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Name: DAS AIR CARGO
7JetSet7 Code: DAC
Status: Currently Not Operational
Region: EUROPE
City: CRAWLEY
Country: ENGLAND
Employees 290
Web: dasair.com
Email: operations@dasair.com
Telephone: +44 (1293) 540 303
Fax: +44 (1293) 551 545
Sita: LGWCCSE
Background
(definitions)

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DAC-AUG05-A
DAC-NOV04

FOUNDED AND STARTED OPERATIONS IN 1983. A K A DAIRO AIR SERVICES. SEE (DAR). FORMERLY GENERAL & AVIATION SERVICES (GAS AIR), AND CHANGED NAME IN 1989. WORLDWIDE, CHARTER, FREIGHTER, JET AIRPLANE SERVICES & WET-LEASE OPERATIONS FOR OTHER AIRLINES.

ADDRESS:
EUROPEAN OFFICE:
1ST FLOOR, NORTH SUITE
ELM PARK COURT, TILGATE FBC, BRIGHTON ROAD
CRAWLEY, WEST SUSSEX RH11 9BP, GREAT BRITAIN

OCTOBER 1995: INTERNATIONAL, SCHEDULED, CARGO SERVICES BETWEEN AFRICA, EUROPE, AND THE MIDDLE EAST.

AIRPLANE MAINTENANCE BY JET SUPPORT CENTRE (JSC).

DURING PAST YEAR HAS OPENED NEW ROUTES TO DAR ES SALAAM, LUSAKA, & DUBAI. SERVES 13 CITIES DIRECT FROM LONDON GATWICK (LGW) & IMPORTED 4M KILOS OF FLOWERS INTO UK.

1 +2 ORDERS (1997 & 1998) DC-10-30 TO REPLACE 707'S FOR 30% INCREASE IN VOLUME.

JUNE 1996: ACCDT: (DAC) 707 (20546) CRASHED ON LANDING AT BANAKU, MALI, WHEN LEASED TO (AFR), AIRPLANE DESTROYED & WRITTEN OFF W/O, = NO INJURIES.

JUNE 1997: DAS AIR CARGO (DAC)'S MAINTENANCE CONTRACTOR JET SUPPORT CENTER OF MANSTON, KENT HAS DEREK YATES, QUALITY CONTROL MANAGER.

SEPTEMBER 1997: 2ND DC-10-30, CARGO DOOR MODIFICATION AT JET SUPPORT CENTER.

DECEMBER 1997: 707-320C FREIGHT SERVICE FROM HARARE, ZIMBABWE, OPERATED BY FLYWELL AIRLINES, HARARE, FOR DAS AIR CARGO (DAC). 2ND WEEKLY CARGO SERVICE TO ACCRA, GHANA (DC-10-30F).

JANUARY 1998: (http://www.ana-aviation.com).

APRIL 1998: 170 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 65 FLIGHT CREW (FC) & 100 MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS (MT)).

DECEMBER 1998: 1998 = 72,240 TONS (48,420 TONS) FREIGHT.

DC-10-30F (46955), EX-MALAYSIA AIRLINES (MAS), FINOVA LEASED, CONVERTED TO FREIGHTER BY AERONAVALI (ARP) TO REPLACE 707. TO ENTER OPERATIONS IN APRIL 1999.

APRIL 1999: 122 EMPLOYEES. (sales@ana-aviation.com).

MAY 1999: DC-10-30F (46955, N800WR), EX-MALAYSIA AIRLINES (MAS), FINOVA (GRB) LEASED, RE-REGISTERED (9M-MAS).

AUGUST 1999: 707-338C (407-18809, 5N-ARQ), LEASED TO ALLIED AIR.

APRIL 2000: 152 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 100 FLIGHT CREW (FC), & 8 MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS (MT)).

INCDT: (DAC) DC-10-30F (46955) OVERSHOT RUNWAY AT ENTEBBE, UGANDA, AND ENDED UP IN LAKE VICTORIA. AIRPLANE WRITTEN OFF (W/O). NO INJURIES.

AUGUST 2000: 1 DC-10-30F (47843, N335SJ), SKYJET (SKJ) WET-LEASED .

OCTOBER 2000: 1 DC-10-30F (47868, N205FV), FINOVA (GRB) LEASED.

NOVEMBER 2000: PLANS TO ORDER +3 DC-10-30F'S IN 2001. OWNER, JOE ROY, ALSO PLANS TO START A REGIONAL PASSENGER AIRLINE BASED IN UGANDA. LONDON HEATHROW (LHR) - AMSTERDAM - LONDON - LAGOS (WEEKLY) FOR ALLIED CARGO. LAUNCHED WEEKLY CARGO SERVICE BETWEEN AMSTERDAM AND MACAU, + PLANS TO ADD ADDITIONAL SERVICES TO THE REGION FROM ITS DUAL HUBS OF ENTEBBE AND LAGOS.

DECEMBER 2000: PLANS TO FORM SUBSIDIARY, DAIRO TO OPERATE DC-9-41 FLIGHTS FROM ENTEBBE, UGANDA.

JANUARY 2001: 1 ORDER DC-10-30F (46590, N68065), BOEING CAPITAL (TBC) LEASED.

MARCH 2001: GOVERNMENT OF UGANDA LIQUIDATES UGANDA AIRLINES (UGA) AND GIVES ITS ROUTE AUTHORITIES TO (DAC) AND AIR AFRICA.

APRIL 2001: 152 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 100 FLIGHT CREW (FC), & 8 MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS (MT)).

NEW WEEKLY CARGO SERVICE TO MALABO, EQUATORIAL GUINEA VIA LAGOS, WITH CONNECTIONS TO DUBAI, BOMBAY AND JOHANNESBURG.

JUNE 2001: POSTPONES ITS PROPOSED PASSENGER OPERATIONS TO ENTEBBE DUE TO LACK OF APPROVALS FROM THE UGANDAN GOVERNMENT. IN MEANTIME, PLANS SERVICE TO LAGOS USING DC-10-30 AND SEVERAL MD-82'S. SWITCHES ITS AMSTERDAM SERVICE TO OSTEND.

AUGUST 2001: (operations@dasair.com). SITA: LGWCCSE.

DAS AIR CARGO UGANDA (DAR) ACQUIRES 1 DC-10-30F (47831, /80 81 13 LX-TLD), EX-CARGO LION (CGO), FINOVA (GRB) 3 YEAR LEASED.

NOVEMBER 2001: TO MUSCAT, OMAN (WEEKLY FREIGHTER).

JANUARY 2002: ENTEBBE - MWANZA (TANZANIA) (WEEKLY SCHEDULED FREIGHTER).

APRIL 2002: 152 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 100 FLIGHT CREW (FC); & 8 MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS (MT)).

SITA: LGWCCSE.

OWNERS/SHAREHOLDERS: JOSEPH & DAISY ROY (100%).

OPERATES REGULAR ALL-CARGO SERVICES TO AMSTERDAM AND 20 CITIES THROUGHOUT AFRICA AND ALSO TO THE ARABIAN GULF. ENTEBBE IS A MAJOR HUB FOR BUSINESS TO EAST AND SOUTH AFRICA AND ALSO FOR FLIGHTS FROM BANGKOK WHICH STAGE THROUGH DUBAI. NORTHBOUND SERVICES ORIGINATE FROM JOHANNESBURG, HARARE, LUSAKA, LILONGWE, AND HUB ON NAIROBI, CARRYING MAINLY FLOWERS AND PRODUCE TO EUROPE. IN WEST AFRICA, FLIGHTS ARE OFFERED TO ACCRA, FREETOWN, KANO, LAGOS AND ENTEBBE.

MAIN BASE: LONDON GATWICK (LGW).

HUBS: NAIROBI (JOMO KENYATTA INTERNATIONAL) AIRPORT (NBO); DUBAI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (DXB); NTEBBE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (EBB); & LAGOS (MURTALA MUHAMMED) AIRPORT (LOS).

1 DC-10-30 (46952) WET-LEASED TO AFRICA ONE (YBG) FOR OPERATIONS FROM ENTEBBE TO LONDON, VIA DAR ES SALAAM, TANZANIA, AND JOHANNESBURG.

June 2002: 1 DC-10-30F (47818, 5X-ROY), Boeing Capital (TBC) leased.

November 2002: DAS Air Cargo (DAC) has been invoiced by Kenya government, for an estimated $1 million on accumulated "foreign registered aircraft fees" for having set up camp at Kenya International Airport, without a license from the Civil Aviation Board.

February 2003: 2 orders (March 2005) MD-11F's.

April 2003: 152 employees (including 100 Flight Crew (FC), & 8 Maintenance Technicians (MT)).

SITA: LGWOOWD.

August 2003: Entebbe - Lusaka. Dubai - Dhaka. In October 2003, service to Abidjan and Conakry.

Acquires 1 727-200F to operate out of Lagos and supplement the An-12 wet-leased from Veteran Airlines (VTN). 2 MD-11F's will join the fleet by the end of 2004 to add service to Bangkok and Macau.

April 2005: DAS Air Cargo (DAC) operates regular all-cargo services between London Gatwick and Amsterdam, and 20 cities throughout Africa, and also to the Arabian Gulf. Entebbe is a major hub for business to east and southern Africa and also for flights from Bangkok, which stage through Dubai.

175 employees (including 85 Flight Crew (FC), & 90 Maintenance Technicians (MT)).

(IATA) Code: WD - 761. (ICAO) Code: DSR (Callsign - DASAIR).

Parent organization/shareholders: Captain Joe Roy and Daisy Roy (100%).

Owns: AfricaOne (YBG).

Main Base: London Gatwick airport (LGW).

Hubs: Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta International airport (NBO); Dubai International airport (DXB); Entebbe International airport (EBB); & Lagos Murtala MMuhammed airport (LOS).

July 2005: DC-10-30CF (46541, 5X-DAS), ex-World Airways (WLD), Finova (GRB) leased.

September 2005: East African Airways (UGX) is one of three Ugandan airline companies engaged in talks on the possibility of creating a new national carrier for Uganda, the others being Eagle Air, and DAS Air (DAC).

290 employees. SITA: LGWOOWD.

November 2005: Air Tobruk (TOB) launched a second weekly cargo service between Tripoli and London via Amsterdam aboard a wet leased Das Air (DAR)/(DAC) DC-10-30F.

January 2006: Dairo Air (DAR) a sister company of DAS Air Cargo (DAC), has launched three-times-weekly passenger services between Entebbe and aJuba in southern Sudan using an Embraer EMB-120 Brasilia, which it has acquired on long term lease from a South African company. Services to Yei and Rumbek in the same region are also planned, as are flights to Kilimanjaro and Dar es Salaam in Tanzania. Later this year, Dairo Air (DAR) intends to acquire an A319-100 for new routes to Mumbai, Dubai, Johannesburg, & Lagos.

September 2006: DC-10-30F (47831), returned to Finova (GRB), leased to Arrow Air (ARW).

October 2006: The European Commission (EC) updated its list of airlines banned in the (EU), adding Kenya's DAS Air Cargo (DAC) and Uganda's Dairo Air Services (DAR), due to "the serious safety deficiencies identified in these twin airlines in the last few months," as well as Ariana Afghan Airlines (AFG). The (EC) also banned all 27 companies certified in Kyrgyzstan, owing to "the national control authority's inability to supervise them effectively."

Sixty-eight carriers - - 19 from the Democratic Republic of Congo, 21 from Liberia, 18 from Sierra Leone, and 10 from Swaziland - - have been removed, as they ceased operating because they lost their Air Operator's Certificates (AOC)s. Eight recently created airlines in the (DRC) have been added. Air Services Comores of Comoros, previously banned outright, now is subject to operational restrictions, and will be allowed to operate services bound for Europe with an airplane recently fitted with appropriate safety equipment. The (EC) also decided to keep Phuket Air and Air Koryo on the list.

The Commission and the member states' aviation safety experts examined six other individual cases, including Pulkovo Aviation (STG), Pakistan International Airways (PIA), Ghana's Johnsons Air and Ajet (the former Helios Airways). It concluded that it did not consider an immediate banning measure was called for on the basis of air safety criteria, but stated that it will "be keeping a watchful eye" on those operators' implementation of the corrective action they and their respective national authorities have promised.

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).

Fleet:
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DAC-DC-10-30F-R

March 2009:

1 707-338C (JT3D-3B HK) (407-18809, /65 5N-ARQ), EX-(QAN), LST ALLIED AIR, - SEE (DAR). FREIGHTER.

0 707-351C (JT3D-3B HK) (540-19411, /66 72 24 5X-JET), EX-(NWA), (JAT) LSD, RTND 2002-06 - SEE (DAR). TO (SGO) 2002-11. TO (EXD) 2005-03. FREIGHTER.

1 707-379C (JT3D-3B HK) (718-19821, /68 9G-ANE), EX-(BAB)/(TRW) - SEE (DAR). FREIGHTER.

1 727-200F (JT8D), 2003-08. FREIGHTER.

1 MD-82, - SEE (DAR). FREIGHTER.

1 DC-10-30F (CF6-50C2) (254-46976, /78 5X-JOS), (GEF) LSD 1997-12. FREIGHTER.

1 DC-10-30CF (CF6-50C2) (281-46541, 5X-DAS), EX-(WLD), (GRB) LSD 2005-07. FREIGHTER.

2 DC-10-30CF (CF6-50C2) (115-47906, /73 5X-JOE), EX-(SAB); 254-46976, /78 5X-JOS), EX-(WDA), (ALI) MAINT. FREIGHTER.

1 DC-10-30F (CF6-50C2) (214-46921, /76 5X-BON), (GRB) LSD 2003-12. FREIGHTER.

0 DC-10-30F (CF6-50C2) (228-46955, 9M-MAS), EX-(MAS), CONV TO F BY (ARP), (GRB) LSD, (ALI) MAINT (LANDED IN LAKE VICTORIA - - SEE INCDT - - APRIL 2000) (W/O). FREIGHTER.

0 DC-10-30F (CF6-50C2) (335-47843, /80 N335S), (SKJ) WET-LSD 2000-08. 1 YR LST (ELC) 2001-10. RTND. FREIGHTER.

0 DC-10-30F (CF6-50C2) (200-47868, N305FV), (GRB) LSD 2000-10. RTND. FREIGHTER.

1 DC-10-30F (CF6-50C2) (266-46590, /78 N401JR), EX-(CAL), (TBC) LSD 2000-12. FREIGHTER.

0 DC-10-30F (CF6-50C2) (327-47831, /80 5X-JCR), EX-(CGO), (GRB) 3 YR LSD 2001-08. RTND, LST (ARW) 2006-09. FREIGHTER.

0 DC-10-30 (CF6-50C2) (185-46952, /75 95 23 5X-ONE), EX-(GIA)/(AFS), WET-LST (YBG) 2002-04. SCRAPPED 2004-02. 40F, 86C, 148Y.

1 DC-10-30F (CF6-50C2) (305-47818, /79 5X-ROY), EX-(BNG), (TBC) LSD 2002-06, WET-LST (YBG) 2002-06. FREIGHTER.

2 ORDERS (2004-03) MD-11F:

1 AN-12, (VTN) WET-LSD.

Management:
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CAPTAIN JOE ROY, CHIEF PILOT (MAJOR SHAREHOLDER), CHAIRMAN & CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (CEO).

MRS DAISY ROY, OWNER (MAJOR SHAREHOLDER) & MANAGING DIRECTOR.

ANDREW LESLIE, COMMERCIAL DIRECTOR.

ANDREW KING, OPERATIONS DIRECTOR.

MALCOLM STAPLETON, MAINTENANCE DIRECTOR AT MODERN JET SUPPORT.

CAPTAIN FRANK WRIGHT, FLIGHT OPERATIONS MANAGER (LGWOOWD), (frank.wright@dasair.com).

DEREK YATES, MANAGER QUALITY CONTROL (QC), MODERN JET SUPPORT.

MALCOLM HIGGINSON, OPERATIONS MANAGER (malcolm.higginson@ana-das.com).

JOHN DEVINE, TECHNICAL LIAISON.

EPHRAIM BAGENDA, QUALITY CONTROL (QC) MANAGER (2001-03).

 
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