Established in 1986. National carrier of Equatorial Guinea operating domestic, regional, & international, scheduled & charter, passenger & cargo, jet airplane services.
Malabo, Equatorial Guinea
Equatorial Guinea was established in 1968, covers an area of 28,051 sq km, its population is 400,000, and its capital is Malabo. The official language is Spanish.
February 2006: EGA - Ecuato Guineana de Aviacion (ECV) as the national carrier of Equatorial Guinea, operates passenger & cargo, jet airplane services in West Africa.
Employees = 40.
Subsidary of Spanair (SPP).
(IATA) Code: 8Y & ZH. (ICAO) Code: ECV (Callsign - EQUATOGUINEA).
Main Base: Malabo Airport (SSG).
Domestic, scheduled destinations: Bata; & Malabo.
International, scheduled destinations: Douala; & Libreville.
737-201 (20211, 3C-HAC), ex-AeroContinente Chile (CCL), delivery.
March 2006: The European Union (EU) banned 92 airlines, most of them based in Africa, from landing at European airports, declaring them unsafe by international standards.
The ban applies to cargo and passenger carriers from Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Sierra Leone, Swaziland and Liberia judged to have an "inadequate system for regulatory oversight" or insufficient safety standards. It will be enforced by all 25 (EU) nations, plus Norway and Switzerland.
The flight ban applies to EGA Ecuato Guineana de Aviacion (ECV).
The flight ban also applies to Ariana Afghan Airlines (AFG), North Korea's Air Koryo (KOY) and Thailand's Phuket Airlines. Two airlines each from Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan were listed as well.
Lesser restrictions were placed on Air Bangladesh (BGD) and Buraq Air from Libya, which will be able to operate flights if they use certain planes that have met safety requirements, the European Commission (EC) said.
April 2006: Afrijet Airlines (FRJ) operated into Malabo after signing a Joint Venture Agreement with Equatorial Guinea Airlines (ECV) in January 2001 using the FH-227 airplane. The operation covered Calabar – Malabo - Bata, Cotonou – Malabo – Cotonou and Malabo – Douala.
November 2007: The European Commission (EC) issued the sixth update of its airline blacklist, removing Suriname's Blue Wing Airlines and lifting the operating restrictions imposed on Pakistan International Airlines (PIA). Both carriers, however, will remain subject to prioritized ramp inspections at Community airports in order to ensure their "consistent adherence" to relevant safety standards. "This latest revision shows that when airlines take rapid and sound corrective action to comply with safety standards, they can be withdrawn from the list quickly," (EC) VP Transport, Jacques Barrot noted. "It also shows that the list increasingly serves as a preemptive, rather than punitive tool for safeguarding aviation safety." He added that relevant oversight authorities verified measures taken by (PIA) and Blue Wing Airlines and "that these measures provide for long-lasting sustainable solutions to avoid the same problems recurring in the future."
The blacklist now comprises eight individual carriers, including TAAG Angola Airlines (ANG), Mahan Air (MHN), and Ukrainian Mediterranean Airlines (UM Air - (UKM)), whose operations are fully banned in the (EU). Also banned are all airlines from Equatorial Guinea (ECV), Indonesia: (AWR); (BLN); (BTV); (DHI); (FES); (GIA); (KTK); (LKW); (MLI); (MND); (NOK); (PNM); (PTF); (REX); (SJA); (TGN); (TMG); (WON); (XPR); Kyrgyzstan: (ITL); (KYR); (PHG); (PHX); (STZ); Liberia: (LBG); Sierra Leone: (ORG); (RUM); (UVL); Swaziland: (AFC); and Democratic Republic of Congo: (TCS); (WDA); & (WET) with the exception of Hewa Bora Airways (EXD), which is subject to operating restrictions). Operational restrictions were placed on Air Bangladesh (BGD) and Air Service Comores (COM).