The executive chairman of TAAG, Eduardo Soria, underlined that this long-term agreement "will allow to put Luanda and Angola on the path of new intercontinental and logistics relations" in the post-covid world and is essentially oriented towards cargo.
In addition to being an important agreement for the two countries, it will also be "a decisive factor for the new Luanda airport, which will start operating next year" and an opportunity to put Africa on the map of international cargo traffic, in which the continent it is deficient.
The agreement, which enters into force this week, marks the return of TAAG to China and opens the possibility of new markets in South and Central America, in addition to Brazil, as well as in other Chinese cities, namely Hong Kong, Chengdu Tianfu, Guangzhou, Chengdu Shuangliu, Shanghai Hongqiao and Beijing, capital of China.
The partnership can also reach other additional destinations, including India, sub-Saharan African countries and Europe.
The Changsha – Luanda – São Paulo route starts operating this week and to comply with the contract, which provides for the use of TAAG planes on a 'charter' basis, the company will add two new Boeing 777 aircraft to the fleet, which will join the eight existing models of this model.
Eduardo Soria added that, in principle, there will be two flights per week that will be able to transport cargo of different types, from clothing to logistical material, with an estimated movement of around 200 or 300 tons per week.
The agreement also covers passenger 'charter' operations, but in the initial phase only cargo flights will be carried out.
Tongxi Li, general representative of China Lucky Aviation (CLCA), said the company, which operates from a special logistics zone in Hunan province, has strategic partnerships with more than 20 airlines worldwide and stressed that the agreement will generate more than 200 jobs at Luanda's airports.
CLCA is also working with TAAG, together with the governments of the two countries, to build two intercontinental air logistics hubs for passengers and cargo with Angola as a key country, added the same official.