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Airlines

Name: AIR GABON
7JetSet7 Code: GBN
Status: Currently Not Operational
Region: AFRICA
City: LIBREVILLE
Country: GABON
Employees 894
Web: ana-aviation.com/airgabon
Email:
Telephone: +241 732 197
Fax: +241 731 156
Sita: LBVDAGN
Background
(definitions)

FORMED IN 1951. A K A COMPAGNIE NACIONALE AIR GABON. DOMESTIC & INTERNATIONAL, SCHEDULED, PASSENGER & CARGO, JET AIRPLANE SERVICES.

ADDRESS:
BP 2206
AEROPORT INTERNATIONAL LEON M'BA
LIBREVILLE, GABON

Gabon was established in 1960 and covers an area of 267,667 sq km. Its population is 1.5 million, its capital city is Libreville, and the official language is French.

DECEMBER 1996: WITHDREW FROM AIR AFRIQUE (AFR), IN 1977.

NATIONAL CARRIER.

SERVICES TO 23 DESTINATIONS, INCLUDING TO DOUALA, LOME, ABIDJAN, COTONOU, BAMAKO, DAKAR, MALABO BANGUI, KINSHASA, POINTE NOIR, LAGOS, ROME, GENEVA, NICE, MARSEILLE, AND PARIS.

AIR FRANCE (AFA) OWNS 11.2%.

1 767-269ER (23280), EX-BIRGENAIR (BIR), 2 YEAR LEASED.

MARCH 1997: DC-8 "D" MAINTENANCE CHECK BY CARGOLUX (CLX).

JUNE 1997: OPERATING AN-12 LEASED ON DOMESTIC AND REGIONAL FREIGHT SERVICES.

DECEMBER 1997: 767-269ER MAINTAINED AT ETHIOPIAN AIRWAYS (ETH).

APRIL 1998: 875 EMPLOYEES.

MAY 1998: 1 727-23 (19431), EX-SONANGOL (SON).

AUGUST 1998: 737-2H6 (21732), EX-BOURAQ (PTB), INDIGO LEASED.

NOVEMBER 1998: TO DUBAI (REGULAR WEEKLY CHARTER).

DECEMBER 1998: 767-200ER (23178), EX-EGYPTAIR (EGP), LEOPARD 4 YEAR LEASED.

JANUARY 1999: 767-269ER (JT9D-7R4E4) RETURNED TO BIRGENAIR (BIR).

APRIL 1999: 1,250 EMPLOYEES. SITA: LBVDAGN.

APRIL 2000: 894 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 39 FLIGHT CREW (FC), & 23 MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS (MT)).

(http://www.ana-aviation.com/airgabon).

SEPTEMBER 2000: EMMANUEL NZE BEKALE, CHAIRMAN. JACQUES PAILHES, TECHNICAL DIRECTOR.

DECEMBER 2000: REGIONAL SUBSIDIARY, GABON EXPRESS, ACQUIRES 1 B AE 748 (1611), FROM INTERFLIGHT, SWAZILAND.

1 737-2H6 (21732) RETURNED TO INDIGO (INZ), LEASED TO BOURAQ (PTB).

FEBRUARY 2001: CODE SHARE WITH INTER AIR (ITI), DOUALA - LIBREVILLE - JOHANNESBURG.

APRIL 2001: 894 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 39 FLIGHT CREW (FC) & 23 MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS (MT)).

GOVERNMENT OWNS 80%, SOFPAG 20%. SITA: LBVDAGN.

1 737-408 (24353, TF-FIB), EX-ICELANDAIR (ICE), CIT AEROSPACE (TCI) LEASED.

JUNE 2001: TO RENEW ITS FLEET WITH BOEING AIRPLANES. 2 ORDERS 737-700'S. 1 ORDER 747-400C. 1 ORDER 767-300ER.

JULY 2001: 1 737-3YO (23750), EX-AIR EUROPA (ARE), CIT AEROSPACE (TCI) LEASED.

NOVEMBER 2001: TO BRAZZAVILLE (4/WEEK).

JANUARY 2002: 2 ORDERS 737-700'S CHANGED TO 1 ORDER 737-700. 1 ORDER 737-800, 1 747-400M, AND 1 767-300ER.

FEBRUARY 2002: CANCELS ALL ORDERS MADE LAST MONTH. MAY CONSIDER LEASE OPTIONS.

May 2002: To Brussels (weekly).

June 2002: 1 757-27B (24135, PH-AHE), Air Holland (HOL) wet-leased.

July 2002: 767 keel beam replacement being accomplished by Sabena Technics (SAB).

2001 = 637 million (RPK) traffic; 50.3% LF load factor; 374,000 passengers (PAX); 49.63 million (FTK) freight traffic; 894 employees.

September 2002: 1 767-328ER, Air Holland (HOL) leased.

October 2002: 747-48EBC (28551, V5-NMA), Air Namibia (NAM) lease was not accepted.

December 2002: F 27-600 (DART 532-7) (10430, /70 TT-WAK "LE CHARI"), Air Tchad (TCH) wet-leased for Air Gabon Express operations. 767-328ER (27136) returned to Air Holland (HOL).

May 2003: The government of Gabon has extended for another year, the contract under which Lufthansa (DLH) Consulting has been restructuring Air Gabon (GBN). (Marlene.Hollwurtel@lhconsulting.com or http://www.lhconsulting.com/homepage.html?=stw). For the past 2 years, the consultants have held key executive positions in its top management and in the management of all its departments. Their primary aim has been to recapitalize (GBN) and strengthen its competitive position. They have thus far succeeded in increasing its productivity and returning its financial situation to a +ve trend. Under the new contract, the consultants will be focusing more on specific projects such as developing the airline's cargo business and improving its commercial operations.

July 2003: 890 employees.

December 2003: INCDT: (GBN) 737-3Y0 (23750) was seriously damaged when it overran the runway upon landing at Libreville = all 188 OK. Airplane was damaged beyond economical repair & written off (W/O).

February 2004: Sells its 737-2Q2C (21467) to Benin Golf Air.

May 2004: USA and Gabon signed an "open skies" agreement.

July 2004: Has debts of CFA 28B/EUR 60 million and will drop flights to Brussels, Dubai, & London. The government has pledged to settle its accounts with the state-owned company to prevent a collapse. The economy ministry plans to float a "significant part" of the airline's capital to a "strategic partner."

Gabon Express owner Robert Sobek has been charged with manslaughter in connection with the crash of a HS 748 in June 2004. Also indicted and remanded in custody were Jean-Pierre Obiang Zue, the secretary general of Gabon's civil aviation bureau, and Bernard Dabezies, the head of the regional branch of Bureau Veritas. The captain was also charged but was allowed to go free pending trial.

May 2005: As flag carrier of Gabon, Air Gabon (GBN) operates jet airplane services within West Africa, as well as to South Africa, and Europe.

(IATA) Code: GN - 185. (ICAO) Code: AGN - GOLF NOVEMBER.

Parent organization/shareholders: Government of Gabon and Sofpag (100%).

Domestic, Scheduled Destinations: Franceville; Libreville; & Port Gentil.

International, Scheduled Destinations: Abidjan; Bamako; Brazzaville; Cotonou; Dakar; Douala; Johannesburg; Kinshasa; Lagos; Lome; Luanda; Marseilles; Paris; Pointe Noire; & Rome.

March 2006: Air Gabon International (AGI) is the newly formed flag carrier of the Central African country, Gabon. After the signing of a shareholder agreement between the transport minister of Gabon and Royal Air Maroc (RAM) President and General Manager, Driss Benhima, the new carrier will begin operations at the end of the first quarter with a fleet of two airplanes, probably 737-700s. It will provide services from Libreville to France, Morocco, South Africa, Malawi, Brazzaville and Angola.

(RAM) was selected to participate following a consultation launched by the Gabonese government. The shareholder agreement calls for (RAM) and Air Gabon International (AGI) to maximize possible synergies from a commercial, technical and economic standpoint. The former Air Gabon (GBN) was often criticized for lax safety standards and the operation of old airplanes. (RAM) is cooperating in a similar flag-carrier project in Senegal with Air Senegal International (SNG) based in Dakar.

The government of Gabon announced the immediate liquidation of bankrupt national carrier Air Gabon (GBN) and its replacement by this new private airline Air Gabon International (AGI), controlled by Royal Air Maroc (RAM).

Fleet:
(definitions)

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March 2006:

0 727-23 (JT8D-9A) (372-19431, /67 D2-ESU), EX-(SON) 5/98, RTND (SON), (JML) LSD.

1 727-228A (JT8D-15) (1605-22083, /80 TR-LEV), EX-(AFA), (AFA) HEAVY MAINT, 12F, 136Y.

0 737-2H6 (JT8D) (559-21732), EX-(PTB), RTND (AFG), LST (PTB).

0 737-2Q2C (JT8D-17) (515-21467, /78 TR-LXL "LE MAKOKOU"), (AFA) HEAVY MAINT. ST BENIN GOLF AIR 2/04. 12F, 96Y.

0 737-3YO (CFM56-3B1) (1431-23750, /87 TR-LFZ), EX-(ARE), (TCI) LSD 7/01. W/O. 12F, 118Y.

0 737-4Q8 (CFM56-3C1) (1721-24353, /89 TR-LFU), EX-(ICE), (TCI) LSD 4/01. RTND 7/05. 12F, 132Y.

1 ORDER 737-700 (CFM56-7B).

1 ORDER 737-800 (CFM56-7B).

1 747-2Q2B (CF6-50E2) (324-21468, /78 F-ODJG "PRESIDENT LEON MBA"), (AFA) MAINT, RETIRED 11/04. 19F, 44C, 188Y, PLTS.

0 747-48EBC (CF6-80C2B1F) (1131-28551, V5-NMA "WELWITSCHIA"), (NAM) LSD 10/02 NTU.

1 ORDER 747-400C.

0 757-27B (165-24135, PH-AHE), (HOL) WET-LSD 6/02, RTND 11/02.

0 767-266ER (JT9D-7R4E) (97-23178, /84, TR-LFH), EX-(EGP), LEOPARD LSD 11/98, RTND. LST (EXD) 8/06. 8F, 44C, 165Y.

0 767-328ER (27136, PH-AHR), (HOL) WET-LSD 9/02, RTND 12/02.

0 767-383ER (PW4060) (263-24358, /89 TF-ATT), (AID) WET-LSD IN AIR GABON COLORS 9/04. RTND. 18F, 14C, 186Y.

1 DC-8-73F (CFM56-2C) 446-46053, /69 TR-LTZ "FRANCEVILLE"), "D" CHECK BY (CLX), 1 RETIRED. GOVT OPS. FREIGHTER.

1 L-382G HERCULES.

0 F27-600 (DART 532-7) (10430, /70 TT-WAK "LE CHARI"), (TCH) WET-LSD 12/02. RTND.

1 F28-2000 (SPEY 555-15) (11080, /74 TR-LST "PORT GENTIL" STORED; 11081, /74 TR-LSU "OYEM"), 79Y.

1 F 100.

2 ATR72.

2 B AE 748 (1611), OPS BY GABON EXPRESS, 1 CRASHED 6/04.

1 DHC-8-102 (206, TR- 1/06).

1 DHC-6-300 TWIN OTTER (242, 5/05).

1 AN-12, LSD.

1 YS-11A-500 (2051, 3C-QRM), OPS FOR (GBN) EXPRESS CARGO 12/02.

Management:
(definitions)

EMMANUEL NZE-BEKALE, CHAIRMAN (9/00), PRESIDENT & DIRECTOR GENERAL.

JEROME NGOUA BEKALE, GENERAL MANAGER.

JEAN SIMON NGEMA, DEPUTY DIRECTOR GENERAL.

STEVE ONDZOUNGA, DEPUTY DIRECTOR GENERAL.

KRISTIAN CABANIS, CFO.

DIDIER KOUKOUA, OPERATIONS DIRECTOR.

JACQUES PAILHES, TECHNICAL DIRECTOR (9/00) (LBVMDGN),
(jacques.pailhes@air-gabon.com).

JACOB CABINDA, DIRECTOR CARGO.

RENE NKOGHE, HEAD TECHNICAL/ENGINEERING DIVISION (rene.nkoghe@air-gabon.com) (r.nkoghe@inet.ga) (7/99).

DR MARIA-ANGELIQUE HANNE, FINANCIAL DIRECTOR.

JACOB CABINDA, COMMERCIAL DIRECTOR.

CAPTAIN SERGE DELMOTTE, MANAGER FLIGHT OPERATIONS.

JUSTE MBOUITSI, HEAD AIRCRAFT OPERATIONS.

DANIEL MICHELON, MANAGER ENGINEERING.

HYACINTHE NGOMA, CHIEF QA (10/98).

GILLES CHEVALIER, CHIEF LINE MAINTENANCE (10/98).

DIEUDONNE BANGORI-KIKI, CHIEF MAINTENANCE PLANNING.

FRANCOIS RECALDE, ENGINEERING DEPT (francois.recalde@air-gabon.com).

 
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