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.
Top Copyright Photo: Greenwing/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-216 9Q-CKD (msn 3412) was delivered from Dublin.
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.
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.
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.
Hewa Bora Airways’ (Kinshasa) crew operating McDonnell Douglas DC-9-82 (MD-82) 9Q-COQ (msn 49176, ex N226AA) was forced to make an emergency landing on Monday (June 21) at Kinshasa after takeoff from the capital on a flight to Goma via Kisangani. The crew made an emergency landing off the runway after a tire was blown on takeoff. There were no reported injuries among the 101 passengers and crew on board. The airliner was severely damaged and is probably an insurance write off. It was formerly operated by American Airlines.