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BY PROF. WOLFGANG H. THOME, | SEP 04, 2015
 

As one African airline bites the dust, a new one set to launch

A new national airline is set to soon take to the skies over the Democratic Republic of Congo, using Airbus A320-200 equipment. The first of these birds arrived in fact on July 30 in Kinshasa, named “Patrice Emery Lumumba.” The initial launch date set for the end of June has since been shifted to what now appears to be September as the modified launch date in August was also missed. The new national airline will reportedly replace the defunct LAC, aka Lignes Aeriennes Congolaise.

Congo Airways will begin operations from its hub in Kinshasa and serve at least 8 destinations, and more when more aircraft have been procured. Both Lubumbashi and Goma have been named among the 8. Additional information received in fact speaks of over 2 dozen more domestic and regional destinations to be served as the fleet expands.

A legal dispute, however, between creditors and the government in Kinshasa has led to the unexpected confiscation of the second aircraft before it could leave Dublin for Kinshasa 2 weeks ago, effectively throwing a spanner in the works of launching the airline and serving multiple destinations from the onset. Both airline and government are appealing the order of a Dublin court, each saying that the airline, while owned by the Congolese government, is not part of the original legal dispute.

There is speculation over earlier reports from Kinshasa that the Congolese government was in talks with Ethiopian Airlines to form a joint venture, now that Congo Airways is at the verge of starting operations on its own. It is understood that Air France Consulting has been retained to advice shareholders towards the startup and beyond.

Korongo Airlines to begin flights on 18 Avril 2012
DR Congo's private airline, Korongo Airlines, financed by Brussels Airlines and the Belgian industrial group Forrest International (GFI), will take off on 16 April with domestic flights, a statement from the airline made available to the press on Wednesday said in Brussels.

The announcement followed a visit to the DR Congo capital, Kinshasa, since Monday by the Belgian Foreign Affairs minister, Didier Reynders.

Korongo Airlines, which has 200 employees, including 97% of Congolese, will begin its operations on the Kinshasa‐Lubumbashi route before flying to other Congolese cities such as Bukavu, Kisangani and Mbuji Maji.

It is also expected that the company will later fly to destinations in the sub‐region, particularly Luanda (Angola), Johannesburg (South Africa), Kigali (Rwanda) and Bujumbura (Burundi).
Surely Korongo Airlines for its fleet reliability and competence of its staff, the airline is best suited to passengers rd-Congolese and foreign concerned about their safety and comfort. This young airline has just completed successfully its first international flight between Lubumbashi and Johannesburg on Thursday 19 April 2012. This comes after international flight just as resounding successes domestic flights between Kinshasa and Lubumbashi. We are witnessing the arrival of Korongo Airlines, a joint venture from the partnership between Brussels Airlines and George Forrest International Group, a revolution in the sky rd-Congolese accustomed to steal "flying coffins", that is, ie non-viable aircraft that put the lives of passengers and people on the ground, in danger. For ages, because of repeated crashes, the DR-Congo drags a bad reputation about its aircraft unreliable and unsavory airlines, all with government failed.

Result of air disasters galore and many families bereaved by the loss of one or more loved ones. In all countries of the world, the aircraft conveyance safest, most reliable, but not in Congo Rd. With the arrival of Korongo Airlines in heaven rd-Congolese, things just changed radically, all the while. Korongo Airlines, based in Lubumbashi, is the only airline operating in Congo Rd which is not blacklisted or redlistée thanks to international standards of aviation strictly to comply. This is the only company that can set foot in Europe. It offers a safe condition that no other company operating in Congo Rd can offer. The evidence, other Korongo Airlines, all other airlines recognized Rd Congo are on the blacklist or reds of the international community. With Korongo is the total change in the way of flying. The advantages are manifold Korongo Airlines.

This is the only airline that has its own maintenance center EASA approved international standards. His fleet, consisting initially of two aircraft, a Boeing 737-300 of 126 seats and a British Aerospace 146-200 of 84 seats, is the most reliable because after a charter agreement with Brussels Airlines, airline European IOSA certified and member of the Lufthansa Group. The passengers of Flight International Korongo have enjoyed the quality of service on board. One of them to leave the aircraft on that flight said "it was incredibly different." In all cases, passengers of the Congo Rd now know which company to go to fly safely and comfort both inside and outside the country. Korongo account densify its lines in the coming months in servicing all towns of the province. Later, it aims to cover the whole region.

Korongo Airlines is a start-up carrier based in Lubumbashi, DRC. The carrier was founded in 2009 and operates scheduled domestic and international service within Africa. The carrier is a joint-venture between Brussels Airlines (40.40%), Forrest Group (39.60%) and local investors (20.00%).  By Capa Aviation.