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FORMED AND STARTED OPERATIONS IN 1994. FORMERLY "ZAIRE EXPRESS," "EXPRESS CITY" & "CAL - CONGO AIRLINES." LATER BECAME HEWA BORA AIRWAYS. THE COUNTRY NAME CHANGED IN 1997 FROM ZAIRE, TO DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO (NEIGHBOR IS REPUBLIC OF CONGO). DOMESTIC & REGIONAL, SCHEDULED, PASSENGER AND CARGO, JET AIRPLANE SERVICES.
KINSHASA, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO
AVENUE KABAMBARE, No 1928
BARUMBU, 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.
FEBRUARY 1998: FLIES TO BAUAVU, BENI, BUNIA, BUTEMBO, GOMA, GBADOLITE, GEMENA, ISIRO, KANANGA, KINDU, KISANGANI, LUBUMBASHI, MBANDAKA, AND MBUJI-MAYI.
OPERATES 727 PASSENGER SERVICE, 2/WEEK, & 707 CARGO SERVICE, 1/WEEK, TO JOHANNESBURG, 2/WEEK TO BELGIUM. SERVES ALL MAJOR DOMESTIC CITIES. ALSO, HAS EXTENSIVE TRUCKING NETWORK.
MAINTENANCE THROUGH "B" CHECKS & ABOVE BY DENEL, JOHANNESBURG. ENGINES BY ETHIOPIAN AIRLINES (ETH). ITS ENTIRE FLEET IS EQUIPPED WITH GROUND PROXIMITY SYSTEM (GPS), A MINIMUM EQUIPMENT LIST (MEL) ITEM).
APRIL 1998: 1,200 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 28 FLIGHT CREW (FC) & 49 MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS (MT)).
OCTOBER 1998: ACCDT: (EXD) 727-30 (125-18369) SHOT DOWN NEAR LODJA BY REBELS = ALL 3 (FC)/(CA)/38 PASSENGERS FATALITIES.
APRIL 1999: 1,200 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 28 FLIGHT CREW (FC) & 49 MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS (MT)).
DECEMBER 2000: BUYS 1 L-1011-250 (1227) & 1 L-1011-500 (1209), FROM DELTA (DAL).
JANUARY 2001: "CONGO AIR LINES" RENAMED "HEWA BORA AIRWAYS." FORMED JOINTLY BY THE GOVERNMENT OF DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO AND THE OWNERS OF CONGO AIR LINES.
707-320C (9Q-CKB) AND 737-293 (9Q-CKZ), ARE ALREADY WEARING NEW LIVERY MARKINGS.
JUNE 2001: 2,000 EMPLOYEES.
GOVERMENT (ZAR) 707-327C (19531, 9Q-CGC) PARTED OUT FOR SPARES FOR HEWA BORA AIRWAYS (EXD).
OCTOBER 2001: THE BELGIUM OFFICE COORDINATES GENERAL TECHNICAL, PUBLICATIONS, AND SPARES BUSINESS, DUE TO THE COMMUNICATIONS DIFFICULTIES, IN KINSHASA.
DECEMBER 2001: INTRODUCES ITS L-1011-250, ON SERVICE TO JOHANNESBURG.
May 2002: 1 L-1011-500 (1209, 9Q-CHC), ex-Delta Airlines (DAL). Will operate to Johannesburg, and be backup, for the route to Brussels (2/week).
September 2002: 3rd L-1011.
November 2002: After completing a "C" check, Hewa Bore Airways (EXD) reactivated 707-366C (20761, 9Q-CKK), which has been grounded for the last 2 years. Did the same for 727-214 (19687, PQ-CRS), stored since 1998. This will allow 727-227 (20775, 9Q-CWA), to be brought in for its "C" check.
April 2003: Domestic, scheduled services: Kananga, Kinshasa; Lubumbashi, Mbandaka, & Mbuji - Mayi.
International, scheduled services: Johannesburg.
July 2003: 2 727-200's (22494; 22677), bought from A TRADES (formerly Airline Marketing consultant).
June 2004: 727-232 (22494, 9Q-CHD) bought from Aventura Aviation. 767-383ER (25365, TF-FIB), Icelandair (ICE) wet-leased.
October 2004: Has added a 727F and plans to acquire 2 727's passenger airplanes and a 727 VIP by the end of 2004.
November 2004: L-1011-385-1-15 Tristar 200 (193U-1201, 9Q-CVN), ex-West Air delivery.
February 2005: DC-9-32 (47368), ex-Lineas Aereas Santomenses, Aircraft Traders, Belgium leased.
June 2005: 707-351C (19411, 9Q-CKR), ex-Allied Air Cargo (AJK) & DAS Air Cargo (DAC), delivery.
July 2005: DC-9-51 (47731, 3D-BOA), bought by Didier Van Den Hulte, CEO.
August 2005: 727-232 (21310, 9Q-CHE), bought from Jatayu Air (JAJ).
September 2005: Kinshasa to Johannesburg (727, 3/week).
November 2005: 727-232 (21586, 9Q-CHG), ex-Jatayu Airlines (JAJ), Aventura Aviation leased.
December 2005: Starts Kinshasa - Brussels (767-383ER). The L-1011-500 will be used to open a new Kinshasa - Nairobi - Dubai route.
March 2006: Hewa Bora Airways (EXD) will increase the frequency of flights from Kinshasa to Johannesburg from 2 to 3 flights a week. The airline will add a Saturday service.
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 high number of listed Congolese airlines was partly due to years of civil war, after which old military planes, many manufactured in the former Soviet Union, were converted for civilian and cargo use.
Only one airline from the Congo, Hewa Bora Airways (EXD), is allowed to use one approved plane for its flights to the (EU), while another African airline, Air Mauritania (MAR), was given a grace period of a couple of months to meet (EU) safety norms.
The African Airlines Association (AFRAA) criticized the European Union (EU)'s publication of a list of airlines banned from operating to the (EU) "as damaging the African airlines business." According to (AFRAA), the blacklist "paints a negative picture of all scheduled flights from the continent." In a statement, (AFRAA) Secretary General Christian Kossi said that "no scheduled African airline member of (IATA) or (AFRAA) is included in the blacklist," yet it "sends the wrong message to the average European passenger that all African airlines are potentially dangerous, and it is safer to travel with European airlines." In effect, this amounts to an act of "misinformation and unfair competition," he stated. Kossi also said none of the banned airlines flies to (EU) nations and the bulk of them "exist only on paper and nobody knows them."
April 2006: DC-8-55F (45820, S9-PSD), bought from MK Airlines (MKA).
May 2006: DC-8-55F (45692), ex-MK Airlines (MKA).
December 2006: Has finalized the purchase of an ex-Air Gabon (GBN) 767-200ER (23178) to replace a Lockheed TriStar 500 used on long-haul routes. The airplane departed Libreville on August 17th for a "C" check by Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) at Addis Ababa. After the "C" check was ferried to Johannesburg for painting and cabin refurbishment prior to entering service with the airline.
February 2007: 767-200ER (23178, 9Q-CJD), ex-Air Gabon (GBN), delivery with new livery - see photo, after maintenance at Ethiopian Airways (ETH). Next month, will enter service on Kinshasa - Brussels, replacing an L-1011 Tristar 500 (193H-1209, 9Q-CHC). DC-8-55F (45764), in "C" check at Kinshasa before entering service.
July 2007: 2 727-232s (21310; 22677), sold to Congolese Army.
September 2007: Brussels Airlines Group (DAT)/(EBA) and Hewa Bora Airways (EXD) reached agreement jointly to create a new Congolese airline to be based at Kinshasa N'Djili Airport. It will operate both domestic and international services aboard 737s and B Ae 146s. (DAT)/(EBA)'s participation in the new company is through its Pan African Airlines Leasing Co affiliate, which is based in Mauritius and specializes in developing African aviation projects and partnerships. (EXD) owns 51% of the new airline, with Pan African holding the remainder. "The new airline will start its operations as soon as possible, after all necessary preparations work has been done and licenses have been granted. The name of the airline will be announced at a later stage," Brussels Airlines (DAT)/(EBA) said in a statement, stressing that the carrier will operate according to international standards. At present, all Democratic Republic of Congo airlines are banned from operating to the European Union (EU) except for (EXD), which is allowed to operate a single 767-200ER to the bloc.
November 2007: A new Congolese airline established by Brussels Airlines (DAT)/(EBA) and Hewa Bora Airways (EXD) will carry the name "airDC," Brussels Airlines (DAT)/(EBA)announced. AirDC's commercial passenger flights are expected to start in early 2008. It will operate 737s and B Ae 146s from its home base at Kinshasa N'Djili on a domestic and continental network. (DAT)/(EBA) African Projects Manager, Johan Maertens was appointed CEO. The name airDC is a reference to RDC, the French acronym for the Democratic Republic of Congo.
February 2008: Brussels Airlines Group (DAT)/(EBA) and Hewa Bora Airways (EXD) reached agreement jointly to create a new Congolese airline to be based at Kinshasa N'Djili Airport. It will operate both domestic and international services aboard 737s and BAe 146s. (DAT)/(EBA)'s participation in the new company is through its Pan African Airlines Leasing Co affiliate, which is based in Mauritius and specializes in developing African aviation projects and partnerships. (EXD) owns 51% of the new airline, with Pan African holding the remainder. "The new airline will start its operations as soon as possible after all necessary preparations work has been done and licenses have been granted. The name of the airline will be announced at a later stage," Brussels Airlines said in a statement, stressing that the carrier will operate according to international standards. At present, all Democratic Republic of Congo airlines are banned from operating to the European Union (EU) except for (EXD), which is allowed to operate a single 767-200ER to the bloc.
April 2008: ACCDT: A Hewa Bora Airways (EXD) DC-9-51 (860-47731, 9Q-CHN) crashed on April 15th at Goma International in the Democratic Republic (DR) of Congo, killing as few as nine and as many as several dozen, according to a variety of press reports that revealed wildly divergent discrepancies in the number of casualties and left open the possibility that some occurred on the ground. In the last month, (EXD) was added to the European Union (EU)'s aviation safety blacklist. The DC-9 reportedly failed to get off the runway en route to Kisangani and hurtled into a residential area, with an eyewitness telling (CNN) news that "the roofs of maybe a dozen buildings in the immediate vicinity had been taken off." A manifest obtained by the USA Embassy indicated there were 79 passengers and five crew members aboard, but little more could be confirmed. It reportedly had been raining in Goma earlier in the day but the weather had cleared by takeoff. Flight Safety Foundation's Aviation Safety Network chronicled 10 crashes in the (DR) Congo in 2007 that claimed a combined 76 lives. SEE ATTACHED NEWS ARTICLES - - "EXD-ACCDT-APR08" & "EXD-ACCDT-APR08-A."
The Hewa Bora Airways (EXD) DC-9 crash remained under investigation as the confirmed death toll reached 40, according to the BBC. Most of the dead likely were on the ground, according to reports, as the airplane was unable to lift off the shortened runway at Goma International and crashed through a wall into nearby shops and houses. Provincial Governor, Julien Mpaluku told (CNN) that the runway was shortened six years ago following a volcanic eruption and the national government had declined to fix it. More than >100, including the pilots (FC), were recovered from the burning airplane and hospitalized with injuries. There were 79 passengers and five crew members onboard.
The European Commission (EC) issued a revision of its list of banned airlines, the seventh update since establishment of the blacklist in March 2006. Newcomers are Ukraine Cargo Airways (the third Ukrainian airline after Volare Airlines (VLE) and Ukrainian Mediterranean Airlines) and Hewa Bora Airways (EXD) of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. (EXD) previously was allowed to operate a single airplane under a special arrangement that has ended. Garuda Indonesia (GIA) also remains on the list. "The airline has made progress in the implementation of corrective measures, yet this is not sufficient," the (EC) noted. "Furthermore, the authorities of Indonesia have still to demonstrate that they have completed the corrective action." Following the update, nine individual airlines and all carriers from Equatorial Guinea, Indonesia, Kyrgyzstan, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Swaziland, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo are prohibited from operating in the European Union (EU).
August 2008: 767-266ER (23178, 9Q-CJD), ferried Brussels to Kinshasa after storage.
December 2008: World nations currently rated Category 2 by the USA (FAA) under the agency's International Aviation Safety Assessment (IASA) program are: Bangladesh, Belize, Ivory Coast, Croatia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Gambia, Ghana, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Indonesia, Israel, Kiribati, Montenegro, Nauru, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Philippines, Serbia, Swaziland, Ukraine, Uruguay and Zimbabwe. The (FAA) rating prevents nation's airlines being allowed to fly into the USA. They have the option to fly to the USA with an airline who is approved under Category 1.
The (FAA) states that a Category 2 rating "may involve a country lacking laws or regulations necessary to oversee air carriers in accordance with international standards, or that its civil aviation authority does not meet international standards in one or more areas such as technical expertise, trained personnel, record keeping, or inspection procedures."
May 2009: Forms an equity partnership with Rak Airways (RAK) ((RAK) owns 50% stake). Operates a 757-256 (29311, A6-RKA) - - SEE PHOTO - - "EXD-RAK-757-256-MAY09," (RAK) wet-leased on Kinshasa - Lumbashi - Johannesburg route. Will launch new service to Brussels, Belgium.
July 2011: ACCDT: A Hewa Bora Airways (EXD) 727-22 (JT8D-7A) (136-183213, /65 9Q-COP) airplane carrying 115 people (7/108) crashed at the airport of Kisingani in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo) with at least 53 survivors had been found so far.
7/108 passengers and crew were on board when the crash landing occurred. Media quoted the (EXD) sources as saying that at least 53 survivors had been pulled from the wreckage of the 727.
Plane crashes in the DR Congo are not uncommon. In April, a United Nation (UN) twin jet commuter type airplane crashed while trying to land in the Kinshasa, killing 32 people. Last year, another plane flown by the Belgian head of a local airline killed at least 20 passengers in its crash in western DR Congo.
(EXD) is on a European Union (EU) list of airlines banned due to security concerns, as are all carriers certified in the central African country which has one of the worst air transport security records in the world.
December 2011: Hewa Bora Airways (EXD) is one of the Congo's largest airlines, operating domestic and regional flights.
1,100 employees (including 70 Flight Crew (FC); 100 Cabin Attendants (CA); & 450 Maintenance Technicians (MT)).
(IATA) Code: EO. (ICAO) Code: ALX (Callsign - ALLCONGO).
Parent organization/shareholders: (RAK) Airways (50%).
Airline subsidiaries/shareholdings: AirDC (51%).
Main Base: Kinshasa N'Djili Airport (FIH).
Domestic, Scheduled Destinations: Gemena; Goma; Kananga, Kinshasa; Kisangani; Kolwezi; Lubumbashi, Mbandaka, & Mbuji-Mayi.
International, scheduled services: Brazzaville; Brussels; Douala; Johannesburg; Lagos; & Warri.
April 2012: flyCongo ((IATA) Code: EO) has launched operations with a single ex-HBA - Hewa Bora Airways (EXD) MD-82 on March 24 operating a daily service between Kinshasa N'Djili International airport (FIH) and Lubumbashi Luano International airport (FBM). It has so far not resumed or announced any other routes previously served by Hewa Bora Airways (EXD).
September 2012: After the fatal 727 accident in July 2011, Hewa Bora Airways (EXD) had its Air Operators Certificate (AOC) suspended, but re-emerged this year as "FLY CONGO" (EXD) operating two MD-82s and a 767-200ER4 (9Q-CPD) - - SEE ATTACHED PHOTO OF 767 IN FLY CONGO LIVERY - - "EXD-767 - FLY CONGO - 2012-09."
Note: Hewa Bora Airways (EXD) (now re-named "FLY CONGO") is listed on the latest (EU) blacklist released 03.04.2012 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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EXD-767 - FLY CONGO - 2012-09
1 707-3B4C (JT3D-3B HK) (822-20259, /69 9Q-CRM), EX-(9Q-CWB) 2005-05. 22C, 128Y.
1 707-323C (JT3D-3B HK) (686-19587, /68 9G-ADS), (APB) LSD, SEEN AT OSTEND IN (SAB) MARKINGS, EX-(AAL) (SEE (OCC), EX-(CCH).
0 707-323C (JT3D-3B HK) (722-19577, /68 9Q-CKK), EX-(AAL), GRD. WFU.
1 707-329C (JT3D-7Q HK) (828-20200, /69 9Q-CBW), 2004-02. FREIGHTER
1 707-351C (JT3D-3B HK) (540-19411, /66 9Q-CKR), EX-(AJK) 2005-06. EX-(DAC). IN (EXD) COLORS. FREIGHTER.
1 707-366C (JT3D-7 HK) (744-19844, /68 9Q-CKG; 867-20761, /73 9Q-CKK "AISHA"), 19844; HEAVILY DAMAGED BY FIRE AT KINSHASA AIRPORT, EX-(EGP), FREIGHTER.
0 707-358C (JT3D-3B) (807-20122, /69), EX-(ELA), DISMANTLED 2001-01.
0 727-22 (JT8D-7A) (136-18323, /65 9Q-COP - DESTROYED IN ACCIDENT - - SEE ACCDT REPORT 2011-07), EX-(S9-DBM), WITH WINGLETS. 131 PAX.
0 727-22 (JT8D) (18332), DISMANTLED.
0 727-25 (JT8D) (204-18291, 9Q-CWT), DISMANTLED 2005-03.
1 727-23 (JT8D-7B) (220-18967, /65 9Q-CAV), STORED, 131 PAX.
1 727-30 (JT8D-7B) (28-18361, /64 9Q-CRG "VILLE DE GOMA"), EX-(DLH)/(ASG), STORED. 12C, 96Y.
0 727-30 (JT8D) (125-18369, /65), SHOT DOWN IN WAR, W/O.
1 727-30 (JT8D-7B HK) (185-18933, /65 S9-ROI), WITH WINGLETS. 131 PAX. EXEC.
1 727-214 (JT8D-7B) (573-19687, /68 9Q-CRS), EX-(PSA), PARKED AT KINSHASA SINCE 2005-12, NEEDS "C" MAINTENANCE CHECK. 12C, 137Y.
1 727-227 (JT8D-9A) (998-20775, /73 9Q-CWA "VILLE DE BUKAVU"), EX-(BNF), 14C, 120Y.
0 727-232 (JT8D-15 HK) (1298-21310, /77 9Q-CHE), BF (JAJ) 2005-08. ST CONGOLESE ARMY 2007-07. 12C, 151Y.
1 727-232 (JT8D-15 HK) (1488-21586, /79 9Q-CHG), EX-(JAJ), AVENTURA AVIATION LSD 2005-11. 12C, 137Y.
1 727-232 (JT8D-15 HK) (1749-22494, /81 9Q-CHF; 1785-22677, /81 9Q-CHE), BF AVENTURA AVN 2004-06. 22677; ST CONGOLESE ARMY 2007-07. 12C, 137Y.
0 737-293 (JT8D-7A) (47-19309, /68 9Q-CKZ), EX-(GAX)/(FST), WFU AT KINSHASA. SCRAPPED. 108Y.
0 757-256 (RB211-535E4) (940-29311, /00 A6-RKA - - SEE PHOTO - - "EXD-RAK-757-256-2009-05"), (RAK) WET-LSD 2009-05. RTND. 219Y.
1 767-266ER (JT9D-7R4E) (97-23178, /84 S9-TOP - SEE PHOTO), EX-(GBN). FERRIED BRUSSELS - KINSHASA 2008-08 AFTER STORAGE. 8F, 18C, 165Y.
0 767-383ER (395-25365, TF-FIB), (ICE) WET-LSD 2004-06. RTND.
2 DC-8-55F (JT3D-3B HK) (207-45692, /64 2006-05; 246-45820, /65 9Q-CHL, 2006-04), BF (MKA). FREIGHTER.
1 DC-8-55F (JT3D-3B HK) (251-45764), "C" MAINTENANCE CHECK AT KINSHASA 2007-02. FREIGHTER.
1 DC-9-32 (47368), EX-LINEAS AEREAS SANTOMENSES, AIRCRAFT TRADERS LSD 2005-02.
1 DC-9-51 (860-47731, 9Q-CHN), 7/05. CRASHED & W/O DESTROYED IN ACCDT - - SEE ATTACHED - - "EXD-ACCDT-2008-04" & "EXD-ACCDT-2008-04-A."
3 MD-82 (JT8D-217A) (1120-49176, /83 9Q-COQ; 1122-49178, /83 9Q-COJ; 1154-49251, /84 9Q-COW), EX-(S9-TOB) 2010-10. 16C, 120Y.
2 MD-82 (JT8D-217A) (1156-49254, /84 9Q-COZ; 1158-49256, /84 9Q-COY), AIR CAPITAL GRP LSD 2010-07. 16F, 124Y.
0 BAC 111-5401EX (SPEY 512-14DWE) (177, /69 9Q-CKI "VILLE DE MBUJI-MAYI;" 191, /70 9Q-CKP "VILLE DE GOMA;" 176, /69 9Q-CKY "VILLE DE M'BANDAKA"), ALL 3 WFU. 99Y.
1 B AE 125-403B (VIPER 522) (25247, /71 9Q-CSN), VIP.
1 B AE 125-600A (VIPER 601) (256021, /73 S9-BDG), EXEC.
0 L-1011-250 (RB211-524B4) (193C-1227, /82 9Q-CHA), EX-(DAL) 2000-12, 32F, 265Y.
0 L-1011-385-1-15 TRISTAR 200 (RB211-525B4) (193U-1201, 9Q-CVN), 2004-11. WFU. NOW STORED AT DHAKA, BANGLADESH FOR NEW START-UP SKY CAPITAL AIRLINES (SKC) OPS 2009-12.
1 L-1011-500 (RB211-524B4) (193H-1209, /81 9Q-CHC), EX-(DAL) 2001-04. 24F, 217Y.
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MAPEKI NSIMBA, POWERPLANT SENIOR MANAGER.
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