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Name: AFRICA WEST CARGO AIRLINES
7JetSet7 Code: WTA
Status: Operational
Region: AFRICA
City: LOME
Country: TOGO
Employees 62
Web: africawestcargo.com
Email: info@africawestcargo.com
Telephone: +228 226 8810
Fax: +228 226 1749
Sita: LFWAW8X
Background
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Established in 1997. Regional, charter, cargo, jet airplane services.

Address:
BP 10019
Route de l'Aeroport
Zone Franche Aeroportuaire
Lome, Togo

Togo (Togolese Republic) was established in 1960, covers an area of 56,785 km, has a population of 4.5 million, and the capital city is Lome. The official language is French.

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 Transair Congo (TSG).

The flight ban also applies to Ariana Afghan Airlines (AFG), North Korea's Air Koryo (KOY) and Thailand's Phuket Airlines. 2 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." (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."

April 2006: Africa West (WTA) operates regular cargo flights with 747-400F airplanes, wet-leased from Atlas Air (TLS) and Antonov 12 airplanes, wet-leased from Goliaf Air, when required.

May 2007: European Cargo Services (ECS) acquired a stake in Africa West Cargo Airlines (WTA), the General Sales Agents (GSA) network announced without disclosing details on the size of the shareholding or the purchase price. (ECS) said it believes this is the 1st time a (GSA) has invested in an airline. Africa West (WTA) operates three An-12 freighters out of Lome to 14 destinations in West and Central Africa, offering some 160 tonnes of capacity per week. It feeds its African network with 2x-weekly flights from Ostend.

September 2009: An-12BP (5342908, EK-11810 - SEE PHOTO - - "WTA-AN-12BP 2009-09"), Air Armenia Cargo wet-leased.

August 2010: DC-9-34CF (47706, 5Y-BXM - - SEE PHOTO - - "WTA-DC-9-2010-08), ex-Astral Aviation, ex-(S9-PSR).

September 2010: Africa West (WTA) operates regional, cargo, jet airplane flights from the Togo capital Lome using airplanes wet-leased from other operators. Operates cargo flights from Ostend to 12 destinations in West Africa, together with connections from Lome to Dubai and Johannesburg. Services to Europe, the (UAE) and South Africa are operated only using wet-leased airplanes, as the Antonov An-12 fleet is banned.

32 employees.

(IATA) Code: FK - 858. (ICAO) Code: WTA (Callsign - WEST TOGO).

Parent organization/shareholders: European Cargo Airlines.

Main Base: Lome Tokoin airport (LFW).

International, freight destinations: Abidjan; Bamako; Brazzaville; Dubai; Johannesburg; Liege; Malabo; Niamey; Ouagadougou; & Pointe Noire.

March 2012: Africa West Cargo Airlines (WTA) has wet-leased a 767-383BDSF (26544, EC-LKI) from Gestair Cargo (REI).

May 2013: Africa West Cargo Airlines (WTA) has added a 737-300F to its fleet and started operations in Douala, Brazzaville, and Pointe Noire this month. (WTA) has also acquired 2 ATR-72F freighters for its Central and West African destinations.

"The 1st turbopro has been delivered and will be used to make regular and scheduled trips to destinations including Cotonou, Port Gentil, Malabo, Niamey, Ouagadougou, Bamako, and Monrovia. The delivery of a second is expected in October 2013 said (CEO) Yannick Erbs. "Our objective is to achieve 21 principle destinations by the end of 2014 and to ensure steady and uninterrupted services."

July 2015: The Nigerian government on July 10 said it has no plan to ban Liberian airlines from coming into the country, following a fresh outbreak of the Ebola Virus Disease in the West African nation.

A fresh case of Ebola was detected in Liberia, nearly two months after the West African country was declared free of the virus by the World Health Organization (WHO).

The Liberian authorities are monitoring at least 100 people thought to have been in contact with a 17-year-old boy, Abraham Memaigar, who died on June 28 in Margibi County, Liberia.

Spokesperson for the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) Fan Ndubuoke said in Lagos, the country's commercial hub, that both inbound and outbound passengers were being screened for the virus by Port Health Officials.

He told reporters that the Ebola Prevention and Control was a collaborative effort by relevant agencies, saying adequate facilities were in place at the Port Health Office, where inbound and outbound passengers were adequately screened.

According to him, rather than banning the airlines, the various agencies have intensified necessary preventive measures at all the international airports in the country.

He assured the public and intending passengers that all government agencies were on their guard not to allow any passenger who refused to be screened into the country.

He added that the authority would not hesitate to sanction any airline that violated the mandatory screening at its various check points.

Fleet:
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Click below for photos:
WTA-AN-12BP 2009-09
WTA-DC-9-2010-08

September 2017:

1 737-300F (CFM56-3C), FREIGHTER.

1 747-400F, (TLS) WET-LSD. FREIGHTER.

1 767-383BDSF (26544, EC-LKI - - SEE PHOTO - - "REI-767-383BDSF-2011-01"), GAP LSD 2010-12, EX-(N767FF), GESTAIR CARGO WET-LSD 2012-03. FREIGHTER.

1 DC-9-34CF (47706, 5Y-BXM - - SEE PHOTO - - "WTA-DC-9-2010-08), EX-ASTRAL AVIATION, EX-(SP-PSR). FREIGHTER.

3 AN-12, GOLIAF AIR WET-LSD. FREIGHTER.

1 AN-12BP (AI-20M) (5342908, EK-11810 - SEE PHOTO - - "WTA-AN-12BP 2009-09"), AIR ARMENIA CARGO WET-LSD 2009-09. FREIGHTER.

1 AN-12BP (AI-20M) (2400802, /62 S9-DBA), (KHO) LSD 2006-04. FREIGHTER.

1 AN-12BP (AI-20M) (6344701, /66 S9-PSA), 2007-12.

1 AN-12BK (AI-20M) 8345805, /66 UN-11376), 2007-09. FREIGHTER.

2 ATR-72F, FREIGHTER.

Management:
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YANNICK ERBS, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (CEO).

CLAUDE SITTERLIN, GENERAL MANAGER.

 
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