Tuesday, February 26, 2013

► EQUATORIAL GUINEA: Air Annobón finally starts operations with daily Bata - Malabo flights.

EQUATORIAL GUINEA flagEnigmatic Equatoguinean startup, Air Annobón, has at long last launched scheduled flights, albeit one month ago. Operations are understood to have commenced on 25 January using only one (and not two) BAe146-300s.

Air Annobòn's BAe146-300
Air Annobòn's second BAe146-300 at Lanseria (photon5)
Sources state that the airline's solitary route currently consists of a daily Malabo - Bata milk run being operated with a BAe146-300 leased from South Africa's Fair Aviation, with the second BAe146-300 (MCN E3120 | ZS-SBR) due for delivery at some stage in the future.

Based out of San Antonio de Palé, the capital of Annobón Island, Air Annobón is owned by  Cándido Nsue Okomo, the director of the national petroleum company, GEPetrol, and who is also the brother of the First Lady of Equatorial Guinea's strongman ruler, Teodoro Obiang Nguema.