TAAG Angola Airlines
TAAG Angola Airlines, also Linhas Aéreas de Angola, the Angolan national airline is based in Luanda and based on the Luanda airport.
The airline was under the name of DTA in September 1938 - Divisão dos Transportes Aéreos de Angola from the former [ Portugal | Portuguese ] colonial government established as a department of traffic management. In 1940 the airline was finally in DTA - renamed Transportes Aéreos de Angola, later commonly known as Aéras Linhas de Angola known.
When the country became independent on 11 November 1975, the airline received its present name TAAG Linhas Aéreas transport Aéros Angolanos or de Angola. TAAG is an acronym for Transportes Aéreos Angolanos. In the late 1970s the airline purchased several Ilyushin Il -62 and Boeing 707 long-haul aircraft. In the early 1980s came a few Boeing 737 fleet. At this time, several Fokker F-27 were integrated for domestic flights in the fleet. The Angolan government concentrated its activities mainly on the airline's domestic flights, which is why the airline mostly started smaller aircraft such as the Boeing 737, but larger aircraft such as the Boeing 707 and the Lockheed L -1011 TriStar.
As conditions worsened relations with the U.S. in the 1980s Airbus aircraft have been acquired strengthened. These were sold in the meantime. The TAAG expanded its network of international and flew to six destinations in South Africa, as well as Lisbon, Paris, Rome and Moscow.
The Angolan government has long maintained good relations with Cuba. The TAAG was looking for a destination in the Caribbean and Cuba took the eye. To this end, the airline acquired a Boeing 747 as the establishment of the route approved, the TAAG was the first African carrier to Havana had approached. The Boeing 747, which was bought for this route was used until January 15, 2011 on this route.
The airline was incorporated in July 2007 in the list of operating bans for the airspace of the European Union. Since July 14, 2009 TAAG may initially only to Lisbon, since March 30, 2010 again flying all airports in European airspace, but only with their Boeing 777 and 737-700. The lifting of the flight ban for the entire European airspace was confirmed on 4 April 2012.
Since the definitive lifting of the ban on flights in European airspace is considering TAAG Angola Airlines aims Frankfurt Airport and / or Paris -Charles de Gaulle Airport to resume in their program. The maintenance of aircraft of type Boeing 777- 200ER is running when the TAP Portugal Maintenance in Brazil, as well as by Chinese experts at Ameco Beijing.
TAAG is 100% owned by the state and has even the Angola Air Charter.
TAAG operates an extensive network of national connections. International flies TAAG following objectives: Havana via Sal ( Cape Verde) 2x, Bangui 2x, Brazzaville 2x, Douala 2x, Harare 1x, Johannesburg 5x, Cape Town 2x, Kinshasa 4x, Lisbon 10x, Lusaka 1x, Maputo 2x, Beijing via Dubai 3x, Praia 9x 1x 1x on São Tomé, Rio de Janeiro, 3x, 4x Sao Paulo, Windhoek;
As of August 2013 the fleet of TAAG Angola Airlines has 13 aircraft with an average age of 11.6 years:
- On November 8, 1983 died in an incident in Lubango with a Boeing 737-200 with the registration D2 - TBN 130 people lost their lives.
- On June 28, 2007, a Boeing 737 TAAG Angola Airlines was racing with 78 passengers during an emergency landing in the north of the Angolan city M'banza Congo into a building. There were six dead and several seriously injured. The plane was en route from Luanda to M'banza Congo.
- On 6 December 2010, a Boeing 777- 200ER of TAAG lost shortly after the start in Lisbon on the RH engine parts of five by fifteen centimeters in size over the city of Almada and had to take a precautionary landing. After this incident and a similar in Luanda, the TAAG put four of its long-haul Boeing 777- 200ER quiet for the time being. These concerns were the routes to Beijing, Lisbon and Havana. Inspectors of the engine manufacturer General Electric investigated the incidents. After Lisbon, a 777- 200ER will be used as of March 2011.