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STARTED OPERATIONS IN 2002. OWNED BY UGANDA'S DAS AIR (DAR) AND TANZANIA'S INFRA INVESTMENTS. ENTIRELY OWNED BY AFRICAN ENTREPRENEURS, WITH NO GOVERNMENT INVOLVEMENT. HQ IN CRAWLEY, ENGLAND. INTERNATIONAL, CHARTER, PASSENGER, JET AIRPLANE SERVICES.
14 UPPER FITZWILLIAM STREET
DUBLIN 2, IRELAND
(TELEPHONE: (1) 661 73 38). (FAX: (1) 661 10 56).
(CORP TELEPHONE: (44-1293) 549 393). (CORP FAX: (44-1293) 514 036).
APRIL 2002: LAUNCHES OPERATIONS WITH 1 DC-10-30, DAS AIR (DAR) WET-LEASED, 267-PAX, LONDON GATWICK (LGW) TO ITS HUB AT ENTEBBE. IN 5/02, 2ND HUB IN LAGOS TO DUBAI VIA ENTEBBE (2/WEEK). WILL ALSO FLY ON BEHALF OF GAMBIA-BASED "RED SEA AIR" BETWEEN LAGOS, AND (LGW), VIA BANJUL, GAMBIA, AND FREETOWN (SIERRA LEONE). PLANS TO INTRODUCE ENTEBBE TO LONDON, VIA DAR ES SALAAM (TANZANIA), AND JOHANNESBURG SERVICES, AND IS FINALIZING THE PURCHASE OF A 2ND DC-10-30, FOR THIS EXPANSION. (YBG) WILL ALSO LAUNCH FEEDER REGIONAL SERVICES, INTO ITS 2 HUBS, WITHIN 2 MONTHS. IT IS FINALISING ACQUISITION OF 3 SHORT-HAUL AIRPLANES - EITHER MD-82'S, OR DC-9'S.
UGANDA PRESIDENT YOWERI MUSEVENI TRAVELLED ON BOARD THE INAUGRAL FLIGHT. CAPTAIN JOE ROY, CHAIRMAN STATED "THE BASIC IDEA IS TO GET EVERYBODY IN AFRICA AS PART-OWNERS OF THIS AIRLINE." CAPTAIN JOE ROY USED TO BE A PILOT WITH EAST AFRICAN AIRLINES.
MAY 2002: 3 DC-9-51'S (47731; 47732; 47746), EX-EASTERN AIRLINES (EAL), BOEING CAPITAL CORP (ZMF) LEASED.
July 2002: DC-9-51 starts regional flights to Dar Es Salaam, Kigali, Kiliminjaro, and Nairobi.
November 2002: Parent company, DAS AIR CARGO (DAC) has been invoiced by Kenya government for an estimated $1M on accumulated "foreign registered aircraft fees" for having set up camp at Kenya International Airport, without a license from the Civil Aviation Board.
Entebbe - Arusha (2/week).
March 2003: Suspends operations following a dispute between its principal shareholders, Dublin-based Charles Heather and Captain Joe Roy, owner of DAS AIR CARGO (DAC) over the airline's unsatisfactory performance over the past 10 months. The airline expects its reorganization to be completed by 4/03. Reportedly, its DC-10 (which has been parked at London Gatwick (LGW) for several months) will be replaced by a leased 767 to start Lagos - Entebbe - Dubai route and flights to Europe, and its DC-9's will be replaced by 1 MD-83.
Operates regional services in East Africa. Setting up a hub in Lagos.
Parent organization/shareholders: DAS Air Cargo (DAR), Infra Investments.
Main Base: Entebbe International (EBB).
Hub: Lagos, Nigeria.
International, Scheduled Destinations: Dubai; & Lagos.
(Telephone: +256 41 344011). (FAX: +256 41 251681).
July 2003: Owned by Africa One Services Ltd, the holding company of Africa One Uganda Ltd and Africa One Nigeria Ltd.
2 DC-9-51's (861-47732, 5X-TWO; 864-47746, 5X-TRE), returned to Boeing (TBC), leased to Ghana Airways (GHN).
August 2003: 757-236 (RB211-535E4) (617-26245, TF-FIS), Icelandair (ICE) wet-leased to Sierra National (SLA). Operated in partnership with AfricaOne (YBG).
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 AfricaOne (YBG).
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.
October 2007: ACCDT: An Africa One (YBG) An-26F freighter crashed in a heavily populated area of Kinshasa, shortly after takeoff, killing as many as 25 people onboard and killing or injuring an unknown number on the ground. The airplane was en route from the Democratic Republic Congolese (DRC) capital to Tshikapa, but reportedly was airborne only briefly, before crashing into multiple houses and catching fire. "There were 27 people on the plane, and 25 died and two members of the crew, a mechanic (MT) and an air hostess (CA), survived," "Agence France-Presse (AFP)" quoted Michel Bonnardeaux, a spokesperson for the United Nations (UN) mission in the (DRC), as saying. "There were several dead people [on the ground] in the houses," Congo Information Minister, Toussaint Tshilombo Send told (AFP). "It's really premature at this stage to give any exact toll."
Africa One (YBG), founded in 2002 is on the list of carriers banned from operating to the (EU) for safety reasons, according to the Flight Safety Foundation.
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).