http://www.engineeringnews.co.za
  SEARCH
Login
R/€ = 18.11Change: -0.06
R/$ = 16.04Change: 0.11
Au 1188.12 $/ozChange: -5.88
Pt 930.50 $/ozChange: 5.50
 
 
Note: Search is limited to the most recent 250 articles. Set date range to access earlier articles.
Where? With... When?








Start
 
End
 
 
And must exclude these words...
Close Main Search
Close Main Login
My Profile News Alerts Newsletters Logout Close Main Profile
 
Agriculture   Automotive   Chemicals   Competition Policy   Construction   Defence   Economy   Electricity   Energy   Environment   ICT   Metals   Mining   Science and Technology   Services   Trade   Transport & Logistics   Water  
What's On Press Office Tenders Suppliers Directory Research Jobs Announcements Letters About Us
 
 
 
RSS Feed
Article   Comments   Other News   Research   Magazine  
 
 
Mar 07, 2012

New DRC airline to take to the skies next month

Back
Korongo Airlines CEO Christophe Allard discusses the operator's launch. Camera: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Shane Williams
 
 
 
Brussels|DRC|Johannesburg|Kinshasa|Lilongwe|Lubumbashi|LUSAKA|Africa|Aircraft|Brussels Airlines|Components|Engineering|Introducing Korongo Airlines|Korongo Airlines|Mining|Systems|Africa|Belgium|Democratic Republic Of Congo|DRC|Malawi|South Africa|Uganda|Zambia|Air Operator|Aircraft Maintenance Services|Airline|Maintenance|Service|Services|Systems|Underdeveloped Airport Infrastructure|Christophe Allard|Georges Arthur Forrest|Infrastructure|Boeing 737|Operations
DRC||Africa|Aircraft|Components|Engineering|Mining|Systems|Africa|Democratic Republic Of Congo|DRC|Zambia|Maintenance|Service|Services|Systems||Infrastructure|Operations
brussels|drc|johannesburg|kinshasa|lilongwe|lubumbashi|lusaka|africa-company|aircraft|brussels-airlines|components|engineering|introducing-korongo-airlines|korongo-airlines|mining|systems-company|africa|belgium|democratic-republic-of-congo|drc-country|malawi|south-africa|uganda|zambia|air-operator|aircraft-maintenance-services|airline|maintenance|service|services|systems|underdeveloped-airport-infrastructure|christophe-allard|georges-arthur-forrest|infrastructure|boeing-737|operations
© Reuse this



A new air operator, Korongo Airlines, will start operations from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) city of Lubumbashi from April 16, linking previously cut off regions in Central Africa with Johannesburg, in South Africa, and Brussels, in Belgium.

CEO Christophe Allard told Engineering News Online that the most significant aspect of Korongo Airlines establishing its operating base in Lubumbashi is that it would in future be able to provide aircraft maintenance services to European Union standards in the heart of Africa.

“We have a 12 000 m2 piece of Belgium in Central Africa, thanks to our new hangar for servicing aircraft up to the size of a Boeing 737. We also invested heavily in the underdeveloped airport infrastructure, to get it up to modern international standards, allowing us to operate international flights from the airport to previously cut-off regions,” he said.

Introducing Korongo Airlines represents a new way of travel to the region. The company said it would develop its routes and flight frequencies in three phases during the year, with the first phase entailing eight weekly flights between Lubumbashi and the DRC’s capital Kinshasa, and two weekly connections from Lubumbashi to Johannesburg.

This is in addition to Brussels Airlines operating a three-times-a-week service from Lubumbashi to Brussels.

Other destinations to be connected in future development phases include Kolwezi, in the south of the DRC where there is a significant demand for the service from mine operators, Lilongwe in Malawi, Lusaka in Zambia and Entebbe in Uganda.

The airline would introduce business-class travel options from Lubumbashi, as well as snacks on short-distance flights, and hot meals on any flights longer than two hours.

Tickets would also  be available electronically for the first time in the DRC, while passengers could choose to buy fully flexible, semiflexible or low-cost tickets, depending on individual needs.

The airline would also target international ticket booking systems such as the Galileo and Amadeus ticketing networks to enable customers to book tickets from anywhere in the world.

Korongo Airlines would also provide air-freight capacity in the region.

The airline is a joint venture between Brussels Airlines, which owns a 40% interest and is supplying the leased Boeing 737-300 and a BAE 146-200 aircraft, civil engineering and mining services group George Arthur Forrest, which holds 39.6% interest, and DRC investors.

The aircraft were recently refitted and modernised and underwent a ‘tropicalisation’ process to accustom the aircraft components to the hot and humid climate of the region.
 

Edited by: Mariaan Webb
Creamer Media Senior Researcher and Deputy Editor Online
© Reuse this

To subscribe email subscriptions@creamermedia.co.za or click here
To advertise email advertising@creamermedia.co.za or click here
 
Comment Guidelines (150 word limit)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Latest News
Updated 4 hours ago While international companies are keen to invest in South Africa, they are unable to meet the conditions of employment that have been extended to non-parties, forming part of a myriad of reasons why the the Free Market Foundation (FMF) is challenging the current...
Updated 5 hours ago South Africa- and Botswana-based research institutions have teamed up to research dynamic spectrum access and the sharing of television (TV) band frequencies using a TV white space (TVWS) experimental network. South Africa’s Council for Scientific and Industrial...
Randgold CEO Mark Bristow
Updated 6 hours ago Mining companies owed it to their host countries and their shareholders to invest in the troughs so that they could reap the benefits in the peaks, Randgold Resources CEO Dr Mark Bristow said on Tuesday. Speaking during a panel discussion at the 2016 Investing in...
More
 
 
Recent Research Reports
Construction 2016: A review of South Africa's construction industry (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Construction 2016 Report examines South Africa’s construction industry over the past 12 months. The report provides insight into the business environment; key participants; local demand; geographic diversification; corporate activity; black economic...
Energy Roundup – February 2016 (PDF Report)
The February 2016 roundup covers activities across South Africa for December 2015 and January 2016 and includes details of a Government Gazette notice that confirms Cabinet’s decision to move ahead with the 9 600 MW nuclear procurement programme; State-owned power...
Energy Roundup - December 2015 (PDF Report)
The December 2015 roundup includes details of State-owned utility Eskom’s application to claw back R22.8-billion; South Africa’s ranking as an investment destination for renewable energy; and a nuclear expert’s thoughts on reactor designs for South Africa’s nuclear...
Water 2015: A review of South Africa's water sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Water 2015 Report considers the aforementioned issues, not only in the South African context but also in the African and global context in terms of supply and demand, water stress and insecurity, and access to water and sanitation, besides others.
Input Sector Review: Pumps 2015 (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s 2015 Input Sector Review on Pumps provides an overview of South Africa’s pumps industry with particular focus on pump manufacture and supply, aftermarket services, marketing strategies, local and export demand, imports, sector support, investment...
Liquid Fuels 2015: A review of South Africa's liquid fuels sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Liquid Fuels 2015 Report examines these issues in the context of South Africa’s business environment; oil and gas exploration; fuel pricing; the development of the country’s biofuels industry; the logistics of transporting liquid fuels; and...
 
 
 
 
 
This Week's Magazine
Power and automation company ABB is in the launch phase of its highest payload, multipurpose industrial robot, the IRB 8700. The robot has a reach of 3.5 m and can handle a payload of up to 800 kg. “When designing the IRB 8700, we emphasised reach and payload, as...
Identity and Access Management (IAM) is a critical facet of a connected security ecosystem, as controlling the confidentiality, integrity and authorisation of data access and use is key to securing new digital business channels. However, companies face several...
RORY YOUNG Managed security services provide companies with a means to actively monitor their environment and ward against threats
Data underpins digital business models, the digital economy, the Internet of Things and the fundamental changes in the ways people interact and protecting data is crucial to securing new ways of doing business, says T-Systems South Africa information and...
The City of Cape Town will issue a tender for the procurement of electric buses for its MyCiTi service, in line with the council’s commitment to lower its carbon footprint, says executive mayor Patricia de Lille. The tender, to be advertised early in February, will...
The iSimangaliso Wetland Park Authority signed a R10-million contract last month with local tailings storage facility specialists Cyclone Engineering Projects to remove about 100 000 m3 of dredge spoil obstructing the natural course of the uMfolozi river, in...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Alert Close
Embed Code Close
content
Research Reports Close
Research Reports are a product of the
Research Channel Africa. Reports can be bought individually or you can gain full access to all reports as part of a Research Channel Africa subscription.
Find Out More Buy Report
 
 
Close
Engineering News
Completely Re-Engineered
Experience it now. Click here
*website to launch in a few weeks
Subscribe Now for $149 Close
Subscribe Now for $149