with 2x-weekly services until the end of November.

(TAAG) Angola Airlines (ANG) is planning to strengthen its network and cut staff as it strives to hit breakeven within 3 years.

(ANG) operates a fleet of 13 airplanes, comprising 5 737-700s, 3 737-200s, 3 777-200ERs and 2 777-300ERs. It has a further 3 777-300ERs on order, plus 3 options.

Jacinto Junior, (ANG) International Relations & Commercial Agreements Director, said, “We are not looking at new routes, but we will grow and increase frequencies to some of our existing destinations.”

He explained that (ANG) will boost services to Dubai, Lisbon and Oporto in Portugal, Brazil’s Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, and Havana.

In the longer-term, (ANG) is also considering operations to Houston, Texas by taking over 3x-weekly Luanda to Houston flights, which are currently operated by fuel company SonAir (SON) as a charter service.

“(TAAG) (ANG) temporarily transferred these flights to SonAir (SON) to operate the flights on our behalf. When we have means, we will take over from them because this is our right. It is a temporary agreement.” The flights would then be opened to scheduled traffic.

(ANG) is also eyeing service to Paris. (ANG) was forced to stop services when it was blacklisted in 2007. “We might resume flights, with at least 2 frequencies a week.” The new routes would be added when the 3 777s arrive in 2015.

(ANG) has reduced its staff in recent years from 6,000 to around 3,500, but this needs to be cut to 2,600 - 2,800, according to Junior. However, this may grow again as (ANG) acquires the new airplanes. “As the company grows and we bring in more airplanes, we may end up with around 3,000 because of the extra pilots (FC) and technicians (MT),” said Junior. “We are not profitable, but we could be. We need time to get a return on investment. We hope to be able to break even in 3 years.”

January 2013: Kenya Airways (KEN) is expanding its influence in the African market by aligning itself with smaller carriers as it seeks to build its home base of Nairobi as a continental hub. This includes promoting greater cross-border cooperation and fostering economic development among nations which jealously guard their independence, despite the clear evidence that this has been a fundamental cause of their problems.

(KEN) as Africa’s 4th largest carrier and the continent's only member of the SkyTeam (STM) alliance is focusing on airlines in southern Africa, having already brought (LAM) Mozambique Airlines, Air Botswana (BOT), Air Malawi (AML) and (TAAG) Angola Airlines (ANG) into the fold.

On 20 December 2012, (KEN) and RwandAir (RWA) announced plans to form a strategic partnership and build stronger relations including improved synergies in scheduling, reservation systems and a combined frequent flyer plan. The partnership will also strengthen the airlines' cargo, maintenance and flight training operations.

Meanwhile, Ethiopian Airways (ETH) looks to strengthen its Addis Ababa hub, as the Gulf carriers (now partnering with some global alliance airlines) expand their global networks across Africa.

July 2013: Angola has spent hundreds of millions of dollars in recent years renovating, upgrading and building new airports throughout the country which were damaged during the nation’s destructive 27 year civil war following independence from Portugal in 1975.

The investment is beginning to pay dividends with flag carrier, (TAAG) Angola Airlines (ANG) increasing capacity by nearly +40% in the past year. But competitor Fly540 Angola is struggling to make headway in a market beset by bureaucratic red tape and corruption.

And despite Angola being one of the world’s strongest performing economies, owing to its vast oil reserves and diamond mining industry, the benefits of the nation’s wealth are yet to flow through to the general population.

April 2014: OnAir recently made its presence well known in Africa and the Middle East, announcing new in-flight connectivity packages for SriLankan Airlines (LNK), TAAG Angola (ANG) and Kuwait Airways (KUW). The Switzerland-based connectivity provider is adding Wi-Fi and (GSM) access through its Mobile OnAir and Internet OnAir services to (LNK)'s fleet of A330-200s beginning in May. (ANG) will begin line fitting its new fleet of 777-300ERs with Mobile OnAir and Internet OnAir in May as well. (KUW) will begin adding both services to its newly ordered fleet of A330s and A320s in December. (KUW) is the 10th Middle East airline to choose OnAir as its connectivity provider.

June 2014: 777-3M2ER (43252, D2-TEI) delivery.

August 2014: (TAAG) Angola Airlines ((IATA) Code: DT, based at Luanda) (ANG) will retire its fleet of 3 737-200s, during the course of next year owing to ongoing maintenance issues. Speaking to the Angolan state newswire, "Angop," (TAAG) (ANG), Director of Public Relations (PR) Carlos Vicente, said that while the 3 airplanes ((22776, D2-TBO), (23351, D2-TBX), and (21173, D2-TBC)) have experienced significant downtime at Luanda, their ruggedness had allowed (ANG) to serve some of Angola's cruder airfields such as Menongue, Saurimo, and Luena.

"While the modernization of the fleet is an ongoing process, the 737-200's more powerful engines (compared to the new fleet) allowed it to operate on runways under conditions, where the 737-700 could not," he said.

While the rest of (ANG)'s fleet has been removed from the European Union (EU)'s blacklist, the 3 737-200s have remained, resulting in the Angolan carrier's presence on Annex B (Carriers whose operations within the (EU) are subject to operational restrictions).

(ANG) operates 6 737-700QCs on domestic Angolan services, as well as flights to Bangui, Brazzaville, Cape Town, Douala, Harare International, Lusaka, Praia, São Tome, and Windhoek International. (ANG) also operates a growing fleet of 777s including 3 777-200ERs and 3 777-300ERs.

February 2016: (TAAG) Angola Airlines (ANG) has exercised purchase rights with Boeing (TBC) for 2 777-300ERs, (ANG) Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) William Boulter, has said.

Speaking in Luanda, Boulter said 1 of the 777s would arrive in Angola in March with the other due in April. Together, they will be used to increase frequencies on (ANG)'s international routes which include: Lisbon, Porto, Rio de Janeiro International, São Paulo Guarulhos, and Johannesburg O R Tambo.

The 777-3M2ERs (43253, D2-TEJ, 43254, D2-TEJ) are part of an order placed by (TAAG) in 2010 which included 2 firm 777-3M2ER orders that have since been delivered. In total, (TAAG) (ANG) currently operates 3 777-300ERs and 3 777-200ERs.

Using Emirates (EAD) managerial expertise, (ANG) is undergoing fleet renewal and network expansion in the hopes of reaching profitability by 2019. Among the proposed new intercontinental destinations (ANG) is hoping to serve include London Heathrow (LHR), Paris (CDG), and Houston International, USA.

(ANG) currently operates 14 airplanes to 15 countries, to 30 destinations, on 42 routes and 37 daily flights.

May 2016: (TAAG) Angola Airlines (ANG), the national airline of Angola, has taken delivery of another Boeing 777-300ER, which will be used on Angola to Portugal 2x-daily services from June 2. The 293-seat 777-300ER, (ANG)’s 4th of the type, has a 3-class configuration.

“The 777-300ER forms the backbone of (ANG)’s long-haul fleet,” (TAAG) Executive Chairman Peter Hill said.

(ANG), tthe Luanda-based carrier has been undergoing a restructuring process for several years and is at the stage of completing modernization.

It is understood that Hill, a former Oman Air (OMR) and SriLankan Airlines (LNK) (CEO) and industry veteran, joined (TAAG) (ANG) in October 2015 as part of a management change to make the company more efficient, effective and profitable over the next 5 years.

In September 2014, Emirates Airline (EAD) signed a 10-year “management concession agreement” with the government of Angola giving (EAD) a significant role in the future course of (ANG). The Angolan government is the majority shareholder in TAAG (ANG).

(TAAG) Angola Airlines (ANG), based at Quatro de Fevereiro Airport, Luanda, serves 31 domestic and international destinations with a fleet of 14 737-700s and 777-200/777-300ERs.

(ANG) operates a 777 fleet on routes from Luanda to Lisbon, Porto, Beijing, Johannesburg, Cape Town, São Paulo Guarulhos, Rio de Janeiro, and Havana.

June 2016: (TAAG) Angola Airlines (ANG), the national airline of Angola, is struggling to keep afloat as it faces economic challenges in the southwest African country, which has been in free fall over the past 18 months because of plunging oil prices. “We are struggling to keep the airline afloat,” Chairman & (CEO) Peter Hill said. He said the airline “suffers in terms of profitability,” has “significant debt” and “dramatically” declining passengers.

September 2016: 777-3M2ER (43254, D2-TEK), ex-(N5022E) delivery.

May 2017: The European Commission (EC) has added 4 airlines to the European Union (EU) Air Safety List, including Air Zimbabwe (ZMB), but at the same time lifted an earlier ban on all carriers from Benin and Mozambique.

In the May 16 update, all airlines certified in Benin and Mozambique were cleared from the list, following safety oversight improvements.
“Their reforms have paid off. This is also a signal to the 16 countries that remain on the list. It shows that work and cooperation pays off. The Commission and the European Aviation Safety Agency [EASA] are ready to assist them and raise the safety standards worldwide,” European transport commissioner Violeta Bulc said.

Air Zimbabwe (ZMB) was the highest profile of the 4 newly banned carriers, sitting alongside Nigeria’s Medview Airline (MEV), Mustique Airways from St Vincent and the Grenadines and Ukrainian carrier Air Urga.

The (EC) said the 4 failed to address safety deficiencies picked up during an (EASA) 3rd-country operator audit.

Banned airlines on the (EU) Air Safety List cannot operate to, from or within the (EU), but many of the 181 blacklisted carriers do not have European operations.

The (EU) sometimes bans every airline from a country because of poor regulatory oversight; this applies to the vast majority of banned airlines (174 airlines in 16 states) even though the airline itself may have a safe operation.

The remaining 7 airlines are blacklisted because specific safety concerns with their operation. Alongside the 4 new additions, these comprise Iran Aseman Airlines (IRC), Iraqi Airways (IRQ) and Suriname carrier Blue Wing Airlines.

Finally, 6 airlines are subject to operational restrictions and can only fly to the (EU) with specific aircraft types: Gabonese carriers Afrijet and Nouvelle Air Affaires SN2AG, Korean carrier Air Koryo (KOY), Air Service Comores from the Comoros, Iran Air (IRN) and (TAAG) Angola Airlines (ANG).

June 2017: (TAAG) Angola Airlines (ANG) continues to struggle in a difficult operating environment in Africa, (CCO) William Boulter told (ATW) in an exclusive interview at the (IATA) AGM in Cancun. “Angola is very much tied to the oil industry. For (TAAG), the biggest single issue is the lack of foreign exchange in investment. Our last financial results included a 1-time financial effect that will be not available this year; 2017 is a challenge. There is growth in the 1st quarter; also cargo shows a slight improvement. However, the market is still down, which directly impacts the balance sheet.”

Because of its financial situation, Boulter said (TAAG) is not able to perform necessary passenger cabin upgrades. (TAAG)’s 3 10-year-old Boeing 777-200ERs would need such a cabin upgrade, he said. “We still do not have the money. Cost reductions will continue.”

He also said the use of regional jets within Angola, such as Embraer E190s, would be more economical instead of Boeing 737-700s. “Our 5 737-700s each have 120 (12C, 108Y) seats. Maybe on 4 routes this airplane size is useful. The other sectors would require regional jets. We cannot change the fleet from the past.”

However, Boulter also said (TAAG)’s 2 latest brand-new 777-300ERs (which operate on the flagship route to Portugal) have enabled the carrier to win market share from (TAP) Portugal.

(TAAG) Angola Airlines (ANG), based at Quatro de Fevereiro Airport in Luanda, serves 31 domestic and international destinations with a fleet of 13 Boeing 737-700s and 777-200/300ERs. “We are considering relaunching flights to Beijing, 1 of the longest non-stop flights in the world,” Boulter said.

(TAAG) (ANG) was able to reschedule timetables to offer better connections, like Cape Town to Luanda services, with immediate connection to Portugal and Brazil. “Cape Town will become a daily service from November. (TAAG) will continue connecting traditional markets, like Mozambique with Brazil,” he said.

Current 11x-weekly Luanda to Lisbon flights should become 2x-daily services, bringing total flights to Portugal to 17x-weekly. He said 3x-weekly Porto services will remain.

Even though (TAAG) (ANG) has reduced staff from 3,900 to 3,300, Boulter said Angola’s national airline is still overstaffed. “For example, when we started, (TAAG) had 3 catering companies: — 1 each 1st-, business (C)-, and economy (Y)-class sections. These have been reduced to 1 unit,” he said.

The Angolan government is the majority shareholder in (TAAG).

In 2014, the Angola government and Emirates Airline (EAD) signed an agreement to appoint a management team to assist and develop (TAAG). Chairman & (CEO) Peter Hill has held the position since September 2015.

October 2017: (TAAG) Angola Airlines (ANG) signed a 5-year agreement with (GE) Aviation (GEC) for the Maintenance Repair & Overhaul (MRO) of its (CFM56-7B) engines that power its 5 Boeing 737-700 airplanes.

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November 2017:

1 707-3J6B (JT3D-7 HK) (870-20715, /73 D2-TPR), EX-(CAC)/(ISR), (IAI) LSD, "REPUBLICA DE ANGOLA" TITLES. GOVERNMENT VIP.

1 707-321B (JT3D-3B HK) (780-20025, /69 D2-MAN), EX-(PAA)/(KLA), "REPUBLICA DE ANGOLA" TITLES. GOVERNMENT VIP.

2 707-324C (JT3D-3B) (700-19869, /68 D2-TOK; 711-19871 /68 D2-TON) EX-(CAL), (EQU) LSD, WET-LST (AOH) 1995.

1 707-347C (JT3D-3B) (723-19963, /68 D2-TOL), EX-(WAL), LST (AOH) 1995.

1 707-382B (JT3D-3B) (803-20136, /69 D2-TOP), EX-(TAP), 10F, 138Y.

2 737-2M2 (JT8D-17) (567-21723, /79 D2-TBD "JOAO PAULO II;" 891-22776, /82 D2-TBO; 1084-23220, /85 D2-TBP "NELSON MANDELA", W/O & DESTROYED IN CRASH, 2007-06; 1117-23351, /85 D2-TBX). 21723 RTRD. 16C, 86Y.

1 737-2M2C (JT8D-17) (447-21173, /76 D2-TBC), 16C, 86Y.

1 737-7HBPQC (CFM56-7B) (35955, "KIFANGONDO"), QUICK CHANGE, PASSENGER/FREIGHTER.

5 737-7M2 (CFM56-7B24) (2013-34599, /06 D2-TBF "CALANDULAR;" 2036-34560, /06 D2-BTG "TUNDAVALA;" 2043-34561, /06 D2-TBH; "MAIOMBE;" 2149-34562, /06 D2-TBJ "LUENA"), 12C, 108Y.

0 747-312BC (SCD) (JT9D-7R4G2) (653-23410, /86 D2-TEA "CIDADE DE KUITO"), EX-(SIA), (SON) LSD. RTND. 16F, 20C, 104Y, PLTS.

0 747-344 (JT9D-7R4G2) (578-22971, /83 D2-TEC), (SAA) WET-LSD TIL 2005-01. ALL-WHITE COLORS.

0 747-357M (JT9D-7R4G2) (686-23751, /87 D2-TEB), EX-(SWS), 1999-12, DARTMOOR LSD, (SAA) MAINT. RTND. 16F, 20C, 104Y, PLTS.

0 747-4F6 (CF6-80C2B1F) 1158-28959, /98 ZS-SBK "THE GREAT NORTH"), (SAA) WET-LSD 1998-12. RTND. 10F, 39Y, 288Y.

0 747-444 (RB211-524GH-T) (1187-29119, /98 ZS-SAZ "IMONTI"),
(SAA) WET-LST 1998-11. RTND. 11F, 39C, 285Y.

0 767-3YOER (CF6-80C2) (505-26208, S9-DBY), STP AIRWAYS WET-LSD, EX-(VAR), EX-(PP-VTE). RTND.

3 +1 ORDER 777-2M2ER (GE90-94B) (581-34565, /06 D2-TED "11 DE NOVEMBRO" - SEE PHOTO; 587-34566, /06 D2-TEE "KUITU KUANAVALE;" 687-34567, /07 D2-TEF "SAGRADA ESPERANCA"), 14F, 51C, 170Y.

5 +5 OPTIONS 777-3M2ER (GE90-115B) (40805, /11 D2-TEG "WELWITSCHIA MIRABILIS;" 40806, D2-TEH; 43252, D2-TEI; 43253, D2-TEJ, 2015-03; 43254, D2-TEK, 2016-09), 12F, 56C, 225Y.

0 L-1011-100-20, (TAP) LSD. RTND.

0 F 27-200 (DART 536-7R) (10595, /80 D2-TFM), RETIRED. 44Y.

0 F 27-400M (DART 536-7R) (10561, /77 D2-TFS), RETIRED. FREIGHTER.

0 F 27-500 (DART 536-7R) (10608, /81 D2-TFW), RETIRED. 48Y.

0 F 27-600 (DART 532-7) (10423, /69 D2-TFQ; 10457, /71 D2-TFR), RETIRED. 44Y.

0 IL-62M (D-30KU) (4645825, /86 D2-TIF; 4750919, /87 D2-TIG), STORED. 168Y.

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PETER HILL, EXECUTIVE CHAIRMAN & CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (CEO), EX-(OMR)/(LNK) (2015-10).

DR ANTONIO LUIS PIMENTEL ARAUJO, PREVIOUS CHAIRMAN.

JOAQUIM DA CUNHA, PREVIOUS CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (CEO).

LUIS DOS SANTOS, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR.

LOUENCO NETO, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR.

DOMINGOS SEBASTIAO, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR.

ADRIANO CARVALHO, DEPUTY EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR.

CAPTAIN RUI CARRERA, VP FLIGHT OPERATIONS.

WILLIAM BOULTER, CHIEF COMMERCIAL OFFICER (CCO).

NARENDRA SOUSA, FINANCES & PLANNING MANAGER.

JOAQUIM FORTES, QUALITY ASSURANCE MANAGER.

MIGUEL CASSOMA, MAINTENANCE & ENGINEERING MANAGER.

JULIO DA COSTA, OPERATIONAL CONTROL CENTER & STATIONS OPERATIONAL MANAGER.

MANUEL ROSEIRA, CARGO OPERATIONS MANAGER.

PAULO OSORIO, SAFETY MANAGER.

ADELAIDE GODINHO, LEGAL AFFAIRS MANAGER.

MS SONIA HESPANHOL, HUMAN RESOURCES (HR) MANAGER.

JOSE CHAGAS, FLIGHT OPERATIONS MANAGER.

MS ELISA SILVA, LOGISITICS & ON BOARD SUPPLIES MANAGER.

MS EVA CORREIA, CUSTOMER SERVICES MANAGER.

JOAQUIM KILOMBO, GROUND OPERATIONS MANAGER.

DOMINGOS CUTABIALA, SECURITY MANAGER.

EUGENIO AMADO, INFORMATION & TELECOMMUNICATIONS MANAGER.

PAULINO SILVA, TRAINING MANAGER.

NORBERTO COUTO, AIRCRAFT LINE MAINTENANCE MANAGER.

JOSE MAIA, PERIODIC MAINTENANCE MANAGER.

MANUEL MUZIMONEKENE, HANGAR MAINTENANCE MANAGER.

EMANUEL SOUSA, MECHANICAL MANAGER.

SILVESTRE LUIMBO, MANAGER TECHNICAL PUBLICATIONS (LADMMDT).

LUZAIAMO ZOLA ANTONIO, CHIEF MAINTENANCE PLANNING.

 
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