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ESTABLISHED AND STARTED OPERATIONS IN 1992. A K A AIR WEST EXPRESS. SISTER COMPANY OF EAST/WEST CARGO. DOMESTIC & REGIONAL, SCHEDULED & CHARTER, PASSENGER & CARGO, JET AIRPLANE SERVICES.
PO BOX 10217
2 KHARTOUM, SUDAN
Location: Northern Africa, bordering the Red Sea, between Egypt and Eritrea.
Geographic coordinates: 15 00 N, 30 00 E.
Map references: Africa.
Area: 2,505,810 sq km.
Area comparative: Slightly more than one-quarter the size of the USA.
Land boundaries: 7,687 km.
Border Countries: Central African Republic 1,165 km, Chad 1,360 km, Democratic Republic of the Congo 628 km, Egypt 1,273 km, Eritrea 605 km, Ethiopia 1,606 km, Kenya 232 km, Libya 383 km, Uganda 435 km
Coastline: 853 km.
Climate: Tropical in South; Arid desert in North; Rainy season (April to October).
Terrain: Generally flat, Featureless plain; Mountains in East and West.
Elevation extremes: Lowest point - Red Sea 0 m. Highest point: Kinyeti 3,187 m.
Natural resources: Petroleum; Small reserves of iron ore, copper, chromium ore, zinc, tungsten, mica, silver, gold.
Irrigated land: 19,460 sq km (1993 est.).
Natural hazards: Dust storms.
Geography Note: Largest country in Africa; Dominated by the Nile and its tributaries.
0-14 years: 45% (male 7,941,909; female 7,614,225).
15-64 years: 53% (male 9,094,712; female 9,061,194).
65 years and over: 2% (male 423,389; female 340,261).
Population Growth Rate: 2.71%.
Birth Rate: 39.34 births/1,000 population.
Death Rate: 10.6 deaths/1,000 population.
Net Migration Rate: -1.68 migrant(s)/1,000 population.
At Birth: 1.05 male(s)/female.
Under 15 years: 1.04 male(s)/female.
15-64 years: 1 male(s)/female.
65 years and over: 1.24 male(s)/female.
Total population: 1.03 male(s)/female.
Infant Mortality Rate: 70.94 deaths/1,000 live births.
Life expectancy at birth:
Total Population: 56.4 years.
Male: 55.41 years.
Female: 57.44 years.
Total Fertility Rate: 5.58 children born/woman.
Noun: Sudanese (singular and plural).
Ethnic groups: Black 52%, Arab 39%, Beja 6%, Foreigners 2%, Other 1%
Religions: Sunni Muslim 70%, Indigenous Beliefs 25%, Christian 5%.
Languages: Arabic, Nubian, Ta Bedawie, Nilotic, Nilo-Hamitic, Sudanic languages, English.
Conventional Long Form: Republic of the Sudan.
Conventional Short Form: Sudan.
Local Long Form: Jumhuriyat as-Sudan.
Local Short Form: As-Sudan.
Former: Anglo-Egyptian Sudan.
Government Type: Transitional.
Administrative Divisions: 26 States.
Independence: 1 January 1956.
National Holiday: Independence Day, 1 January.
Legal System: Based on English Common Law and Islamic Law.
Three equal horizontal bands of red, white, and black with a green isosceles triangle based on the hoist side.
APRIL 1998: 80 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 18 FLIGHT CREW (FC) & 10 MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS (MT)).
DESTINATIONS IN ETHIOPIA, EGYPT, KENYA, AND SUDAN.
October 2005: 737-200 (ST-SDA) photo at Sharjah.
December 2005: Air West (AWT) provides domestic jet airplane services and international cargo jet airplane charters.
175 employees (including 48 Flight Crew (FC), 22 Cabin Attendants (CA), and 28 Maintenance Technicians (MT)).
(ICAO) Code: AWZ.
Parent organization/shareholders: Captain Saif Omer (90%); Housam Saif (10%).
Main Base: Khartoum (KRT).
Hub: Sharjah International (SHJ).
June 2006: In the first quarterly update since the March launch of its aviation blacklist, the European Commission (EC) added four carriers. Three airlines were added because of "national measures notified by the member states." Surinam-based Blue Wing, notified by France, and SkyGate International (SGI), licensed in Kyrgyzstan and notified by the UK, are subject to a total ban. Air West (AWT), based in Sudan and notified by Germany, is subject to operating restrictions.
March 2007: The European Commission (EC)'s third update of its airline blacklist, features the first removal of airlines that successfully raised their safety standards and has placed new restrictions on Pakistan International Airlines (PIA).
The removal of Thailand's Phuket Air (PHK) and DAS Air Cargo (DAC)/Dairo Air Services (DAR) of Kenya and Uganda, respectively, from the blacklist "shows that our list acts not only as essential protection against unsafe operations but also as a strong and effective incentive for companies who deviate from international safety norms to address their shortcomings," (EC) VP Transport, Jacques Barrot said.
In addition, 49 airlines included on the previous list have ceased operating either on their own volition or because they lost their air operating certificates (AOC)s. Ten carriers from Kyrgyzstan, Equatorial Guinea and Democratic Republic of Congo were added, and a partial ban on Sudan's Air West (AWT) was made total.
(PIA)'s appearance on the list, uncommon for a larger flag carrier, is a blow to an airline that suffered a fatal F27 crash and a $150 million loss in 2006. The ban extends to all (PIA) airplanes, save its six 777s. It also operates 14 A310s, nine 747s, seven 737s, three ATR72s, two A321s and one L-1011.
Anticipating the result following the (EC)'s October revelation that it was paying close attention to (PIA)'s activities, the airline said late last month that the (EU)'s Air Safety (EASA) Committee "expressed its satisfaction" following consultations with (PIA) management in early February, and that its Engineering department consistently had passed semiannual (EASA) audits.
The (EC) noted that Bulgaria and Russia took the initiative to prohibit airlines registered in their respective countries, from operating into the (EU). Bulgaria banned Air Sofia, Bright Aviation Services, Heli Air Services, Skorpion Air and Vega Airlines from (EU) activities, while Russia barred Aero Rent, Tatarstan (TAK), Atlant Soyuz (AXX), Aviakon Zitotrans, Centre Avia, Gazpromavia, Lukoil, Russian Sky (ESL) and Utair (TYU).
June 2007: 737-247 (23518, ST-SDC), ex-(N244WA), delivery, and leased to Lobaye Airways (LOB).
December 2009: The European Commission (EC) released its updated list of airlines banned from European Union (EU) airspace and cited progress with carriers from Ukraine and Angola. From the former, Motor Sich was removed from the list entirely and Ukrainian Mediterranean Airlines now is allowed to operate into the (EU) with one airplane, while TAAG Angola Airlines (ANG) was permitted to increase the number of planes it flies to Portugal owing to "significant progress" made by the carrier and civil aviation authority "to resolve progressively any safety deficiencies," the (EC) said. Conversely, all airlines from Djibouti, Republic of Congo, plus Sao Tome and Principe are newly banned, along with Air Koryo (KOY), Air West (AWT), Ariana Afghan Airlines (AFG), Siem Reap Airways (SRA) and Silverback Cargo Freighters.
Click below for photos:
2 737-2T4 (JT8D-17A) (1097-23273, /85 ST-SDB; 1099-23274, /85 ST-SDA), 2005-02. 8F, 104Y.
1 737-247 (JT8D-15A HK) (1265-23518, /86 ST-SDC, 2007-06), LST (LOB) 2007-06. 8F, 104Y.
2 AN-12B (AI-20M) (8345804, /68 ST-AWU), FREIGHTER.
2 AN-24RV (AI-24VT) (77310808, /77 ST-AWZ), 48Y.
2 AN-28 (TVD-10B) (1AJ004-07, /87 ST-AWH; 1AJ004-06, /88 ST-AWN), 17Y.
4 IL-76TD (D-30KP-2) (0033447365, /83 ST-AWR; 0023438129, /82 ST-EWC; 0063466989, /86 ST-EWD; 1013409282, /91 ST-EWX), FREIGHTER.
1 YAK-40 (AI-25) (9311526, /73 ST-SMS), 15F, VIP.
CAPTAIN SAIF SAAD OMER, CHAIRMAN & PRESIDENT.
ALLER OMER, CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER (CFO).
M A BAGS, VP OPERATIONS.
A GADIR, VP MAINTENANCE.
KEES WISDORP, TECHNICAL DIRECTOR.
M SIRRAG, ENGINEERING DIRECTOR.
INSAF RHIEM, PERSONNEL DIRECTOR.