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FORMED IN 1990. THE ORIGINAL SIERRA LEONE AIRLINES WAS WOUND UP AFTER $13 MILLION DEBTS. THE COLLAPSE WAS ATTRIBUTED TO ALLEGED MISMANAGEMENT, CORRUPTION AND GROSS INCOMPETENCE. FOLLOWING REORGANIZATION AND A NAME CHANGE TO SIERRA NATIONAL AIRLINES, MANAGEMENT WAS CONTROLLED BY AIR LIBERTE (ALB). REGIONAL, SCHEDULED, PASSENGER & CARGO, JET AIRPLANE SERVICES.
13A LIGHT FOOT - BOSTON STREET
FREETOWN, SIERRA LEONE
PO Box 285
Freetown, Sierra Leone
Sierra Leon (Republic of Sierra Leone) was established in 1961, it covers an area of 71,740 sq km, its population is 4.5 million, its capital city is Freetown, and its official language is English.
NOVEMBER 2000: FULLY GOVERNMENT-OWNED, THE COMPANY HAS A PAID-UP EQUITY CAPITAL OF $6 MILLION PAID FOR BY THE TRANSFER OF OWNERSHIP OF THE COUNTRY'S 3 MAJOR HOTELS OWNED BY THE GOVERNMENT.
FLIES WEEKLY SERVICE TO ORLY AIRPORT, PARIS.
1 727-294 (1559-22043, /79 35 43 A6-SAA), NOVA GULF (NGU) WET-LEASED FOR SERVICE TO LONDON GATWICK (LGW).
JUNE 2001: 727-294 RETURNED TO NOVA GULF (NGU). 1 TU-204, KRAS AIR (ZXD) WET-LEASED FOR SERVICE TO LONDON GATWICK (LGW).
SEPTEMBER 2001: PREVIOUSLY USED TO WET-LEASE 727-200 FROM OKADA AIR (OKD) WHEN REQUIRED.
OCTOBER 2001: 1 727-256 (20814), EX-IBERIA AIRLINES (IBE) BOUGHT FROM PRESTIGE AIRCRAFT, MONACO.
DECEMBER 2001: NEW MANAGING DIRECTOR, A C A MC'CORMACK IS NEGOTIATING THE AIRLINE'S DEBT WHICH INCLUDES MILLIONS OF DOLLARS OWED TO MOBIL AND SIERRA LEONE AIRPORTS AUTHORITY.
August 2003: 757-236 (26245, TF-FIS), Icelandair (ICE) wet-leased. Operated in partnership with Africa One (YBG).
November 2003: Freetown (Sierra Leone) to Amsterdam. Will continue on to London Gatwick (LGW) (757-200, Weds).
March 2004: DC-9-32 (47643, 9L-LDH) delivered to Air Leone, returned from Transtel (TTL).
April 2004: As Sierra Leone's national carrier, operates scheduled services from Freetown to neighboring countries in West Africa, as well as charter service to London Gatwick (LGW), the latter operated with wet-leased airplanes.
May 2004: 707-373C (JT3D-3B) (19179, 9L-LDU), delivery.
June 2005: As Sierra Leone's national carrier, Sierra National Airlines (SLA) operates scheduled services from Freetown to neighboring countries in West Africa, as well as charter service to London Gatwick, the latter operated with wet-leased airplanes.
International, Scheduled Destinations: Amsterdam; Banjul; & London.
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 Sierra National Airlines (SLA).
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.
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."