Thursday, October 18, 2012

► BURUNDI: China Southern to operate military charters to Monrovia, Bujumbura, Juba, Nairobi in November.

China SouthernGuangzhou based carrier, China Southern (CZ), will operate three military charter flights to Monrovia (Liberia), Bujumbura (Burundi), Juba (South Sudan) and Nairobi (Kenya) this November on behalf of the Chinese People's Liberation Army, under the auspices of the United Nations.

China Southern Airlines charter flight CZ3001 in Monrovia
China Southern Airlines charter flight CZ3001 in Monrovia (wcarn)
Service to Bujumbura will operate with a Boeing 757, while Monrovia will receive the 777. In addition, the airline will operate 3 round-trip charter service on board a Boeing 757 to South Sudan and Kenya as well.

China Southern (CZ): Urumqi, China – Paris CDG – Monrovia, Liberia 
- Service originates to/from Beijing in both direction
  • CZ3001 URC0320 – 0430CDG0530 – 1100ROB 777 [14NOV12/24NOV12]
  • CZ3002 ROB1400 – 2110CDG2240 – 1310+1URC 777 [14NOV12/24NOV12]
Urumqi, China – Sharjah, UAE – Bujumbura, Burundi
- CZ3003 originates from Xi’An
  • CZ3003 URC0145 – 0345SHJ0445 – 0935BJM 757 [21NOV12/29NOV12]
  •  CZ3004 BJM1235 – 2055SHJ2155 – 0720+1URC 757 [21NOV12/29NOV12]
Urumqi, China – Sharjah, UAE – Juba, South Sudan – Nairobi, Kenya – Sharjah – Urumqi
- CZ3003 originates from Jinan
- CZ3004 terminates at Zhengzhou
  • CZ3003 URC0430 – 0630SHJ0730 – 1230JUB1530 – 1710NBO 757 [08NOV12/12NOV12/16NOV12]
  • CZ3004 JUB1530 – 1710NBO1810 – 0010+1SHJ0110+1 – 1010+1URC 757 [08NOV12/12NOV12/16NOV12]

China started to send peace-keepers to both Liberia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo from 2003 and thus far have 1,612 troops on the ground in both nations. In 2007, Chinese soldiers were the first peacekeeping troops to be deployed to the Afican Union-United Nations hybrid operation area in Darfur.