TAAG-Angola Airlines, SAHCO sign deal as national carrier

Three weeks after it began operation in Nigeria, Angola’s national airline, TAAG-Angola Airlines has signed a partnership deal with Skyway Aviation Handling Company Plc (SAHCO) for its operation in the country.

TAAG-Angola Airlines contracted SAHCO for ground-handling services. As part of the agreement, SAHCO will be responsible for TAAG-Angola Airlines’ passenger and ramp handling, cargo services and warehousing, and other aviation-related activities.

The Angolan national air carrier began operation in Nigeria on December 16, 2019.
Manager, Corporate Communications, SAHCO, Vanesa Uansohia, explained that TAAG-Angola Airlines, would operate all-Boeing fleet and fly twice a week from the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos.

Speaking on the factor that fueled the deal, Uansohia said, “SAHCO which is both European RA3 and International Air Transport Association Safety Audit for Ground Operations certified and present in all the commercially-operated airports in Nigeria, has had to expand its export custom-bonded warehouse in the Lagos airport due to the influx of business to the warehouse. 

“It is also a recipient of massive deployment of ultra-modern equipment to all its stations nationwide all in a bid to continually provide world-class services to clients and would-be clients.”

SAHCO has been busy: SAHCO renewed its ground handling contract with Arik Air at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA). With the renewal, some new ground handling equipment of the company, which will improve the quality of the services it offers, would arrive in a few weeks. The deal was signed in December 2019, creating another three years of partnership.

It was disclosed that ever since Sifax Group of Companies acquired the company, efforts had been put in place to continue to grow its services, especially as the company is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE).

SAHCO was in May 2019 recertified by International Air Transport Association (IATA). The recertification was issued to SAHCO after it passed the IATA Safety Audit for Ground Operations (ISAGO) standards audit, conducted on the company after the expiration of the previous certification.

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