Thursday, March 28, 2013

► GAMBIA: Damaged A319 forces Gambia Bird to temporarily reduce its operations.

Gambia Bird logoGambia Bird (3G), the 90/10 venture between German carrier, Germania (ST) and the Gambian government, has announced that it will temporarily reduce its flight schedule in the coming weeks owing to damage sustained by one of its Airbus A319s.

Gambia Bird's second A319 in Berlin
Gambia Bird's second A319 (marian)
The Gambian airline did not elaborate as to which of its two Airbus A319s had been damaged, nor did it expand on the gravity or circumstances under which the damage occurred.
"We would like to inform its customers that due to damage to one of our aircraft, the mentioned aircraft will be out of operation for approved repairs for an unspecified period. Following international safety standards, this aircraft had been technically inspected and deemed unfit to operate commercial flights until it is fully repaired."
As both A319s are registered under Germania, the damaged aircraft is undergoing repairs at Germania Technik in Germany.

From its base in Banjul, Gambia Bird operates to Abidjan, Accra, Bamako, Barcelona, Conakry, Dakar, Freetown, London Gatwick, Monrovia and Ouagadougou.

The carrier had previously announced intentions to further expand its network into Europe and Africa this coming Northern Summer, though with one of its aircraft out of commission, it is likely that the roll out will be delayed.