Friday, May 31, 2013

► TOGO: AfricaWest Cargo Airlines acquires a 737-300F, two ATR72Fs for planned regional expansion.

AfricaWest Cargo Airlines logoAfricaWest Cargo Airlines (FK) has announced the addition of a Boeing 737-300F with two ATR72Fs set to join its fleet in June and October respectively. The cargo operator intends to use the aircraft as part of its plans to expand throughout Africa during 2013 and 2014.

AfricaWest's  An12
According to the airline, the Boeing 737-300F, which arrived in early May, has already begun flights to Douala, Cameroon and Brazzaville and Pointe-Noire in the Republic of  Congo while the two ATR72Fs will accommodate growing demand in its Central and West African destinations.
The order has been placed, and the delivery of the first ATR72F is expected by the end of June 2013,” Yannick Erbs, CEO of AfricaWest, said.
He said the aircraft will make regular trips to destinations such as Cotonou, Benin; Port-Gentil, Gabon; Malabo, Equatorial Guinea; Niamey, Niger; Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso; Bamako, Mali and Monrovia, Liberia.

The delivery of a second ATR72F is expected in October, he said.

Erbs said AfricaWest will soon disclose more plans for the future.
We are definitely reinforcing our services and expanding our destinations,” he said. “Our objective is to achieve 21 principal destinations by the end of 2014 and to ensure steady and uninterrupted services.
AfricaWest, which is based in Lomé, Togo, was founded in 1997. In 2011, Global Investments Limited, a Dubai based company acquired a 51% controlling interest in the airline.