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SON-2013-04 - ATLAS AIR 747-400S
ESTABLISHED IN 1979. FORMERLY SONANGOL AERONAUTICA, IS A DIVISION OF SONANGOL, THE ANGOLA STATE OIL COMPANY. CHARTER, DOMESTIC, REGIONAL, & INTERNATIONAL, PASSENGER & CARGO, JET AIRPLANE SERVICES.
AEROPORTO 4 DE FEVEREIRO
PO BOX 1316
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.
MAY 1998: HAS A FLEET OF HELICOPTERS AND SMALL AIRPLANES USED FOR THEIR EXECUTIVES AND OIL EXPLORATION EFFORT. A 727 IS MAINTAINED BY JET MANAGEMENT (FRANCE), WITH RECORDS MAINTAINED BY DANIEL SYSTEMS, USA. CHECKS DONE IN EUROPE, AND AIRPLANES APPEAR TO BE WELL-MAINTAINED.
1 727-100 (JT8D-9A) TO AIR GABON (GBN).
SEPTEMBER 1998: 1 DHC-6-300 (728), ZIMEX LEASED.
DECEMBER 1998: COMPANY RENAMED "SONAIR" REPLACING "SONANGOL."
1 F 50 (20240) DELIVERY.
JUNE 2000: $79 MILLION CONTRACT TO WORLD AIRWAYS (WLD) FOR 14 MONTH PRIVATE CHARTER AIR SERVICES TO HOUSTON, TEXAS.
JULY 2000: 2 727-29C'S (19402, D2-EVG), EX-BELGIAN AIR FORCE (BLG), JET MANAGEMENT (JML) LEASED (19403, D2-EVD). 1 727-29C (19987, D2-FSA), EX-SABENA (SAB)/STELLAR AVIATION (STL), (JML) LEASED.
DECEMBER 2001: 250 EMPLOYEES.
MARCH 2002: 1-YEAR, $22.7 MILLION CONTRACT TO WORLD AIRWAYS (WLD), TO PROVIDE MD-11 FOR WEEKLY CHARTERS TO HOUSTON.
April 2003: 250 employees.
October 2004: Beech 1900D (UE-329), delivery.
November 2005: Completed a "C" maintenance check of MD-11ER (48746, N278WA), World Airways (WLD) wet-leased at Finnair (FIN).
January 2006: Finalized its order for 2 737-700's.
March 2006: SonAir (SON), the air transportation arm of Angola's national oil company Sonangol, announced a firm order to install Class 3 Electronic Flight Bags (EFB) on two 737-700s and one 737-700C with a quick-change option (convertible from freighter to passenger). (SON) will take delivery of the 737-700s beginning in 2007.
(SON) is getting Class 3 (EFB)s, which are fully integrated into a commercial airplane's avionics. "The availability of leading-edge technology such as the Boeing (TBC) Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) played a major role in our selection of the 737," said Captain Jose Machado Jorge, Executive Vice President of Operations for (SON) and a member of the board. "The (EFB) will help as we work to create the safest, most efficient fleet possible." The (EFB) is a core technology in (TBC)'s vision of an e-Enabled air-transport system, where data, information and knowledge can be shared easily across an aviation enterprise. Using software developed by Boeing, and its subsidiary, Jeppesen, and hardware from Astronautics Corporation of America (ACA), the (TBC) (EFB) digitally delivers vital charts and manuals that pilots need to fly an airplane, giving them quick access to the information they need. One available option is an onboard performance tool that gives pilots the ideal speeds and engine settings for an airplane, in any weather, on any runway, with any payload, and can create vast gains in efficiency, range and payload.
"SonAir (SON)is a great example of an operator that recognizes the value and superior capability of a (TBC) Class 3 (EFB)," said Dan da Silva, VP of Sales and Marketing for Boeing Commercial Aviation Services. "(TBC) is committed to helping our customers succeed, and more customers are choosing (TBC) as the company that can help them flourish with a range of products devoted to efficient and effective operations and maintenance." Installation of a multi-functional (EFB) is only part of what the (TBC) team provides the airline, however. Jeppesen is focused on ensuring that any receiving enterprise has the infrastructure, training, systems and ability to develop additional content to take advantage of the (EFB)'s capabilities and reap the benefits of a paperless cockpit. These are among the items critical to a successful (EFB) implementation and together represent a major competitive advantage for (TBC) in persuading customers to choose the (TBC) team's Class 3 (EFB).
With 80 Gigabytes of available memory in each pilot's (EFB), along with dual processors and operating systems (Windows for open applications and Linux for certified applications), the (TBC) solution provides plenty of room for additional capabilities as they become available, such as enhanced fault reporting and electronic logbook; real-time weather information; en route moving maps; and real-time Notice To Airmen (NOTAM) information. In addition, the open-architecture design of the Class 3 (EFB) and its integration into the airplane's larger systems give it unmatched potential for even third-party software designers to create exciting applications.
May 2006: Takes delivery of 1st of 3 A319-133 ACJ corporate jets for new subsidiary China Sonangol International (CSO). The airplane is being outfitted at the Associated Air Center, Dallas, Texas.
October 2006: Sonair (SON) operates passenger and cargo services as well as air taxi and helicopter flights in support of the oil industry. An express shuttle service is also operated to Houston, USA, from Luanda and Malabo.
Employees = 600.
Parent organization/shareholders: Sonangol State Corporation (100%).
Main Base: Luanda 4 de Fevereiro Airport (LAD).
November 2006: 2 Beech 1900Ds (UE274; & UE-280), ex-Gujurat, Jet Management Switzerland leased.
July 2007: 737-7HB (35954, D2-EVW), delivery.
March 2008: 737-7HBC (35955, D2-EVZ), delivery.
August 2008: 747-481 (29362, N262SG), ex-All Nippon Airways (ANA), bought from Oasis Hong Kong Airlines (OHK), which has gone out of business.
September 2008: The government of Tanzania is said to be holding talks with the China Development Bank with a view to selling its 49% in troubled Air Tanzania (TNZ) to China Sonangol International (CSO) Holdings Ltd. (CSO) would inject funds to allow Air Tanzania (TNZ) to buy brand new airplanes and is also expected to fund the operations of the airline, which is currently struggling to regain its reputation and position in the regional and international market. (CSO) Holdings Ltd, which was established in 2004, mainly engages in oil, gas, and minerals investment and exploration, crude oil trading and large-scale national reconstruction projects. Headquartered in Hong Kong, the company also has branch offices in mainland China, Africa, and Latin America, and operates an oil refinery in Angola as well as a chartered airline in Angola: (SON), with operations to the USA, and the UK. Chen Yuan, governor of the China Development Bank, and his delegation were recently in Tanzania to discuss cooperation in finance, infrastructure, energy, mining, and revitalization of the Tanzania-Zambia Railways. Mr Yuan confirmed that the bank would be funding the (TNZ) deal and added, "(CSO) has also entered into agreement with Tanzania to develop Terminal III of Julius Nyerere International Airport." He said the China Development Bank may also consider extending support in the form of equity. (CSO) also has a 30% shareholding in Angola's (SON) airline.
December 2008: 737-7HB (35956, D2-EWS), delivery.
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 more than >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 TAAG (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."
October 2009: Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings (AAWH), the 747 wet-lease freighter specialist, announced that it has won a contract to operate "outsourced premium-passenger private charter service" between Houston Intercontinental and Luanda using two customized executive-class, 747-400s provided by Angola's SonAir (SON). The "Houston Express" charter service will ferry members of the USA-Africa Energy Association between the USA's primary oil center and West Africa on thrice-weekly flights. The service is not open to the public.
(AAWH) subsidiary, Atlas Air (TLS) will receive undisclosed, contractually determined revenue for operating the airplanes, with SonAir (SON) assuming responsibility for passenger revenue and certain direct costs, including fuel, (AAWH) said. President & (CEO), William Flynn said outsourced charter passenger service is the "next and important step for our company." (SON) is a subsidiary of the Sonangol Group, the Angola-based multinational energy company. (USAEA) members are USA energy companies that explore and develop West African petroleum resources.
April 2013: Atlas Air (TLS) continues to operate three-class, 189-seat, Boeing 747-400s on the "Houston Express" from Houston to Luanda, Angola on behalf of the USA-Africa Energy Association (USAEA) in cooperation with SonAir (SON) of Angola. SEE ATTACHED PHOTO - - "SON-2013-04 - ATLAS AIR 747-400S."
January 2014: Ceased operations.
Note: SONAIR (SON) is listed on the latest (EU) blacklist released 03.04.2012 of airlines whose operations are subject to a ban within the (EU)*. *Airlines listed in Annex A could be permitted to exercise traffic rights by using wet-leased airplanes of an air carrier which is not subject to an operating ban, provided that the relevant safety standards are complied with.
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1 727-23F (JT8D-7A) (372-19431, /67 D2-ESU), EX-(AAL)/(STL), LST (GBN) 1998-05, RTND, (JML) LSD, FREIGHTER.
2 727-29C (JT8D-7A) (415-19402, /67, D2-EVG; 435-19403, /67, D2-EVD) EX-(BLG), (JML) LSD, 128Y.
1 727-29C (JT8D-7A) (634-19987, /68 D2-FSA), EX-(SAB)/(STL), (JML) LSD 2000-07, FREIGHTER.
1 737-7HB (CFM56-7B24) (2310-35954, D2-EVW - - SEE PHOTO - - "SON-737-7HB-FEB09"), 2007-07, WITH WINGLETS.
2 737-7HBC (CFM56-7B24) (2531-35955, D2-EVZ, 2008-03; 2736-35956, D2-EWS, 2008-12).
1 747-312BC (SCD) (JT9D-7R4) (653-23410, /86 D2-TEA), LST (ANG).
1 747-481 (CF6-80C2B1F) (1199-29362, /99 N262SG), EX-(OHK)/(ANA), EX-(JA403A), STORED AT KUALA LUMPUR. 10F, 63C, 252Y.
1 747-481 (CF6-80C2B1F) (30322, N322SG), ATLAS AIR (TLS) LSD FR/OPS FOR (SON) 2010-05. EX-(B-LFD). FREIGHTER.
0 MD-11ER (PW4462) (597-48746, /96 N278WA), (WLD) WET-LSD 2000-06. RTND. 12F, 78C, 123Y.
1 A319-133 ACJ (CFM56-5B7/P) (2675), OPS FOR CHINA SONONGOL INTNL (CSO) 2006-05, EXECUTIVE.
1 ORDER A340-541 (HGW) (TRENT 553-61) (917, /08), OPS FOR (CSO). EX-(F-WWTM). EXEC.
2 DHC-6-300 (PT6A-27) (817, /85 D2-FVN; 821, /85 D2-FVO), 19Y.
7 DHC-6-300 (PT6A-27) (728, /81 D2-EVA; 810, /84 D2-EVB; 809, /84 D2-EVC; 511, /76 D2-EVH; 794, /82 D2-FVM; 743, /81 D2-FVP; 704, /80 D2-FVQ), 19Y.
2 F 50 (PW125B) (20240, /92 D2-ESR "LOMBO ESTE;" 20241, /92 D2-ESW), 45Y.
1 F27-500 FRIENDSHIP (DART 536-7R) (10610, /81 D2-ESN "KWANDA"), 45Y.
6 RAYTHEON BEECH 1900D (PT6A-67D) (UE-111, /94 D2-EVJ; UE-121, /94 D2-EVK; UE-274, 2006-11; UE-280, 2006-11; UE-312, /98 D2-EVL, UE-370, /99 D2-EVN; UE-405, D2-EWX; UE-412, /00 D2-FFJ), UE-312 RTND 2004-08. UE-280; RF (N11284). 18Y.
SALGADO COSTA, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (CEO).
DR ANTONIO DOS SANTOS DOMINGOS, PRESIDENT OF THE COUNCIL OF ADMINISTRATION.
CAPTAIN JOSE MACHADO JORGE, EXECUTIVE VP FLIGHT OPERATIONS.
JAMIE POULSON, DIRECTOR MAINTENANCE (2000-09).
ALAIN ROUSSELOT, TECHNICAL MANAGER, JET MANAGEMENT.
ANTONIO JUNIOR, ADMINISTRATOR.
CELESTE WEBBA, ADMINISTRATOR.