Monday, May 20, 2013

► SOUTH SUDAN: Imatong Airlines looking to resume ops from July; seeks either an F50 or F27.

Imatong Airlines logoKenyan-based South Sudanese specialists, Imatong Airlines, are to resume charter operations out of the Sudanese capital, Juba, from July 1, the carrier has confirmed to The African Aviation Tribune.

Rendering of Imatong's first CRJ100
Rendering of Imatong's first CRJ100 due shortly
Using a planned fleet of two Bombardier CRJ100s, the first of which, (MSN? | 5Y-CCT), is currently at Nairobi's Wilson Airport awaiting the finalization of its paperwork, the airline plans to offer charters from Nairobi to Malindi and Juba and from Juba to Wau, Malakal, Rumbek, Bentiu, and Yambio all in South Sudan with future regional routes planned to include Entebbe, Khartoum and Addis Ababa.

Scheduled flights will begin "sometime" near the end of this year thereby helping to fill a gap left by Jetlink Express's (J0) departure.

Imatong has also stated that it is actively looking to lease or buy either a Fokker 50 or an F27 (passenger or cargo).

Named after the highest Mountains in South Sudan, Imatong Airlines pioneered its first direct commercial flights into Juba after the signing of the 2005 Sudanese Comprehensive Peace Agreement, also known as the Naivasha Agreement, operating a Fokker 27-300.