||WIMBI DIRA AIRWAYS
||Currently Not Operational
||DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO
||+243 817 000 065
||+243 813 016 634
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Established and started operations in 2003. Domestic, scheduled, passenger and cargo, jet airplane services.
31 Avenue des Forces Armees Congolaises
Commune de la 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.
July 2003: 707-323C (19587, 3D-ROK) bought from ROM Atlantic (ROK).
December 2003: Starts business-class (C) passenger service within the Democratic Republic of Congo with the acquisition of a DC-9-32 (47701), ex-Midwest Airlines (MWX). Offers flights from Kinshasa to Lubumbashi & Mbujimayi (4/week); to Kananga (2/week); Gemena & Mbandaka (weekly).
January 2004: 2 DC-9-32's (47701; 47744), ex-Midwest Airlines (MWX).
May 2005: 270 employees (including 20 Flight Crew (FC); 10 Cabin Attendants (CA); & 20 Maintenance Technicians (MT)).
June 2005: ACCDT: (WDA) DC-3C (33257, 9Q-CWI) destroyed and written off (W/O) as a result of a landing accident when the airplane bounced several times on landing and ground looped, causing the main gear to collapse and one engine to detach from the wing = no casualties on board.
October 2005: ACCDT: (WDA) AN-12 (9Q-CWC) sustained substantial damage as the result of a hard landing at Aru Airport in the Democratic Republic of Congo (Congo Kinshasa). The airplane was on a flight from Kisangani on a trooping flight to Bunia with about 100 Congolese soldiers on board. It landed heavy on a dirt strip at Aru, causing the left main landing gear to fail and collapse. During the crash, the airplane structure largely remained intact yet 3 soldiers died and 11 were injured, including 3 seriously. One passenger walked into the rotating inboard propellor blades. Wimbi Dira Airways (WDA) sent a team of maintenance technicians (MT) to Aru with the intention of patching up the damage and ferrying the airplane back to Kinshasa for repair. The accident is the latest of several involving Antonov transports in the region this year. Following 2 fatal crashes involving An-26's of Kavatshi Airlines and Air Kasai in September, the Congo Republic (Congo Brazzaville) said it would ban the use of Antonov passenger planes from its skies with effect from July 2006. Most private airlines operating in the two congos use Antonov-built airplanes, some of them 20 - 30 years old. The air connections provided by these small private airlines are often the only means of crossing vast areas of jungle in Central Africa. There are difficulties in obtaining spare parts for these aging airplanes, because whereas the sources for these parts used to be from the Soviet Union, they are now needed to be obtained from the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) countries such as Ukraine or Uzbekistan, making the supplies more complicated.
November 2005: DC-9-32 (47531, 9Q-CWF), Wetrafa Airlift (WET) wet-leased.
December 2005: INCDT: (WDA) DC-9-32 (47531, 9Q-CWF) overran runway on landing at Kinsahasa. The airplane remains parked, minus nose gear and with damage to No 2 engine cowling.
Februray 2006: ACCDT: (WDA) An-12B (9Q-CWC) crashed on landing at Mbuji Mayi Airport on February 26. The number 4 engine caught fire during the approach and would not feather, causing the airplane to crash near the runway and burn. This airplane was damaged in a hard landing at Aru on October 4th last year.
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 Wimbi Dira Airways (WDA).
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.
November 2007: The European Commission (EC) issued the sixth update of its airline blacklist, removing Suriname's Blue Wing Airlines and lifting the operating restrictions imposed on Pakistan International Airlines (PIA). Both carriers, however, will remain subject to prioritized ramp inspections at Community airports in order to ensure their "consistent adherence" to relevant safety standards. "This latest revision shows that when airlines take rapid and sound corrective action to comply with safety standards, they can be withdrawn from the list quickly," (EC) VP Transport, Jacques Barrot noted. "It also shows that the list increasingly serves as a preemptive, rather than punitive tool for safeguarding aviation safety." He added that relevant oversight authorities verified measures taken by (PIA) and Blue Wing Airlines and "that these measures provide for long-lasting sustainable solutions to avoid the same problems recurring in the future."
The blacklist now comprises eight individual carriers including TAAG Angola Airlines (ANG), Mahan Air (MHN), and Ukrainian Mediterranean Airlines (UM Air - (UKM)), whose operations are fully banned in the (EU). Also banned are all airlines from Equatorial Guinea (ECV), Indonesia: (AWR); (BLN); (BTV); (DHI); (FES); (GIA); (KTK); (LKW); (MLI); (MND); (NOK); (PNM); (PTF); (REX); (SJA); (TGN); (TMG); (WON); (XPR); Kyrgyzstan: (ITL); (KYR); (PHG); (PHX); (STZ); Liberia: (LBG); Sierra Leone: (ORG); (RUM); (UVL); Swaziland: (AFC); and Democratic Republic of Congo: (TCS); (WDA); & (WET) with the exception of Hewa Bora Airways (EXD), which is subject to operating restrictions). Operational restrictions were placed on Air Bangladesh (BGD) and Air Service Comores (COM).
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).
July 2008: The eighth edition of the European Commission (EC)'s blacklist of banned airlines does not include Iran's Mahan Airlines (MHN), thanks to "significant efforts and progress accomplished by this carrier, which were verified during an on-site inspection," but continues to include Indonesian airlines, including Garuda Indonesia (GIA). "The Commission (EC) decided that the Indonesian authorities have still not developed and implemented an efficient oversight program on any of the carriers under their regulatory control," it said. Ukraine Cargo Airways remains banned as well, and Yemenia Airways (YEM) was told it "should complete its corrective actions plan" by the Air Safety Committee's next meeting. All airlines from Equatorial Guinea, Indonesia, Kyrgyzstan, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Swaziland, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo are banned, while Gabon Airlines and Afrijet (FRJ) from Gabon are allowed to maintain operations at their current level.
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."
727-22C (19806, N727YK), ex-Northern Air Cargo (NAC), bought from Flightstar Trading, Florida, USA.
July 2009: Iran's Mahan Air (MHN) was added to the (EU)'s list of banned airlines, while Garuda Indonesia (GIA), Airfast Indonesia (PTF), Mandala Airlines (MND) and Premiair were removed from the "blacklist." The latest update did not include Yemenia Yemen Airways (YEM), despite recent controversy following the June 29 A310-300 crash that killed 152 passengers and crew. All airlines from Zambia and Kazakhstan were added to the list with the exception of Air Astana (AKZ), which will be allowed limited access to (EU) nations.
TAAG Angola Airlines (ANG), already on the list of more than >200 carriers, will be allowed to operate "into Portugal only with certain airplanes and under very strict conditions," the European Commission (EC) said, adding that the limited access was granted to acknowledge "progress made by the civil aviation authority of Angola [and TAAG (ANG)] to resolve progressively any safety deficiencies." All other Angolan airlines remain banned. All Indonesian carriers remain banned apart from the aforementioned four. Complete bans are in place on airlines from Benin, Democratic Republic of Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Kyrgyzstan, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Swaziland.
European Commission VP Transport, Antonio Tajani has called for a global blacklist, a suggestion that has been rejected by (ICAO) for now. "We will not accept that airlines fly at different standards when they operate inside and outside Europe," he said, renewing his call. "It is high time that the international community rethinks its safety policy; those airlines which are unsafe should not be allowed to fly anywhere."
August 2009: 727-22F (19195, N56TR), delivery.
November 2011: Wimbi Dira Airways (WDA) is a Congolese carrier with jet airplanes serving domestic, major cities. Domestic and international cargo charter flights are also offered from five regional hubs.
Employees = 420 (including 17 Flight Crew (FC), 15 Cabin Attendants (CA), & 37 Maintenance Technicians (MT)).
(IATA) Code: 9C - 357. (ICAO) Code: WDA (Callsign - WIMBI DIRA).
SITA Code: FIHWEXH.
Parent organization/shareholders: Tim Roman (25%).
Main Base: Kinshasa N'Djili Airport (FIH).
Domestic, Scheduled Destinations: Gbadolite; Gemena; Goma; Isiro; Kalemie; Kananga; Kindu; Kinshasa; Kisangani; Lubumbashi; Mbandaka; & Mbuji Mayi.
NOTE: WIMBI DIRA AIRWAYS (WDA) 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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1 707-323C (JT3D-3B HK) (686-19587, /68 9Q-CWG), EX-(AAL)/ANALINDA AIRLINES 2001-10, TO (ROE) 2001-10. BF (ROK) 2003-07. FREIGHTER.
1 727-22F (JT8D-7B HK) (406-19195, /67 N56TR), 2009-08. FREIGHTER
1 727-22C (JT8D-7B HK) (547-19806, /68 N727YK), EX-(NAC)/(FED)/KEL), BF FLIGHTSTAR TRADING, FLORIDA, USA 2008-12. FREIGHTER.
0 727-212F (JT8D) FREIGHTER.
1 727-231F (JT8D-9A HK) (576-19562, /68 9Q-CWD), 2003-06. FREIGHTER.
0 DC-9-32 (JT8D-9A) (638-47531, /71 9Q-CWF), (WET) WET-LSD 2005-11. 47531 DAMAGED IN RUNWAY OVERRUN ON LANDING AT KINSHASA 2005-12. W/O? 84C.
2 DC-9-32 (JT8D-9A HK) (822-47701, /76 9Q-CWE, 2004-01; 837-47744, /76 9Q-CWH, 2004-01), EX-(MWX). STORED. 84C.
0 MD-83 (JT8D-219) (1585-49847, /89 EC-JUG - - SEE PHOTO - - "WDA-MD-83-2010-09") (SWF) WET-LSD 2010-07. RTND 2010-09. 165Y.
1 DC-3C (PW R-1830) (33257, 9Q-CWI), W/O 2005-06? COMBI/28 PAX.
2 DC-9-32 (JT8D-9A) (822-47701, /76 9Q-OWQE; 837-47744, /76 9Q-CWH), EX-(N212ME & N215ME), DELIVERED 2003-12 & 2004-01. 84C.
0 AN-12B (AI-20M) (9Q-CWC), 2003-08. W/0 IN CRASH FEBRUARY 2006? FREIGHTER.
DAVID MAVINGA, GENERAL DIRECTOR (email@example.com).
CAPTAIN TIM ROMAN, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (CEO)
KRISHNA KUMAR, FINANCIAL DIRECTOR.
PETER VAN EYCHEN, OPERATIONS DIRECTOR (PASSENGERS, CARGO & GROUND OPERATIONS).
SONNY KAYEMBA, DIRECTOR HUMAN RESOURCES (HR).
JOHN TRANGUCH, TECHNICAL MANAGER.
MATTHIEU ASSASSE, SALES MANAGER.