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Kenya Airways leases two Embraer 190s to Congo Airways

Kenya Airways PLC (KQ), has signed an aircraft lease agreement and begun operating a cargo codeshare partnership with Congo Airways.

The agreement will see Kenya Airways lease two Embraer E190 jets to Congo Airways, boosting domestic operations and flight frequencies in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

In addition, Kenya Airways has today commenced direct cargo flights from Johannesburg to Lubumbashi.

Kenya Airways will also offer courses through its Pride Centre and explore the exchange of technical personnel in various areas to ensure skills transfer between the two airlines.

The partnership strengthens collaboration and bolsters aviation ties between Kenya and the DRC, actualizing the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Kenya Airways and Congo Airways signed in April 2021 in Kinshasa and witnessed by Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta and DRC’s President Felix Tshisekedi.

KQ currently operates an Embraer maintenance service centre – through its Technical Department – having flown the Embraer jets since 2008. Its Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) has two state-of-the-art hangers, mechanical and avionics workshops, and extensive warehousing capable of handling line and base maintenance of several aircraft models, including Boeing 737s E-Jets, and Boeing 787.

The International Air Transport Associations (IATA) estimates that African airlines saw a combined loss of USD 2 billion due to reduced passenger travel in 2020. Kenya Airways continues to diversify its services and operations in response to the ongoing impact of COVID19 on the aviation sector.

Congo Airways was established on August 15, 2014 with the first flight was flown on October 20, 2015.

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Congo Airways orders two Embraer E195-E2s

Embraer made this announcement:

Just six months after their first E2 order, Congo Airways has placed a firm order for two E195-E2 jets. This is in addition to their existing two aircraft order for the smaller E190-E2. The four aircraft deal has a total value of USD 272 million at current list prices. This new firm order will be included in Embraer’s 2020 fourth quarter backlog.

Congo Airways converts Embraer E175 order to E190-E2 jets

Congo Airways has converted the firm order made in December 2019 for two E175 aircraft, with purchase rights for two more, into a firm order for two E190-E2 jets, with purchase rights for a further two. The new deal has a total value of USD $256 million at current list prices with all purchase rights exercised, and will be included in Embraer’s second quarter backlog.

Desire Bantu, CEO of Congo Airways said, “These new jets will be replacing our legacy turboprops and will allow us to extend our operations within the Democratic Republic of Congo, and regionally to West, Central, and Southern Africa.

Despite the current difficult circumstances, the fundamentals of our market have not changed; so we expect the momentum we’ve seen in the past to redevelop. I said in December that we may need to make an additional order for E2s due to the agility required to adapt to market changes – we have now reached that point. As we prepare for future success, we will have the flexibility, and the right sized, most efficient aircraft, to serve our customers as the arket returns.”

The aircraft will be configured in a dual class layout seating 96 passengers in total, with 12 staggered business class seats. Deliveries are expected to begin in the second quarter of 2022. This is second E2 order received from an African customer. There are currently 189 Embraer aircraft operating in Africa with 54 airlines in 27 countries.

 

Congo Airways signs order with Embraer for two E175 jets

Embraer and Congo Airways have signed a firm order for two E175 aircraft, with purchase rights for a further two. The deal has a total value of USD 194.4 million at current list prices with all purchase rights exercised, and will be added to Embraer’s 2019 fourth quarter backlog.

The aircraft will be configured in a dual class layout seating 76 passengers in total, with 12 in business class. Deliveries will begin in the fourth quarter of 2020.

Congo Airways to launch operations tomorrow

Congo Airways (Kinshasa) will finally launch scheduled passenger operations tomorrow (October 9) with two Airbus A320s. The start was delayed from last month. The first route will link Kinshasa with Lubumbashi. The company will also serve Goma, Kindu and Kisangani.

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Top Copyright Photo: Greenwing/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-216 9Q-CKD (msn 3412) was delivered from Dublin.

Below Photo: Congo Airways.

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Congo Airways to start operations with two Airbus A320s

Congo Airways (Kinshasa) is a new airline in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The new airline is planning to commence scheduled passenger operations next month with two Airbus A320s. The company plans to operate from Kinshasa to eight domestic destinations.

The first A320 has been painted at Dublin.

Congo Airways logo

Copyright Photo: Greenwing/AirlinersGallery.com. Formerly operated by Alitalia as EI-DSM in the special “Calabria” promotional livery, the pictured A320-216 is being prepared in Dublin as 9Q-CLU (msn 3362) in this bright new look.

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Congo Airways to launch operations on June 30

Congo Airways (Kinshasa) is a new airline in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The upstart is planning to launch scheduled passenger operations on June 30 with one Airbus A320 according to Reuters. A second A320 is being negotiated. According to the report, the new airline “will initially serve eight Congolese hubs, including the capital Kinshasa, the eastern city of Goma and the copper mining centre of Lubumbashi.”

The country has been notorious for short-lived carriers. The new airline promises to be different.

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