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African Airliners 2019 edition

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Last updated 2019-03-08

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Air Burundi(click here)

A gift from the Chinese government of a Xian MA-60 2012 was intended to operate the carriers
scheduled services but the aircraft is still grounded due to lack of licenced pilots and cabin crews.

Air Burundi - History
Air Burundi is the state-owned national airline of Burundi, although in practice it has not been
operational since 2009. It used to operate scheduled regional passenger services to Rwanda, Tanza-
nia, and Uganda using a sole Beechcraft 1900C.

Air Burundi Sud Caravelle II 9U-BTA cn 144 taxying in front of East African Airways Vickers Super
VC-10S 5H-MOG at Nairobi Embakasi Intl airport (NBO)1976.
Photo: Steve Fizgerald, Airliners Net.

The airline was established in April 1971, and started operations in 1975. It was formed as Société
de Transports Aériens du Burundi, and adopted the present name in June 1975. The initial fleet of
two DC-3´s was updated with a single Sud Caravelle III followed by two de havilland DHC-200
Twin Otters. Scheduled routes linked Bujumbura with Dar es Salaam, Entebbe, Goma, Harare, Kigali,
Kigoma, Kilimanjaro, Lusaka, Mwanza and Nairobi.

In 1992 the carrier took delivery of one Beech 1900 9U-BHD which left the company in June 1998
and was registered TN-AFK in Congo. During 1999 the aircraft returned back to Air Burundi and
was reregistered 9U-BHG. In 1977 one of the Twin Otters were sold and the seccond one was leased
to Zaire’s Virunga Air Charter. The Beech 1900C became the only workhorse within the airline. De-
stinations included Goma, Kalemie, Harare, Kigoma, Kigali, Lusaka, Kilimanjaro, and Nairobi.
The French-made jetliner is withdrawn in 1994,

In 1977 one of the Twin Otters were sold and the seccond one was leased to Zaire’s Virunga Air
Charter. In 1992 the carrier took delivery of one Beech 1900 9U-BHD which left the company in
June 1998 and was registered TN-AFK in Congo. The Beech 1900C became the only workhorse
within the airline. Destinations included Goma, Kalemie, Harare, Kigoma, Kigali, Lusaka, Kili-
manjaro, and Nairobi. The French-made jetliner was withdrawn in 1994.

Operations continued without change in 1995. A military coup d'état that took place in Burundi on
25 July 1996. The regional African nations placed an economic and transportation embargo on
the country. The allied measure effectively grounds the airline. During the remainder of the year and
in 1997–1998, transport at all levels in Burundi was paralyzed.

With political pressure easing, the leaders of East Africa lift their embargo of Burundi on January
25 1999. On February 1, Air Burundi was permitted to resume flights to Rwanda, Kenya, and
Uganda with its Beech 1900C. With political pressure easing, the leaders of East Africa lifted their
embargo of Burundi on January 25, 1999. On February 1, Air Burundi is permitted to resume
flights to Rwanda, Kenya, and Uganda with its Beech 1900C.

In 2007 the only sole aircraft, the Beech was temporarely grounded but to be in service for two
years until it was taken out of service due to heavy service and it has not been operational since then.

Air Djibouti (click here)

Air Djibouti Fokker 100 UP-F1009 leased from Bek Air 2018.


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Beechcraft 18s F-OBOO at Gafsa-Ksar International Airport, Tunisia 1963

DeHavilland DH89A Dragon Rapide F-OCBX at Gafsa-Ksar International Airport, Tunisia 1963.

Air Djibouti was set up as Compagnie Territoriale de Transports Aériens de la Cote Française des
Somalis in April 1963. Operations commenced in April 1964 with two Beechcraft Model 18 aircrafs,
a De Havilland Dragon Rapid and a Bristol 170 initially serving Dikhil, Obock and Tadjoura.

Air Djibouti DC-3 at Aden, Jemen

The first services between Dire Dawa, Taiz and Aden carried out by this DC-3. The successfulness
of this service prompted the airline to buy five more DC-3s from Air Liban, which rapidly replaced
the smaller aircraft in the fleet.

Air Djibouti, the national flag-carrier of the Republic of Djibouti was formed in July 1971. Share-
holding was reorganised following independence in June 1973 and the carrier has since then been
reorganised and estblished 1997 as Air Djibouti Red Sea Airlines.

Douglas DC-6B, F-OCYJ cn 43740/290 at Paris - Orly, France 1976 leased 1974-1977

Air Djibouti was also studying the possibility of a route to Paris in Europe and therefore the Douglas
DC-6 F-OCYJ was aquired for this mission.

In 1975, Air Djibouti took deliverance of two DeHavilland DHC-6 Twin Otter, J2-KAA and J2-KAB
which become to be the back boone in the fleet until the bankrupsy 1991.

In July 1980, the number of employees was 210 and the fleet consisted of two Twin Otter aircrafts.
At this time, a domestic network was served along with international flights to Aden, Hodeida and
Taiz, Addis Ababa, Cairo and Jeddah were also served in conjunction with Air France.

After ten years experience under AirFrance tutelage,Air Djibouti aquired its own B737-229 PH-TVD

In 1980 Air Djibouti operated two Twin Otters, one leased Boeing 737-200 PH-TVD until 1982. At
the same year the carrier accquired a Boeing 727-200C but the Boeing 727 was to large and un-
economical and was sold company in Florida in 1984. Instead a Boeing 737-200 was leased from the
Belgian carrier Sobelair and the company operated under a contract the new scheduled flights to
Paris, Rome, Doha, Nairobi and Sanáa.

Air Djibouti (Sobelair) Boeing 737-200 OO-SBQ, cn 21596/529. (1984-1988) Note the logo on the fin.

In March 1990 Air Djibouti operated flights to Abu Dhabi, Aden, Addis Ababa, Cairo, Dire Dawa,
Hargeisa, Jeddah, Nairobi, Paris, Rome and Sana'a as part of the airline's international network,
and flew domestically to Obock and Tadjoura.

During the years the carrier has operated leased aircrafts, such as de Havilland DHC-6 Twin Otter,
Boeing 727, Boeing 737 and the last known aircraft operated by Air Djibouti was the Douglas DC-9
JU-AJI leased from Jat.

Boeing 737-2KC/Adv N7375F, cn 20363 at Stockholm/Arlanda International Airport, Sweden (ARN), Sweden , 1996.
Photo: Ola Carlsson, Airliners.Net

The carrier operated international scheduled passenger and cargo services to Aden, Addis Ababa,
Borama, Burao, Cairo, Hargeisa, Mogadishu, Paris, Sanaa and Sharjah.

In Januari 1990, the carrier again declared bankruptcy. Due to ongoing losses a DC-9 JU-AJI was
leased again from JAT (Yugoslav Airlines). The B737-229 was returned back to Sobelair and the
other assets were liquidated.

In 1997 new plans were announced for a relaunch of the airline. An Boeing 737-291 SE-DTV was
leased from Aircraft Leaseing&Holdings 1997 to 1998 but it was returned to Nordic European due
to its bankruptsy. It is not confirmed that the aircraft went into any services with Air Djibouti at all.

Airbus 310-222, F-OHPQ cn 318 at Paris Charles de Gaule, France 1999.

The carrier was refounded in 1997 and operations started again in July 1998 using a leased ex-Kuwait
Airways 194-seater Airbus A310-200. At March 2000, the A310 was deployed on scheduled routes to
Addis Ababa, Asmara, Cairo, Dar-es-Salaam, Dubai, Jeddah, Johannesburg, Karachi, Khartoum,
Mogadishu, Mombasa, Muscat, Nairobi, Rome and Taiz. In 2001 negotiations regarings financial re-
construction were casually stoped but in 2002 Air Djubouti ceased operation.

The Relaunch of Air Djibouti 2015

Air Djibouti was set to relaunch service in late 2015 and 2016 with Chairman Aboubaker Omar
Hadi and CEO Mario Fulgoni. The company is also supported by South Wales-based Cardiff Avi-
ation. In late 2015 Air Djibouti relaunched service with a Boeing 737 freighter. The governments
intentions was to establish the country as a regional logistics and commercial hub for trade in East
Africa, and chose to relaunch the airline as part of this plan. The airline started regional services
with the Boeing 737-400 on 16 August 2016 and introduced a British Aerospace 146-300 aircraft
in the end of 2016.

The first step to build up the fleet was to secure a Fokker F-27 for cargooperations to Hargeisha in
Somaliland , Mogadishu in Somalia and Juba in South Sudan. The seccond step was the planning
for passenger operations. After invistigations of suitable aircrafts for this purpose the management
recomended the government to choose a Boeing 737-400 aircrafts boosed later by a Britsish
Aerospace BAe-146.

The airline operated passenger and cargo services to Addis Abeba and Hargeisha in Somaliland,
Mogadishu in Somalia.

Fokker F-27-500F, 5Y-JUU cn 10448 at Djibouti Intl. airport (JIB), Djibouti, 2015. The Fokker
27 was withdraweled from service when the Boeing 737-400 was deliverd.

This Boeing 737-400 9H-VVB was deliverd to Air Djibouti on 11th August, 2016 by Cardiff Avi-
ation and operated until Cardiff Aviation went bankruptsy in 2017.

BAe-146-300 Avro RJ, ZS-SOR cn 3155 was added to Air Djibouti fleet in early November 2016 and
operated untill September 2017.

After the braek up from Cardiff Aviation, the Boeing 737-400 and Bae-146 were brought back to their


Air Djibouti has leased a Fokker 100 from Bek Air since 2018. Air Djibouti operates services to
Dire Dawa and Addis Abeba in Ethiopia, Aden in Jemen and to Mogadishu, Hargeisa and Bossaso
in Somalia.

Air Djibouti plans to secure a Boeing 737-400 and Airbus A320 in 2019 to open up new services to
Nairobi, Khartum, Cairo, Jeddah and Dubai.

Air Djibouti Red Sea Airlines
9/11 Rue de Genéve, Djibouti

Malawian Airlines ex Air Malawi (click here)

Malawian Airlines Boeing 737-700 ET-APL

Malawian Airlines Bombardier DHC8-Q400 ET-AQB

Malawian Airlines "The new national flagcarrier of Malawi" !

Malawian Airlines Limited is the flag carrier airline of Malawi, based in Lilongwe and with its hub
at Lilongwe International Airport. It was established in 2012 after the liquidation of Air Malawi, the
former national airline. Ethiopian Airlines operates it under a management contract and owns 49%
of the airline after it emerged as the winner following competitive bidding.

The airline was formed in July 2013, following the collapse of Air Malawi, the hitherto national car-
rier, in February 2013, as a result of inability to pay its debts. A deal with Ethiopian Airlines,
that would see this carrier having a 49% shareholding in Air Malawi, was finalised in July 2013.
The agreement also contemplated the renaming of Air Malawi to Malawian Airlines Ltd.

Operations commenced on 31 January 2014 serving the Blantyre–Lilongwe domestic route using a 67-
seater Bombardier Q400 equipment. Malawian launched its first international service to Harare on
3 February 2014.Johannesburg was added to the route network two weeks later, on 17 February and
Dar es Salaam was incorporated on 18 February. A Boeing 737-700 has since been added to the fleet.

Air Tanzania (click here)

Air Tanzania Boeing 787-800 Dreamlinder 5H-TCG msn 64249 landed on 8 July 2018 at Dar es
Salaam Int Airport



Air Tanzania Corporation (ATC), the Tanzanian flag-carrier, was established on 11 th March,1977
to operate the services suspended following the collapse of East African Airways (EAA), which was
owned jointly by the governments of Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. EAA operations came to a total
halt in January 1977 which caused the dissolution of EAA, the "Pride of East Africa".

Strained relations among the the three member-states in the shared EAA culminated in Kenya´s de-
cision to whith its participation in the shared EAA.

The governments of Tanzania and Uganda that had been partners to form EAA, were at a disad-
vantage compared to Kenya,which had the headquaerter for the EAA at Embakasi, Nairobi, Kenya.

Tanzania and Uganda did not receive a fair share of the former airlinerassets despite being equal
partners since Kenya government was the main creditor in EAA. When Kenya realized the coming
break down of EAA they secured aircrafts from the EAA bankruptcy and repainted the aircrafts in
Kenya Airways new colours two days later after the dissolulation of EAA.

Tanzania inherited two Fokker F27-200 5Y-AAC and 5X-AAP from the defunt airline but it had no
local organization like Kenya Airways had in the former EAAC offices and maitenance hangars at
Embakasi, Nairobi.

Its territory was much bigger that those of its former partners which required aircrafts of differnt
sizes. Air Tanzania considered Fokker F27 and DeHavilland Twin Otters which were suitable for
airports which were unpaved.

Air Tanzania commenced operation during 1977 with a leased Douglas DC-9-32 5Y-ALR from the
Kenyan government newly start up airline, Kenya Airways and the inherited Fokker F27-200s from
the defunct East African Airways.

After negotiation with different creditors or banks the Tanzanian government placed an order of two
Boeing737-200, three new Fokker F27-600 and four DHC-6 Twin Otters all financed by a US Bank.
all to be delivered during 1977-78.

Air Tanzania leased a Boeing 737-200 from Mocambique´s DETA meanwhile waiting for the first
new Boeing 737-200 to enter the fleet.

The first ordered DHC-6 Twin Otter and the Fokker F27s were painted in a tradition straight cheet-
line, green yellow, black and white colours but were resprayed in the factory to the new eyecatching
colours blue and yellow before livery to AirTanzania in Dar es Salaam..

Meanwhile waiting for delivery of the factory new Boeing 737-200´s Air Tanzania rushed to rent a
Boeing 720-022 N62215 with crew from Caledonian unfortunately with substandard contract. When
it finally started operation it became apparent that the Boeing 720 could only cary 29 passengers,
something Caledonian no-doubt failed to mention to Air Tanzania.

Finally in December 1978 the first Boeing 737-2R8C (Adv), 5H-ATC cn 21710 named "Kilimanjaro"
was delivered to Air Tanzania wearing the attractive colours of Air Tanzania which were based on
the national flag.

Fokker F-27-600 5H-MPU flight TC350 to Mwanza at Dar es Salaam Int. airport (DAR), 1981.

DeHavilland DHC-6 Twin Otter 5H-MRC at Dar es Salaam Int. Aiport (DAR), 1981.

Boeing 737-2R8C(Adv), flight TC540 5H-MRK 1994 at Seychelles 1981.

Ambitiously, AirTanzania extended their service in 1979 with the new Boeing 737-200 to Maputo,
Lusaka, Tananrive and Seyshelles.

With two new Boeing 737-200, five Fokker F27 and two De Haviland DHC Twin Otter, the carrier
started services within Tanzania and the naighbouring countries in the end of 1979. Its history, has
been marked by an aborted privatisation, dysfunctional alliances and a controversial aircraft leasing
conracts led that the carrier was not trused among the passengers with also led to a bad reputation.

The airline was wholly owned by the Tanzanian Government until 2002 when it was partially privat-
ised as per the directive of the Bretton Woods Institutions to implement the country's Structural Ad-
justment Program. The government therefore reduced its shareholding to 51 percent and entered in
to a partnership with South African Airways.


Already after a few months, problems arose because SAA had promised that the aircraft fleet would
be renewed and that Dar es Salaam would become a new hub in SAA's traffic. None of the promised
conditions are met. The two older Boeing 737-200 were replaced by equivalent aircraft, except that
two Fokker F28 jets and two De-Dehaviland DHC8 Q200 were supplied to the company.

This could not accept the Tanzanian government and it was decided to repurchase its share of the
South African Airways. The partnership lasted for about four years and had accumulated losses of
more than Tsh 24 billion (US$19 million). The government repurchased the shares in 2006, making
t once again a wholly owned government company.


Air Tanzania BombardierDash Q300 5H-MWF and Airbus A320-214 5H-MWH.

Air Tanzania Company Ltd (ATCL "Wings of Kilimanjaro" was relaunched in September 2007 after
the dissulution of the partnership with South African Airways (SAA).The "new" airlines inagural
flight went to Mwanza from Dar es Salaam via Kilimanjaro.

Over the years, it has served a variety of domestic and regional destinations. Despite being the nat-
ional airline, its market share deteriorated over the years from 19.2 percent in 2009 to 0.4 percent in
2011. With the lack of finances and aviation accidents, the airline struggled to survive. An attempt
that unfortunately failed to cooperate with Aerovista LTD was soon terminated when Air Tanzania
realized that their contract was financially inferior to continuing the cooperation.

Air Tanzania Bombardier Dash Q300 5H-MWF cn 474.(stored 2017)

During the following year, various types of aircraft were hired to maintain a highly slimmed-down
domestic traffic, as the company only had its own aircraft in service at De Haviland Dash Q300.

The Tanzanian flag carrier has been trying to regroup since 2008, but its network has been mainly
domestic to Mwanza,Kigoma and the regional destination Haya, the Comores islands.


In 2016, the Tanzanian government under President John Magufuli initiated a new drive to revive the
the national carrier. The government purchased two new Bombardier Q400 for the national carrier,
which were delivered in September 2016.

Air Tanzania Bombardier DHC8-Q402NG, 5H-TCD cn 4495

In December of the same year the president's office announced that a four additional aircraft, one
Bombardier Q400NG, and a Boeing 787 "Dreamliner would be purchased for the national carrier,
with deliveries set from May 2018. Also two Bombardier CS300 (Airbus 220-300) were ordered and
estimated to be delivere in December 2018 and tje second in January 2019.

Many doubted if this was the right decision to renew Air Tanzania and whether there was financial
space in the city budget for such a large funding to get Air Tanzania on its feet again


Air Tanzania's market share during 2017 was increased to 24 percent from 2.5 percent the previous
year due to the arrival of the two Bombardiers Q400NG which now operated services to Mwanza,
Bukoba, Kigoma, Kilmanjaro and Zanzibar.


In february 2018 Air Tanzania accuired a third Bombardier DHC8-Q402NG, 5H-TCE cn 4559. Since
then Air Tanzania Company Ltd the national carrier has continued on its decade-long path to revival
with the delivery of one Boeing 787-8 "Dreamliner".

Air Tanzania Boeing 787-800 Dreamliner at Dar es Salaam Int. Airport


Air Tanzania Airbus A220-300 5H-TCIbasking in the sun on the apron at Dar es Salaam Int. airport.

With the delivery of the two new Airbus A220-300, the carrier relaunched it servicies to Lusaka and
Harare on 22nd February 2019 and will start services later this year to Johannesburg.

Flights to India and China have been postponded until all required documents are cleared. The car-
rirer will operete theese services by thier Boeing 787-8 "Dreamliner".

FLEET 2019:

5H-TCH Airbus A220-300
5H-TCG Boeing 787-8 "Dreamliner"
5H-TCB Bombardier DHC8-Q402NG
5H-TCD Bombardier DHC8-Q402NG
5H-TCE Bombardier DHC-Q402NG
5H-MWF Bombardier DHC8-Q300 (stored)

Air Tanzania ATCL
P.O.Box 543, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

EgyptAir مصر للطيران,

Boeing 737-866, SU-GDS cn 40759 at Sharm el Sheik International Airport (SSH) 2011.
Photo: Johan Ljungdahl

Boeing 707-366, SU-APE, cn 20342 on final to London Heathrow International
Airport. (LHR, UK 1980).
Photo: AJ Best, Airliners Net.

B737-266, SU-BBW cn 21196 at Athens, Greece 1982.
Photo: Johan Ljungdahl

EgyptAir مصر للطيران,
United Arab Airlines became EgyptAir UAA 1958-1971.Renamed in 1961 following merger of Egypt
& Syria in 1958, becoming associated with Syrian AW. Kept the UAA name for several more years
following Syria's withdrawal in 1961, hoping that other Arab airlines would join. Set-up associate
company Misrair in 1964, re-absorbed in 1968. Renamed EgyptAir مصر للطيران when United Arab
Republic be came Arab Republic of Egypt in 1971. EgyptAir was acquired 1980 by National Bank
of Egypt & Misr Insurance.

EgyptAir (Arabic: مصر للطيران , Miṣr liṭ-Ṭayarān) is based at Cairo International Airport, its main hub,
operating scheduled passenger and freight services to more than 75 destinations in the Middle East,
Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Americas. With an extensive network of domestic services focused on
Cairo, Egypt's capital, the airline is working to regain profitable operations following the revolution
of 2011.

Egyptair is a member of Star Alliance, having joined on 11 July 2008. The airline's logo is Horus, the
sky deity in ancient Egyptian mythology, chosen because of its ancient symbolism as a "winged god
of the sun", and usually depicted as a falcon or a man with the head of a falcon.

A300 An-24B, B707, B720, B727, B737, B767, B747, DH.106 Comet4C,
F27, IL18, IL62, L1011, Tu154, Vickers Viscount.

FLEET 2013
A320, A321, A340, B707, B737, B777.

Adly office, 6 Adly Street,
Cairo, Egypt

Ethiopian Airlines የኢትዮጵያ (click here)

Airbus A350-900, ET-ATQ, cn 04 on final to Addis Ababa Bole Int. Airport ADD) in late June, 2016.
Photo: Tony Edlind

Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner, ET-AOQ, cn 34745 on final to London Heathrow, (LHR UK) September. 2012.
Photo: Tony Edlind

Boeing 767-200, ET-AIF, cn 23107 on final to Addis Ababa, Bole International Airport (ADD) Ethiopia,
1990-01.03. (ET-731)
Photo: Tony Edlind

Boeing 757-260, ET-AKE, cn 26057 at Addis Ababa, Bole International Airport (ADD) November 26 2001. (ET-714)
Photo: Tony Edlind

Boeing 737-200, ET-AJB cn 23915 at Addis Abeba, Bole International Airport(ADD), Ethiopia 2001.(ET841)
Photo: Tony Edlind

Ethiopian Airlinesis the national flag-carrier of Ethiopia and operates a domestic network of
scheduled passenger and cargo services together with international network linking capitals in
Africa, Europe and Asia. The airline was formed in December 1945 with initial tecnical assistance
from TWA.

Ethiopian operates a modern fleet of aircraft headed by 2 Airbus A350-900, 14 Boeing 787 Dream-
liners 6 Boeing 777-200ER, 7 767-300s, 4 Boeing 777-300, which are used for long haul passenger

Medium-range flights are covered by 5 737-700NG, 14 737-800NG (6 with sky interior) and
2 Boeing 757-200s.

17 De Havilland Q400NG, fly the domestic routes.

The carrier has 2 757-260F and 7 Boeing 777-200LRF on their cargo routes.

The airline has also operated Convair CV240, Lockheed Constelation, Boeing 720B/707/727,737
Douglas DC-3 and DC-6A/B and ATR 42, Fokker 50 and MD-11F aircrafts.

Ethiopian Airlines P.O. Box 1755, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

East African Airways (click here)

Vickers Super VC10, 5H-MOG cn 885 at Lusaka International Airport, (LUN) 1972.11.18.
Photo: Tony Edlind Airliners.Net

McDonnell Douglas DC9-32, 5H-MOI cn 47430 at Blantyre International Airport, Malawi 03.03 1973 (BLZ).
Photo: Tony Edlind. Airliners.Net

Douglas DC-3 (C-47 Dakota), 5H-AAJ cn 32844 at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport Nairobi, Kenya 1973. This flight
EC031 is bound for Musoma, Tanzania.
Photo: Steve Fizgerald

East African Airways
East African Airways Corporation, more commonly known as East African Airways, was an airline
jointly run by Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda. It was set up on 1 January 1946, starting operations
the same year. The airline was headquartered in the Sadler House in Nairobi, Kenya. The cor-
poration was dissolved when economic and political problems grounded the airline on 1 February
1977, leading to each country forming its own airline.

Fleet :
5 Vickers Super VC10-1154, 3 McDonnell Douglas DC-9-32, 9 Douglas DC-3/C-47, 4 Fokker F-27,
5 DHC-6 Twin Otter, 2 DH104 Comet 4 delivered 1975 and leased to Simbair).

Kenya Airways (click here)

Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner 5Y-KZA cn 35510 at Boeing Pain Field, Seattle, USA 2014.

Boeing 777-2U8/ER 5Y-KQT cn 33682/511 landing at Nairobi International Airport (NBO), 2013.

Boeing 767-3YO/ER, 5Y-KOY cn 30841, Amsterdam - Schipol,
The Netherlands 2004.
Photo: Tony Edlind

Boeing 737-200, 5Y-BHW cn 21196, Mombasa International Airport (MBA,
Kenya 1995.
Photo: Tony Edlind

Boeing 707-351 cn 19633/690 at London Heathrow International Airport (LHR) 1978.
Photo: Tony Edlind collection

Kenya Airways
Kenya Airways Ltd., more commonly known as Kenya Airways, is the flag carrier of Kenya. The
company was founded in 1977, after the dissolution of East African Airways. The carrier's head
office is located in Embakasi, Nairobi, with its hub at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.

The airline was wholly owned by the Government of Kenya until 1995, and it was privatised in
1996, becoming the first African flag carrier in successfully doing so. Kenya Airways is currenly
a public-private partnership. The largest shareholder is the Government of Kenya (29%),
followed by KLM, which has a 26 % stake in the company. The rest of the shares are held by pri-
vate owners; shares are traded in the Nairobi Stock Exchange, the Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange,
and the Uganda Securities Exchange.

Kenya Airways is widely considered as one of the leading Sub-Saharan operators; as of January
2013,the carrier is ranked fourth among the top ten ones that operate in Africa by seat capacity,
behind South African Airways, Ethiopian Airlines and EgyptAir. The airline became a full member
of SkyTeam in June 2010, and is also a member of the African Airlines Association since 1977.
As of June 2012, the company had 4,834 employees.

Initial fleet:
DC-9-32, Boeing 707-351, Boeing 737-200.

Fleet 2013 :
(4) Boeing 777-200ER, (6) Boeing 767-300ER, 8() Boeing 737-800 (8) 737-700, (4) Boeing 737-300,
(5) Emb. ERJ-170, (14) Emb ERJ-190.

Kenya Airways
P.O.Box 19002, Nairobi, Kenya

South African Airways (click here)

Airbus A340-313, ZS-SNF, cn 197 12 May 2013, London Heathrow (LHR).
Photo: James Mepsted

Boeing, B747-244B, ZS-SAP, "Swartberg" cn 20 557 at Johannesburg, Jan Smutz International airport 1973.
Photo: Tony Edlind

South African Airways
South African Airways (SAA) is the national flag carrier and largest airline of South Africa, with head-
quarters in Airways Park on the grounds of OR Tambo International Airport in Kempton Park, Ekurhuleni,
Gauteng. The airline flies to 38 destinations worldwide from its hub at OR Tambo International Airport,
using a fleet of 54 aircraft.

South African Airways was founded in 1934 after the acquisition of Union Airways by the South African
government. The airline was initially overseen and controlled by South African Railways and Harbours
Administration. It suffered imposed sanctions by African countries during apartheid, which forced it to
adopt long-range aircraft and other measures to counter these restrictions. During this time, it was also
known by its Afrikaans name, Suid-Afrikaanse Lugdiens (SAL), which has been dropped. In 1997 a major
overhaul programme, which involved a change of name, image and aircraft livery, as well as the
introduction of online ticketing services, was carried out by the company's board. The carrier has since
joined airline alliance Star Alliance, and replaced its fleet with newer aircraft. In 2006, SAA split from
Transnet, its parent company, to operate as an independent airline.

SAA is the official airline of the Association of Tennis Professionals. SAA owns Mango, a low cost domestic
airline, and has established links with Airlink and South African Express.

Furthermore, SAA is currently and historically the only African airline to be classified with the prestigious
4-star airline ranking from Skytrax. In addition, SAA has also celebrated being recognized as Africa's Best
Airline during the Skytrax World Airline Awards for many years.

Initial fleet
The airline has operated Douglas DC-3/C-47, DC-4, DC-7, Boeing 707/727, Hawker Siddely HS748,
Lockeed Constelation, Lockeed Lodestar and Vickers Viscount.

Fleet 2004:
(3 )Airbus A340-200, (3) Airbus A340-600, (1) Boeing 747 (Ndizani), (8) Boeing 747-400, (6)Boeing
747-300, (5) Boeing 747-200, (2) Boeing 767, 13) Boeing 737-800.

Historic fleet:
The historic fleet comprised DC-3, DC-4, DC-6, De Haviland Dove, Junkers JU-52, Lockheed Super
Constelation and Lockheed Lodestar.

South African Airways
Airways Towers
P.O. Box 7778
Johannesburg 2000
South Africa

Zambia Airways(click here)

McDonnell Douglas DC-10-30, N3016Z cn 48266/348 at Frankfurt am Main (FRA)Germany, 1985
Photo Johan Ljungdahl

Mc Donnell Douglas DC-8 42/43, 9J-ABR cn 45599at London - Heathrow, UK 1973.
Photo: Tony Edlind collection

BAC-1-11, 9J-RCH, cn 039 at London Heathrow (LHR) UK,1973.
Photo: Tony Edlind collection

Hawker Siddely 748, 9J-ABW cn at Lusaka International Airport, 1973 1973.
Photo: Tony Edlind collection

Zambia Airways
Zambia Airways (1967-1995). The national flag-carrier of Zambia was founded 1967 and operated
a domestic network of scheduled passenger and cargo services together with an international net-
work linking capitals in Africa and Europe.

After almost 30 years of service in the aviation industry, the decision by the Zambian Government
1995 was to let its national carrier collaps due to economic problems.

The airline has operated ATR42, BAC 1-11, Boeing 707, B737, B757, De Haviland Beaver, Douglas
DC-3, DC-8-62, DC-8-71, DC-10-30, Hawker Siddeley HS-748 aircrafts.

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The images above are scanned off postcards, images from photograpers or from my own photos.


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