Thursday, May 19, 2011

Son Air: The Houston Express

The extraordinary transformation of Angola from a war-torn hell into a leading petrol exporter has been astonishing. This has facilitated the rebirth of Angola's national airline, TAAG, and seen an increasing traffic into Luanda's Quatro de Fevereiro airport by that airline and many others from Europe, China, and Brazil.

Sonangol, the state-owned oil company, has even found it necessary to not only launch its own airline, but to retain the global aviation enterprise Atlas Air to put one of its passenger jumbos into use, flying non-stop for 14 hours from Houston Intercontinental several times per week, loaded with supermajor executives, prospectors and Texas roughnecks, many of whom are transferred up to Angola's oil-rich exclave, Cabinda. The flight is a scheduled charter; seats on the flight are not open for public sale.

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