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FORMED IN 1961. FORMERLY AIR ZAIRE (ZAI). A K A LAC - LIGNES AERIENNES CONGOLAISES. SEE ALSO (LNA). DOMESTIC AND INTERNATIONAL, SCHEDULED & CHARTER, PASSENGER & CARGO, JET AIRPLANE SERVICES.
KINSHASA, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO
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GOMBE, KINSHASA, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO
Congo (Democratic Republic of Congo) was established in 1960, it covers an area of 2,345,409 sq km, its capital city is Kinshasa, and its official language is French.
JANUARY 1995: INCDT: CONGO AIRWAYS (CQC) 737-298C (20793) RAN OFF THE RUNWAY AT KINSHASA, AND BOTH ENGINES WERE TORN OFF ON LANDING - - WRITE-OFF (W/O).
JUNE 1995: AIRLINE BECOMES BANKRUPT, CEASES OPERATIONS.
OCTOBER 1995: SABENA (SAB) MAY TAKE 51% SHARE IN DEFUNCT (ZAI).
JANUARY 1996: WITH PARTNER (SWS), (SAB) TAKES 49.5% STAKE, & TAKES OVER OPERATIONS AS NEW "AIR ZAIRE." THE GOVERNMENT OWNS THE REST.
1 DC-10-30 (CF6-50C) PARKED.
FEBRUARY 1998: OVERTHROW OF MOBUTU REGIME (LATE LAST YEAR) CHANGED COUNTRY NAME TO DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO (NEIGHBOR IS REPUBLIC OF CONGO). (ZAI) WAS RENAMED FOR A SHORT TIME AS "AIR CONGO," BUT NOW IS LIGNES AERIENNES CONGOLAISES (LAC) (CQC).
CAPTAIN P MUKANDILA DIRECTOR GENERAL (PRESIDENT KABILA'S PERSONAL PILOT).
WHEREAS (ZAI) FORMERLY OPERATED 20+ AIRPLANES, NOW ONLY OPERATES 1 737-200 (20795) TO DOMESTIC DESTINATIONS, AND REGIONALLY TO LAGOS, NIGERIA; LOME, SIERRA LEONE; & LUANDA, ANGOLA. PLANS TO DO "D" CHECK 10/98.
1 DC-8-54F (45610) HANGARED FOR APPROXIMATELY 2 YEARS, TRYING TO RETURN TO SERVICE. 1 DC-10-30 (47886) OUT OF SERVICE FOR 5 YEARS, CURRENTLY AT (IAI) AWAITING "D" CHECK.
2,260 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 250 MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS (MT)).
JULY 1998: 2 ATR 42-300's (071; 076), EX-ETHIOPIAN AIRLINES (ETH).
JANUARY 1999: 1 737-298C (20795) SCRAPPED.
MARCH 1999: 5 YEAR AGREEMENT WITH CITYBIRD (CBD) FOR 767-300ER (PAX) AND A300-600F (CARGO) FLIGHTS TO EUROPE.
AUGUST 1999: A300-600R, (CBD) WET-LEASED.
DECEMBER 1999: CITYBIRD (CBD) TERMINATES ITS AGREEMENT WITH (LAC).
SEPTEMBER 2000: 1 DC-10-30, EX-(AVI)/(VAR) (46945), ALTHOUGH PAINTED IN (CONGO AIRWAYS (CQC)) COLORS, WAS LEASED BY PEGASUS (PSS) TO AVENSA (AVN).
NOVEMBER 2000: CONTRACTS ITS DOMESTIC SERVICES TO LUBUMBASHI, AND MBUJI MAYI TO AIR ZIMBABWE (ZMB). IN DECEMBER 2000, (ZMB) WILL ALSO OPERATE CONGO AIRWAYS (CQC)'S ROUTE TO BRUSSELS, VIA PARIS (767-200ER).
DECEMBER 2000: PLANS TO ACQUIRE 1 L-1011-250, AND 1 L-1011-500 TRISTARS, FROM DELTA AIRLINES (DAL).
JANUARY 2001: 737-298C (20795, 9Q-CNK) NEGOTIATIONS WITH AIR ZIMBABWE (ZMB) FOR "D" MAINTENANCE CHECK. HAS BEEN PARKED AT KINSHASA SINCE JANUARY 1999.
MARCH 2002: 1 767-200, AIR ATLANTA ICELANDIC (AID) WET-LEASED.
November 2003: JetTran sells 737-2B7 (22885) to Teebah Airlines (TEE), who wet-leased the airplane to Congo Airways (CQC).
March 2006: Congo Airways (CQC) is on list of European Commission (EC) blacklist of airlines who are banned from Europe.
July 2010: DC-9-32 (47368, ZS-PAK), Phoebus Apollo (PHB) leased.
July 2015: Congo Airways (Kinshasa N'Djili) has taken delivery of its maiden airplane, A320-200 (3362, 9Q-CLU) formerly in service with Alitalia (ALI) as (EI-DSM). Skyliner Aviation reports the airplane was ferried from Dublin International to Kinshasa N'Djili International (FIH) via Tangiers on July 29.
A 2nd of the type is scheduled to arrive later next month.
The start-up is slated to commence commercial operations on August 20, offering scheduled flights to 8 local cities including Lubumbashi and Goma.
Congo Airways (CQC) is backed by CDF32.5billion/USD35.34million in start-up capital with Air France (AFA) Consulting acting in an advisory role. Shareholders include various Congolese parastatals such as: the Office of Multimodal Freight Management (OGEFREM); the National Institute for Social Security (NISS); the local civil aviation regulatory body (RVA); the local mining consortium (Gecamines); the Congolese Transportation & Ports Authority (SCTP); and the local investment promotion authority (FPI).
September 2015: News Item A-1: The Democratic Republic of the Congo's (DRC) government's nascent national carrier, Congo Airways (based at Kinshasa N'Djili) (CQC), has suffered yet another set back in its quest to free its 2nd aircraft, A320-200 (3412, EI-DSN), currently impounded at Dublin International.
Prior to the aircraft's intended departure for Kinshasa N'Djili late last month, a USA firm, Miminco LLC, and USA citizens John Dormer Tyson and Ilunga Jean Mukendi secured an Irish court order grounding the aircraft in Ireland pending the settlement of a USD11.5 million claim filed against the Congolese government. The claim dated back to 1997, when Zairean soldiers (as Congo was then known) led by 1 of the sons of the then President Mobutu Sese Seko, occupied a diamond mining field owned by Miminco LLC in Tshikapa territory, near the Angolan border. While the (DRC)'s Minister for Relations with Parliament, Kin Kiey Mulumba, has stated an agreement with Miminco LLC to resolve the matter has now been signed, a new claim has been filed, this time for USD100 million.
According to the "Irish Times," the new claimant is USA distressed debt investor, (FG) Hemisphere Associates, a firm that specializes in securing repayment of distressed sovereign debts. The firm reportedly acquired the debt in the early 2000s. It reportedly originated as a loan of USD3 million owed by the Zairean government to the former Yugoslav government that was never repaid.
As it is majority controlled by the government through its various parastatals, Congo Airways (CQC) is susceptible to claims filed by creditors against the (DRC).
Over the past 12 months, there have been 4 recorded incidents involving foreign creditors seizing African airlines' aircraft to force the settlement of outstanding debts. Among those that have occurred involve airlines owned by their respective governments including Equatorial Guinea's (CEIBA) Intercontinental ((IATA) Code: C2, based at Malabo) (2x-), the Republic of Congo's (ECAIR) - Equatorial Congo Airlines ((IATA) Code: LC, based at Brazzaville), and the Gabonese Presidential 777-200ER.
Later, Congo Airways is set to take delivery of its 2nd A320-200 almost a month after it was seized at Dublin International by international creditors. Minister of Justice for the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) Alexis Thambwe told local television that an Irish High Court had granted the release of A320-200 (3412, EI-DSN) on the grounds the debt did not concern the airline.
"The Irish judge, this afternoon (Wednesday, September 22) ruled in our favor: the plane is to be released tomorrow," he said. "It may not (happen) tomorrow, since we must call on our maintenance technicians (MT) to repair it. But in the coming days, the aircraft will be back in Congo."
Prior to the aircraft's intended departure for Kinshasa N'Djili late last month, a USA firm, Miminco (LLC), and USA citizens John Dormer Tyson and Ilunga Jean Mukendi secured an Irish court order grounding the aircraft in Ireland pending the settlement of a USD11.5 million claim filed against the Congolese government. The claim dates back to 1997, when then Zairean soldiers led by 1 of the sons of then President Mobutu Sese Seko, occupied a diamond mining field owned by Miminco (LLC) in Tshikapa territory near the Angolan border.
A second claim for a further USD100 million was subsequently filed by USA distressed debt investor, (FG) Hemisphere Associates, which is seeking outstanding payment, plus interest, for an outstanding USD3 million loan owed by the Zairean government to that of the former Yugoslavia.
With the aircraft's arrival, the new Congolese national carrier and successor to (LAC) - Lignes Aériennes Congolaises ((IATA) Code: 4V, based at Kinshasa N'Djili) (LNA) will be able to carry out its mandate to offer scheduled flights throughout the (DRC) as well as internationally.
Congo Airways (CQC) is majority owned by an ensemble of government-owned entities with Air France (AFA) Consulting acting in an advisory role.
October 2015: Congo Airways (CQC) commenced operations on October 9
with a pair of A320-200s (3362, 9Q-CLU & 3412, 9K-CKD) and a pair of Dash 8-400 turboprops.
Initially, (CQC) will serve Lubumbashi, Kisangani, Goma, Gemena, Mbuji Mayi, Kananga, Kindu, and Mbandaka, following commercial operations starting on October 20. Gbadolite, home to deposed kleptocrat, Mobutu Sese Seko's now decaying jungle palace, has also applied for commercial service.
Regional operations are expected to commence later on next year.
Congo Airways (CQC) had planned to launch in late August but was forced to defer those plans, following the seizure of its 2nd A320 at Dublin International by creditors of the Congolese government. The aircraft was released after an Irish court ruled (CQC) was not liable for Kinshasa's debts.
April 2016: Kinshasa-based Congo Airways (CQC), which started operations in October 2015, added a previously owned Bombardier (BMB) Q400 to its fleet. The 76Y-seat turboprop joins 2 used Airbus A320s in (CQC)ís fleet.
October 2016: Congo Airways (CQC) ((IATA) Code: (CGA), based at Kinshasa N'Djili Airport) is in talks with foreign firms over an equity sale. Deputy (CEO) & Accountable Manager Jerome Maillet, said several investors from across Africa, Asia, and the Middle East have expressed a keen interest.
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0 727-256 (JT8D), EX-(IBE).
0 737-298C (JT8D-15) (348-20795, /74 9Q-CNK), EX-(ZAI). 12F, 110Y.
0 737-2B7 (JT8D) (966-22885, 9L-LEG), TEEBA AIRLINES (TEE) WET-LEASED 2003-11. RETURNED.
0 767-200, (AID) WET-LEASED 2002-03. RETURNED.
1 DC-8-54F (JT3D-3B HK) (122-45610, /61), EX-(ACN), WFU. FREIGHTER.
1 DC-9-32 (JT8D-7B) (505-47368, /69 ZS-PAK - - SEE PHOTO - - "CQC-DC-9-32-2010-09"), PHOEBUS APOLLO (PHB) LEASED 2010-07. 105Y.
0 DC-10-30 (CF6-50C) (90-47886, /73), WFU AT (IAI).
0 DC-10-30 (CF6-50C2) (156-46945), EX-(AVI)/(VAR) 2000-09, NTU, TO (AVN).
2 A320-200 (3362, 9Q-CLU; 3412, 9K-CKD), EX-(ALI), EX-(EI-DSM) 2015-07.
0 L-1011-250, EX-(DAL).
0 L-1011-500, EX-(DAL).
2 ATR 42-300 (071; 076), EX-(ETH).
1 +1 ORDER BOMBARDIER Q400, 76Y.
CAPTAIN PAUL MUKANDILA MBAYABU, DIRECTOR GENERAL & CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (CEO).
JEROME MILLER, DEPUTY (CEO) & ACCOUNTABLE MANAGER.
ANACLET IRUNT, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR GENERAL (1997-12).
CAPTAIN I ILUNGA, DIRECTOR FLIGHT OPERATIONS.
J NGAWALA, DIRECTOR COMMUNICATIONS, OPERATIONS & TECHNICAL (1997-12).
MATAKO ANICET, DIRECTOR TECHNICAL,
(T: 243 12 57954) (FAX: 212 376 9610/9611) (1997-12).
F BAKIELEMESO, DIRECTOR MARKETING.