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Air Zaire

Welcome to my online photo album incl. aircraft registration numbers


Updated: 2020-01-10




On 27 October 1971 the country changed its name from the Democratic Republic of
the Congo to the Republic of Zaire, and Air Congo changed its name to Air Zaïre. In
the same year, the airline placed an order for three Boeing 737-200s, and occasionally
operated Lockheed L-100 Hercules on lease from the Zairean government for cargo
operations.

The airline ordered two McDonnell Douglas DC-10s and five Boeing 737s on 3 Jan-
uary 1973. The DC-10s were delivered to the airline in 1973, and in February 1973,
the airline announced that it was to acquire a Boeing 747-100. The 747 was ope-
rated on a lease and was only operational with the airline for approximately a year.

The final

On January 2, 1995, a the Boeing 737-298C, 9Q-CNI "Lac Tumba" ran off the run-
way in poor weather conditions in Kinshasa. The engines were torn from the air-
craft but no seriousinjures resulted.

Air Zaire declared bankruptcy 1n 1995 after debts totaled 1 billion Belgian France
and ceased all operations. The government joined in a partnership with Sabena to
reorganize the carrier under "New Air Zaire" name useing the existing fleet.

Air Zaire Mainpage!

BAC-111 FLEET

BAC 111-320, G-AVBY c/n 113 leased
1967-1968
[Okada Air 5N-AOK, WFU & scrapped 1992 Manchester. UK,
Fuselage to Botany Bay Village, Chorley, Lancashire, UK 1995]

BAC 111-320, G-AVBW c/n 107 leased
1968-1968
[Okada Air 5N-AOZ, WFU 6 stored 1997, Benin City, Nigeria, scrapped]


BOEING FLEET


Air Zaire Boeing 737-275C, N331XV c/n 19743
(leased from Polaris Aircraft Leasing Corp. 1990-05-31 -1991-07-10)
Photo: Bob Shane/Fergal Goodman

Boeing 737
Boeing 737-298C, 9Q-CNI c/n 20793 "Lac Tumba"
1973-1995
[W/O 1995, N'Djili Ap. Zaire]

Boeing 737-298C, 9Q-CNJ c/n 20794 "Lac Maindombe"
1974-1985
[Alaska AL, stored]

Boeing 737-298C, 9Q-CNK c/n 20795 "Lac Upemba"
1974-1995
[Lignes Aériennes Congolaises, stored]

Boeing 737-275C, N331XV c/n 199743 leased
1990-1991
[WestJet C-GWJK]

Boeing 737-2K2, N464AC c/n 19309 leased
1994-1995
[Hewa Bora AW 9Q-CKZ, scrapped]

Boeing 737-298C, 9Q-CNL c/n 20796 order cancelled,
not built
Boeing 737-296C, 9Q-CNM c/n 20797 order cancelled,
not built



Air Zaire Boeing 747-121A, N747QC c/n 19639/2 at Geneva International Airport,
March 1974

Photo: Martin Oertle/Dietrich Eggert

Boeing 747


SE210 CARAVELLE FLEET


Air Zaire Sud Aviation SE-210 Caravelle 11R, 9Q-CLC c/n240
Photo: Tony Edlind collection/Michel Gilliand


CONVAIR CV 440 FLEET
Convair CV-440, OO-SCV c/n 382 leased
1961-1962
[To Frontier Airlines, N73168. Cvtd to CV-580 1968]


DOUGLAS FLEET

DC-3/C47
Douglas DC-3, 9Q-CUF c/n 13486
1961-
Douglas DC-3/C-47A, 9Q-CUH c/n 19551
1963-
Douglas DC-3/C47A, 9Q-CUI c/n 13457 leasaed
1961-1961
Douglas DC-3/C47A, 9Q-CUK c/n 12734
1961-1978
Douglas DC-3D, 9Q-CUL c/n 42968
1964-1967
Douglas DC-3D, 9Q-CUM c/n 42973 leasaed
1961-1968
[W/O 1968]

Douglas DC-3, 9Q-CUN c/n 42977
1961-1970
Douglas DC-3/C47A, 9Q-CUO c/n 10129
1961-1968
Douglas DC-3D/C47A, 9Q-CUP c/n 10063
1961-1970
[W/O 1970]

Douglas DC-3D, 9Q-CUS c/n 43092
1961-1963
[W/O 1963, Kasongo]

Douglas DC-3/C47A, 9Q-CUD c/n 9780
1966-1970
[W/O 1970]



Douglas DC-4/C-54




Air Zaire Douglas C-54B-DC, 9Q-CBG c/n 10452
1964-1976


Douglas DC-4, 9Q-CBD c/n 42906
1961-1976
[WFU & stored 1976, Ndolo, Zaire]

Douglas DC-4, 9Q-CBF c/n 42933
1961-1976
[WFU & stored 1983, Ndjili, Zaire]

Douglas DC-4, 9Q-CBH c/n 43095
1963-1974
[W/O 1974. Crashed whilst landing Gemena Ap. Zaire]

Douglas DC-4, 9Q-CBI c/n 43096
1961-1976
[WFU & stored 1985, Kinshasa, Zaire]

Douglas DC-4, 9Q-CBR c/n 43101
1961-1976
[WFU & stored 1976, Kinshasa, Zaire]

Douglas DC-4, 9Q-CBQ c/n 43100
1964-1976
[WFU & stored 1976]

Douglas C-54B-DC, 9Q-CBG c/n 10452
1964-1976
Douglas C-54A-DO, 9Q-CBT c/n 3081
1961-1976

* Douglas C-54/DC-4, OO-DEP c/n 18384
(Belgian International Air Services( WFU Leopoldville 29-11-1964)

Douglas DC-6
Douglas DC-6, 9Q-CLA c/n 43148
1962-1969
[WFU & stored 1983, Ndjili Ap. Zaire]

Douglas DC-6, 9Q-CLB c/n 43149
1964-1970
[WFU & stored 1970]

Douglas DC-6B, OO-CTK c/n 43831 leased
1961-1962 [Air Gabon TR-LTY, WFU & stored 1977]

Douglas DC-6A, OO-ABE c/n 44915 leased
1966-1966
[Quo Vadis Inc N9232Z 1984]

Douglas DC-6A, OO-GER c/n 43826 leased
1967-1968
[Air Niger 5U-BAM, WFU & stored 1981, Niamey, Niger]




Air Zaire Douglas DC-8-63CF, 9Q-CLG c/n 46151
Photo: Michel Gilliand/J. Laporte

Douglas DC-8
Douglas DC-8-31, N1801, N906CL c/n 45276 leased
1967-1968
P [WFU & stored 1982, Medford, Oregon]

Douglas DC-8-32, N813PA, 9Q-CLE c/n 45266
1968-1984
[WFU & stored 1984, Kinshasa, Zaire. broken up 1987]

Douglas DC-8-32, N815PA, 9Q-CLF c/n 45268
1968-1974
[WFU & stored 1974, Kinshasa, Zaire]

Douglas DC-8-63CF, 9Q-CLG c/n 46151
1970-1991
Douglas DC-8-63CF, 9Q-CLH c/n 46147 "Ville de "Kinshasa"
1971-1990
Douglas DC-8-42/43, 9Q-CLV c/n 45610 leased
1992-1993
Lignes Aériennes Congolaises 1997]


Air Zaire Douglas DC-10-30, 9Q-CLI, F-OGQC c/n 47886 "Mont Ngaliema"
Photo:T. Laurent

Douglas DC-10
Douglas DC-10-30, 9Q-CLI c/n 47886/90
1973-1985
1988-1992
[scrapped 2002, Tel Aviv]

Douglas DC-10-30, F-OGQC c/n 47866/90 leased
1986-1988
[scrapped 2002, Tel Aviv]

Douglas DC-10-30, 9Q-CLT c/n 46932/158
1974-1985
[active; Cielos del Peru Cargo N609GC]

Douglas DC-10-30, V2-LEA c/n 46554/84
(operated by Skyjet)
1992-1993
[active; Ghana AW 9G-PHN]

FOKKER FLEET


Air Zaire Fokker F-27-600, 9Q-CLN/G-BNTA c/n 10394 at Faro, Portugal, 1987
Photo: Pedro Aragão

Fokker F27-400, PH-ARI c/n 10268 leased
1968-1968
Fokker F27-400, PH-ARO c/n 10270 leased
1968-1969

Fokker F27-600, 9Q-CLK c/n 10391
1969-1988
Fokker F27-600, 9Q-CLL c/n 10392
1969-1987
Fokker F27-600, 9Q-CLM c/n 10393
1969-1975
[W/O 1975, Boende Ap.Zaire]

Fokker F27-600, 9Q-CLN c/n 10394
1969-1987
Fokker F27-600, 9Q-CLO c/n 10395
1969-1976
[W/O Goma, Zaire]

Fokker F27-600, 9Q-CLP c/n 10402
1969-1980
[W/O 1980 Njili Ap. Zaire]

Fokker F27-600, 9Q-CLQ c/n 10405
1969-1980
Fokker F27-600, 9Q-CLR c/n 10406
1969-1978
[W/O 1978, Kisangani Ap.]




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