Formed and started operations in 2005. Domestic, regional & international, scheduled & charter, passenger & cargo, jet airplane services.
November 2005: 737-242 (21186, 5H-KRA), Conway Aviation Sales & Leasing leased after overhaul and painting by Ethiopian Airlines (ETH).
April 2006: 737-242 (21186), sold to Tramon Air (TMX) as (ZS-TRC) - see photo.
January 2006: Karibu Airways (KAR) operates scheduled services from Dar es Salaam to Nairobi, Harare, Lunimbashi, Lusaka, Moroni, Entebbe, Bujumbura, Asmara, Mwanza, Kilimanjaro, Zanzibar, and Kigali. Other destinations include Paris Orly, Frankfurt, and Dubai, presumably through code-sharing or interline arrangements with other carriers.
June 2007: ACCDT: Karibu Airways (KAR) Let 410UVP (841217, 9Q-CEU) was destroyed on June 21st, when it crashed into a swamp near Kamina, killing at least one of the reported 25 people on board. Those that survived were all injured, with many being trapped inside the wreckage for several hours. According to reports, the plane came down shortly after taking off from Kamina Airport in Congo's mining province of Katanga, while on a flight to the provincial capital of Lubumbashi. The plane was found upside down in a marsh with the wheels and wings above the surface. The 12 injured survivors were taken to a local hospital and included two Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) doctors working for the World Health Organization and the Ministry of Health. The accident was the latest in a series of air crashes in the past few years in the vast, former Belgian colony, which has few paved roads and is considered one of the most dangerous nations in the world for civilian air travel. Aging airplanes mostly made in the former Soviet bloc are widely used to carry passengers and cargo between provinces. Last year, the European Union (EU) banned all but one of the carriers operating in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) from flying in Europe. The International Air Transportation Association (IATA) (ITA) called the air safety records of several African countries, including Congo, an "embarrassment" for the industry. After the criticism, the (DRC) government has tried to improve air safety by grounding some airlines and regulating the amount of cargo that can be carried. The Let 410UVP is only intended to carry a maximum of 19 passengers, so the Karibu Airways (KAR) would have been at least +1500 kg overweight, when it crashed.