||LIGNES AERIENNES CONGOLAISES
||Currently Not Operational
||DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO
||+243 12 20 939
||+243 12 20 837
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ESTABLISHED IN 1997. A K A LIGNES NATIONALES AERIENNES CONGOLAISES. SEE ALSO "CONGO AIRLINES" (CQC). DOMESTIC & INTERNATIONAL, SCHEDULED, PASSENGER & CARGO, JET AIRPLANE SERVICES.
KINSHASA, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO
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GOMBE, 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.
JANUARY 1998: CONGOLESE GOVERNMENT OWNED. TO LOUBOMO, NKAYI, OUESSO, AND POINTE NOIRE, AND LUANDA.
737-2Q5C (21538) LEASED TO AIR AFRIQUE (AFR).
APRIL 1998: 250 EMPLOYEES.
MAY 1998: 737-2Q5C (21538) RETURNED FROM AIR AFRIQUE (AFR).
APRIL 1999: 250 EMPLOYEES.
FEBRUARY 2001: 1 737-217 (20197), EX-(SEV), AIR EXCHANGE LEASED.
APRIL 2001: INTERNATIONAL SCHEDULED DESTINATIONS: ACCRA, BANJUL, CONAKRY, DAKAR, FREETOWN, LAGOS, AND PRAIA.
737-217 (20197) "C" CHECK AT ETHIOPIAN AIRLINES (ETH).
November 2003: 737-2B7 (22885), bought from Jetran.
December 2004: International scheduled services: Brussels, Lagos; & Lome.
January 2006: 767-219ER (24150, EC-JOZ), Bravo Airlines (BRV) wet-leased.
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 LAC Lignes Aeriennes Congolaises (LNA).
Bravo Airlines (BRV) in cooperation with (LNA) received permission, and plan to inaugurate service from Kinshasa to Brussels in May. The airline will operate its 767-200, however, it has not confirmed how many flights a week it intends to offer.
May 2006: LAC Bravo Airlines (LNA)/(BRV), the new joint venture between LAC-Lignes Aeriennes Congolaises (LNA) and Bravo Airlines (BRV) of Spain, has launched a multi-lingual website at http://www.lacbravo.com offering flights to a variety of domestic and regional destinations, plus Brussels, Madrid and Paris, in Europe. According to the website, (LNA)/(BRV) will noperste domestic flights from Kinshasa to Gladolite, Gemena, Mbandaka, Kisangani, Goma, Bakavu, Kindu, Kananga, Kalemie, Mbuji Mayi, and Lubumbashi. Within Africa, it will serve Bangui, Douala, Yaounde, Libreville, Pointe Noire, Luanda, Johannesburg, Harare, Lusaka, and Nairobi. Iberia Airlines (IBE) connection flights from Madrid will then provide links with destinations throughout Europe and the Americas. The airline plans to use a mix of 757-200, 767-200ER, DC-9-34, and F 50 airplanes.
(IATA) Code: 4V. (ICAO) Code: LCG - CONGOLAISE.
Owners/Shareholders: Government (100%).
Alliances: Air Zimbawe (ZMB); Tellair.
Main Base: Kishasa N'Dili airport (FIH).
April 2007: 767-219ER (24150, EC-JOZ), wet-leased to Gambia Airlines (GBK) for Libreville - Paris (CDG).
April 2008: 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).
June 2008: SEE ATTACHED PHOTO OF 737-200C (9Q-CGW) WHICH HAS BEEN STORED IN THE LAC (LNA) HANGAR IN KINSHASA SINCE 2006, BUT HAS NOW BEEN SOLD TO GOMAIR - - "LNA-737-200C-JUN08."
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."
January 2009: South African Airways (SAA) said it is "about to enter a moderate growth phase" and announced network additions designed around a strategy that "focuses on (SAA) as an African carrier with global reach, enhancing Johannesburg (JNB) as a hub and moving capacity to more profitable routes." Among the announced initiatives was the April addition of Douala service and a commercial agreement with Democratic Republic of Congo carrier, Lignes Ariennes Congolaises (LNA) under which (SAA) this month will raise (JNB) - Kinshasa service to six-times-weekly from four. It will add flights to Libreville in March.
April 2009: 737-2NO (Z-WPC), Air Zimbabwe (ZMB) leased with "On behalf of L.A.C." title above the "air zimbabwe" - - SEE PHOTO - - "LNA-ZMB-737-2NO-APR09."
May 2013: Turkish Airlines (THY) has been approached by the Democratic Republic of the Congo's government over the possible setting up of a joint-partnership national airline to replace the now bankrupt (LAC) - Lignes Aériennes Congolaises ((IATA) Code: 4V, based at Kinshasa N'Djili International airport (FIH)) (LNA). According to Congo's "Radio Okapi," a team of Congolese functionaries are due in Istanbul before the end of the month to discuss a possible deal with the Turks, who have yet to confirm their interest in the venture. Kinshasa had previously set June as the planned date for the launch of the renewed national airline. Earlier this year, Congolese Minister for Transport, Justin Kalumba, said the airline's launch, coupled with a renewed infrastructural upgrade program, would help improve the overall efficiency and safety of Congo's skies.
April 2014: Some 20 months after 737-2L9A (22071, 9Q-CLG "AMANI") of Lignes Aeriennes Congolaises (LNA) arrived at Perpignan Airport, it was moved to the facility's long term storage (scrapping) area. The 34-year old airplane has been housed in the (EAS) resident Maintenance Repair & Overhaul (MRO) area of the airport in the South of France since September 2012. The airplane started its flying career with Maersk Air (MRS) in Denmark in 1979 before operating with carriers in Egypt, the USA, Hong Kong, Costa Rica, South Africa, along with UK companies Monarch Airlines (MON), and Orion Airways. It arrived at (LNA) in 2009 - - as described by Brian Nichols in the May 2014 "Airliner World" Page 82.
ACCORDING TO AIRLINER WORLD IN http://www.airlinerworld.com
IN 2015, LIGNES AERIENNES CONGOLAISES WAS LISTED AS ONE OF THE AIRLINE FAILURES ACCORDING TO THE GLOBAL AIRLINE GUIDE.
Note: LIGNES AERIENNES CONGOLAISES (LNA) 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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1 737-2B7 (JT8D) (966-22885), EX-JETRAN 2003-11.
0 737-2L9A (JT8D-17A HK) (620-22071, /79 9Q-CLG "AMANI" - - SEE ATTACHED PHOTO - - "LNA-737-2L9A-2014-04"), EX-(AFD)/(LAC)/(NWR)/(NWZ) FOR SCRAP AT (EAS) PERPIGNAN, FRANCE 2014-04. 8C, 102Y.
3 737-2NO (JT8D-17A) (1313-23677, /86 Z-WPA "MBUYA NEHANDA;" 405-23678, /87 Z-WPB "GREAT ZIMBABWE;" 415-23679, /87 Z-WPC "MATOJENI" - - SEE PHOTO - - "ZMB-LNA-737-2NO-APR09"), OPS FOR (CQC). 23677 LST (LAM) (C9-BAG) 2001-04 & RF (LAM) 2005-07. 113Y.
0 737-200C (JT8D) (9Q-CGW), REMOVED FROM STORAGE & ST GOMAIR 2008-06 - SEE ATTACHED PHOTO - - "LNA-737-200C-JUN08."
1 737-298C (JT8D-15) (348-20795, /74 9Q-CNK), 12F, 110Y.
3 ORDERS 757-200, LSD.
1 +2 ORDERS 767-219ER (CF6-80A) (239-24150, /88 EC-JOZ), 24150; (BRV) WET-LSD 2006-01, (ILF) 3 YR LSD. IN "BRAVO AIR CONGO" TITLES. 24150; WET-LST (GBK) 2007-04. 18F, 195Y.
1 DC-8-54F (JT3D-3B HK) (122-45610, /61 9Q-CLV), FREIGHTER.
1 DC-9-34, IN "BRAVO AIR CONGO" TITLES, (BRV) WET-LSD 2006-01. 12F, 63Y.
1 L-1011-385-1 TRISTAR 50 (RB211-22B) (193B-1066, /74 9Q-CTS), TRISTAR CAPITAL (NEVADA) LSD. 28C, 272Y.
1 F 50.
CAPTAIN PAUL MUKANDILA MBAYABU, DIRECTOR GENERAL & (CEO).
ANACLET IRUNT, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR GENERAL (1997-12).
CAPTAIN I ILUNGA, DIRECTOR FLIGHT OPERATIONS.
J NGAWALA, DIRECTOR COMMUNICATIONS, OPERATIONS & TECHNICAL (1997-12).
MATAKO ANICET, DIRECTOR TECHNICAL (1997-12),
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F BAKIELEMESO, DIRECTOR MARKETING.