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CPB-2005-03 707 ACCDT
CPB-2009-11 DC-8 AT OSTEND
FORMED AND STARTED OPERATIONS IN 1989. FORMED AGAIN & RESTARTED IN 2001. MOST RECENTLY (2009) WAS "AIR CHARTER EXPRESS." FORMERLY "CARGOPLUS AVIATION," "RACE CARGO AIRLINES," AND "RAINBOW AIR CARGO EXPRESS." INTERNATIONAL, CARGO, JET AIRPLANE OPERATOR.
B-8400 OSTEND, BELGIUM
25B EMIRATES TOWER
SHEIKH ZAYED ROAD
PO BOX 5581
DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
P O BOX 16151
Ghana (Republic of Ghana): Formed in 1957. Capital City: Accra. Official language: English. Population: 18 million. Area: 238,537 sq km.
25B EMIRATES TOWER
SHEIKH ZAYES ROAD
PO BOX 5581
DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES (UAE)
NOVEMBER 2001: FOUNDED BY NASIR KHAN.
2 DC-8-55F'S (45683, 3C-FNK; 45858, 3C-QRG), EX-DUCOR WORLD AIRLINES (YHY).
JANUARY 2002: 1 707-399C (19415, 3C-NGK), EX-AZERBAIJAN AIRLINES (AHY).
November 2002: 1 707-351C (19411, 3C-QRO), ex-DAS Air Cargo (DAC).
January 2003: Ceased operations. Its 2 DC-8-55F's (45683; 45858) and 707-399C (19415, 9Q-CKS) have been acquired by Kinshasa Airways (Spirit of Africa), wet-leased from Sky Aviation (SYV).
August 2004: 25 employees.
November 2004: 40 employees.
Flights are operated in conjunction with First International Airways (FIW), a flight management company.
(ICAO) Code: ACE (Callsign - FASTCARGO).
March 2005: ACCDT: Air Charter Express (CPB) 707-3K1C (JT3D-3B HK) (884-20805, /74 9G-IRL), crashed on attempting to land at Entebbe Airport, Uganda. The airplane under-shot on approach and crashed into the shallows of Lake Victoria about 400m/1,310 ft short of the runway after clipping a rocky outcrop = 5 flight crew (FC) all OK with light tissue injuries. All rescued 6 minutes later by the airport emergency services. The airplane was on wet-lease to Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) - - SEE ATTACHED "CPB-2005-03 707 ACCDT."
October 2006: CargoPlus Aviation (CPB) operates ad hoc, jet airplane flights to destinations in Asia, Africa, and eastern Europe.
(IATA) Code: 8L. (ICAO) Code: CGP.
December 2006: DC-8-63F (46113, N811AX), bought from (ABX) Air by Asian Leasing Group, and leased to CargoPlus (CPB).
March 2007: DC-8-63F (46097, N815AX), bought from (ABX) Air by Asian Leasing Group, and leased to CargoPlus (CPB).
October 2007: Changes name from "CargoPlus Aviation" to "Air Charter Express," Ghana.
1 L-1011-385-1-14 Tristar 100 (1221, 9G-BCM), ex-SkyJet (EX-089).
July 2008: Air Charter Express (CPB) operates cargo jet airplane services between Belgium, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and Ghana.
(IATA) Code: P4 - 659. (ICAO) Code: ACE.
Main Base: Ostend airport, Belgium.
November 2008: - - SEE ATTACHED PHOTO - - "CPB-DC-8-63F-2008-11."
November 2009: "Air Charter Express" evolves into Ghananian carrier "Meridian Airways" (CPB) - - SEE ATTACHED - - "CPB-2009-11 DC-8 AT OSTEND."
September 2010: The European Commission (EC) amended its list of airlines banned from the European Union (EU) for safety reasons to include Ghana's Meridian Airways (CPB). It also placed restrictions on another Ghanaian carrier, Airlift International (AGH, banning it from operating three of its airplanes to (EU) airspace.
(EC) VP Responsible for Transport, Siim Kallas said, "We cannot afford any compromise in air safety. Where we have evidence that air carriers are not performing safe operations or where the regulatory authorities fail in their obligation to enforce the safety standards, we must act to guarantee to exclude any risks to safety."
The (EC) said in a statement that Meridian (CPB) was banned "as a consequence of a series of very poor results from inspections involving not only their airplanes but also facilities used by the airline in the (EU)."
It added that an inspection of an Airlift (AGH) airplane "indicated a standard well below that required by international standards," leading to the banning of the inspected airplane as well as 2 that the wet-lease (ACMI) cargo carrier has in storage. The (EC) said (AGH) now has just one airplane it can operate to the (EU). (AGH) on its website said it operates a fleet of 5 DC-8F freighters.
The (EC) published the 14th update of its "blacklist" earlier this summer.
January 2011: DC-8-63F (45927, 9G-AXD), ferried Ostend to Fujaraih after storage.
July 2013: Conviasa (VCV) and Philippine Airlines (PAL) have been cleared to resume services to the European Union (EU) in the latest (EU) blacklist update.
All carriers from the Philippines were banned from European airspace in 2010, but the European Commission (EC) said the Philippine authorities have improved their safety oversight and Philippine Airlines (PAL) has met the standards needed for the ban to be lifted. “For all other carriers registered in the Philippines, the ban remains,” the (EC) said in its first blacklist update since December 2012.
Conviasa (VCV), which has been on the list since April 2012, has now resolved its “serious safety deficiencies” following a European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) audit in Spain and an (ICAO) check in Venezuela, according to the (EC).
It also praised Libya’s progress, but said Libyan authorities have agreed to maintain a voluntary ban on their airlines operating to Europe until they reach full compliance with international safety standards. Sudan and Mozambique were likewise highlighted for their “good progress” and the (EC) recognized reform efforts in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Libya, Mauritania, Mozambique, Philippines, Russia and Sudan.
“Today we confirmed our willingness to remove countries and airlines from the list, if they show real commitment and capacity to implement international safety standards in a sustainable manner. Beside Philippines, Venezuela and Mauritania, good signs of progress are also coming from a number of other African countries,” (EC) VP Transport, Siim Kallas said.
Air Madagascar (MAD), which is not banned but remains under strict limitations and restrictions, was granted permission to operate another airplane.
The (EU) has a blanket ban on 20 countries covering 278 airlines with a few named exceptions. It has also banned two individual airlines (Surinam’s Blue Wing Airlines and Meridian Airways (CPB) from Ghana) taking the blacklist total to 280 airlines. A further 10 airlines are allowed to operate under strict conditions.
Countries where all operators are banned comprise: Afghanistan, Angola, Benin, Republic of Congo, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Gabon (with 3 exceptions), Indonesia (with 5 exceptions), Kazakhstan (with 1 exception), Kyrgyzstan, Liberia, Mozambique, Philippines (with 1 exception), Sierra Leone, Sao Tome & Principe, Sudan, Swaziland, and Zambia.
July 2015: The Nigerian government on July 10 said it has no plan to ban Liberian airlines from coming into the country, following a fresh outbreak of the Ebola Virus Disease in the West African nation.
A fresh case of Ebola was detected in Liberia, nearly 2 months after the West African country was declared free of the virus by the World Health Organization (WHO).
The Liberian authorities are monitoring at least 100 people thought to have been in contact with a 17-year-old boy, Abraham Memaigar, who died on June 28 in Margibi County, Liberia.
Spokesperson for the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) Fan Ndubuoke said in Lagos, the country's commercial hub, that both inbound and outbound passengers were being screened for the virus by Port Health Officials.
He told reporters that the Ebola Prevention and Control was a collaborative effort by relevant agencies, saying adequate facilities were in place at the Port Health Office, where inbound and outbound passengers were adequately screened.
According to him, rather than banning the airlines, the various agencies have intensified necessary preventive measures at all the international airports in the country.
He assured the public and intending passengers that all government agencies were on their guard not to allow any passenger who refused to be screened into the country.
He added that the authority would not hesitate to sanction any airline that violated the mandatory screening at its various check points.
NOTE: Meridian Airways (CPB)) is listed on the latest (EU) blacklist released July 2013 of airlines whose operations are subject to a ban within the (EU)*. *Airlines listed in Annex A could be permitted to exercise traffic rights by using wet-leased airplanes of an air carrier which is not subject to an operating ban, provided that the relevant safety standards are complied with.
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0 707-3K1C (JT3D-3B HK) (884-20805, /74 9G-IRL), IN ALL WHITE COLORS. WET-LEASED TO (ETH) 2004-11. CRASHED MARCH 2005. W/O. SEE ACCIDENT IN MARCH 2005. FREIGHTER.
1 707-323C (JT3D-3B HK) (439-18940, /65 9G-LAD), IN EX-MERCHANT EXPRESS (MCX) COLORS. FREIGHTER.
1 707-351C (JT3D-3B) (540-19411, /66 3C-QRO), EX-(DAC) 2002-11. FREIGHTER.
0 707-399C (JT3D-3B) (601-19415, 9Q-CKS), EX-(AHY) 2002-01, TO (SYV), WET-LEASED TO KINSHASA AIRWAYS (KNS) 2003-02. FREIGHTER.
0 DC-8-55F (208-45683, 3C-FNK; 274-45858, 3C-CRG), EX-(YHY) 2001-10, TO (SYV), WET-LEASED TO KINSHASA AIRWAYS (KNS) 2003-02. FREIGHTER.
1 DC-8-63F (JT3D-7 HK) (392-45924, /68 9G-NHA), IN AER TURAS (YQT) COLORS. FREIGHTER.
2 DC-8-63F (JT3D-7 HK) (503-46097, /69 9G-AXB - - SEE ATTACHED PHOTO - - "CPB-DC-8-63F-2008-11;" 521-46113, /70 9G-AXA), BF (ABX) 2006-12, ASIAN LEASING GROUP LEASED. FREIGHTER.
3 DC-8-63F (JT3D-7 HK) (9G-AXC; 327-45927, 9G-AXD; 9G-AXE, EX-(N814AX) - - SEE ATTACHED - - "CPB-2009-11 DC-8 AT OSTEND"), BOUGHT FROM (ABX). FREIGHTER.
1 L-1011-385-1-14 TRISTAR 100 (1221, 9G-BSM), EX-STARJET, (EX-089) 2007-09. FREIGHTER.
1 TU-123B-3 (643195, RA-65737).
NASIR KHAN, PRESIDENT & FOUNDER.
CHRISTOPHER ANDERSON, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (CEO).
SALIM GULAM, VP & GENERAL MANAGER.
ADRIAN CHARLTON, CHIEF PILOT, MANAGER FLIGHT OPERATIONS.
ROMULO PASCUA, MANAGER TECHNICAL - CHIEF ENGINEER.
MOIN KHAN, MANAGER ADMINISTRATION.
DILSHAD KHAN, MANAGER CARGO OPERATIONS.
ATOL MODI, MANAGER FINANCIAL CONTROLLER.