Showing posts with label Korongo Airlines. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Korongo Airlines. Show all posts

Monday, September 9, 2013

■ CONGO (KINSHASA): Korongo boss dismisses reports of Air France/Kinshasa tie up; claims game still on.

Korongo AirlinesChristophe Allard, the managing director of Congolese operator, Korongo Airlines (ZC), has dismissed recent media reports that Kinshasa has reached a definitive agreement with Air France (AF) in which the latter will become a partner in a new Congolese national carrier due in the skies in either late 2013/early 2014.

Friday, August 23, 2013

■ CONGO (KINSHASA): Government once more looking for a strategic partner in its planned national carrier.

DRCIts back to the drawing board for Kinshasa so far as finding a strategic partner for its renewed national carrier is concerned. Accordingly, the country's Minister of Transport, Mr Justin Kalumba, Congo has reissued a tender for interested parties & carriers which closes on August 31.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

■ CONGO (KINSHASA): IATA-backed safety audit of all Congolese carriers begins in Kinshasa.

DRCThe Democratic Republic of the Congo began its IATA-backed operational safety audit of all Congolese carriers at Kinshasa N'djili International Airport on Friday, July 5. During a working tour of the airport's and airlines' various facilities, Justin Kalunga, the Congolese Minster of Transport, was accompanied by Richard Nyanguile, the Director General of the Congolese Civil Aviation Authority ( l’Autorité de l’Aviation Civile - AAC) and Abdalla Bilenge, the Director General of the Congolese airports authority (Régie des Voies Aériennes - RVA).

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

► CONGO (KINSHASA): Korongo to add another 737, turboprop before year-end: Allard.

Korongo AirlinesKorongo Airlines (ZC) CEO Christophe Allard says his airline is expecting to add an additional 737 (type unspecified) and a 50-seater turboprop to its fleet before the end of the year. Funding arrangements are to be confirmed.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

► CONGO (KINSHASA): Korongo's only aircraft suffers wing damage in Lubumbashi; Safair 737 being leased in the meantime.

Korongo AirlinesKorongo Airlines (ZC) sole remaining aircraft, a Boeing 737-300 (MSN 25070 | OO-LTM), on the evening of Friday May 24, suffered damage to its left wing tip while taxiing to its parking position at Lubumbashi's Luano International Airport, the carrier has announced.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

■ CONGO (KINSHASA): Brussels Airlines boss reaffirms company's commitment to Korongo.

Korongo AirlinesDuring a recent visit to the Congolese capital of Kinshasa, Bernard Gustin, the CEO of Belgian airline, SN Brussels Airlines (SN), reaffirmed his company's commitment to its Congolese venture, Korongo (ZC), in which it owns a 34.65% stake.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

■ CONGO (KINSHASA): (Video) Korongo commissions new 2'400sqm hangar as Alpha Airports awarded contract to build temporary terminal at Kinshasa N'djili.

Korongo AirlinesCongolese regional operator, Korongo Airlines (ZC) has inaugurated a new prefabricated hangar at its Lubumbashi Luano International Airport base. The airline says the new facility, which conforms to all IATA and ICAO specifications, will allow for the on-site servicing and maintenance of its current lone aircraft, a Boeing 737-300.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

► CONGO (KINSHASA): Allard dispels rumours of financial difficulties as Korongo sells off its sole BAe146.

Korongo AirlinesCEO Christophe Allard, has denied media reports that Congolese carrier Korongo Airlines (ZC) is in financial trouble following the sale its sole BAe 146-200 (MSN 2196 | OO-DJJ) to an undisclosed American buyer last week.

Friday, October 19, 2012

► CONGO (KINSHASA): Korongo adds Mbuji-Mayi from late October.

Korongo AirlinesAs previously reported by The African Aviation Tribune, Congolese carrier Korongo Airlines (ZC), have announced plans for twice weekly flights between Lubumbashi and Mbuji-Mayi (Eastern Kasai) and Kinshasa and Mbuji-Mayi respectively, effective 31 October 2012.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

► CONGO (KINSHASA): Korongo to expand network to Mbuji-Mayi, Kolwezi, Goma, Kisangani with more regional routes to follow.

Korongo AirlinesWith a second Bae146-200 (aka AvroRJ 85) (MSN E2196 | OO-DJJ) having joined its fleet on Tuesday 28 August, George Forrest, the Belgian businessman and chairman of Korongo Airlines (ZC), the Lubumbashi based joint venture between Brussels Airlines (40.40%), Forrest Group (39.60%) and local DRC investors (20%), has announced that its next intended destinations within Congo are to be: Mbuji-Mayi (Eastern Kasai), Kolwezi (Katanga), followed by Goma (North Kivu) and Kisangani (Eastern Province).

Thursday, August 2, 2012

► CONGO (KINSHASA): Korongo brings forward planned Johannesburg flight increase.

Korongo Airlines
Strong market demand has forced Congolese carrier Korongo Airlines (ZC) to bring forward its 4x weekly Lubumbashi, DRC - Johannesburg, South Africa, originally slated to have only come into effect on 1 September 2012, to 15 July 2012 (this has only be learned as of now!).

Korongo Airlines Avro RJ100
Korongo Airlines BAe146
Korongo Airlines: Lubumbashi, DRC - Johannesburg, South Africa
-Effective 15 July 2012
  • ZC123 FBM0730 – 0945JNB 733 4
  • ZC123 FBM1510 – 1730JNB 733 137
  • ZC124 JNB1130 – 1350FBM 733 5
  • ZC124 JNB1845 – 2105FBM 733 13
  • ZC124 JNB1850 – 2110FBM 733 7

Friday, July 6, 2012

► CONGO (KINSHASA): Korongo boosts frequencies/capacity to Kinshasa & Johannesburg.

Korongo Airlines
Lubumbashi-based Congolese carrier Korongo Airlines (ZC) is to increase both capacity and frequency on its routes to Johannesburg, South Africa and Kinshasa, DRC with effect from 1 September 2012.

Korongo 737
Korongo Airlines Boeing 737-300 (Pixstel)
Korongo Airlines: Lubumbashi, DRC – Johannesburg, South Africa
-Frequency increases from 2x to 4x weekly
  • ZC123 FBM0730 – 0945JNB 733 4
  • ZC123 FBM1510 – 1730JNB 733 137
  • ZC124 JNB1130 – 1350FBM 733 5
  • ZC124 JNB1845 – 2105FBM 733 13
  • ZC124 JNB1850 – 2110FBM 733 7
Korongo Airlines: Lubumbashi, DRC – Kinshasa, DRC
-All flights to operate with Boeing 737-300 instead of 3x weekly B737/Bae146.
  • ZC101 FBM0730 – 0850FIH 733 137
  • ZC105 FBM1655 – 1845FIH 733 256
  • ZC102 FIH1020 – 1340FBM 733 137
  • ZC106 FIH1945 – 2305FBM 733 256

Korongo Airlines started operations in April 2012 and is a joint-venture between Brussels Airlines and the Belgian multinational Groupe George Forrest International, with full support from Brussels Airlines' parent company Lufthansa.

Since its inception, Korongo has attempted to carve out a niche for itself in the lucrative, albeit accident and bureaucracy infested quagmire that is the Congolese aviation market. In the past, many foreign based airlines have failed where Korongo is attempting to succeed, the most recent casualty of which was South African Express' Congo subsidiary, Congo Express.